Australian Venue Co. (AVC) has announced plans to revitalise the entertainment spaces and beer garden at Townsville hotel The Mansfield.

The $1.2 million renovation of the entertainment space and band room is set to take place along with a new beer garden and container kitchen.

Established in 1899 as The Federal Hotel, The Mansfield has seen many eras, and throughout the 1980s, The Warehouse nightclub was a thriving live music venue hosting the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil and INXS.

The Warehouse venue closed in the late 80s and has not been used for live music since, so the refresh and reopening of the entertainment space will be a welcome addition to the Townsville community and tourism industry, according to AVC.

The Warehouse is returning with a fresh new look that will include a grungy, energetic and buzzing band room with a stage set for local and international artists, DJs and entertainers.

“We’re excited to be breathing new life into The Warehouse, reviving the tired old venue and transforming it into a modern band room that will showcase major international and Australia touring acts and DJs,” says Craig Ellison, Chief Operating Officer of AVC.

“The space will also be home to an exciting line-up of entertainment such as comedy, drag and burlesque shows.

“This band room will be a gamechanger for the Townsville music scene, bringing local residents and tourists from all walks of life to the city, all in the name of quality entertainment.”

Also included in the hotel’s million-dollar revamp is a complete renovation of the venue’s beer garden, and a container bar and kitchen will serve up a range of burgers, hotdogs, schnitzels and other snacks.

“Australian Venue Co is investing into The Mansfield’s renovation so that locals and tourists can experience quality entertainment and good food as part of a modern pub experience,” Ellison said.

The Mansfield band room and beer garden are slated to re-open in August 2022.

The venue will remain open for the majority of the renovation works, with a short closure to the gaming room in July.

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