Local Sydney pub Lord Gladstone Hotel has rebranded to church Lord GladSong – welcome to 2022.
The pandemic has certainly caused many businesses to pivot and Lord Gladstone is doing just that. It’s pivoting from pub to church – at least for one whole Sunday.
The idea was seemingly born after The Hillsong Church managed to hold a three-day summer camp that looked more like a festival.
Footage emerged of people dancing, singing and not socially distancing.
Meanwhile, currently, public health orders have been implemented to ban singing and dancing at outdoor and indoor venues in New South Wales to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. However, religious gatherings are exempt from these rules.
Obviously, even if these kinds of rules are for the best they impact businesses and while churches can party hospitality venues are partly on pause.
So, Lord Gladstone has decided to become a church.
The hotel took to Facebook to create a Sunday event that read: “Singing and dancing banned at indoor venues, except for church gatherings? Introducing the Gladsong Hotel – Sydney’s newest and most poppin’ religious institution!
“Ready for you to come to confess your sins and be bathed in its holiest of water (Gladdy Lager on tap).
“Sunday Service is The Gladsong Hotel’s upcoming day of worship at the pub, happening Sunday, 23rd of January from 12pm.”
The event features Jugs of Holy Water and Bloody Lords and DJ Shotgun Pasito – you know all the stuff you need to worship.
The post adds: “This event is to highlight the inequality being shown to live music venues across the country while religious organisations get to carry on under a different set of rules – all COVID restrictions will be followed currently in place on our venue.
“It will still be heaps of fun though and we can all drink schooners and laugh and be merry in the face of hypocrisy. The Gladsong loves a pisstake.”
However, the decision has gone viral and Mitchell Crum the owner of Lord Gladstone even appeared on 10’s The Project.
Crum said: “Next Sunday we are doing a party not a protest. Voicing the hypocrisy and double standards of religious institutions against hospitality venues.”
Crum also confirmed with B&T that Sunday plans are, “a piss-take and we are still following restrictions on the day.”
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