By Mark Barrow
LIVE MUSIC might not usually be associated with Greenfield – but the village’s Conservative Club is hoping to change that as their ‘Live at the Con’ events are beginning to take hold.
The club wants to stage live music twice every month, with a mixture of genres and bands, in the hope of attracting both a younger and older audience and to provide a more vibrant, social venue.
It will also aim to provide rising, young talent and local bands, as well as established touring bands, somewhere to play their music and receive support.
Although the venue is already popular for christenings and private events, chief organiser Russell Bowers believes the function room – which holds 120 people, contains a bar area, stage and free WIFI – is currently underused – something Live at the Con is trying to change.
He said: “The bands will hopefully get people to come and experience a wide range of live music, get a buzz around the club again and get the younger generation to see the club as somewhere to go to play pool, snooker and socialise.
“Greenfield Conservative Club want reinvest any money made on the tickets into the club to improve on facilities and equipment. It needs a lot of commitment and work but with the local audiences’ patronage we can make it a great live music venue.”
The inaugural event was held on October 19 featuring two local upcoming bands – The Velocetas and Mind The Gap – and surpassed all expectations as the club was packed out and proved a hit with the audiences and bands alike.
The Velocetas’ lead singer Harry Lavin, said: ‘We played an hour set, including ten of our own original tunes, all of which can be heard when our EP comes out in mid-November. It went down really well – everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Up next at Live at the Con was local musician Kieran McMahon and guest band Redstar on November 1 and there will be another event on November 29, with acts to be confirmed.
To find out more about Live at the Con and to see photos and videos from the events, look on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/liveatthecon or contact Russell Bowers on 07840 946668.