"the Venue"

Earls Court, the Venue, early 1980s was an iconic performance venue for both local and international bands run by the supportive Joseph Gualtieri. During this decade he catered for some of the best live shows I've ever seen, let alone performed in. Downstairs was one of the best sounding live rooms in Melbourne. Joe was instrumental in the growth of Melbourne's reggae and roots scene, giving many new bands their first gigs. It was a wonderful surprise to meet up with Joe at Randy Borquaye's birthday jam, having not seen him since the Venue closed down and was demolished to make way for the Novatel on the upper Esplanade in St Kilda. Next door was "Bananas," another iconic live venue for Melbourne's music during the 70's and 80's. Venue owners are so important in the development of any music scene so here's a big thanx to Joe for all his support.