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Final rewind for Wellington dance venue

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News

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WELLINGTON’S primary late night dance music venue Sandwiches is closing its doors due to earthquake compliance costs.

The Majoribanks Street bar has been the hub of drum and bass music for the past decade – playing host to many international and local acts.

Due to changes in council regulation, the building occupied by the bar needs  earthquake strengthening, which would take months to complete.

“It’s just not in our budget to close for that long,” bar owner Bryce Mason said.

Mr Mason said the decision was difficult, as Sandwiches had been a passion project for the owners.

The venue celebrated its 10th birthday last weekend.  Over that decade the bar hosted many big name artists such as Andy C, Goldie, Hudson Mohawke and New Zealand’s own Concord Dawn.

“We offer an alternative to the mainstream stuff and that’s what sandwiches as a brand has been all about,” Mr Mason said, “We’re not trying to be underground, we just are by what we do.”

The owners are DJs themselves, and passionate about the music industry and its subcultures.

Mr Mason said Sandwiches has been a personal sacrifice, and not about the money.

”Look at what kind of cars we drive – people would laugh,” he said, “if we were doing this for pure business reasons we would’ve walked out three or four years ago”

Mr Mason was positive about the future and said although Sandwiches will not be operating as a bar any longer,  the brand would live on.

“We plan to scale everything down, and do more random pop up events”,” he said.

The bar’s Facebook page was flooded with comments in reaction to the closure, which was announced  on Friday.

Many regulars were deeply saddened, and most reminisced about great nights spent at the venue.

“Being in Sandwiches was like partying with all your mates you never knew,” one patron said.

Many were left wondering what would replace the bar.

“I don’t want to have to resort to the copious amounts of jockey “clubs” on Courtenay place” one user said.

“At the moment we are seeing new scenes emerge,” Mr Mason said, “things just go around in cycles.”

The bar will open it’s doors for the last time on August 3rd and will be open till 7am the next day.

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