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Concert for Corey

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Local Musicians Band Together To Raise Much Needed Funds

Sunday 4 June will see some of Newcastle’s finest and most popular local acts band together to raise funds for fellow local musician Peter Gilchrist’s son, Corey Gilchrist.

Corey experienced a horrific accident in 2005, which saw him lose part of his foot. As covered in the local news at the time of the accident, Corey was caught in the crossfire of two trains and had his foot run over. He bravely wrapped a tourniquet around his foot, using his t-shirt, and screamed for help until fortunately he was found. The accident tragically resulted in the need for part of his foot to be amputated.

Corey is a 17 year old, budding musician and one of his all time idols is Rick Price, who will appear and perform as a special guest on Sunday 4 June at Mayfield Ex Services Club to help raise the much needed funds to cover the myriad of expenses his family are now facing.Newcastle Music Week 2006

Corey’s father, Peter, has a long history in Newcastle’s music industry. Peter’s fellow local musicians who will be performing on the evening include; The Retro Rockets, Grayson and Crumpet.

The program of entertainment will feature a range of fantastic live, local music, hosted by ABC’s Garth Russell and Madeleine Randall from 6pm. Those who attend on the evening are asked to donate generously.

This special event hopes to raise in excess of $5000 for Corey and his family. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this awesome line-up all in one place on the one evening!

  • What: Concert for Corey
  • Special Guest: Rick Price
  • Featuring: The Retro Rockets, Grayson and Crumpet
  • Where: Mayfield Ex Services Club
  • When: Sunday 4 June from 6pm
  • Entry: $10 (student/conc $5)
  • Contact: For media inquiries please contact Anna Jawhary at Artbeat on 4962 1855.

Xpozay 2006

Monday, May 29th, 2006

The Most Prestigious Band Competition In The Region

Xpozay is set to be the premier band competition in Newcastle and the Hunter region and why wouldn’t it, when you have the perfect venue, the ultimate first prize, support of local media, professional organisers and a fantastic breeding ground of talent to choose from!

From Thursday 13 July, The Brewery will be the host of Newcastle’s most prestigious band competition, consisting of 11 weeks of heats, followed by 3 semi finals and one grand final which will see the winners walk away with the ultimate prize – a Major recording package in Sydney, a promotional package, musical equipment, Cash and a NYE showcase performance at The Brewery, plus much more … a total value of over $20,000!

Xpozay 2006Xpozay aims to provide young original musicians with the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a live audience, within quality performance conditions and provide the perfect launch pad to further their musical careers.

All bands who enter will not necessarily be selected to perform, they must meet the criteria and standard set by organisers, they will be subject to a selection process, judged by a panel of industry professionals, and then advised if they have made it into the competition.

Each of the 11 heats will be judged by industry professionals, one band will be selected to go through to the semi finals and those bands deemed best will then follow through to the grand final where they will compete for the ultimate prize package. After the heats a “wild card” band will be chosen from the remaining bands that did not progress to the semi finals. This band will be given a second chance.

Newcastle has become landmarked in the music industry for breeding high quality musical sensations ie The Screaming Jets, Machine Gun Fellatio, Silverchair and many more who often began their ascent to success playing to Novocastrians in their favourite local venues. Xpozay continues this tradition and is giving budding musicians the platform they need to make it!

Bands interested in entering can obtain the entry form and stage plot from; The Brewery, EAO Entertainment or online at;, and

Entries close Fri 23 June. Heats start Thur 13 July.

  • What: Xpozay – The Band Comp
  • Featuring: Local original bands
  • Where: The Queens Wharf Brewery
  • When: Thursday 13 July from 8.30pm
  • Entry: Free to public
  • Contact: For media inquiries contact Anna Jawhary at Artbeat on 4962 1855.

2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

2006 is the fifth consecutive year for the highly successful 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. The project runs across seven months with the major aim to provide support and airplay to local artists. The Music Awards has proven to be a key event for the region with close to 2000 entries and 400 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002, as well as an Australia Day Award for Best Community Event.

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2006The Awards aim is to uncover, encourage and showcase emerging and established artists from the Hunter and Central Coast regions, with many entrants receiving valuable airplay time and program support across 1233 ABC Newcastle programs as well as other ABC Networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

Singer/songwriter Gian was last years winner of the prestigious 2005 ABC Music ‘Artist of The Year’ award. In addition to winning the overall prize, Gian also walked away with ‘Best Male Vocals’ for his Adult Contemporary entry ‘Over‘ and ‘Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice’ for his Pop entry ‘Just Believe‘.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday 20 October 2006.

Artists / Bands are able to enter a maximum of three tracks and are required to nominate which category their music falls into – Rock / Heavy Rock, Pop, Blues and Roots, Classical, Folk, R’n'B / Dance / Hip Hop, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Country, Jazz and Combined World, Theatre, Gospel. Entries must be received before 5pm, June 16 2006, the music awards website has details about how to enter.

For further information contact:

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Co-ordinator

Kathryn Holloway

(02) 4922 1200 or 0412 771 042

or visit the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards website.

Expose Yourself In The Newcastle Music Week 2006 Industry Showcase

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Newcastle Music Week has opened yet another door of opportunity to local original artists. The Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase will pick up where the Expose Yourself Band Competition left off. Organiser Christina Sykiotis said that the event was trying very hard to separate itself from the controversy and stigma surrounding band competitions. “We are now hoping to offer local musicians more exposure to national industry reps”.

All entries, provided they pass a quality control test, will be sent to appropriate music organisations in Sydney and Melbourne for initial judging. The best 32 acts will then be selected to play at the Cambridge Hotel, with a chance of progressing to the Industry Showcase Finale at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. The final four acts progressing to the Finale will be selected then judged by National Music Industry Professionals.

Newcastle Music Week 2006Newcastle Music Week will still be offering a valuable prize pool, supported by local music businesses but the real gain is that even if acts don’t make the Finale, they have still had their music heard by those in the know. As past experience often shows, entering and showcasing talent may be all that is needed to get you noticed. Acts progressing to the next stage of the Showcase will also be recorded and a compilation album will be distributed to National Music Industry companies and associations.

“This whole exercise is to show the National Music Industry that Newcastle is a major music player. In order to do that we need to make sure that the best acts are involved with the Industry Showcase” Sykiotis said. Several chances at national exposure, a chance to play at the prestigious Civic Theatre Newcastle and an inviting prize pool are surely enough to encourage our best local musicians.

The NMW 2006 Industry Showcase is open to acts of any genre and entry forms are available on this site, at, from local music businesses or by phoning Newcastle Music Week on 49 237841.

The Shootout Film Festival 2006

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

If you are not already aware the Shoot Out Film Festival will be held again this year from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July 2006.

A service the Shoot Out provides for its filmmakers is the Music Library. Each year the number of local songwriters/bands who submit product to the library increases. Last year we had over 50 songwriters/bands from which filmmakers could choose an appropriate piece of music for their film. Once again we are now calling out for Newcastle & the Hunter Region’s songwriters/bands to submit their recordings to the Music Library. Any style; Jazz, Classical, Pop, Country, Techno/Dance, Instrumental, World, New Age, Folk, Rock, Punk etc is excepted. In previous years, we have had a request for sound effects if anyone is interested in submitting some.

The ShootoutThe filmmakers who do not use the Shoot Out’s dubbing facilities have once again got access to the Music Library. Each year the Apple Centre kindly donates an Apple Mac computer to the Music Library. This means if there is a track the filmmaker wishes to use on their film they may burn the track to CD for a small fee. From this fee the songwriters/bands receive 80% of the fee. The filmmakers will then add the track to their film when they do their own dubbing. All artists are named in the filmmaker’s credits at the end of their film.

By allowing filmmakers who do not use the Shoot Out’s dubbing facilities access to the Music Library they will be charged a small fee of $5.00. From this $5.00 the songwriters/bands receive $4.00. The filmmakers will then add the track to their film when they do their own dubbing. You will notice on the music release form you have the choice of declining or accepting this option. In previous years if you have submitted material you still need to sign another release form for 2006. If you have not been involved with the library before we will need you to sign a release form giving the library permission to let filmmakers use your material. All forms will be available for download soon on the official website or they can be given to you via email, fax, mail or pick up. Required from you is 2 x CD’s and any promo material ie Bio, posters, fliers.

The deadline for submissions into the Music Library is Friday 23rd June 2006.

Download the flier here.

For further information or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact:

Me-Shell Croker (Music Library Co-ordinator)
Phone: (02) 4962 1855
Mobile: 0414 478 279
Fax: (02) 4961 2294

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