Hillsong Covid event: Sydney pub The Lord Gladstone to change name to church

A Sydney pub will be renamed into a church for a unique ‘Sunday service’ to highlight inequality in NSW’s Covid restrictions.

A popular Sydney city center pub will turn into a church for a one-day-only event, highlighting the inequality in NSW’s latest Covid-19 restrictions.

On January 23, The Lord Gladstone Hotel will transform into The Gladsong and hold a “Sunday Service,” featuring $15 jugs of holy water (also known as Glady Lager), $10 Bloody Lords (Bloody Marys) and DJs playing in the courtyard all day.

The event’s Facebook page describes the Gladsong Hotel as “Sydney’s newest and most popular religious institution”.

“Ready for you to come and confess your sins and be bathed in his most sacred water (Gladdy Lager on tap),” the page reads.

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Admission to the venue will be free and at midday a barrel will be operated which will see customers pay what they want for a schooner, with all proceeds going to Support Act, an organization that provides crisis relief services and sanity to those into music. industry.

“This event aims to highlight the inequality that is manifesting in music venues across the country while religious organizations can continue under a different set of rules – all Covid restrictions will be followed currently in place on our site,” the event page reads.

“It will always be great fun and we can all drink schooners and laugh and be happy in the face of hypocrisy. The Gladsong likes to pee.

The move follows new restrictions introduced by the NSW government which ban singing and dancing in nightclubs, pubs, bars, entertainment facilities and music festivals.

However, these restrictions do not apply to religious services.

This week, footage emerged from a youth summer camp run by Hillsong Church in Newcastle showing huge crowds of shirtless, maskless revelers dancing and singing.

The footage sparked outrage from hospitality and music industry players and prompted NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to say the event was ‘in breach’ of safety orders. public health.

In a statement sent to news.com.au, Mr Hazzard said: ‘NSW Health has asked Hillsong to immediately stop singing and dancing at an event in the Newcastle area.

“Although the Order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major leisure facilities and this event clearly violates both the spirit and intent of the Order, which is in place to help to keep the community safe.”

Gladstone Hotel owner Mitchell Crum said Purple sneakers that this has been an incredibly frustrating time for all venue owners.

“Once again it feels like our leaders are leaving our poor struggling musicians and artists in the dark. Concert halls, musicians, pubs and clubs across the state have been the hardest hit. affected without any support or closure,” he said.

“I can’t say I’m terribly religious even though I worship live music. Does that exempt us? »

Speaking to Channel 10’s The Project on Thursday evening, Mr Crum described the event as a party, not a protest, which was intended to highlight the ‘double standard of religious institutions versus hospitality venues’.

“It’s definitely not a protest, we’re having a bit of a party, it’s all going to be legal. We will follow all government restrictions and just express our frustration that we cannot host live music,” he told the program.

“The whole industry feels the same – all the venues, all the pubs, that are unable to do things that places like Hillsong can do right now.

“An hour ago I saw a video of 2000 people attending a fully functioning live music concert.”

Mr Crum said he was struggling with the ever-changing restrictions.

“It’s really tiring and crippling for my business right now,” he said.

The publican said everyone is welcome to attend The Gladsong’s Sunday service next week, provided they log in and show proof of vaccination.

Hillsong has since spoken out and defended his “Summercamp 2022” youth event, telling the ABC that singing is “just a small part of every service.”

“Our camps primarily involve outdoor recreational activities including sports and games,” Hillsong said in a statement.

“We are following strict Covid procedures and adhering to government guidelines.”

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