For iconic Sydney nightlife hub The World Bar, it seems that adulthood signals the end of an era. After 18 years of hosting live music by infamous names, the iconic Cross venue will open its doors to Sydney punters for its final hurrah. With some of Sydney’s richest history in its walls (and just about everywhere else), the Cross is undoubtedly losing a nightlife staple that has long fed the anticipation of thousands of party-goers in search of a good night out. After all, who hasn’t discovered a new favourite DJ at Wednesday nights’ iconic The Wall or formatively lost a mate or two in a rave at Otto’s House Party?
Not denying that the lockout laws hold significant responsibility for the venue’s closure, owner Steve Ward was remorseful about bidding farewell to the end of an iconic era in Sydney’s nightlife. Ward said, “This is obviously heartbreaking stuff, after being part of the Sydney music scene for more than 18 years it’s tough to close the doors on a venue that really is like a big family.”
A supportive platform for becoming artists, The World Bar has hosted names that have gone on to become Australian icons, such as electronica artists Flume, Alison Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas, to current indie rock sensation Gang of Youths. With the closure of an iconic live music venue like The World Bar, it is impossible not to be concerned about the future of Sydney’s live music scene.
However, Ward insists that Sydney’s vibrant nightlife is not yet defeated and urges authorities to make positive decisions for the artists and creatives who historically rely on a rich nightlife. “Safety and entertainment are achievable”, Ward stressed, pointing to numerous global cities around the world who haven’t suppressed a thriving nightlife in response to safety concerns.
For Ward, “the best way to rebel is to go out.” Urging clubbers to soak up the incredible music scene unique to the Cross and its surrounds, what better way is there to rebel than to create one last ripper of a party at The World Bar? While The World Bar mourns its departure from Sydney’s iconic Kings Cross nightlife, it leaves behind an inspiring legacy for those who are committed to the revival of a thriving Sydney nightlife.