MADNESS
 

Venue Information

  • Booking Details

    Please email admin@festivalhall.com.au for all booking enquiries.

  • Capacity

    Festival Hall has a versatile set up which can cater for many different styles of events and capacities. With floor to ceiling curtains, the venue is capable of providing a more intimate feel for smaller shows.

    Provided below is a basic range of available capacities in the different base concert modes, please contact the Administration team to assist with your specific event queries.

    Full Mode:

    GA Standing Floor with Seating in
    Balcony and Sections 9, 10, 11 & 12
     4500 – 5400
    Fully Seated Venue  3600 – 4500

     

    Small Mode:

     Floor only
    (GA Standing Only)
     2000 – 2400
     Floor and Balcony
    (GA Standing and Reserved Seating in the Balcony)
     2400 – 2872

     

  • Production

    Please see the below outline of available production for hire.

    Audio:

    A house audio system from JPJ Audio has been installed to service the small modes. This system can be easily upgraded to suit the full venue mode.
    For a full list of inclusions please click here.

    Stage Truss:

    3 x 40′ x 500mm Box Truss with 6 x 1 tonne chain motors and;
    1 x 80′ x 300mm Tri Truss with 4 x ¼ tonne chain motors and full black drape.

    Lighting:

    There is no in-house lighting installed. Hirer’s are to bring in a lighting supplier of their choice.

    Rigging:

    All rigging requirements at Festival Hall are completed by Capricorn Staging and Rigging.

  • Venue Maps
  • Venue History

    West Melbourne Stadium was originally built by John Wren, the chairman of Stadiums Pty Ltd in 1915, and was the mecca for entrepreneurs’ entertainment ventures, which included numerous boxing, professional wrestling bouts and large meetings. To this day, Stadiums remains to be owned and run by the Wren family.

    The Stadium was tragically destroyed by fire in 1955, but was rebuilt in time for the 1956 Olympics Games, where it played host to the gymnastics and wrestling.

    Since its reconstruction Festival Hall’s versatile set up has been utilized for many events. Festival Hall was known as the original House of Rock and Roll, and is famous for its electric atmosphere. From the pandemonium that greeted the Beatles, Bill Haley, Johnny Cash and the famous Lee Gordon “Big Shows”, through to the classic styles of Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Shirley Bassey. In more recent years, it has hosted artists such The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Rage Against The Machine, Powderfinger, The Foo Fighters, The Script, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, and Lorde have all played to packed houses.

    Festival Hall has been referred to as the “House of Stoush”, with some of the greatest names in boxing fighting at Festival Hall. Among them are Lionel Rose, Johnny Fammachon, Anthony Mundine, Lester Ellis and Barry Michaels. Wrestling, roller derby, ballroom dancing, cultural and religious gatherings all became regular features, and the hall even hosted the First Indoor Tennis Exhibition featuring John McEnroe.

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