The city's ailing live music scene is poised to get a spiritual boost next month when the first in a series of performances will be held at a church in Launceston's CBD.
The Live at the Church series, organised by production company Eight Oh Eight and All Saints Anglican Network, will kick off in October, with performances from country music stars the Wolfe Brothers and the bombastic singing trio Croon.
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Eight Oh Eight owner Adrian Barrett said while the COVID-19 pandemic had ravaged the arts and culture sector across the North of the state, the looming performances at the St John's Anglican Church would provide it with a shot in the arm.
"What we've decided to do is activate the space over a period of time, instead of what our original plan was, which was a month's worth of shows once a year," he said.
"When [the church is] lit up and everything's in there, it's just inspiring. It doesn't matter who's performing - the space itself just takes your breath away."
Nick Wolfe, of the Wolfe Brothers, said his band was excited to have the chance to play live once more.
"We haven't been able to play since March," he said. "We've been at home all these months and we haven't known really what to do with ourselves."
With a wry smile, Wolfe admitted that it had "been many years since I've probably been in a church".
The events are described as being family-friendly, which All Saints Anglican Network lead minister James Hornby said was an appealing factor.
"Having an outing, being able to engage with something like music - I think it's a real part of Launceston culture," he said. "To have a venue that can help facilitate that is really exciting actually."
Croon will perform at the St John's Anglican Church on Friday, October 16, while the Wolfe Brothers will perform the next day.
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