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“By God’s grace”: Festival Hall sells to Hillsong Church for $23m

Festival Hall, the legendary Melbourne music venue that hosted packed houses for the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, has been sold “by God’s grace” to the Hillsong Church for $23 million.

In a video posted to Hillsong’s YouTube channel on Sunday, the church’s founder Brian Houston told his congregation: “By God’s grace … we’ve been able to purchase Festival Hall.”

Melbourne's Festival Hall was originally built in 1915 was destroyed by fire in 1955 and was rebuilt a year later in time for the Olympic Games.

Melbourne’s Festival Hall was originally built in 1915 was destroyed by fire in 1955 and was rebuilt a year later in time for the Olympic Games.Credit:Justin McManus

The transaction, but not the buyer, was confirmed by the West Melbourne property’s selling agents Colliers International, with title records showing the deal was settled on October 16 for $23,375,000.

The large single-storey hall originally built in 1915 was destroyed by fire in 1955 and was rebuilt a year later in time for the Olympic Games. More recently, artists such as Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Powderfinger played there.

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