May 19, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Best known as a concert venue, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion has undergone a multi-million dollar seating upgrade increasing its versatility to host business events.

Located in Moore Park, the Hordern Pavilion used to be Sydney’s largest indoor venue, and now offers event planners capacity for conferences of up to 3,000 people in theatre or in the round, or 3,100m2 of usable flexible space for exhibitions, product launches and social events.

The new motorised seating allows efficient customisation of seating configurations – transforming from a 1,000 to a 5,000 seating capacity can now be completed in under an hour.

“While The Hordern will continue to host live music concerts, we’re excited by the prospect of introducing the upgraded, more versatile space to new patrons for occasions such as indoor sporting events, artistic performances, corporate exhibitions, product launches, award evenings, gala balls, charity functions and much more,” said Anthony Dunsford, general manager of Playbill Venues which manages the Pavilion.

“The past couple of years have been challenging for business, which is why providing an affordable, highly versatile event space for partners, promoters and the wider entertainment and business community has been a key focus for us.”

The venue is set to host the ARIA Awards later this year as the event returns to its more traditional live format and has hosted other awards, corporate and conference events as well as TED talks and exhibitions over the years. Opening in 1924, it was originally built to accommodate the growing popularity of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.

“As The Hordern approaches its 100th birthday in 2024, our major seating upgrade is just the beginning,” said Playbill Venues managing director Michael Nebenzahl.

“We’re getting this beloved Sydney venue ready to keep rocking for another century of live events and entertainment of every form.”