A contractor has been fired from Sydney nightclub Ivy after music interrupted the Anzac Day dawn service at Martin Place.
Justin Hemmes’ infamous venue Ivy nightclub was forced to make an embarrassing apology after complaints about the sounds during the one-minute silence.
The contractor was sacked shortly after he accessed the George St venue and conducted an unauthorised sound test for an event to be held later on Saturday.
Veterans and their families who came to pay their respects for the 100-year commemoration of Anzac were angered after the minute’s silence was repeatedly interrupted by music from the club.
A spokeswoman for Merivale, the company behind Ivy, said they were “mortified and deeply upset” about the incident, blaming the gaffe on a rogue third party contractor.
The apology comes after attendees of the service reportedly approached the club to complain but the music was not turned off.
“We are extremely distressed that this incident occurred,”the spokeswoman said.
“A third party contractor accessed the venue after close and conducted unauthorised sound testing for an event later today.”
The venue had closed its doors an hour and a half earlier than normal to minimise noise around the area but evidently the unwitting contractor missed the memo.
“He behaved in a terribly insensitive and completely unacceptable, thoughtless way,” the spokeswoman said.
Merivale confirmed the contractor was terminated later that morning.
“We apologise unreservedly to those in attendance for any disturbance.”
The incident has prompted a vicious backlash from the public with a number of disgruntled Sydneysiders taking to social media to express their disdain.
Lana Rose wrote:
“Not good enough Ivy.”
While Shane Bazzi posted:
In a post to Twitter, Joshua Cullen called on Premier Mike Baird to punish the venue.
“So the Ivy Nightclub’s music interrupted the minutes silence at dawn service. Just wow. #anzac @mikebairdMP Penalties?,” he wrote.