Religious organisation Hillsong will renovate the iconic Festival Hall building and hold mass at the venue each Sunday upon .

With a capacity of over 5,000, the West Melbourne venue has hosted countless live concerts legendary Australian and international acts including INXS, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Midnight Oil, Powderfinger, Cox, The Presets, Smashing Pumpkins and many more.

The West Melbourne concert hall was put up for sale almost three years ago and at the time, owner Stadiums Limited it couldn’ compete with newer venues.

In a YouTube video announcing the purchase on Sunday, Hillsong state pastors Tim and Nicola Douglass said the West Melbourne building had been bought after a years-long search for a home in the city.

“This of purchasing this incredible facility started about 18 months ago,” Mr Douglass said.

“We just happened hear about that it was for sale and started inquiring, thinking that it was a long shot. I mean, we’ve been looking for seven or so years and come up empty-handed.”

Mr Douglass said the proposal appeared to fall through around Christmas last year, but “through a roller coaster of ”, the church managed to buy the building this year.

Tanya Gleeson, an event coordinator at Festival Hall, has reacted to the story breaking regarding the venue’s sale.

“This week my last week at Festival Hall with no future employment,” Gleeson tweeted this afternoon.

“I have known about the sale for quite sometime and I must admit today it feels real and sad. Thanks for the memories.”

Source: OZ EDM: Electronic Dance Music News Australia

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