The Black Malabar

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The Black Malabar

We are very proud and excited to announce that in July The Unorthodox Church of Groove will be rebranding to The Black Malabar and opening as Newcastle’s newest live music lounge bar and function centre. We are committed to offering the finest in live music entertainment in a celebration of the diversity of musical cultures. Experience the richness of Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Tango, World, Reggae, Indie Pop and Singer Songwriting at it’s finest. Witness incredible national and international musical acts and savour our homegrown talent.

The philosophy is simple, as we are passionate about music we want to share with you music that inspires, invites you to dance and lives in the memory. “Music is the universal language of mankind” – Henry Wadsworth.

The Black Malabar has risen from the success of The Unorthodox Church of Groove, which hosted many extraordinary events over the years and created an essential destination for music lovers. The evolution is The Black Malabar, taking these events to a new level of experience with all of the key people involved with The Groove continuing into the future with this amazing venue.

Paul, Suzie and all of our staff would like to extend their utmost gratitude to everyone who has attended our great events over the past few years and thank you for your support.

The Black Malabar is also available for hire for parties, functions, weddings and more. To book a date, and for all other enquiries, email Zac at

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