RETURN LATE NIGHT TRADE AT THE LASS O'GOWRIE HOTEL!
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WHO IS THE LASS?
My Name is Andrew Dunne, I am the Licensee and Publican of The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel located at 14 Railway Street, Wickham, NSW, Austraila.
I took over as the Licensee of The Lass O'Gowrie Hotel on May 1st 2019. Prior to that time, the Lobb Family had operated the Hotel for 26 years and I worked under their strong guidance for 3 years.
The Lass O’Gowrie is one of the few pubs in the inner-city to remain largely unchanged over several decades, catering to a crowd outside the mainstream and offering performance opportunities for emerging original bands and more.
The Hotel is most famous for being the cradle of original live music in Newcastle, NSW and Nationally, having assisted several generations of the live music industry. Artists such as Mo'Ju(Mojo Juju), Kira Puru, Jay Whaley, Winston Surfshirt, The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon, Tommy “9 Fingers” Byfield, Dave the Band, Camino Gold, Good Corn Liquor, E4444E and many more cut their teeth on the Lass O'Gowrie stage.
Our mantra is to support original live music and the arts to provide artists with the best opportunity to express their passion and creative output, whilst also immersing our local community with a wide range of creative arts.
All our music booking is managed in house, by our dedicated music and events manager. At the Lass our focus is upon providing new opportunities for established and up and coming; musicians, artists, sound/lighting engineers, promoters, music educators and every facet that encompasses Australia and Newcastle's Creative Industries.
Prior to the reduction of trade to 12am The Lass proudly hosted;
- Up to 20 Live and original musicians/bands a week.
- Monthly 'Heaps Gay' LGBTQIA+ nights for the local and interstate LGBTQIA+ community in a town that has no other venues which show this respect.
- Monthly Market days where local artists, creators and retailers could sell their wares and support their passion.
- Large scale festival days including Lass Bash, Lasstonbury, Bandapalooza, Cult Vibrations, Beach St Block Parties. These events would include up to 20 bands in one day playing across multiple stages.
- Weekly open mic nights for local musicians.
- Weekly trivia and special event pop culture trivia nights.
- Many fundraiser events for recent Bush Fires, Free Papua Movement, Dog Rescue Charities and more
Since emerging from Covid-19 lock-down in June we have maintained our commitment to original live music and the arts by having a curated line-up of artists every weekend.
We got rid of our Poker Machines and are currently building a secret restaurant in our old poker machine room. This restaurant is being created by famous local chefs Joseph ‘Knives’ Baker, creator of Pinos Italian and John Baker of Murdereats at The Crowbar(Syd).
WHY DOES THE LASS HAVE TO SHUT AT MIDNIGHT?
Ian Lobb was issued a 24 hour liquor licence for the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel in 2003, however we have since discovered that the liquor licence had been issued in error. This error was not picked up until the Hotel was sold in 2019, and the liquor licence was transferred.
Based on the liquor licence issued by the Liquor and Gaming Authority in 2003, the Lass O’Gowrie hotel traded past midnight for more than 15 years. The Hotel generally traded until 3am every Friday and Saturday night, with no reported issues to Police or Liquor & Gaming NSW in the last several years.
When the liquor licence was transferred in 2019, the new owners and myself became aware of the error. We were required to close the Hotel at midnight to comply with the liquor legislation.
HOW DO WE MAKE THE LASS LATE AGAIN?
We have been working for a year and a half now to apply for an Extended Trading Authorisation and are in the final stages of this process.
The venue has sought letters of support from local residents who overwhelmingly support the Lass O'Gowrie continuing its long tradition as a late trading hotel, and incubator for Live Music in Newcastle. Even with the amazing local community support it is still proving difficult to convince authorities to re-instate the late trade at the Lass.
The Hotel has traded as a late trade venue for 16 years, and supported the local live music industry for that whole time. We are simply seeking some support for our liquor licence application to restore the trading hours we previously held.
Unfortunately the process to apply for late trade at a Hotel has become a lot more difficult in recent years, and we need to seek support of the wider community to achieve what should be straight forward process.
I fear for the future of the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel if we are unsuccessful in being approved for Late Trade. So many people in our huge community have had such important experiences here, met friends for life or created amazing art and music. For future generations not to have that, would be a huge shame.
We are seeking your support to save the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, to reinstate the trading hours of the Hotel and in turn support the creative industries we are about.
Long Live Live Music and Long Live The Lass!
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