In Hearts Wake Show Evacuated After Venue Set On Fire
Byron Bay envirocore outfit In Hearts Wake kicked off the regional Badlands tour in a huff of smoke over the weekend, but not in the way you’d expect.
The four-piece were wrapping up an otherwise tame all ages gig at The Brisbane Hotel in Hobart, when smoke started to fill the venue. Probably a little too upset that the band forgot ‘Wildfire’ in their setlist, one particular dickhead decided to start a fire in the venue’s bathroom, forcing owners to evacuate everybody inside.
“During the final song of our set we all began to smell smoke and it wasn’t burnt toast. Someone had lit a fire in the men’s bathrooms using paper towels,” frontman Jake Taylor said in an interview with Tone Deaf following the incident. “It was only small but it was enough to smoke the entire venue out, setting off the fire alarms. Ash and smoke started wafting across the stage in the last chorus of ‘Skydancer’.”
Thankfully, nobody was harmed as the band’s tour manager and Brisbane Hotel staff acted quickly to extinguish the fire. Taylor continued; “Our tour manager and the staff of the Brisbane Hotel immediately extinguished the fire before it could do any real damage. Everyone in the building was promptly evacuated and no one was hurt. The patrons were very understanding as we hung outside with them all afterwards.”
Acknowledging that shit could have very easily gotten out of hand, Taylor expressed his distaste at the arson’s sheer idiocy. “Heavy music venues in Australia (especially in Tasmania) are few and far between,” he said. “Not really sure as to why someone would jeopardise one of Tassie’s most monumental venues, let alone the precious lives of others.”
The band also released an official statement via Facebook, which you can read below.
Tickets to remaining shows are on sale now.
In Hearts Wake / Make Them Suffer / Stories/ Ocean Grove Tour Dates
Fri Sep 4th – Club 54, Launceston* Sat Sep 5th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart* Sun Sep 6th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart*
Thu Sep 10th – Plaza Tavern, Hoppers Crossing
Fri Sep 11th– Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights
Sat Sep 12th – Village Green, Mulgrave
Sun Sep 13th – Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong
Thu Sep 17th – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Fri Sep 18th – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay
Sat Sep 19th – Waves, Towradgi
Thu Sep 24th – The Jack, Cairns^
Fri Sep 25th – The Venue, Townsville^
Sat Sep 26th – Magnums, Airlie Beach^
Sun Sep 27th – Sol Bar, Maroochydore^
* Make Them Suffer not appearing
^ Stories not appearing