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Strikeback III

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Update: Change of venue! Strikeback III will now be held at Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore, opposite Nobby’s Beach. See the for the latest information.

StrikebackThe stage is set for Strikeback III, Newcastle’s own colossal all ages event. This year, the festival boasts an astonishing 70 artists, from a huge range of genres, styles and levels of experience. To accommodate the large number of artists performing on the day there will be six stages. Strikeback III is organised by Laurie Mahon.

  • Date: Saturday September 30th
  • Venue: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore – View Map.
  • Times: 10am – 11pm.
  • Passouts: over18s – all day, under 18′s – no passouts after 4pm.
  • Tickets: $45 presale, $55 on the door. Tickets available from The Drum Shop Newcastle, Beaumont St. Beat, The Rock Shop, The Lab (40a King St), The Bar on the Hill, Music Centre Gosford, Sydney Moshtix outlets, and local bands.

Strikeback is a Licenced All Ages Event i.e. everybody is welcome to come but there are separate areas where over 18′s can buy and drink alcohol.

This year’s lineup includes The Sleepy Jackson, Faker, Josh Pyke, Karnivool, Bliss N Eso, Bodyjar, Wolf & Cub, TZU, The Hot Lies, Behind Crimson Eyes, Ground Components, Laura Imbruglia, The Devoted Few, Jinn, Avalon Drive, Something With Numbers, Bagster, Sleight of Hand, The White Room, The Veld, The Common Code, Riviera, Heartbreak Club, dog_boy_lover, Bright Yellow, Lefta Centa, Meridian, The Nickson Wing, Amathyst, Lout, The Seabellies, The Wireflys, Cornstalk, Mojo Juju, The Floors, Escape Route, Crab Smasher, Emetic, The Zeal Room, Montana Fire, Benjalu, Big City Exile, Cimatree, Vitus, The Clap, 12 Mile Tombstone, Short-Stack, Head of State, Tirany, Urban Freeflow, Jewels, Virus Crawl, Castro!, Schlauncher, The Tremendous, Men Who Drip With Germs, The Trends, Dr Chachito & The Fruit Eating Pandas, Grand Temps, Nancy In The Bath, Ambleside Circuit, Same Old Story, One Man Down, Little Miss Oblivious, All Jokes Aside, Fergus and Repercussion.

Strikeback sponsors include: Triple J , Myspace, The Drum Media, Southern Cross Ten, Access All Areasand Big Apachee .

For more information visit the Strikeback ’06 MySpace page at or the Official Strikeback Homepage at

Solver Returns With New Single

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

On Friday August 25th Solver launched their online-only single “I’ll be the one” with a massive All Ages show at the Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre.

The night also showcased the Hunter’s finest school-age talent with performances from Benjalu (Youthrock winners 2006), Imperium (2 x winners SFX Battle of the Bands), Ponderonit and Stunner.

The single marks a new beginning for the former YouthRock winners (2002) and ABC “Artist of the year” (2004) who have been playing together for over 7 years.

The new single “I’ll be the one” was officially launched on the 25th of August but will not be found in record stored. “We have decided to offer this song as a free digital download only exclusive to” Morgan said. “The opportunities this kind of distribution can offer are really quite amazing, people all around the world listening to our music now just minutes after we finish recording it!”

For more information about Solver and a chance to hear their new single “Ill be the one”, visit their myspace profile at

Maynard’s Music Hunter Returns to 1233 ABC Newcastle

Friday, September 8th, 2006

1233 ABC Newcastle is once again letting ex triple J presenter, DJ and music guru – Maynard into the presenter’s chair to bring the talents of local musos, information on artists touring the area, as well as latest music news and gossip to all music lovers in the Hunter.

This unique program, called “The Music Hunter” will air Tuesday nights, 9pm – 10pm from August 1 to October 24 2006.

Catch up with both established and new artists, enjoy words of wisdom and inside knowledge from some of Australia’s top Music Industry types, and check in with local musicians who are currently performing their music overseas. The play list will reflect the diverse categories included in the Music Awards, and a music quiz will test your musical knowledge.

Podcasts of previous episodes of The Music Hunter can be downloaded by music lovers from and various other sites.

2006 Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Newcastle Music Week 2006Reps from EMI, Sony, BMG, Warner Music, Chugg Entertainment, Universal Music Publishers and the Premier Harbour Agency have selected the top thirty two entries for the Newcastle Music Industry Showcase presented by Coca Cola.

The judges were suitably impressed by the overall standard of entries. Heath Johns, from Universal Music Publishing wrote about one of the bands, “each member is obviously talented at what they do and come together to produce something fresh and unique”.

Four of Newcastle’s emerging bands will compete each week for a chance to perform live at The Civic Theatre Newcastle to top music industry reps. Also on offer is a prize pool worth over $10,000, including a JBL PA Package supplied by A1 Audio, equipment from Roland, Edirol and Boss supplied by Muso’s Corner, a consultation with Michael Chugg and more.

Get to the Cambridge Hotel and support Newcastle’s local original acts. Entry is free and drinks are cheap. The Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase presented by Coca Cola promises to present a high standard of original music so don’t miss a great night out.

For more information go to or phone Newcastle Music Week on 49 237841.

2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Listener’s Choice Award

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

It’s Your Turn To Judge – Vote for your favourite entry into the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards.

Choose from a bevy of artists, across genres from Rock to RNB to Hip Hop and Pop.

Mike McCluskey, 1233 ABC Newcastle Station Manager is thrilled with the standard of entries received this year.

“We have been very impressed with the amount, variety and professionalism of entries received in 2006. The Music Awards, now in it’s fifth year is an excellent opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent, and the Listener’s Choice Award is a great way for people in the community to have their say.”

The winner of this prestigious Award will be announced alongside all other category winners and overall winner, at the 2005 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Friday 20 October 2006, Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Log onto and follow the instructions.

Remember you can only vote ONCE during this period, votes cast outside of these dates will be deleted. Only your first nomination will count – so choose wisely!

For Further Information please contact:
Kathryn Holloway
1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator
PO Box 2205
Dangar NSW 2309
Ph: 02 49 22 1261
Mob: 0412 771 042

1233 ABC Newcastle Presents a Five Star Event for the Fifth Year of the Music Awards

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

1233 Newcastle Music AwardsMyf Warhurst, best known for her roles as team leader on ABC Television’s Spicks and Specks program and as Triple J’s Lunchtime presenter, will be stepping into the spotlight for yet another role with 1233 ABC Newcastle’s very own Breakfast presenter Brett Lavaring.

Join Myf and Brett as they reward the Hunter and Central Coast’s finest musicians at this year’s prestigious 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 20 2006. Awards presented will include ABC Music Best Artist and the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award.

The Awards Night promises a sensational stage show ranging from the extremes of an explosive rock band, to the sounds of a gritty blues guitarist, to a quartet of keyboards playing a pop track. The stage will be set alight with a fusion of sounds, colour and dance from locally and nationally recognised musical talent. We are pleased to include the following artists in this first announcement …

Please welcome Adelaide 5 piece ‘The Audreys‘ to Newcastle who are currently creating a stir Australia wide with their debut album ‘Between Us and Last Night‘ (released ABC Roots/Warner Music). Featuring the ‘sultry vocals of Taasha Coates’, the band will bring their collection of banjos, ukuleles, violins and guitars to delight the audience with their unique blend of folksy/pop style tunes.

Flamenco Guitarist, Gian first came to our attention in 2004 when he entered the Awards and stepped up to the stage to perform with his band the ‘The Heat’. Gian and his band featured sounds straight from Italy and Spain with a unique RnB/pop twist, and flanked by salsa dancers, wowed the audience. It was in 2005 when Gian entered again with three more tracks that he impressed the judges and walked away with the titles of Best Male Vocalist, ABC Music Best Artist and the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award. 1233 has the great pleasure of inviting him to return to the stage to demonstrate his brilliant musicianship and passion fuelled performance … as to whether it will once again feature those salsa dancers … you’ll have to come along to find out.

Ergo B Bag came to Newcastle 6 years ago from the planet Norge to party hard, which eventually lead to an album of Party Songs. Yet to be released, he decided the right place for these songs to “spread their things” would be through winning all the categories at the ABC Music Awards. But alas, Ergo B Bag was not allowed to enter all the categories due to the conditions of entry. Instead, the Awards Night organisers decided to invite Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars to launch their party hits to the Awards Night audience. Ergo B Bag will definitely set the stage alight … with a fusion of electronica, pop, colour and dance.

How to describe explosive rock band ‘Lover‘? Thumping beats, crunching guitars, soaring vocals and bass riffs that put the entire 80′s decade to shame, Lover is a Brit-influenced rock band with subtle Pop and New Wave qualities. Featuring Graham Seaton (Guitar & Vocals), Roy Mac (Bass) and drummer Joel Redman, the trio have already established a rabid fan-base in hometown Newcastle, as well as far afield as Melbourne. The trio has also managed to secure supports alongside Datarock (Norway), The Valentinos, Something With Numbers and British India.

Emily Jane has been described as an eclectic mix of pop/rock with a soul/funk edge. Emily’s powerful blues/soul voice compliments Steve’s funky, rhythmical grooves. The versatility of the song writing duo has meant their music ranges from eulogistic statements; political and socio-political themes; everyday narratives to meaningless trashy pop. As a live act, one can hear expertise, experience and professionalism in the music combined with humour and enthusiasm to create an atmosphere in which everyone will want to be engulfed.

Introducing Ngariki. His unique brand of blues/funk based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in), has put him in high demand during 2006. With a musical background spanning thousands of live dates from Tasmania to Switzerland, he’s seen the inside of venues from Entertainment Centres to the pubs on the corners. From the big halls of Europe to the trendy clubs of Sydney, Ngariki will now perform his gritty ‘Blues and Roots‘ entry ‘Remember‘ to the audience from the stage of the beautiful Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Tickets for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of night’s are ON SALE NOW through Ticketek. Prices are $19.50 for adults and $15.00 for concession on (02) 4929 1977

Stay tuned to 1233 ABC Newcastle or log on to for further announcements.

For further information please contact: 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator – Kathryn Holloway PH: 02 4922 1261 or 0412 771 042 EMAIL:

APRA Comes to Newcastle

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

APRAThe Australian Performing Rights Association will be holding an informal information session for APRA members and interested songwriters from 6-8pm on Wednesday the 13th of September. The session will be held in the Lounge Bar at the Northern Star Hotel (112 Beaumont St, Hamilton) and will be hosted by Bow Campbell, NSW Writer Services Representative.

Beverages and light refreshments provided.

For more information visit

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