Friday, March 6, 2015

The Workers Club // Geelong

An artist's impression of THE WORKERS CLUB GEELONG
Although currently 90-92 Malop Street, Geelong mightn't be a place you've heard of, you should start paying attention. As of the end of March, 90-92 Malop Street will be the home to The Workers Club Geelong, the offshoot of the already established The Workers Club Melbourne.

The primary booker for this exciting new venture, Spinning Half's Steven Nichols, said there's already over 30 acts booked in. And doors have yet to even open.

This year APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) announced that postcode 3261 - which covers Geelong and surrounds - has the highest percentage of growth of royalty earning musicians in Australia. Basically, the music scene in Geelong is going from strength to strength. The Workers Club is opening in safe hands.

Steven Nichols & John O'Brien
What started as a chance conversation between old schoolmates, The Workers Club Melbourne co-owner John O'Brien and Nichols will both have an active role in the business. Setting them apart from other, similar sized venues, is Nichols and O'Brien.

"Lots of owners don't have a musical background," says Nichols.

"I'll be the primary booker for the venue...John will have an active role in marketing."

With doors opening soon, already over 30 acts - both national and international - have been confirmed. Jake Clemons, Jeff Martin, Northeast Party House, and British India to name just a few.

"We want to have all ages shows. We'd be aiming to have a fair few," says Nichols.

A brand new kitchen and exciting menu yet to be announced - no pub parmies here! - The Workers Club Geelong will be open for functions and private hire.

"We're trying to stay true to what Melbourne does...We'd hope to be open as many nights as possible."

"Maybe a local metal band on Friday, something more Triple J feel on Saturday, and a dinner and a show type thing on Sunday."