The arrival of band East 17 in Herne Bay for a Christmas gig will mark a new beginning for the town’s nightlife, say club bosses. Hundreds of tickets have already being sold for the group’s Friday at The Front appearance tomorrow and club spokesman Adrian Hand ley says it will be the first of many top Herne Bay gigs. Best-selling 90s’ band East 17 are a crowd-puller, especially at Christmas time with their festive No. 1 Stay Another Day, which has become a chart classic. The band formed in Waltham- stow in 1991 have had 18 top 20 singles and four top 10 albums. Mr Handley says he has been able to secure the appearance through a personal connection. He said
“I’m friends with some of the guys and I thought that it would be a good gig for Christmas.”
The promoter of the club, which is run by Incem Leisure, says there will be big changes at the former New York and Talk of the Town venue. In a major refurbishment, the front part of the Central Parade building will be converted into a lounge bar in loft apartment- style. The rear of the club will have a stripped-down appearance and Mr Handley said: “It will appear like you are in a railway arch, with lots of exposed brickwork and there will be a whole new lighting and sound system. Refurbishment of the lounge bar will be finished at the end of January, with the entire works completed by March. The aim is to provide a more diverse offering for the people of Herne Bay. General manager Adrian Lee said the venue would be unrecognisable from its previous reincarnations.
“It will no longer be a night club but a venue for different acts and COmedians and will have a much more varied calendar. It will be a more intimate version of the Kings Hall,” he said. “We wanted to mark the new era with a massive Christmas party and it’s great that East 17 will be playing.”
East 17 now consists of original members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell, plus new addition Robbie Craig. To buy tickets visit onthefront.co.uk or get them on the door.
Herne Bay Gazette, December 18th 2014