12:16 Thursday 02 May 2013

Live Lodge launch no laughing matter

Written byJAMES BRINDLE

FOLLOWING a roaring success with stand up comedy events, a Swadlincote-based events company are branching out into live music.

The Comedy Lodge opened its doors at Swadlincote Ski Centre over three years ago and with its friendly and lively audience it is now a favourite spot for comedians to appear.

The Comedy Lodge continues to host monthly comedy nights at the ski centre on the first Friday of each month and hopes to launch The Comedy Lodge XL in the near future.

Craig and Melanie Bennett met while studying performing arts at Burton College alongside students Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows.

They have worked both front of house and backstage in the West End and are using that experience as part of the team at the Comedy Lodge and now the Live Lodge.

Craig said: “I have always enjoyed being a part of hosting events – whether it’s a large scale West End musical or a one man acoustic set in the back of a pub.

“I get a huge adrenalin rush and sense of achievement from setting the event up and watching people enjoy themselves.”

The Bennett’s are joined on the team by John Richardson and South Derbyshire District Council employee Gareth Evans, who admitted to a passion to live music.

He said: “I’ve always loved listening to music and seeing bands play live.

“Now to be on the other side of the stage, liaising with the artists, being involved in the whole planning of these live music events is giving me an enormous amount of pleasure.”

The Live Lodge kicks off with its first night of live music at the Ski centre on Monday, June 24 with The Spitfires live, before on Friday, June 28 when the Lodge heads to the Melbourne Assembly Rooms to stage Noasis.

The events company, which includes the Live Lodge and the Comedy Lodge, is currently nameless and people are being asked to suggest names by emailing thecomedylodge@gmail.com with the winner getting a year’s free membership.

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