PUB CHOIR OFF COUCH, ON TOUR
QUEENSLAND’S world-renowned Pub Choir is finally back after an enforced 12-month hiatus.
Last year, the popular choir was forced to transform into the housebound Couch Choir due to pandemic-related lockdowns.
Now, it’s back in full force on a regional tour of half a dozen Queensland towns.
Pub Choir founder and director Astrid Jorgensen said although Couch Choir was perfect for lockdown, nothing beats a live performance. “We have to do a few things differently, socially distanced and COVID-safe under the directions of Queensland Health, but the joy will be the same, if not even more so, because for the first time in over a year it will be live in person.”
The special tour has been given the green light thanks to the $11.5m Raising the Bar relief fund from Bundaberg Rum to help support the hospitality sector. Bundaberg Rum marketing manager Duncan Littler said it was important for people to be able to enjoy going out while maintaining strict hygiene standards. “The pub is often the heart and soul of regional communities and people missed that social element during the height of the pandemic.”
The April 20-May 2 tour will visit Bundaberg, Dalby, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Emerald.