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Spice Cellar delivers the first line-ups for its new lockout-free venue

Last month we reported that Sydney’s much-loved late night house and techno club The Spice Cellar was moving from its CBD home to Erskineville’s iconic gay venue – and recently, late night rave den of choice – The Imperial Hotel. Now, Spice Group International has confirmed exactly what will be happening when it takes over management of The Imperial from late April onwards.

Happily, Spice has announced that they won’t be making any “monumental changes” to the venue, focusing instead on installing “better soundsystems… and broaden[ing] the entertainment and food and beverage offerings.”

The drinks team includes bartenders from Black Penny, Spice Cellar, Assembly and Uncle Mings, while the basement level club’s music program will be directed and promoted by Spice’s Murat Kilic and Club Kooky’s Jonny Seymour, with a focus on “established and emerging artists, DJs, musicians, live bands and gender illusionists,” ensuring The Imperial’s proud tradition of drag and burlesque will continue.

Spice’s Murat Kilic has also confirmed to inthemix that Friday night party Meanwhile will continue in its regular weekly spot.

For the meantime, Saturday nights at the basement club will belong to Spice’s brand of underground house and techno, with German legends Steve Bug and Alex Niggemann among the first bookings. Check out the roster for the first few weeks of Spice Cellar Erskineville below; the club says goodbye to its CBD basement venue with an epic “Closing Weekend Fiesta” over the Easter Long Weekend, 3 to 6 April – see below for more on that, or at the Spice Cellar website.

> > MORE: 10 DEFINITIVE LATE-NIGHT TRACKS FROM THE SPICE CELLAR.

Final events at Spice Cellar, Martin Place

Friday 3 April: Spice presents Fritz Kalkbrenner (DE)

Saturday 4 April: Easter Saturday Final Fiesta (line-up TBA)

Sunday 5 April: Easter Sunday Final Fiesta (line-up TBA)

Spice Cellar Erskineville

Saturday 18 April: Mantra & Spice Presents Alex Niggemann (DE)

Saturday 25 April: Anzac Day Special: Phil Smart, Black Angus, Flex Cop, Murat

Saturday 09 May: Imperial Hotel Special Event: Basement Trough // Lounge Harbour City Bears

Saturday 23 May: Spice with Kyle Hall (Detroit)

Saturday 30 May: Spice with Steve Bug (DE)