The Metro Theatre

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The Metro Theatre (commonly The Metro) is a music venue located on George Street, in the city centre of Sydney, Australia. The venue was redeveloped, from two former cinemas, by property developer Leon Fink.[1]

The foyer of the Metro, designed by leading Australian stage designer Brian Thomson, features a lightweight plastic replica of the Art Deco crystal chandelier which once hung in Regent Theatre which formerly stood opposite the Metro in George Street.

Acts who generally perform at the Metro usually are Heavy Metal music, indie-rock and alternative bands, often of international fame. It was the venue for the now-legendary Sydney concerts in 1995 by Jeff Buckley and a record seven sold out shows in a row over six days in 1996 by You Am I,[2] among many others.

It has two separate performance spaces inside the building, The Forum (often simply called The Metro) and The Transit Lounge (which, in January 2007, was re-launched and re-branded as The Lair). Up until 2007 it was not uncommon for both spaces to be used on the same night for different acts, with the larger of the two, the Forum, generally hosting the more famous act. Since the launch of the Lair the space has seldom been used for a public performance, as its primary function was to house MTV Australia's The Lair live music programme.

For a brief period in the second half of 2006 the venue was known as The Century Theatre after it went into receivership and was acquired by Century Venues. It was changed back to The Metro Theatre by October 2006.

On 16 September 2009 the Metro was rebranded as the Virgin Mobile Metro, after a sponsorship deal had been made. Dappled Cities Fly and the Seabellies both played at the launch night on 29 September 2009.

Performing Acts at the Metro Sydney[edit]

A list of some of the more famous musical acts that have performed at the Metro:

Band Name Genre Country Year Played
John Mayer Rock / Acoustic Rock  United States 2009
Nightwish Symphonic Metal  United States 2005 / 2013
Blink 182! Punk Rock / Punk Pop  United States 2009
Foo Fighters Alternative Rock  United States 2006
Coldplay Alternative Rock  England 2001
Muse Alternative Rock  England 2004
Doves Indie Rock  England 2000
Kaiser Chiefs Indie Rock  England 2012
The Dandy Warhols Indie Rock  United States 1998
Neil Finn Rock / Pop  New Zealand 2001
The Eels Indie Rock  United States 2006
Thrice Post Hardcore  United States 2008
The Vines Alternative Rock  Australia 2007, 2008, 2011
Ladytron Synthpop  England 2008
Anathema Doom Metal / Progressive Rock  England 2014
DragonForce Power Metal  England 2008
Covenant EBM  Sweden 2008
KMFDM Industrial  Germany 2004
Behemoth Blackened Death Metal  Poland 2010
The Hives Garage Rock  Sweden 2008
Propagandhi Punk Rock  Canada 2009
Billy Talent Punk Rock  Canada 2009
Salt-N-Pepa Hip-Hop  United States 2010
Calexico Indie Rock  United States 2010
Sven Väth Techno  Germany 2010
HIM Gothic Rock  Finland 2014
Cannibal Corpse Death Metal  United States 2014
Dinosaur Jr Alternative Rock  United States 1995
The Prodigy Techno  England 1996
Aphex Twin IDM / Electronic  England 2004
Queensrÿche Heavy Metal  United States 2006
Anuerysm Industrial Metal  Italy 2011

Australian acts that have played there include:

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Coordinates: 33°52′33″S 151°12′24″E / 33.875759°S 151.206776°E / -33.875759; 151.206776