In the heart of Richmond, situated on the corner of Victoria and Church St is The Leadbeater Hotel – a leading live music venue and pub with gigs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Having operated Nevermind Bar for just over ten years, owner of the Leadbeater Joe Downey has put the concert experience at the forefront of the venue’s ethos. Extending the stage to make room for bigger acts, constructing a green room and the fitting of a new sound system has transformed this venue into a premier gig destination.
“We’ve managed to leapfrog into the upper echelon because of the quality of the sound system,” Downey says. “We really wanted to nail it first time because our focus is on the artist experience and I think the crowd will follow. We do ensure the patrons are having a good time but we feel if the artist experience is fantastic and they are cared for and able to sound their best, the rest will follow.”
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Previously known as the Eureka Hotel, this 350-400 person capacity Richmond venue was once home to the famous Hunchbax theatre restaurant. The venue booker for The Leadbeater is Will Clancy of Melbourne outfit DIET, who has focused on bringing fresh talent that fills the venue’s band room.
“When we started looking into bookings for the place, the mantra around here was that we are not a genre-fied venue,” states Clancy. “We won’t discriminate against any music types or different genres of music. It was more about having a bit of diversity across the board and getting more Melbourne bands in as well as trying to pull some interstate people in as well.”
The Leadbeater Hotel is located on the corner of Church & Victoria St in Richmond and open every day except Monday.