Rock around the clock this Saturday night

POPULAR Tasmanian DJ Brett Marley is ready to entertain New Norfolk again with his timeless Six O’Clock Rock show returning tomorrow (December 3). The 61-year-old, who is widely known as “Marls”, has been entertaining audiences for more than four decades.

Six O’Clock Rock’s widespread popularity follows a simple formula – give the audience the chance to let their hair down, make sure people have fun and play plenty of classic hits from the past. Mr Marley said he was excited about the New Norfolk show and was looking forward to giving locals of all ages a chance to forget about life’s daily grind and dance the night away to classics from artists including ABBA, Jimmy Barnes, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.

Six O’Clock Rock has been enthusiastically embraced since the early 1990s when a unique format had Marls spinning discs at the Carlyle Hotel at Derwent Park while the show went live-to-air on Hobart radio station 7HO. “It was one of the most popular Saturday night radio shows for more than five years,” he said. “It was so well received that I ended up staging it at pretty well every hotel in the northern suburbs,” he said.

“Six O’Clock Rock is all about playing music that takes people back to their younger years and these days the show includes a cameo appearance by Glenorchy’s Elvis impersonator Jarz, whose authenticity has audiences spellbound.”

Mr Marley’s career started in his late teens and included working as a DJ at the Granada Tavern for more than five years, roles with 7HO and Triple M (formerly Magic 107FM) before regular DJ appearances at venues including Syrup, The Mustard Pot, the Sir William Don and Regines.

But Six O’Clock Rock is his priority these days. “I like to put on a show that is talked about afterwards,” he said. “Six O’Clock Rock’s format isn’t exactly rocket science but it does gives people a chance to revel in music they love, spend a night with family and friends, and dance and laugh together. It makes me feel good if I can make them feel good.”

Six O’Clock Rock will be held at The Valley Sports Bar (former New Norfolk Football Clubrooms) from 7-11pm on Saturday, December 3. $5 cover charge.

JOHN ANDREWARTHA

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