Scene News: Live Music at Chasers’ Three Eight Six, South Yarra

Melbourne’s status as the live music capital of the world is set to receive
a boost with the announcement today that Chasers nightspot in Chapel St
South Yarra will be hosting international and national live touring acts,
stand-up comedy and cabaret under the live brand Three Eight Six.

Chasers located on Chapel St in South Yarra has undergone an extensive
refit to provide Melbourne music fans and Australian concert promoters with
an important mid-sized venue as Three Eight Six, that will allow the finest
in Australian and international talent to continue to play in this city.

Sam Hibbins, State Parliament Member for Prahran welcomes the addition,
“Live music is absolutely essential to the vibrancy of Chapel Street. I’m
thrilled that live music will be returning to Chasers, no doubt adding to
Chapel St’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s great entertainment
destinations”.

Chasers has been operating as a music destination for almost 40 years and
is one of Melbourne’s most loved venues with a 24 hour licence. In the late
1980s through to the late 1990s the iconic venue and nightspot hosted many
live music concerts including Sonic Youth, The Church, Hunters &
Collectors, You Am I and Regurgitator, as well as some of Melbourne’s most
popular and enduring club nights including Hard ‘n’ Fast on Wednesdays and
Delirium on Sundays.

“Chasers is a Melbourne institution and we love connecting with people and
hearing their stories about the venue. We have recently upgraded the
production including a new stage, lighting and a state-of-the-art sound
system and are looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary
on November 16 this year. In the meantime we look forward to welcoming a
new generation of music fans to Chasers, Three Eight Six,” said Chasers
co-owner Martha Tsamis.

Live events can cater up to 700 people standing or 300 seated. A D&B PA
system has been installed by JPJ Audio, lighting has been updated and a new
stage has been installed. The venue has a 24 hour licence and an overall
capacity to hold up to 900 people. The current iconic Saturday club night
“Poof Doof” will continue, however the other six nights a week are open to
host events and live music as Three Eight Six. Behind Chasers’ Three Eight
Six is experienced Melbourne live music operators Warren Amster and Neil
Wedd working closely with owners Martha Tasmis and Pat Dromi.

Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary
music welcomed the announcement by Chasers. “Melbourne is well served by a
brilliant collection of live music venues – the recently released Melbourne
Live Music Census concluded that we have more venues per capita than
anywhere in the world. But most of these are based in the CBD or north of
the river, and music fans south of the river are crying out for more live
music opportunities. A flexible venue that can cater for 700 standing or
300 seated will be in great demand by promoters, agents and bands. Chasers
has a proud tradition of supporting contemporary music, and I enjoyed
seeing many bands at its weekly rock night Outlaw Hard N Fast. Even Mick
Jagger turned up one night to check out the talent. This venue will fill
one of the key missing pieces in the Victorian live music jigsaw puzzle.’’

*Three Eight Six launches officially* on *Friday July 6* with punk
rockers *Amyl
& the Sniffers*. This will be the last opportunity to see the Australian
band play live in Melbourne this year, as the band will be based overseas
for the rest of the year following their performance at Splendour in the
Grass in late July. Amyl & the Sniffers are currently on tour across the
USA supporting Flightless Records label mates King Gizzard & the Lizard
Wizard. Tickets on sale Friday June 8 from Oztix.

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