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Expose Yourself and Let There Be School Rock Semi Finals

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Expose Yourself Semi Finals (4/10/05, 5/10/05)

The four bands who will play off at the Civic Theatre in the Expose Yourself Grand Finale will be announced at The Cambridge Hotel on Wednesday October 5. The semi’s will be held over two nights – Tuesday October 4th and Wednesday October 5th. The atmosphere at The Cambridge Hotel will be electric if the past few heats are anything to go by. The competition has been so close that judges have had a really hard time deciding the heat winners. With an impressive prize pool, a chance to perform at the Civic Theatre and a chance to be seen by the national industry pros – bands will be out to impress from the first chord.

Let There be School Rock Semi Final (14/10/05)

Newcastle’s newest underage venue the Genr8r (360 Pacific Highway Belmont) will be hosting the Let There Be School Rock Semi Final on Friday October 14th . Doors open at 6pm for a great night of music. 9 bands will play off for a chance to perform at the Civic Theatre Newcastle in front of the industry reps on October 28. Entry is $2.

Competing in the Semi this year are – Bright Yellow, Dangerfield, For the Moment, Eromona, One Man Down, Nebulas, Renaissance, Good for Nothing and Dying Degree. With the diverse range of styles and immense talent that each band possesses, the semi is sure to attract a huge audience.

Newcastle Music Week 2005 Program

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The Newcastle Permanent A Major Music Expo (27/10/05)

A smorgasboard of musical information will be served up at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday October 27 as Newcastle Music Week brings professionals from all around Australia to the city to share their knowledge and expertise. Seminars and workshops will be running all day and there will be demonstrations by major music retailers and companies with hands on opportunities in EXPO Hall.

Workshops will be conducted by music icons such as Renee Geyer, Bob Spencer, Tyrone Noonan, Tony Mott. Representatives from Chugg Entertainment, Foghorn Records, Shock Records, AMO, Moneypenny and other music industry organisations will be panelists on the seminars.

This year sees the inclusion of a listening seminar with bands invited to submit their demos. Five will be randomly selected to be critiqued by a listening panel made up of A and R reps, booking agents, publishers etc who will offer advice on what the pros are looking for.

The Great Salsa Circus (27/10/05)

James Street Plaza will be the place to be for all Latino lovers on Thursday October 27. As part of Newcastle Music Week, you can put on your dancing shoes and show off your dancing skills to the sounds of The Runaway Circus Band, Gian and Saxanova. Latin and ballroom dancing is enjoying a huge resurgence nationally and this free, family oriented, entertaining night means you can join the hip swerving, tangoing crowd on the dance floor or observe from the sidelines, while taking in the delicious smells emanating from the nearby restaurants and cafes.

Expose Yourself Grand Final Reels in the National Experts (28/10/05)

Newcastle Music Week will culminate in a grand finale at the iconic Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 28. The Newcastle Music Week Expose Yourself Grand Finale sponsored by Coca-Cola was designed to showcase the city’s talent to the National Music Industry reps. And what a night we’re all in for.

Starting at 7:30pm, the night will open with four of the best Let There Be School Rock Band performers, followed by four of the hottest, local original bands. The event will be headlined by Ben Gillies band Tambalane and there’s a special performance by Tyrone Noonan from george and Palimpsest. A fashion extravaganza and heaps of lucky door prizes – autographed stuff, cds etc – will make sure the night is fast and fun filled. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or before the event from Ticketek for $16 or $10 for concession/children. Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Book at the Civic Theatre Box Office, any Ticketek outlet, or call 4929 1977. For internet bookings go to

The national music industry reps will be there – make sure you’re there too. Who knows, you could say your were at the Civic Theatre Newcastle when they discovered the NEXT big thing to come out of NEWIE.

Please contact Christina Sykiotis, Newcastle Music Week coordinator for further details.Â

Phone: 02 49 237420

Mobile: 0425 236 156

Fax: 02 49 237400


Visit the Newcastle Music Week 2005 Official Website for the latest news and updates.

Newcastle Music Week 2005

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Newcastle Music Week 2005 promises more Рmore entertainment, more national professionals, more community involvement and most importantly, more music. With the festival fast approaching, the students from the Music Centre at TAFE NSW РHunter Institute have been working overtime to put together a great program with Рpardon the clich̩- something for everyone.

From the Launch Party to the Grand Finale – diversity of genres is apparent. One of the aims of Newcastle Music Week is to encourage the introduction of live music to young children and with that in mind there are family events taking place beginning with a launch party at Wheeler Place and Songwriters Live and a Jazz afternoon planned for Harbour Square. For those with tastes a little more defined, there are metal, punk and rock gigs. If your musical tastes are more refined NMW 2005 sees the introduction of Classical at the Pub.

Two mainstays of Newcastle Music Week promise to again increase the reputation of Newcastle as a major music player. The Newcastle Permanent A Major Music Expo this year has attracted industry professionals such as Australian singing diva Renee Geyer and rock photography icon Tony Mott. With an impressive program of workshops and seminars and an even more impressive list of speakers and presenters, music students, hobbyists and professionals will have a smorgasbord of knowledge to select from.

The Coca Cola Expose Yourself/Let There Be School Rock Grand Finale has lured back to Newcastle national industry professionals who use the event to do some A and R spotting. Organisers are determined to have the focus of the industry pointed in Newcastle’s direction on Friday October 28. The finale, whose reputation has grown, has this year attracted performances by Tyrone Noonan (george/Palimpsest) and Tambalane (featuring Ben Gillies).

One of the most rewarding outcomes for the organisers of Newcastle Music Week 2005 has been the support from the local music business community, who have been actively involved on committees and generous in their support. The event has seen rival companies join forces for the common good – namely – let’s get this city recognised for the talent it nurtures and let’s create a festival to rival the Tamworth Music Festival. While NBN Television, The Newcastle Herald, NEWFM and Newcastle City Council have been supporting the event since its inception (a mere 3 years ago), the festival is now also supported by Coca Cola, Newcastle Permanent, A1 Audio, JBL, The Cambridge, Musicoz, Muso’s Corner, The Drum Shop, Music Headquarters, EAO, Artbeat, Custom Audio, The Brag, Volume Street Press, Emedia and other small businesses.

It’s amazing what can be achieved by a vision, dedicated idealists, enthusiastic and creative students and a unified musical community. For full program details visit – better still – get out there and keep local music live.

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