New Doncaster music venue set to be jewel in town’s pub crown

(L-R) Pictured are Andy O'Grady and Dominic Gibbs of the Diamond Live Lounge
(L-R) Pictured are Andy O'Grady and Dominic Gibbs of the Diamond Live Lounge

The new directors of a Doncaster bar, which was left empty for 18 months, say they hope to turn it into the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the town’s live music scene.

Taking over the site formerly known as Camelot and Reload, the Diamond Live Lounge is based on Wood Street in the town centre and is set to open its doors on Friday, June 20 with a special launch event featuring a line up of top music acts.

Headlining will be The South, which features members of the chart topping Beautiful South, who will perform all the classics including Perfect 10, Rotterdam and Don’t Marry Her.

The event will also see Sheffield, Indie-pop band Alverez Kings and local duo Ginger Tom taking to the stage to entertain guests.

Diamond Live Lounge events director, Andy O’Grady, previously worked for The Dome and is responsible forbringing big name acts to the venue such as the Stereophonics and Kasabian.

And now, Andy says he hopes to develop the capacity for big bands to come to the town at the Diamond Live Lounge, which has a standing capacity of 700. He said: “We saw a gap in the live music market in Doncaster and wanted to get the local community out into the town centre for a night out with a difference.” Andy added: “The venue will offer an eclectic mix of musical talent from across the region, to support local up and coming artistes as well as welcoming some of the biggest names the industry has to offer.”

MMA and cage fighting promoter Dominic Gibbs is one of the other directors, and says a lot of work has been done to revamp the venue, which now includes a VIP area and a new stage.

Drinks on offer at the Diamond Live Lounge will include up market lager, Peroni, as well as a range of cocktails and other drinks.

The launch event takes place on June 20 from 7pm.