Death of local music ’exaggerated’

TOMMY’S hotel licensee, Tony Sidgreaves, has rejected claims by a local music promoter that the Lismore music scene is ‘dead’.

“Live music has been played every Friday and Saturday night at Tommy’s,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

He also lashed out at claims by Lismore rock music promoter Daniel Bridge that local publicans were ‘near-sighted’ and favoured cover bands over acts playing original music.

“I can’t speak for other publicans, but I reject the assertion of being ‘near-sighted’ when it comes to live entertainment,” he said.

Marshall Okell, frontman for Lennox Head-based band Marshall and The Fros, said

opportunities for local bands had picked up recently.

“Good on them,” said Mr Okell of Tommy’s dedication to live music.

Mr Okell and his band will play alongside Byron Bay act Villains at Tommy’s on Saturday.



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