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A strange first birthday for the Canberra Musicians Club

By johnboy - 28 September 2009 2


Image: The Glaciers rocking out

It was a variable first birthday for the Canberra Musicians Club on Saturday night.

The new venue of McGregor Hall (Corner of Marcus Clarke and Barry Drive in the city) has a lot going for it.

Unusually for a hall it has a high gabled ceiling which does wonders for the sound (at least compared to long, low ceilings).

The set up was good with lots of space for the bar and gear room for the bands.

On the down side, it’s a really big room. So a crowd that would have made The Front or Phoenix seem packed were a little sparse when spread across the wider landscape. Howling arctic weather probably kept some punters home on the night too.

Worse yet a city location brings city problems. I had left around 1am but there was trouble with large gatecrashers later, which saw a club member (who was also an off-duty police officer) hospitalised with what one witness described as “A head exploded like a pumpkin”.

(Cat scans have shown no serious damage and once the bruising goes down and the stitches are out he should be as good as new.)

RiotACT has contacted the CMC for comment and will publish it when we receive it, but we understand that an unfortunately needed upgrade of security is now planned.

It would be a very great shame if thugs are able to drive music out of the city centre.

(Slideshow of the bands below, all photographs courtesy of the wonderful ‘Pling)

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A strange first birthday for the Canberra Musicians Club
KandyA 3:02 pm 29 Sep 09

twas a luvly nite. Mostly.
a big brolly for the smokers wouldve saved some wetness.
an extra 100 peeps wouldve made it cosy pretty- unlucky with the weather!

and some happy snaps of the thugs shouldnt have been to hard to come by, in lieu of some CMC community intervention.

fnaah 11:09 am 28 Sep 09

Many thanks to the CMC for putting on the event!

Looking forward to performing here more – the crowd was great (although it did seem a bit “thin”, the hall certainly could hold many more) and the acoustics were wonderful. I did feel a bit cramped on stage, but I think that could be alleviated by moving the PA speakers/gear forward or to the right off the stage, or onto stands, and some nicer stage lighting would have been cool (i think I may be able to supply, if required).

Happy Birthday, CMC! Very sad to hear about the biff, hope that brave soul is OK.

Matt (guitar, The Glaciers)

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