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Cotton Sidewalk, Home for Christmas

During high school, Adam began to dream of rock domination. He wrote and played and sang and wrote and then formed Cotton Sidewalk. Although it was early days, the music did get peoples’ attention.

cotton SidewalkAs Cotton matured, it secured many great support slots including Betchadupa, Augie March, Evermore, The Superjesus, Bob Evans, Machine Gun Fellatio, End Of Fashion, Bluebottle Kiss, The Pictures, Old Man River, Dave McCormack and more.

2008 saw Cotton Sidewalk pack up and move their Proganthemelodorock from Newcastle to Melbourne. This move brought about many changes and rights of passage, the most important of these being the release of their album “Evil Versus People” and the securing of Cotton’s current and ultimate line-up. You see, at heart, Cotton Sidewalk has always been about going to any length to bring an awesome rock experience to the crowd at their shows. In fact, the job is deemed incomplete should anyone leave with their face un-melted.

In the making of “Evil Versus People” the mission of translating this energetic live show onto LP was undertaken. The result was an album of epic proportions that effectively opened the Cotton Sidewalk heart to the world. The album was released through a series of sell-out shows in Melbourne (The Evelyn), Sydney (Oxford Art Factory) and Newcastle (The Cambridge) in 2010. The album’s release was also marked by two singles “Fight Your Way” and “Feet Teeth and Hands”, which gained good support from Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill and other good community radio stations.

Cotton Sidewalk will be supported by special guest AnnaLiesA.

  • Who: Cotton Sidewalk supported by AnnaLiesA
  • Where: The Northern Star Hotel
  • When:Friday 23rd December 2011
  • Tickets: available from

For more information about Cotton Sidewalk visit their website at

Posted on December 7th, 2011 in Artists, Events

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Funnel Web Return

Newcastle based original band Funnel Web will play the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday June 11. This will be the band’s first gig in eleven years.

Funnell WebFunnel Web are Bruce Ahamnos (vocals); Dave Venaglia (guitar, backing vocals); John Kabala (bass, backing vocals) and Mark Bramble (drums, backing vocals). Bruce Ahamnos and Dave Venaglia are the two inspirational songwriters behind the band’s catchy and hypnotic tunes.

“Funnel Web’s songs still stand up today” Bruce said recently at the group’s first band meeting in more than a decade.

Extensive State-wide touring was agreed upon at the band meeting. Since announcing their reformation to the industry, Agents and Hotels in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens have shown strong interest in booking the band. The band plans to evaluate their performance and sound after the Wicko gig before booking more gigs.

The band has been quickly regaining it’s spark through repeated rehearsals at The Studio rehearsal rooms in West Newcastle.

Funnel Web will be supported at The Wicko by fellow Novacastrian rockers, Torpedo Vegas – who go on stage at 9pm. Funnel Web are on stage at 10.45pm.

  • Who: Funnel Web, Torpedo Vegas
  • Where: Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Saturday June 11, 2011
  • Free Entry

Posted on May 18th, 2011 in General

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The Delta Riggs

The Delta Riggs ain’t no “nouveau-retro” affectation, wearing their blues credentials and big-band music pedigree on their sleeves. Call ‘em white-boy soul or rhythm ‘n’ blues, with a generous dollop of snake oil, spit and a sly wink, The Delta Riggs are as jubilatory, joyously gritty, and steeped in genuine Americana and good time classic freak ‘n’ roll as ever a band was.

The Delta RiggsThe songwriters behind this rollicking jamboree are shambolic front man Elliott Hammond and his bouffant-toting guitar player, Aaron Jackson. Both were raised on a staple diet of Bob Dylan, The Band, The Stones, Creedence, Led Zep and Grateful Dead. It’s a core unit of six common souls that fuses The Delta Riggs though, with Michael Tramonte (bass), Alex ‘Rudy’ Markwell (guitar), Simon McConnell (drums) and Alex Edwards (keys). “We’re a rhythm ‘n’ blues band,” states Hammond. “A jam-band of unified musicians who are all on the same page”.
“So long as it’s got three chords, a cool beat and our version of the truth, that sums us up,” laughs Jackson. But ask their snake-hipped, shambolic singer and he’ll tell you The Delta Riggs are a band borne out of their time. “The focus for us is all on the music, immersing ourselves in it and discovering it – when people listen to this band, we want them to lose themselves in our world.

This isn’t background music, a f*cking ringtone or some compressed MP3 file coming out of a shitty computer speaker. You were never meant to engage with Music … real music, like that. It’s meant to be played live, as a conversation with the listener… That’s where the magic sits, man.”

Sure enough, live is where The Delta Riggs hit their stride, and the hubbub has already started. With their rootsy soul, ramshackle R’n'B, stunning gospel harmonies and swaggering blues, the Delta Riggs have picked up the torch of rock ‘n’ roll’s free-wheeling spirit and are running with it.

Hallelujah, come join the jubilee – The Delta Riggs are coming to town, baby.

  • Who: The Delta Riggs
  • When: Saturday 21st May
  • Where:The CBD Hotel

Entry to the gig is free.

The Delta Riggs eponymous debut EP is out now through leading independent stores and online at or

Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Artists, Events

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Hank Green’s Blues

There’s a new live music venue officially opening in Newcastle this May and fittingly it’s one of the hottest new acts from the Hunter that will be kicking off the festivities.

Hank and JohnnyThe Seven Seas Hotel in Carrington has played host to a great many troubadours over the years but it’s latest incarnation as a destination for live bands is causing considerable excitement. The historic hotel’s current licensees have undertaken some dramatic renovations in recent times and the most recent work – building a raised stage in the hotel’s back bar – has been completed. Already host to the best Friday meat raffle in the inner city and some of the best Thai food in town in its Sticky Rice restaurant, The Seven Seas Hotel will now additionally host some of the spiciest tunes goin’ round. And getting it started will be Hank Green’s Blues.

Raised on a diet of ‘Down Home’ blues and boogie woogie in the Hunter Valley, Hank started on the ukulele when he was just 3 years old and got his first guitar shortly after. Now at only 13 Hank is an astonishing guitarist and emerging blues harmonica player. Hank’s style reflects his many influences, Hollywood Fats, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Hutto, T-bone Walker, Luther Tucker, Robert J.R. Lockwood and the list goes on. Expect some electrifying instrumentals, soulful harmonica and guitar playing of a standard not seen before in one so young. In fact, Hank Green’s Blues will grace the stage of the Seven Seas just weeks after their Byron Bay, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival debut. And it’s little surprise that Hank is attracting such attention given that his father is frontman for the legendary Blues Cowboys. Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Joining Hank in the band is Aussie blues legend Johnny “Thunderbolt” Gray from “Junior and the Goldtops”, “The Hawaiian Housewreckers”, “The Bopcats” and “Rockinitis”. Also part of the team is ‘Grunter’ the ‘barefoot fisherman’ from The Blues Cowboys on his Gretcsh. Grunter loves a beer, the Blues, Rockabilly and a good time. And Hank’s father Johnny joins in on bass. Johnny Green and his band were featured in the A.B.C. documentary “The Lost Highway” and he is still singin’ up a storm and obviously enjoys playing bass for his son Hank.

Rockin Boogie-Woogie Blues is what you get with these guys and a load of fun to boot.

It is apt that a new generation performer, who performs his own take on an old style of music, christens a new incarnation of an historic hotel.

  • What: Hank Green’s Blues
  • Where: The Seven Seas Hotel, Carrington
  • When: Saturday 7 May

Entry is free.

Posted on April 19th, 2011 in Events

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Newcastle Record and CD Fair

Newcastle CD and Record FairThe Newcastle Record and CD Fair, now into its 6th year, take place the first Sunday of May and November each year. Previous fairs have attracted around 300 – 400 people through the door.

The fair attracts stallholders from as far away as Melbourne / Blue Mountains / Sydney as well as local traders. You will find thousands of rare and coillectable vinyl records plus CDs and memorobilia.

Come along to the next fair at:

  • What: Newcastle Record and CD Fair
  • What: Sunday 1st May, 2011, 9AM – 4PM
  • Where: Uniting Church Hall, Beaumont St, Hamilton
  • Cost: $1 Entry

Image courtesy of Jacob Whittaker.

Posted on March 25th, 2011 in General

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Local Music Review on 2NUR FM

2NUR FM will be airing a program featuring music from the Newcastle region from 10PM on Monday, December 6, 2010. The program will be hosted by Giles Carney and Andrew Goodwin.

The following tracks will be played, follow the links to find out more information about these amazing local artists.

  • Chris ByrneGlide
    Chris Byrne is Central Coast based singer/songwriter. He won the Adult Contemporary category in the 2007 Newcastle Music Awards with this song. Chris is playing next Sunday night (12/12/2010) at The Dockyard at Honeysuckle.
  • LimerickDangerous Love
    This track was a finalist in the Alternative category in the 2008 Newcastle Music Awards.
  • Amy VeeAll In Me
    Amy was the singer in “On”, Winners of the 2003 Best Artist Award at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Amy also performed with her band “Amy Vee and the Virtues”. Over the past few years she has begin performing solo. Amy Vee will be playing at the QWB next Thursday, December 9.
  • Dukes of ErlingtonUnderestimated
    Erling Gronhaug, aka The Duke, is a Norwegian who moved to Newcastle in 2000. He has been very active in the local music scene over the past 10 years, performing in Mousemoon and many other successful bands. Listen to the track here.
  • The Evening SonAll aboard the Boat Wherever
    This track won the Rock category in the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards.

    The Evening Son are playing at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, December 17

  • Heart Attack and VineCheshire Cat
    Newcastle based rock/blues band influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Guns n’ Roses, The Cult, Aerosmith, Audioslave, Rolling Stones. This track and several others are available from the band’s MySpace profile. Heart Attack and Vine will be playing New Years Eve at the Wickham Park Hotel
  • HanselMurder 101
    Newcastle’s own gods of glam rock! This track was taken from their “Mission to Rock” EP that was released in 2008.

  • GrandvueHopes of a Better Futures
    Formerly known as ‘Cadence’, Grandvue are named after the street they grew up on, Grandview Road in New Lambton Heights. Great guitar work from lead guitarist Tom Shepherd. Vocalist Jerome O’Conner now performs in State of Grace.
  • HighlanderThe Craiced Fiddle
    This highly acclaimed Celtic rock band perform in kilts and often have Scottish dancers at their gigs.
    Highlander released their latest album titled “North of the Wall” at Wangi RSL on April 10th, 2010. Find out more about the band on their comprehensive website at
  • BenjaluSo High
    Benjalu won the Blues and Roots category in the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards with this song. Benjalu were the winners of Youthrock ’06 and also took out the “Silverchair Songwriting Award” in the same competition. They are one of the region’s hardest working bands, touring extensively and playing over 150 shows a year! Catch them in Newcastle at Queens Wharf Brewery on Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 2:00pm.
  • Bob CorbettThe Prettiest Face
    Bob is an amazing performer. He has played in many local bands over the past 15 years including popular duo Loonatic Fringe. This track is taken from his album Storyboard. He launched this album at the Gallipoli Legion Club in September 2008. When Bob plays this track live he records a few bars of the song at a time into a “loop pedal”, building the song layer by layer, it is really something to see live.

  • Adam MillerTraffic
    Adam is an accomplished guitarist that has performed in numerous local bands. This track is taken from Adam’s latest album “Out of My Hands”. The recording features prominent local musicians Peter Gray on bass and Nic Cecire on drums. Adam won the Instrumental category at the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards with this track.

Posted on December 5th, 2010 in Front Page, General

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New Beginnings Festival

New Beginnings Festival 2011New Beginnings – rebirth, awakening, evolution, metamorphosis

New Beginnings is a 2-day camping music festival happening in Lake Macquarie in January 2011. Get set to party with some of Australia’s leading acts as well as the best emerging performers coming out of the local region across four stages over two days & nights.

New Beginnings aim is clear – to offer something previously unseen to music lovers of the Hunter and Central Coast.

New Beginnings sets itself apart from other festivals in Australia by offering an affordable ticket price that makes the event accessible to punters yet, with a limited capacity, offering a more relaxed and enjoyable environment to celebrate with friends new and old.

Festival organiser’s announce “There are so many festivals in Australia at the moment; the market is completely saturated with large, corporate events with high ticket & drink prices. We wanted to create an event which is affordable for all – to provide some of the best party bands touring around the country, but also give the amazing talent coming out of local region a chance to showcase their stuff on a big stage. The event is basically a big party over the two days, but with a small capacity, it’s going to be very relaxed”.

New Beginnings is set to have over 80 acts performing in the southern edge of Lake Macquarie on the 15th & 16th of January 2011. The first batch of acts has just been announced:


The awarding winning and chart-topping BLUEJUICE are an aggressive mix of pop, rock, hip hop, electro and disco, Bluejuice are in their element making you dance in a retarded, unselfconscious way. The combination of drums, bass and keys and two harmonizing singers sounds unique, but it’s the violence, energy and humour with which the band attack their music that makes them stand out. Their single ‘Broken Leg’ sums up the attitude at work – cathartic and silly, emotionally complicated, mental and sweaty. Bluejuice turn entertainment into a contact sport.


What do Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Guetta, Cox, Kaskade, Oakenfold & Morillo have in common? They all love Private Jets & Hook N Sling. Ministry of Sound’s HOOK N SLING to no foreign to the Australian Dance Charts and world festival circuit. There is no denying that the eyes and ears of the worlds dance music fraternity are focussed firmly on Hook N Sling in 2010.


Charting in Australia and the UK, Triple J favourite THE HOLIDAYS have just released their debut album, Post Paradise, may have been a long time coming, but it has categorically been worth the wait. The first two singles, Moonlight Hours and Golden Sky, hinted at the exciting musical re-birth this band has taken over the past 18 months, yet do not exclusively define the depths of this blissful musical journey.


Voted #10 in the InTheMix Top 50 DJ Competition. Fresh from mixing the 2010 PACHA CD featuring his own ARIA chart smash hit ‘Sunrise’, TIMMY TRUMPET is currently touring Australia before he ventures back overseas to promote his new EP. Aside from his multiple worldwide tours, including performances at IBIZA’S PACHA and LONDON’S MINISTRY OF SOUND, Timmy is the only DJ / Instrumentalist to make the ITM Top 10 DJs Australia wide, which has landed him residencies at clubs and festivals all over Australia including SENSATION WHITE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, SUMMAFIELDAYZE, FUTURE MUSIC and PARK LIFE.


MODULAR’s Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomons who record as CANYONS are striking the elusive balance between creativity, originality and pop sensibility, Canyons have just unveiled the first taste from their debut album (due 2011) in the form of the new single, “My Rescue”. With an aural likeness to elements of psych, folk, house and everything deep, what is essential to Canyons is that their music evokes a sense of feeling and truth, Ruth. Close your eyes, feel the sun on your face and prepare yourselves for the sonic vision that is Canyons.

Also performing:


New Beginnings is presented by Big Apachee, Reverb Magazine and Southern Cross Ten.

Tickets include the 2 days and camping and are on sale now for $75+bf from Gates open at 9am on Saturday 15th of January.

For more information go to or

Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Events, General

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Sam Levick Album Launch

Sam LevickOver the past 2 years songwriting has taken a back seat whilst Sam Levick has been playing drums professionally as a session drummer. Playing with artists such as, Ricki Lee (Aus Idol), Tim McArtney, Phonic, Brown’s Lane, benjalu, and currently James Johnston (Aus idol 09). He spent 8 months touring with Newcastle band Benjalu on the back of their 2nd EP release. Whilst on tour benjalu supported acts such as Jon Stevens, The Basics, Chasing Bailey, The Living End, Children Collide and more.

Since returning from tour Sam has had many musical influences and it has made his creative mind kick into gear. At the end of January Sam had already written 8 tracks and by the end of July had 22 tracks in which to cull down for his debut EP. One of the tracks written was entered into the National Youth Week “Rock It” songwriting competition in which he gained 3rd place out of thousands of entrants.

Since early July Sam has been recording his debut EP ‘Choices’. The EP will feature 5 tracks which he has written in 2010. Other than showcasing his own talent playing drums the EP features guest appearances from some Newcastle’s other talented young musicians playing guitar, bass and providing the main vocals.

To coincide with the EP’s worldwide releases on iTunes (28th Oct) Sam and his band will be launching the EP with a live show at The Northern Star Hotel, Beaumont St, Hamilton on November 6th. He will be supported by talented soloists Kaylah Anne and Scott Gelzinnis.

Doors open 9.45pm with Free Entry.

For more information about Sam Levick visit his Facebook page at

Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Events, General

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HullabaloozaNewcastle has one of the biggest burgeoning music scenes in Australia, spawning some of the best independent bands around.

Whilst there has been a list of new festivals popping up in Australia including a prominent one in Newcastle, none of these have featured the talent of tomorrow.

Step in Hullabalooza, a mini music festival that will converge on Newcastle this November 5th. Hullabalooza will play host to the region’s best and most promising artists over the one night at the Newcastle Leagues Club.

Amongst the mix of five bands are Bacardi band comp grand finalists Little Blak Dress, Dungog based hard rock band Caleb Skips Chemistry, progressive rockers Cota, the hyper-intense Sendfire, and well known headliners Light Noise.

The night will not just be about the bands though … The Jim Beam party crew girls will be on the prowl mixing it up with the crowd. Prizes and giveaways provided by Reverb, Lathams Music, Parachute Music, Coke and EAO Entertainment will ensure that just turning up will be a whole lot of fun.

So put on your rock shoes and dance your way through the doors of the Hullabalooza mini rock festival!

Purchase your tickets from Newcastle Leagues Club or Parachute Music now and keep your eyes on the website for further announcements – – or find Hullabalooza on facebook or MySpace to receive regular updates.

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 in Events

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Chrome Bison Stampedes Again

Bassline Projects PresentsChrome Bison is stampeding again! The cause is unsure, but the direction is clear. The herd is heading towards the Hamilton Station Hotel, and will hit the stage this Saturday, the 9th of October, around about 9:30 p.m. No-one knows what the strange beast’s performance will bring; perhaps men in drag, perhaps spontaneous combustion, but titillating storytelling and hearty, awesome music are guaranteed.

Accompanying the troupe this night will be The Phat Controller, asserting his dominance over the Station that he controls. Straight from the Central Coast and not stopping for anyone without a ticket, The Phat Controller will blow the mind of anyone on his ride. Ladies, be sure to stand behind the yellow line, and keep your Fruity Lexia out of sight. Chicks want him, guys want to be him, and anyone who misses his show will feel a void grow deep in their soul, a hole that nothing else will be able to fill. He is hip, he is hop and he is hilarious.

Chrome is Silver, The Phat Controller is a Goon. They may have crude taste, but for just $6 entry they’re sure to be a Sack of fun at the Hamilton Station Hotel this Saturday night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., over 18′s only. BYO Hills Hoist.

This is an over 18′s event presented by Bassline Projects.

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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