The Gov’s 25th Anniversary

It’s a Friday afternoon and legendary Australian singer Mark Lizotte – otherwise known as Diesel is running though his sound check in a performance space known my many Adelaideians who like to see their favourite artist up close and personal.

On any given night The Governor Hindmarsh, or The Gov as it’s known to its legions of fans is rockin’, a venue that’s been living the motto – ‘live and local’ for twenty five years now.

Bought by the Tonkin Family in 1993, they decided to buck the trend as pokies swept across the local hotel landscape. As Melissa Tonkin explains “It was a deliberate choice, we had a big room and could have stuffed it full of pokies and we’d all be retired now. But we’re big lovers of live music and really enjoy listening to concerts ourselves and wanted to create that environment for other people to come too”.

They maybe a little poorer for their decision, but Adelaide’s music loving public is certainly the richer.

Dan Sultan will be playing at The Gov on December 14th and former Redgum Founder John Schumann and Shane Howard of Goanna fame are playing “Songs that changed our Country” On December the 16th.

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