Relax, Oxford Art Factory isn’t going anywhere

For the last eight years, Oxford Art Factory has been the site of some of Sydney’s best live gigs and DJ sets. So it’s understandable that when a listing for 1/38-46 Oxford St appeared on real estate website Real Commercial yesterday, people feared the worst.

But worry not, Sydney – Oxford Art Factory is not for sale and certainly isn’t leaving us any time soon. Speaking to inthemix, the venue’s licensee and General Manager Mark Gerber assured that the sale doesn’t concern OAF itself. “We are selling the strata (property) only, not the business. The business is not for sale. We have a lease that extends beyond 2025.”

Gerber assured that it’s “business as usual for the OAF,” with the likes of Baauer, Sable and Tuka due to hit the venue before the end of the month. “We thank everyone past, present and into the future for their support of the OAF and its program of live music and the arts,” he added.

But if you are in the market for a music venue, don’t forget that Liverpool St institution Goodgod Small Club is currently on the market. Current owners Jimmy Sing and Hana Shimada are looking for “entrepreneurs with vision who believe they have the know-how, passion and resources to acquire the venue and evolve the legacy of this great place” to take over the club so that they can “explore other creative projects, perhaps involving a little more daylight”.

Early next year, Oxford Art Factory will host a string of just-announced Laneway Festival sideshows, including dates for neo-soul outfit The Internet, rapper Goldlink and power duo Sophie and QT. [Article image by Sam Brumby]