BY PARIS O'ROURKE
Iconic music venue Lounge will be shutting its doors next month after being forced to close down.
The decision comes after the club's application for a new tenancy agreement was rejected because the site will be redeveloped.
Long-time Lounge goer Juanita Custance, 53, said the Swanston St venue was unique.
"There is definitely something special about a place which has gone through generations. It is funny that I used to go there, and now my kids go there," Ms Custance said.
Lounge has been iconic with its showcasing of big artists, hosting acts such as Jeff Buckley, DJ Bone, The Black Madonna and Peter Van Hoesen.
Lounge has been a popular venue for intimate live music performances since opening its doors in 1989, and has recently showcased an underground music scene for new musicians.
Western suburbs techno and house DJs Angus Ingram and Connor Wooles held their last Blend event at Lounge nightclub last Sunday night.
Blend, along with popular events Bunker, Technoir and Lucid, were among the 29 parties planned to celebrate the 29 years Lounge has been open, in the lead-up to its closure.
Ingram said he began the Blend collective in 2018 because there was no real late night party scene in the west.
"Lounge is a great venue and has been an institution for so many local and international acts for almost 30 years. It was nice to have one last party there," Ingram said.
The Techno DJ said many live music venues have been closing their doors recently, including Hugs & Kisses Club, The Mercat and The Reverence, but there were more venues being opened up in the suburbs.
"I think Melbourne is such a hub for live music and it will continue whether venues shut down," he said.