For those old enough (or young at heart enough) to remember, Newcastle used to have a place called The Loft. It was a place that was built for the kids. It was a safe place, a perfect space for the youths of Newcastle to hang out, but hang out with a with a purpose ya know? The council poured money into classes, workshops, organised events, you name it, the Loft had it. But funding is as funding does and the loft closed down back in 2013 and there hasn’t really been a space created to fill the void, and it’s 2018…
One thing we do keep pouring money into is new skateparks. So, I guess that’s something. And the new Skatepark just near Newcastle Beach is meant to be a screamer (although don’t worry I’m sure everyone will find some way shape or form to complain about it) but what about other spaces? Like… live music spaces? Underage live music spaces to be specific.
Underage music venues
We did have Hombre once upon a time which was then turned into Drone but funding (amongst other issues) closed that venue down too. We did have the Commons but the man shut that down and I can barely even talk about it without throwing my computer out the window because what a joke that was.
Will someone think of (all) the children?
How about building a space that caters to a wide range of kids and teens, not just those who are choosing to pick up a board and cut sick on the weekend. Live music, in safe, wonderful spaces is important for young people? It would actually go a long way to encourage the spark in the community again, starting with those who need it most.
Newcastle is going through a lot of changes at the moment and we’re all a little nervous and confused about the type of town we’re going to be rolling into when all is said and done. We’ve catered for most of us, by most of us I mean those that can afford the new high-rise apartments will be pretty well set up with all the new (expensive) bars and great (ambient noise only) music venues spread around the neighbourhood, but will someone think of the children?