The Wool Exchange sits proudly in central Geelong in all its solid sandstone glory. Purpose built to cater to the once thriving local wool industry and serving Geelong as a wool auction house in the 1900’s. This imposing structure which was built in 1927-1928, has well stood the test of time and since Craig and Maria Reily took over the helm in 2010, its popularity has continued to flourish. The best in local, national and international music and live entertainment, are at the forefront of what you can now expect to find within its grand four walls.
When the Reily’s took over, both came with a huge array of experience in the live music space. Craig had been around it for most of his life and Maria’s family had always been well involved. They also both believed strongly in offering above and beyond what was typical of live venues. Their aim is always to create a well-staffed, well secured and safe environment that is presented in a clean and tidy state. You certainly won’t find old sticky carpet in this venue! You will also enjoy decent brands poured over the bar and no need to wait in a long line for your hard-earned beverage.
They work closely with Social State Media who has ongoing associations with Mushroom Records and major national agencies that represent renowned Australian bands. Due to this association and the experience they bring to their venue, they have proudly opened their doors to a variety of genres predominately rock and roll, heavy metal which enjoys a strong following, to country and western where punters travel from afar to enjoy and many genres in between including the very best in cover bands. Household names who have performed live include Jo Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Vanessa Amorosi, Birds Of Tokyo, North Lane, Med Mak, Pete Murray, Vera Blue, Dan Sultan, The Whitlams, Ross Wilson, The Sunnyboys and The Living End just to name a few. 2023 will not disappoint either, as post Covid, many bands are hitting the road and touring, making up for lost time and revenue. With Geelong renowned in the music industry as a must visit destination, we are securely on the radar as a great city for these bands to visit, so watch this space…
The venue holds a comfortable 550 people in their main upstairs space and with a tiered design, everyone can see and enjoy the entertainment rolling out on the main stage. Craig, Maria and their staff love their audiences, who know their music, know their bands and absolutely love rock and roll.
They also love the ongoing support their punters provide, so much so, that at their final live music gig in 2022 the first drink was on them! It was their way of saying thanks and giving something back.
We think you’ll agree however, that giving something back is what The Wool Exchange is in the business of doing. As by providing an amazing entourage of live acts, they ensure we are continually filling our senses and our need for music and entertainment.
You’ve just got to love local….