• Jack Ward

Ararat Live back bigger and better

Published in The Ararat Advocate, Ararat's weekly newspaper published by West Vic News Pty Ltd.


ARARAT Live is returning post-COVID to a new and larger venue, moving performances into the Town Hall for the 2021 season.


The music club - first foundered in 2010 - is a not-for-profit small group of friends that have continued to bring quality live music to Ararat.

PHOTO: Ararat Live organiser, David Nicholson

Since its beginnings, Ararat Live has welcomed more than 130 artists to town, exposing audiences to a range of local, national, and international music.


Organiser, David Nicholson, said the club has held events at the Ararat Hotel and more recently the Rex, but will host most of its shows in the Town Hall this year following discussions with Council.


“The Ararat Hotel was very good for us for many years, for most of the time. Towards the end of 2019, that was closed and so we moved into the Rex with the new owners there,” he said.


“Everything went well but the size and shape of the venue is not ideal. More recently, Council has spoken to us about using the Town Hall, so I jumped at that chance.”


Mr Nicholson said he has managed to pencil in eight artists for the year, including Australian rock singer-songwriter Deborah Conway AM who will visit in July.


“[The Town Hall is] a prime venue for starters, the sound system in there which has hardly been used is fantastic - there's no other way of saying it,” he said.


“It certainly is the next level and to have this facility available to us is going to be great.”


Other acts to look forward to include; Liam Gerner and Luke Moller in April (venue TBC), Anna Smyrk in May, Van Walker in June, Benny Walker in August (venue TBC), Black Jesus Experience in September and Imogen Clark in November.


“Looking ahead in the future, for 2022, hopefully we'll lock in the dates early and then we can secure the top-notch artists… but I don't want to then discount the other performers who are up and coming at the same time.”


More details about upcoming shows can be found on the Ararat Live Facebook page. The first being held on Wednesday, April 14.

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