NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After five years of operation, the New South Wales-based Strike Hard Booking is closing up shop as of January 30th.
Strike Hard got its start booking ad-hoc venues in Wollogong in 2007 but soon expanded into a full service touring company that brought some major artists to Australia, including Shai Hulud, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cruel Hand, Emure and All Shall Perish.
The final Strike Hard shows will take place with Backtrack from New York performing a brief tour w numerous others on the lineup.
While reasons for the closure were not released, many of the key personnel at Strike Hard are moving on to new gigs.
Company founder, Daniel Misztal, has signed on with Staple Group, having accepted a position with Destroy All Lines. He will be the National Booking Agent for the Australia’s leading alt nightclubs and booking international tours.
Oliver Cation has launched his own label, Broken Hive Records, and will continue his work in hardcore music by booking international and local tours, managing and booking local bands, as well as releasing and distributing a variety of titles through the label. Broken Hive's first tour will take place in March with Trapped Under Ice and Relentless embarking on a high profile national tour.
Jesse King is leaving the industry, at least for the foreseeable future. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers