Adelaide’s Lion Arts Centre will continue rocking with the sounds of live music as local music and events company Five Four Entertainment takes over the ground floor of the Fowler's building in 2019.
Following their successful bid in a tender process conducted by Arts South Australia, Five Four Entertainment will take over the lease of the building's ground floor, basement and mezzanine from January 1, operating it as a live music and arts venue.
They will be joined by hospitality and events expert Hugo Pedler of Penny Hospitality, the operator behind the recent renovation of Hindley Street's historic West Oak Hotel.
The new management team plans to implement a series of renovations and upgrades to the North Terrace venue and is currently taking bookings and expressions of interest for 2019.
"We are thrilled to take on such a beloved music and arts space, and continue its legacy as one of Adelaide's premier live music venues," said Five Four Entertainment co-director Craig Lock.
"We have been booking venues and events in Adelaide for many years, and are very excited to now have our very own space to operate."
Launched in 2010 by Craig Lock and Ross Osmon, Five Four Entertainment is one of South Australia’s premiere live music, entertainment and events companies.
As well as running this year's successful SPIN OFF music festival at Wayville Showgrounds, the company has operated and managed aspects of St Jerome's Laneway Festival and the 2017 OH YES indie music festival, as well as booking gigs and concerts for several prominent Adelaide venues. The company also manages a range of successful Australian music artists including Adelaide's own Tkay Maidza.
Built in 1906 as the factory premises for Fowler's grocers, the iconic building once known as Fowler's "Lion" Factory and surrounds, on the corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street, were transformed into the Lion Arts Precinct in 1992.
This thriving multi-arts venue now forms the creative heart of the west end, and is home to arts organisations including State Theatre Company South Australia, LWDance Hub, JamFactory, ACE Open, Guildhouse, Nexus Arts and the Media Resource Centre.