Bundaberg Rum is bringing communities back to their beloved local with a special regional tour of the state’s famous Pub Choir.
Pub Choir—which, according to Bundaberg, counts Mariah Carey among its fans—will tour half a dozen Queensland towns, creating a special night at the pub for the local community.
The tour is being made possible thanks to Bundaberg Rum’s $11.5 million Raising the Bar industry relief fund, which is designed to support the hospitality sector as it recovers and rebuilds from the impact of COVID-19.
It has been 12 months since the pandemic forced the unprecedented shut down of the hospitality sector, which continues to be one of the hardest hit industries with rolling restrictions, capacity constraints and new ongoing costs to stay open.
The fund has already donated tens of thousands of litres of hand sanitiser and health and safety equipment to more than 1500 venues and is now on a mission to bring back the much loved Aussie pub get-together.
Duncan Littler, Bundaberg Rum marketing and experience manager, said: “Bundaberg Rum is absolutely delighted to be able to bring Pub Choir to regional Queensland in venues which are Covid-safe thanks to our Raising the Bar hospitality support fund.
“It’s a great Queensland partnership. Bundaberg Rum is as about as iconic Queensland as you get, and Pub Choir, which started in a Brisbane pub, now has fans around the world.
“The pub is often the heart and soul of regional communities and people missed that social element during the height of the pandemic. We want people to know that good times can still be had at their local as we support them to maintain strict hygiene standards.”
Astrid Jorgensen, a founder and director of Pub Choir, said: “Exactly 12 months ago we had to transform Pub Choir into Couch Choir, which was phenomenal during Covid.
“But nothing compares to being able to connect in person so I am thrilled that we can now return to beloved pubs across Queensland with the support of Bundaberg Rum.
“Thanks to the funding from Bundy’s Raising the Bar we’re going to be touring through six regional Queensland towns, bringing the community back together at their local to sing their hearts out, reconnect and have a great time.
“We have to do a few things differently, socially distanced and Covid-safe under the directions of Queensland Health, but the joy will be the same, if not even more so, because for the first time in over a year it will be live in person.”
Tickets are free and will be released later this week. Applications also remain open for venues.
Bundaberg: Brothers Sports Club – Tuesday, 20 April
Dalby: The Criterion Hotel – Wednesday, 21 April
Toowoomba: Stock Hotel – Friday, 23 April
Cairns: Brothers Leagues Club – Tuesday, 27 April
Townsville: Mansfield Hotel – Wednesday, 28 April
Magnetic Island: Arcadia Village Hotel – Friday, 30 April
Emerald: Emerald Golf Club – Sunday, 2 May
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