It’s a sad day for Melbourne’s live music scene, with popular live music venue Ding Dong Lounge announcing it will close its doors next month.

In a statement, Cosmic Psychos founder and Cherry Bar publican Billy Walsh confirmed last drinks would be held on January 13.

“It’s an open secret that venues in the Melbourne CBD have been struggling lately due in part to the broader proliferation of similar clubs and bars across the inner north and combination of the heartbreaking homeless issue and ongoing late-night violence in the CBD the time is right to pull up stumps,” Walsh said.  

“I’m proud of the venue and what we were able to achieve in helping to create an important part of the Melbourne music fabric.”

The Melbourne CBD hotspot has hosted a slew of local, national and international heavyweights over the years.

Check out theGuide for all upcoming events at Ding Dong Lounge.