- You would have to call that a pretty unsuccessful boycott. ~ Doug Smith, Bulldog Spirit, Bombshell Forum, December 2007
After a determined campaign — initiated in October 2006 — to isolate and penalise the venue for hosting the neo-Nazi schmucks of Blood & Honour Australia and the Southern Cross Hammerskins, at the end of March 2008 management of The Birmy finally capitulated to economic reality and closed their doors. This was despite the efforts of a small number of fashion punks who bravely rallied ’round the former management’s righteous
The better news is that the venue has since re-opened under new management. As such, rather than boycott the venue, support it! $2 pots from 7pm to close is the right price, and being on the corner of Johnston & Smith Streets, it’s the right location too.
As for B&H and the Hammerskins, after their last vewy secret gig @ The Birmy in 2006, the boys organised another vewy vewy secret gig in 2007 at the Melbourne Croatia Social Club. And this year — who knows? No doubt it will be also vewy secret. In any event, the City of Churches appears to be a much more hospitable host for neo-Nazis, and on July 18, Blood & Honour Australia will be holding its second annual Mid-Winter Fest, starring Bail Up!, Quick & the Dead and Ultraviolence.