There will be a ‘British Invasion’ of Sandgate later this month as Best of British Rock… Under the Clock transforms the historic Sandgate Town Hall on May 26.
The popular bi-annual Rock Under the Clock event will have live entertainment provided by local legends Jim Hansen & The Sonics (dressed in Union Jack costume), with Nicky Steel as guest artist.
The Sonics guitarist and event organiser Rod Kippen says to add to the British atmosphere they are hoping to have a 1960s London double-decker bus on site to use for photographs.
This month’s Rock Under the Clock evening will feature the ‘British Invasion’ music that overtook the world’s hit charts during the 60s, Rod says.
“ There’ll be music from artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Petula Clark and so on,’’ Rod says.
“Each event carries a feature theme to underpin the entertainment on the night, which revolves around 60s popular music.
“This usually transitions to generate a nostalgic experience for the dancegoers who continue to be overwhelmed in their praise for a great night out.’’
The dance fundraiser, held since 2015, gets its title from the iconic rock tune Rock Around the Clock, which featured in the late 50s movie Blackboard Jungle.
To complement the music entertainment, the ambience of the Town Hall will be transformed into all things British — from Union Jack bunting, to London Underground signage, to Battle of Britain Lager and pork pies served for supper.
The evening will kick off with Rule Britannia played with cannon and musket sound effects and during interval and supper, trivia themed on 60s British music will keep the theme alive.
The Sonics have been playing gigs at the Sandgate Town Hall for more than 50 years and have formed a strong bond with the venue.
“It’s truly a fun experience that takes you back to your teenage years (if you are now in your late 60s) and great value for money,’’ Rod says.
Proceeds from the event go to the Sandgate PCYC. More than $30,000 has been raised since the fund-raiser began in 2015.
Bookings are essential and can be made through trybooking.com/hect. Prices for the dance floor are $49 and include a light supper and refreshments.
The evening runs 6.30pm-11pm (doors open at 6pm). For more information phone 0499 608 703.