First opening its doors in downtown Sydney in 1972, amidst an era of pub rock and cover venues, The Basement rapidly emerged as a benchmark club for contemporary music – adored by artists and audiences alike.
Primarily a jazz venue in its early years, the club played host to Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard amongst others. Having moved to its current location in 1992, the new and improved Basement grew on its reputation as a home for contemporary and forward thinking music makers and the last 20 years has seen very little change other than the faces on the stage – including artists as varied as Prince, Derrick May, Ólafur Arnalds, Freddie Gibbs, Jon Cleary and Questlove.
Fast forward to 2016 and The Basement is an Australian icon, with a solid reputation and cult following, yet still possessing the same energy, ambience and reputation that has served music lovers and local, interstate and international performers for over 40 years.
Now a state of the art, custom-built performance venue with a capacity of up to 450 after a complete refurbishment in 2015, the new and improved Basement offers an eclectic variety of music performances. From jazz to electronica, hip hop to folk this iconic venue is renowned worldwide as the beating heart of Sydney’s live music scene.