While the future of The Bakery was on shaky ground as of mid-2014, it is still sad to see an official date of closure announced.
Despite the closure date of the 9th of May, The Bakery will still play host to a string of gigs, as well as the upcoming Fringe Festival.
Artrage's CEO claimed, 'We never intended this place to be an institution. In many ways it is the nature of venues that they don’t last forever.'
Still, the place that The Bakery has held amongst the music venues in Perth is undeniable, and it is a sad loss for the local scene.
There is still plenty of time to check out the venue and say your goodbyes.
The official statement released just today can be read below -
To our loyal Bakery punters,
We can now confirm that The Bakery will permanently close on Saturday 9 May 2015.
It’s been thirteen years since The Bakery opened it’s doors and now that the shut-shop date’s been confirmed, we’re focusing all our energy on giving the old girl the send-off she deserves. We’re really looking forward to all our faithful punters getting to enjoy the last few months, and we have a few big plans up our sleeves to ensure that you have ample chance to do so.
Audiences will have the chance to say goodbye with The Last Toast Bakery Farewell series, a curated program that will celebrate the venue’s diverse musical history. The program will kick off on Wednesday 29 April 2015 with an international headliner to be announced next month, and run every night until Saturday 9 May 2015.
We encourage you to keep an eye on this Facebook page and subscribe to our e-news over at www.nowbaking.com.au, as we'll be announcing more details in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, next week, The Bakery transforms into the Fringe World Festival Artist Club (a.k.a. The Budgie Smuggler), which will run every night of the Festival, from 23 January – 22 February 2015. For the first time, the artist club will open it’s doors to the public for an exclusive run of shows which includes headliners such USA’s indie-pop auteur Ariel Pink and Syrian techno-pop party-starter Omar Souleyman. View the full program here http://bit.ly/1wbDl0q
We will continue to host events right up until the The Last Toast, with names like Megan Washington and Deltron 3030 already locked in post-FRINGE WORLD Festival.
Make sure to make the most of The Bakery whilst she's still kicking.
The Bakery Team.