Air­lie hosts Aussie rock­ers Grin­spoon show at Air­lie’s Mag­nums Ho­tel sells out in record time

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

TICK­ETS to see Aus­tralian rock band Grin­spoon play their first-ever Air­lie Beach show as part of a 20th-an­niver­sary tour have sold out in record time.

The much-loved band have al­ready sold out most of their shows for their Guide to Bet­ter Liv­ing tour, which cel­e­brates the de­but of their al­bum Guide to Bet­ter Liv­ing and kicked off in Gee­long at the start of this month.

Ar­lie Beach’s Mag­nums Ho­tel man­ager Jar­ryd Bar­clay said tick­ets for the Au­gust 12 gig went on sale on­line on April 3 and had sold out by July 4, a record for Air­lie’s largest en­ter­tain­ment venue which has a ca­pac­ity of 750.

Mr Bar­clay said he’d had sell-out mu­sic nights at the ho­tel be­fore, but this was the first time tick­ets had sold out well be­fore an event.

“I thought it would sell-out, but I didn't think it would sell-out be­fore the show,” he said. “It’s be­cause they’re one of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful bands.”

Mr Bar­clay said he would be em­ploy­ing ex­tra staff and se­cu­rity for the night “so we can be well pre­pared and ready to go”.

The Aus­tralian rock band from Lis­more was formed in 1995 with Phil Jamieson on vo­cals and gui­tar, Pat Dav­ern on gui­tar, Joe Hansen on bass gui­tar and Kris­tian Hopes on drums.

When Guide to Bet­ter Liv­ing was orig­i­nally re­leased in Septem­ber 1997, it spent much of the next 10 months on the charts, gen­er­at­ing dou­ble-plat­inum sales of more than 140,000 copies on the back of five sin­gles, ‘Pedes­trian’, ‘DCx3’, ‘Re­peat’, ‘Just Ace’ and ‘Don’t Go Away’.

The al­bum also won the 1998 ARIA Mu­sic Award in the Break­through Artist al­bum cat­e­gory.

Their cur­rent tour takes in 27 dates across Aus­tralia and has been de­scribed as the first tour of such a scale since the band went on a “hia­tus” in 2013. For those lucky enough to have tick­ets to the Air­lie Beach con­cert, doors open at 8pm.

PHOTO: DAN MATNARD

POP­U­LAR: Grin­spoon are com­ing to Mag­nums on Au­gust 12.

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