Lawn bowlers like to jack up the music By Karryn Wheelans
When it comes to the music choices of lawn bowlers, unlike in the game they play, there’s no end. Across the country numerous bowls clubs have been ‘hooked’ on featuring music to create the right vibe on the green and in the club house.
6. Cantaloop - US3 7. Batter Up - St Lunatics F/Nelly 8. Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – AC/DC 9. Primal Scream - Motley Crue
According to Todd Morley, Operations Manager at the Beresfield Bowling Club, 20 minutes outside Newcastle in NSW, music has significantly improved the atmosphere in the club since installing Nightlife almost 18 months ago.
10. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
The Beresfield Bowling Club has also tapped into the fun of crowdDJ®, the tech that allows people to choose the music they want to hear via a touch screen kiosk or phone app.
13. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X F/Billy Ray Cyrus
“Before we had no background music or any way of featuring it and it’s made a major change,” Todd said. “We have almost 5000 members, a large demo of older clientele but also a lot of younger members, so we try and cater for everyone and music helps with that,’ he said. Lawn bowls is having its moment on the Australian sporting calendar recently. The Australian Open has just wrapped and so too has the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships held at three Gold Coast clubs, two of which are wired for sound by Nightlife - Broadbeach Bowls Club and Club Helensvale - so it’s timely to look at the chart toppers for this unique sporting and leisure sector. Nightlife’s data further proves the wide appeal and age demographics of players with the music results sure to surprise. The top 15 tracks are eclectic, touch every music genre and era from pop to rap, classic to croon, with the No 1 song a hardhitting alternate track from Brisbane rockers Dune Rats. Top 15 songs in Lawn Bowls across Australia 1. 6 Pack - Dune Rats 2. Sunflower – Post Malone and Swae Lee 3. Chattahoochee - Alan Jackson 4. Check Yo Self - Ice Cube F/Das EFX 5. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
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11. Cochise – AudioSlave 12. Better Life – Keith Urban 14. Shotgun – George Ezra 15. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix The crowdDJ® stats also show the Beresfield is the most musically engaged bowls club in the country with Cabarita Beach Bowls and Sports Club not too far behind. Todd Morley says of the 1300 tracks chosen by his members; the top two picks are certainly left of the mat. Both are club, hip hop and rap tracks, ‘Batter Up’ from the St Lunatics featuring F/Nelly and ‘Check Yo Self ’ by Ice Cube/ featuring Das FX. “Maybe it’s the bingo ladies picking them,” he joked. “Our crowdDJ® kiosk is in the sports lounge and there’s a pool table right next to it, so it’s probably our younger members who are enjoying it the most. “But there are some great classics in there as well so it’s great to know it’s being used across the board.” The most popular category of music in lawn bowls land is pop, followed by rock and urban and rap close behind. Matt Lymbury Head of Content at Nightlife Music said, “programming music for bowls clubs is enjoyable as they tend to enjoy familiar classics but also like a bit of a party, which is obvious from the crowdDJ® selections.” “There’s always a positive attitude working with bowls clubs, no matter where they are in country, especially if we curate a theme night for them or help with their random number draws for bingo and other games.”