Entertainment

Club strikes note for entertainment

Grafton District Services Club general manager Arthur Lysaught in the middle of the room that can be now sealed off to get in major acts at the club. INSET: The Potbelleez which drew a huge crowd in May 2011.
Grafton District Services Club general manager Arthur Lysaught in the middle of the room that can be now sealed off to get in major acts at the club. INSET: The Potbelleez which drew a huge crowd in May 2011.

THERE are signs of life in the Grafton night life, and one of the most promising developments hinges on a new sliding wall.

The new movable wall, at the Grafton District Services Club, will enable the club's entertainment room to be closed off and a door charge added for up to 650 punters.

The significance of sectioning off the area, says veteran Coffs Harbour-based entertainment promoter John Logan, cannot be underestimated.

The ability to add a cover charge means Grafton has a new room to attract some reasonably high-profile acts such as Sneaky Sound System (who are confirmed for later this year) and others such as Hoodoo Gurus and maybe even Birds of Tokyo.

Other "up and coming" acts, 12-Foot Ninja and Dead Letter Circus may also be within reach for midweek shows.

Mr Logan has been in the ear of GDSC general manager Arthur Lysaught "for years" for such a development and he is hoping it may one day lead to the viability of a full-blown auditorium for the upstairs section of the popular venue.

Mr Lysaught said the GDSC was looking to take a new direction for its younger members with the launch of the G Nite Club on Saturday, August 11 - the opening act being Sydney chart dominators Bombs Away.

He said the night was expected to sell out even though the "wall" was not going to be used and the capacity would increase.

Special for the night is $10 membership and $10 entry for members - provided tickets were purchased before the day.

The weekly charge for the G Nite Club will be $5 with major acts planned for every couple of months.

"The youth in this town are screaming out for quality entertainment," Mr Lysaught said.

"I don't know how many kids went and saw this band (Bombs Away) at Coffs recently but I know there were lots and they would have paid a lot more than $10, I can tell you.

"I'd rather have them here than on the highway."

The Potbelleez, who played at the club in May last year and are rumoured to be returning next year, sparked a massive night for the club (pictured).



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