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Warkworth Town Hall hosts alcohol-free retro party

Posted at 10:00am Wednesday 16 Jun, 2021

The Warkworth Town Hall will host a retro party next month with three nostalgic tribute acts.

The line-up includes the Tasman AZ band, which will play Kiwi and Aussie hits including those from Dragon, Split Enz, Hello Sailor, DD Smash and Icehouse. There will also be a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band and a Bee Gees tribute band.

It is an alcohol-free event organised by Wayne Perry of Browns Bay.

Wayne doesn't drink, but he is a licensed duty manager who has been in the entertainment industry for most of his life.

“I've seen first-hand what alcohol does. People turn up looking to have a good time but end up having to go home early,” he says.

The event is a pilot to test the alcohol-free concept and, if it proves successful, Wayne says he will bring international acts to Warkworth later in the year.

He says the alcohol-free beverage market has come a long way, with zero per cent beer, wine and even gin. He says holding alcohol-free events also removes the temptation to drink and drive.

“People can come and party, still get a social experience with a good drink in their hand, but without the headaches.”

The Club Soda Retro Party will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, July 24, at 7pm.

Tickets are $40 from www.eventfinda.com. The same event will also be held in Auckland in the week before the Warkworth event. The venue will be the Barfoot and Thompson stadium in Kohimarama, which has a capacity of 1000.

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