ONE of the biggest-selling boy bands of the 90s is coming to town to play at a new late-night bar and venue, set to officially launch in mid-2015.
In what has been described as “the biggest Christmas party” East 17 will appear on Friday at The Front, performing some classic hits, including the Christmas No 1 Stay Another Day, as well as exclusive tracks from their latest album, to be released in the new year.
The event will be hosted by Incem Leisure, which took over the former New York and Talk of the Town club in Central Parade last month.
Adrian Lee, Incem Leisure’s general manager, said: “It was difficult to get East 17 because they are so busy at the moment touring Eastern Europe and working on their new album.
“Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas song and what is better than having one of the greatest performed live?
“The boys sound absolutely phenomenal now.
“We really wanted to get them in and throw the biggest Christmas party ever to say goodbye to New York and tell the people of the Bay what we intend to do with the venue over the next few months and show them what they can expect from us in 2015.”
Incem Leisure, which is owned by Ian Clark, will carry out a complete refurbishment in January 2015 to convert the building into the new upmarket bar and venue, where it will put on events such as big band nights, comedians and guest appearances.
The overhaul will be carried out in three phases, the first of which will be renovating the small bar at the front of the building to become a lounge bar. This is expected to be completed by the end of January. The second phase is turning the back main hall into the show venue and the work will be carried out in the first quarter of 2015.
The third and final phase will be finishing the whole building off and preparing it for the official launch in the middle of next year.
Mr Lee said: “We want to give the people of Herne Bay a more eclectic late night bar and venue. It’s not a nightclub, it’s going to be a lounge-style bar for people to come and relax and enjoy a great range of drinks and a venue offering various types of entertainment.
“Once we have completed the renovations in the main hall, the space can be used to hold exhibitions for local artists and art groups in the community.
“During the week we would like to make the space available for local community groups and members of the society, rather than just having the bar open of a weekend.”
“We feel that Herne Bay is ready for the new lounge bar and venue. There is life coming back into this town and we think somewhere different to have a drink and to see a great show would be a great thing for the Bay.”
Members of East 17, who sold more than 18 million albums in the 90s, will roll back the years when they make their appearance at the new bar.
Founder members Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer have since departed from the band, so it is now made up of original members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell, along with new addition Robbie Craig.[embedded content]
Tickets for the East 17 gig on Friday are priced at £10 and can be purchased from www.onthefront.co.uk
A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door on the night.