Legendary Melbourne venue goes up in flames

The Palace played host to the likes of Nirvana and Arctic Monkeys

Fire crews have now brought a blaze at legendary Melbourne live venue The Palace under control, after a fire broke out in the building around 3pm AEST today (July 11).

The complex – which was closed despite fierce protest from fans mid-last month to make way for developers – has stood on the St Kilda beachfront for 35 years, and proved a popular haunt for thousands of artists. Everyone from Nirvana, Iggy Pop, Pixies and Foo Fighters to Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand have graced its stage.

Police are yet to say whether there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire. The historic art deco Palais Theatre and fun-ground Luna Park, which border The Palace, were unaffected.

According to an update on Theage.com.au, the iconic club is now likely to face demolition, scuttling council plans to keep it operating as a live music venue for another year despite recent graffiti and

other vandalism.