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A Nambour business has announced ambitious plans to transform part of their Bury Street warehouse into the Sunshine Coast’s newest live-music venue with the support of a $53,368 Federal Government Grant.

Construction is underway on the 300 square meter venue which will include a large garden bar for acoustic performances, an indoor bar and entertainment area and a kitchen specialising in pizza and crepes.

Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien says that the funding boost was not just a major win for Nambour, but a real showstopper for the live-music sector on the Sunshine Coast.

“The stage is set for Nambour to amplify its reputation as a live-music and arts hub on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s no secret that the past two years have been incredibly difficult for the live-music industry, but today’s announcement is another sign that the music is back.”

“I am delighted to support Phil and his new venture which will provide so many opportunities for the local music scene.”

Big Audio will be the first venue to open in Nambour under the Sunshine Coast Council’s designated Special Entertainment Precinct regulations which enables the business to be exempt from the amplified music noise requirements of the Queensland Government’s liquor licensing laws.

The $53,368 grant will not only go towards the significant renovations but will also pay for 84 live acoustic lunch time shows beginning in early 2022 once the venue officially opens its doors.

Owner of Big Audio Phil Turvey said that he was ‘over the moon’ when Ted O’Brien gave him the good news.

“This is a gamechanger for us, and it moves us so much further down the track,” Mr Turvey said.

“This venue will be all about providing a platform for local original music to thrive on the Sunshine Coast.”

“Unfortunately, there are not a lot of live music venues left on the Coast, despite the public and the industry screaming out for more options.”

“That’s why we are so excited to open our doors early next year and plug live-music straight back into the lives of locals in an effort to bring a vibrant night time economy to Nambour.”

Big Audio will feature everything from acoustic sets, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll to cover bands and Sunday sessions.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, including long-time support of the Wood Folk Festival, Phil says that he has tapped into what people want and cannot wait to deliver it.

“I know what entertains people because I’ve seen what people like and what flavour to put out there” Mr Turvey said.

“That’s what this venue is all about – entertainment.” 

The $2.5 million Live Music Australia Program is designed for small and medium sized venues who support quality original Australian live music to rebuild following the impacts of COVID-19.

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