Mental as Anything will perform at the re-opening of Kingscliff Beach Hotel in November.
Mental as Anything will perform at the re-opening of Kingscliff Beach Hotel in November. Stephen Booth

Mental As Anything celebrate renovations at Kingy

THEY were only in Tweed Heads in August, but this month Mental as Anything will be back in the area to mark the re-opening of the Kingscliff Beach Hotel's $11 million renovations.

And they're not alone, with Wolfmother also in town.

Andrew "Greedy" Smith said they hadn't played the hotel before, but were keen to be among those gracing the stage for the opening weekend.

"It's pretty exciting," Greedy said. "It looks like a pretty good line-up."

He applauded the venue for bringing in live music for their opening celebrations.

"I think any place that has bands, it's a good idea in our minds," Greedy

said. "That's how we started out."

He said venues that supported live music were crucial in an area like the Tweed that was brimming with musical talent.

"Your area produces a lot of music," he said.

Mental as Anything used to perform alongside the Sunnyboys, some of whom grew up in Kingscliff.

"It's an area that's got good live venues to showcase all the local talent," Greedy said.

"We've spent a lot of time touring the east coast.

"The more opportunities there are to play different live venues, the better."

Despite claims certain venues didn't support original music, Greedy said great music would always come out on top.

"People will tend to gravitate towards the ones playing good original music," he said.

Greedy said the only possible downside to playing the Kingscliff Beach Hotel opening was that the beachside location could make it "hard to concentrate".

"It's such a great setting," he said.

Still, he's confident they'll put on a show to remember.

"I'll be proud to take this band to Kingscliff," he said.

"We're sounding sharper than ever before."

Mental as Anything performed in Tweed Heads with Daryl Braithwaite in August this year - and Greedy said they were considering heading out on tour with him again next year.

The Gig

Who: Mental as Anything

Where: Kingscliff Beach Hotel

When: Sunday, November 23

More info: www.kingscliff beachhotel.com.au



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