The Abyss Club is the brainchild of local promoters Nev Pearce and Richard Wynne.
Held at The Clock Hotel once a month, it’s an alternative club scene with a penchant for heavy music and the first event, held last month saw plenty of long hair, black jeans, tattoos, burlesque and beards.
Our Editor, Samantha Morris recently caught up with Nev Pearce who hosts a weekly metal and rock radio show on Rabbit Radio called Rabit Noise and has been involved in the local music scene for more then 10 years. Richard Wynne previously owned Music Mania and in the past they’ve collaborated to promote local shows.
Nev says he’d been looking for a project to work with Richard on as it had been some time since they’d joined forces. “It really felt like the Coast has been missing something for a long time: a place where people can go and have a few beers and listen to good music,” Nev said.
The first Abyss Club attracted around 200 people through the course of the night. Doors opened at 8.00pm but things really kicked into gear around 9.30pm.
“We were very stoked,” Nev said. “It was only the first night and we’d put in a lot of time and effort into it so it was great seeing everybody had a good time. After midnight it got crazy!”
The inaugural club featured rock, metal, punk and industrial music and the night included a beard competition and a burlesque show. Nev said they also had a couple of giveaways from sponsors. “But the Beard comp and burlesque show were definitely a highlight of the night.”
“We want The Abyss to be as interactive and entertaining as possible.”
When asked about a long term vision for The Abyss, Nev said they just want a strong following. “We want to build it up so it gives people a place to go really and to gain a following like the scene used to be.”
“This months is going to be awesome, we don’t want to spoil anything but lock Friday 13 December into your calendars, it is going to be a blast.”
The Abyss Club
Friday 13 December
The Clock Hotel