Live music returns to Colac nightspot

Union Club Hotel manager Warwick Newman is ready for the return of live music.

LIVE music will return to one of Colac’s most popular night spots.

The Union Club Hotel will host live music tomorrow night from Camperdown-based DJ Corey, while the venue’s new manger Warwick Newman will also play a DJ set.

Mr Newman, who took over managing the venue last week, said the entertainment would be in the venue’s bistro from 10pm.

He said he and DJ Corey, who has played frequent sets at Hamilton’s Mojo Bar, Portland’s Club101 and Eden at Warrnambool, specialised in commercial electro tracks and unique “mash ups and boot legs”.

“I take somewhat unknown tracks that have a good beat and put local popular tracks and vocals over the top,” Mr Newman said.

“Corey is the same but with a bit more Melbourne influence – he’s a good DJ,” he said.

Mr Newman, 35, previously managed Club101 for six months, owned a hotel and nightclub for three years at Launceston, Tasmania, and was a DJ promoter and nightclub manager at venues across Victoria for 10 years.

He said tomorrow night’s return of live music to the Union’s bistro area, after an absence of more than five years, was a sign of things to come.

“I’m just hoping to give people a fresh new look at the Union and show them we’re going to change,” Mr Newman said.

“Live entertainment is back – a new vibe to the place, an after-nine vibe, back to the way it used to be,” he said.

“What I want to do is give people a dual environment where they can come and chill in the bar and have some beers, play a game of pool and once the sun goes down on a Saturday night then they have a good crack at live music and DJs.”

Mr Newman, who moved to Colac with his wife Hayley and two children Zali, 4, and Blayz, 2, said he was excited about hosting frequent entertainment at the venue, including performances from Colac district bands and theme nights.

“It could be a really good thing for Colac – at the end of the day you just need some young energetic blood in there,” Mr Newman said.

He said live entertainment at the Union would initially be free with cover charges once the venture got off the ground.

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