Owners sell Queenstown live music institution

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The owners of Queenstown live music institution Subculture have sold the business.
 
Subculture co-owners Simon Hendl and the Crowley sisters Antonia and Michelle announced the sale of the Church Street nightspot to a consortium headed by Wellington musician and entrepreneur Jostan Murray. 

The official handover is February 13. 

Hendl and the Crowleys owned the club for nine years and say it has been central to their lives during that time. 

Hendl, also known as DJ/producer Downtown Brown, says: “We started Subbies up primarily because we wanted to be able to bring the music we love to Queenstown and present it in a focused venue with a wicked sound system and friendly vibes. 

“We’re enormously proud to have hosted some of the finest acts from around Aotearoa and around the world.” 

Subculture is hosting a top-flight series of gigs this weekend as part of the handover celebrations. 

MC Tiki Taane leads a jam tomorrow night (Thursday), an all-local Subculture Allstars night is on Friday and UK drum and bass hotshot DJ A-Sides plays Saturday.