The 126 year old Sandringham Hotel is centrally located at the southern
end of busy King Street, Newtown. Newtown is characterised by high population
density centralised around the King Street precinct. The majority of the
population are upwardly mobile, inner city workers but there is also a high
proportion of younger people including students. They tend to socialise mostly
within the Newtown area, along the King Street “strip” which features a
variety of entertainment venues including pubs and restaurants known by locals
as “The Island”.
The Sandringham Hotel, or “The Sando” as it is affectionately known
in the area, is somewhat of a Sydney icon. The hotel is renowned for it’s
venue which for many years has played host to a wide variety of artists and
bands both known and unknown. Within the music industry “The Sando” is
recognised as a place where young bands can get a start and where established
acts feel comfortable performing showcase and warmup gigs. The hotel has
maintained this reputation which sets it apart from other hotels in the area.
recent years, The Sandringham Hotel has undergone exstensive renovation which
has included moving the main bar to a more workable location within the ground
floor area and general modernisation of all the facilities. An adjoining double
story shop has also been added so that in total the hotel facilities include
main bar area, separate gaming area, pool table area, outdoor courtyard,
modern kitchen and an upstairs entertainment venue.... shortly to be extended to
The live entertainment focus has grown in the past twelve months with over 70 bands a month 7 nights a week and two afternoons, plus DJ's, Trivia, Poker and Pool Comps. In total, The Sandringham Hotel now offers it’s clientele a broader range of entertainment options in more modern surroundings and Newtown locals have embraced these changes and continue to pledge their loyalty to “The Sando”. In addition, the changes have attracted new customers both young and old...
To provide the best 'Live' lounge room in Newtown, the best bands, the best entertainment at a very affordable price tag...
Townsend Hotel Management P/L
Tony Townsend a long time music industry promoter, manager, agent.... decided to return to the industry after many years of a self imposed exile due to the mediocity of the music scene itself...
"Live music was dead or dying and I just couldn't watch it in its death throws anymore"... clone bands, concept acts, more production than music and the basic apathy of the punters was killing the pub & live scene completely...
In 2004 disappointed with his 10 years in exile and with a bubbling and rubble of real music being performed once again in the pubs Tony began to look for a live venue that needed help and would allow him to contribute to the music scene once more....
In May 2005 he found the SANDO...
The Sandringham Hotel was renovated but had lost its way... not to dissimilar to Tony himself... The venues focus was all wrong and its heart had been surgically removed by the renovations, addition of the pokies and lack of live entertainment....
In the next twelve months Tony with the help of Jeff, Cliff, Amos, Helen and all the Sando Angels... Darren & Nicole, Tice & Evans and Louis Tillett and all the bands began the journey of rebuilding the legend that was the SANDO....
more to come.....
Booking Agent Darren McDermitt
(02) 9401 4293
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