Bakery to shut in May

NORTHBRIDGE’S iconic live music venue The Bakery will close forever on May 9.

For more than a year there’ve been whispers about when the venue run by Artrage would close but now it’s set in stone.

The property was sold last August and a mysterious major development is planned.

The Bakery opened 13 years ago and earned a name hosting arty events such as Sugar Blue Burlesque, big international acts like Wire, and plenty of local bands at events like last weekend’s hit Pulmac launch.

All its bartenders had beards, all the women wore knitted sweaters, and graffiti in the toilets was strangely uplifting.

Artrage CEO Marcus Canning says the Last Toast program starting April 29 will be a fitting send-off, featuring local artists, punters and staff who’ve been involved with the place sharing stories and memories.

• Shimmergloom takes the stage at the Pulmac launch gig. Photo by Tracey Read

• Shimmergloom takes the stage at the Pulmac launch gig. Photo by Tracey Read

PULMAC pulls ’em

THERE were good reviews all round for last Sunday’s launch gig at The Bakery of the Perth Underground Live Music Appreciation Club.

Muso and producer Peter Renzullo started the club on Facebook to encourage punters to get out and see more live bands. He said it was a great turn out with all-round good vibes, but the part that stuck with him most was when two musos came up to him and said they’d met through PULMAC and were going to start a band together.

He already has plans for a second gig to showcase local music, with a shindig at the Herdsman Lake tavern planned for February 7.

Stories by DAVID BELL

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