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Big acts fail to draw big crowd

Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Crowds didn’t hit the anticipated 400-mark on Saturday night. Crowds didn’t hit the anticipated 400-mark on Saturday night.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Poor attendance at the 'Day on the Fairway' has sounded the death knell for future concerts at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club.

The Australia Day concert boasted tribute acts to the Beatles and Beach Boys, with members enjoying the classic hits while decking out along the fairway.

But while concertgoers spoke highly of the cover bands, organisers lamented the low turn-out.

No official numbers were known at the time of writing yesterday, although one organiser, Pam Tucker, took to Facebook to vent her disappointment at the "poor" crowd.

"It is just quite sad when even members don't support an event that is to help them keep their club," she said.

"Broken Hill people will now maybe never again have the opportunity to enjoy not only the venue but the talented musicians, William and Edward, The Beachy Boys and the Let it Be Beatles."

Mrs Tucker added that not one person left disappointed.

"(There was) wonderful feedback from so many," she said.

"And that, my friend, is the measure of success."

It was hoped the Melbourne acts would be the start of an Outback Jazz type festival, with interstate bands playing regularly at the club.

Concert-goers seemed to enjoy the cooler weather and sizzling barbecues matched with their old time favourite songs.

"It was fantastic. I thought the music was good and crowd was really disappointing," patron Mick Stoltenberg said.

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