Rad Bar is the new venue in town and takes over from the former Yours and Owls venue in the lower end of Wollongong's Crown Street Mall.
Drummer for local band Step-Panther, Daniel Radburn, is the new owner of the bar and is keen to continue the venue's live music nights as well as using the building as a creative space for visual art and poetry.
Local musicians can breathe a sigh of relief now that the future of the venue appears to be in safe hands. In fact, the future of the live music scene in Wollongong is looking a lot brighter with so many great venues popping up right now.
The Yours and Owls team are working with the Wollongong Unibar and the Novotel's Beach Bar venue in booking and promoting band nights as well as continuing to do the same for Rad Bar.
Yours and Owls have also combined with Music Farmers for The Farmer and The Owl Festival coming up on November 23, which will see Wollongong's CBD host 16 bands over four stages as well as hosting art shows, food stalls and markets.
The Illawarra Brewery is also back on the live music bandwagon with live, local music happening every Thursday night as part of its Home Brew'd campaign.
Ben Abraham and Emily Lonsdale, of Bear Media, launched the opening of their new live music venue last month, The Den, which will now continue hosting live original bands inside Wollongong's City Diggers function room with original local and touring bands being targeted.
Also, local music legends Jessie Hunt, Ben Tillman, Jeb Taylor, Carlie Carroll and John Wardle are now all members of Wollongong's Live Music Taskforce, which is a group put together by Wollongong council to help improve the state of the music scene in Wollongong.
So many cool things are happening in the music scene at the moment.
Expect to see plenty more live shows happening around the Illawarra as we approach the warmer months.
Glenn Haworth runs Haworth'sMusic Centres in Shellharbour and Fairy Meadow. Check out haworthguitars.com.au.