One of Melbourne's original entertainment venues, Festival Hall hosts a variety of events, from amateur boxing to top-name band performances with an extremely versatile and adaptable physical layout.
Festival Hall in Melbourne was once "the place to be seen" and the venue of many sell out sports and entertainment events. Formerly known as the West Melbourne Stadium, Festival Hall was a famous boxing and wrestling venue - known to locals as "the House of Stoush" with many a riot, some even spilling out onto the street and parking lot.
FESTIVAL HALL HISTORY
Melbourne's Festival Hall was built by John Wren in 1915 and rebuilt in 1956 after being burnt down the year before, and was the Olympic Games venue for gymnastics and wrestling.
Festival Hall is also an entertainment centre, with famous appearances including Bill Haley, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. Locally Battle of the Bands was a favourite including AC/DC, Bee Gee's, Russel Morris, Battle of the Bands, .
By the 1990s it had been overtaken by more spectacular Melbourne venues, but the Wren family remains in ownership.
FESTIVAL HALL FAQ
Directions: Melways reference - Map 2E Ref. G2
Parking: Limited on street parking is available in the West Melbourne/ North Melbourne area. Etihad Stadium, New Quay Docklands and 83 Batman Street paid car parks are also in close proximity to the hall.
Additional paid car parks are available but have restricted opening hours -
185 Rosslyn Street is open until 9pm on weekdays.
94 Batman Street until 11pm on weekdays and at the corner of Latrobe and Spencer Streets until 10pm every day.
Tram: Routes 24,30,34, 70 and the City Circle stop at the corner of Latrobe & Spencer Streets. Festival Hall is a 5 minute walk along Spencer Street away from the city and left into Dudley Street.
Train: Southern Cross Station (Previously Spencer Street Station) - 10 minute walk or take a tram up Spencer Street (northbound) to the corner of Dudley Street, and turn left. Flagstaff Station is also close to the venue but not open weekends.
Bus: Route 220 runs along Dudley Street, use stop number 5.
Taxi: Drop off and pick up can be made in Rosslyn Street or Spencer Street. A taxi rank is also located at Southern Cross Station.