Trouble For Wellington’s San Francisco Bath House

San Fran Bath House

In a post yesterday on Blog On The Tracks, Simon Sweetman outlined recent troubles that the owners of Wellington music venue San Francisco Bath House have had which recently forced Godspeed You! Black Emperor to change to another venue. Sweetman says Tim Ward and Clinton den Heyer acquired SFBH in 2006 under the impression that it had a capacity of 500 people, but last month the owners received a letter from Wellington City Council who were following up a complaint and it was discovered that wasn’t the case. “It turns out the bar has a maximum capacity far smaller than the 500 it was sure it was able to operate at; almost half that number in fact”.

Sweetman spoke to the SFBH owners who say they are committed to working through this to try and “regain the capacity they had been trading at”.

Ward says, “we’ve got the ultimate problem right now – what we don’t have is the ultimate solution”. But they’re keen to find it. Because, as den Heyer says, “we have, throughout the years, always endeavoured to do the right thing, we have always worked hard to run successful, compliant businesses that add, rather than detract”.

All shows that are booked up until May will still happen at SFBH. We’ll keep you posted with developments once we hear more.

One Comment

  1. Wonder who the kind samaritan was who made the complaint.

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