Huge new music venue proposed for St Kilda foreshore

Huge new music venue proposed for St Kilda foreshore

St Kilda Live Music Venue
Words by Lucas Radbourne

St Kilda's Port Phillip Council has proposed plans for a new 3000-person capacity live music venue as part of the St Kilda Triangle redevelopment.

The new venue has been proposed by the council as part of a massive redevelopment plan of the carpark and lawn area next to the Palais Theatre.

It’s the site that recently staged St Kilda’s April Sun pop-up concert series, and comes after a spate of recent closures of live music venues in the St Kilda area.

The council will now lobby state and federal governments to secure backing for the St Kilda venue, which accompanies pre-existing designs for a new park, amphitheatre, and pavilion that have existed since 2016.

What you need to know

  • Port Phillip Council has proposed a new St Kilda live music venue
  • It’s part of the plans for a St Kilda triangle redevelopment that have stalled since 2016
  • The council is now lobbying for state and federal government funding

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The proposed capacity of the venue may prove controversial given the Palais Theatre’s seating capacity is also around 3,000 people. Under current plans, a new carpark will be built underground, similar to the recent redevelopment of Prahran Square.

Port Phillip council made headlines for recently offering temporary free rentals on Fitzroy Street to local artists and cultural spaces, to try to revitalise the now-stagnating former Melbourne landmark.

Port Phillip councillor Andrew Bond told The Herald Sun that St Kilda: “needs a bit of a shot in the arm at the moment”.

“We’re not going to have overseas backpackers for a while so a project like this would certainly bring a lot of Victorians to St Kilda.

“There is a gap in the Melbourne market for a stand up, medium scale music venue. Somewhere between your local pub and the tennis centre, for those who can attract crowds of 2000 to 3000 people.

“We will make a decision to look at doing something on the triangle but we need the cost, we need the process, we need to know if there is any interest, which I believe there is.’’

Show your support for the project by contacting Port Phillip Council’s City Design team here.