After a few lean months for the Wollongong music scene, yet another city venue is throwing open its doors to guitars, drums and live bands.
The Illawarra Brewery will on September 5 kick off its own weekly band nights, with a range of solo, acoustic and full band talent set to take over Thursday evenings.
Tim Day, a manager at the Harbour Street venue, said the Brewery was keen to help fill the hole left by the recent closure of several venues.
"Most people will go out to a nightclub on a Thursday, but we want to show people there is good music in the area," he said.
"The big thing for me is supporting local live music. We've snagged a few Sydney and Melbourne acts in the next few weeks, but it's about local acts."
Mr Day said the Brewery concerts would "always be free, never ticketed", and said they would aim to create a laid back atmosphere for people to meet, relax and enjoy live music.
"It's very positive that there's more venues opening to bands now," he said.
"Being a uni town, with so many musicians and so many people keen to support, we should have a lot of venues doing music most nights. I'm very excited."