Club to hit right note with music fans

ITS SCUFFED floorboards have been repolished and its chipped walls repainted.

Next month  Club 54 will reopen as a live music venue.

Booking agent Brad Harbeck has been booking bands for nearby venue The Lazy Butterfly (also known as The Pav) since late last year.

``Because of the success of The Pav, we got to move into a bigger venue,'' Harbeck said.

``The plan is to put live, original music on every weekend.''

The doors to Club 54, which sits behind the Batman Fawkner Inn on Cameron Street, have been closed for about six years.

``I think I remember playing there in 2005, which was about the tail end of it,'' Launceston musician J. Robert Youngtown said.

In its heyday of the 1990s, it was a premier spot for touring bands   the likes of the Hoodoo Gurus, Boom Crash Opera and You Am I.

``Someone told me that INXS played here _ I'm not sure if I believe it,'' Harbeck said.

The 500-capacity venue will officially reopen with a weekend of live music from May 16 and will feature 15 artists from Tasmania and interstate.

FACT FILE

WHAT: Club 54 grand opening weekend.

WHEN: May 16 and 17.

WHERE: Club 54, behind the Batman Fawkner Inn at 39 Cameron Street, Launceston.

COST: $10 entry each day.

MORE INFORMATION: www.facebook.com/VanguardBookings

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