Basement club back on market

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012

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The only remaining basement club in Queenstown is up for lease after opening briefly under new management.

The old Subculture premises in Church St sold earlier this year to a Wellington business run by Jostan Murray.

The original owners and Queenstown live music scene pioneers Simon Hendl, aka DJ-producer Downtown Brown, and Antonia and Michelle Crowley, sold Subculture in February after almost a decade running the well-regarded club.

Mr Murray signalled his intention to keep the core musical output that Subculture was known for up to scratch, re-branding as Evolve, but the new nightclub was short-lived.

Colliers International Queenstown agent Mary-Jo Hudson said the premises were suited to a late-night business and the ground rent was less than street-front rent in the central business district.

She said she did not have any knowledge of why Mr Murray had decided not to run the club.

The 238-square-metre basement venue is close to restaurants, backpackers and pubs in central Queenstown.

Some fittings were in place but work needed to be done because rented appliances were removed, she said.

"It needs a good operator, It needs somebody to own and operate it. It's a good location, across the road from a major backpackers."

Since the club was advertised, there had been interest from Queenstown-based parties and out-of-towners, she said.

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- The Southland Times

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