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Kanuguba Justus Festival

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

11am-6pm 29th October Wickham Croatian Bowling Club

The Kanuguba Justus Festival will be held on Sunday, 29th October, 2006 at Wickham Croatian Bowling Club on Albert st Wickham. This will be the second Justus Festival celebrating Multi-Cultural Diversity, harmony, unity and community.

Come and celebrate this unique public parkland and enjoy live Music, Cultural Dances of the world, traditional Kai Kai (Torres Strait Food), Indigenous speaker from Chile, Fig Tree Community Garden working bee, Markets, speakers, Free face painting, Bowls and Boche.

The event goes all day and is free for everyone.

Four international cultural dance groups will be performing on the day including Indonesian, Waumer Torres Strait Islands Dance Group, South American Capoeira & belly dancing. Live performers include: Purple Chocolate Funk, Mojo Juju, Enter Esc, Ceremony Of Sound, Arthur Ridgeway, Leroy & Teesh, Darlene & Rodney and special guests. There will also be speakers on indigenous, environmental and cultural issues, stalls, markets, free face painting, bowls and boche. Food will be provided by donation and festival will include traditional Kai Kai Torres Strait cuisine.

Time Sheet -Band Stage

  • 11am – Arthur Ridgeway
  • 11.15 – Flame
  • 12.00 – Torres Strait Dancers
  • 12.30 – Darlene and Rodney
  • 12.50 – Leyroy and teesh
  • 1.10 – Speakers
  • 1.40 – Ceremony of Sound
  • 2.20 – Indonesian Dancers
  • 2.50 – Enter Esc
  • 3.40 – Capoeira
  • 4.15 – Mojo Juju
  • 5.00 – Belly Dancers
  • 5:30 – Purple Chocolate Funk

Kanuguba is committed to enhancing our social, cultural and ecological inheritance, by making multi-cultural practices a living part of our experience as Australians. Kanuguba’s mission is to fulfill the vision of a united society by taking a whole of community approach in achieving our aims and objectives. The Kanuguba Justus Festival Program actively embraces opportunities for the community to participate in, generate and celebrate our multi-cultural diversity, in a socially, culturally and ecologically responsible environment.

For more information regarding this event contact;

  • Lucille Palmer – 0410 077 186
  • Paul Kimble – 0423 239 989

Newcastle Music Week and Foleys Raise Funds for Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

To coincide with the start of Newcastle Music Week this Friday 27 October, local music retailer Foleys has announced it will be donating a Beale 108M piano.

Beale 108M Piano Donated by Foleys MusicThe piano is valued at $3,000 and will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative. The auction for the piano will commence on 1 November and close on 10 November. You can access the auction via the Foley’s website.

The Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative (HYMC) is an umbrella organisation for groups providing youth mentoring programs. HYMC assists youth mentor groups to develop, support and promote the growth of mentoring programs by providing a strong collaborative network. HYMC is represented by a number of community groups, business and government organisations including the NBN We Care Kids Project, Sensis/Yellow Pages, Hunter Business Chamber, Kaleidoscope, PCYC NSW, Hunter Star Foundation, Plan-it Youth (Hunter), Youthmark, Maitland & District Mentoring Assistance Project, Mission Australia, Centrelink, and DALE Program.

“These organisations help to provide positive role models for local young people who are facing many challenges,” says HYMC Chairman Brian Doyle. “HYMC believes there are many ways our community can support its youth. Newcastle Music Week and Foleys’s joint effort is greatly appreciated and will go towards helping to make a real difference in the lives of some of our region’s young people.”

Beale 108M Piano Auction

Newcastle Music Week

Hell B4 Halloween

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Hell B4 HalloweenCome along to The Cambridge Hotel on Saturday Oct 28, 2006 for an evening of metal at Hell B4 Halloween hosted by Metal Krypt Promotions.

Sydney based thrash/death metal band Vaticide will be supported by local acts Requium of the Damned, Arcane Rights and Grim Demise.

There will be a $100 prize awarded on the night for the best Halloween costume on the night, so come dressed to impress.

Entry to the gig is $10.

Winners of the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

And the winner is … ‘Ngariki’. There was not one person sitting in the room at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards last Friday night who doubted that ‘Ngariki’ deserved the accolade of ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’.

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. Named as the 2006 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’, Ngariki will receive the prize of a 6 track EP recording and release with ABC Music. He will be able to continue to develop his song writing skills with the support of ABC Music Publishing. In addition to winning the overall prize, Ngariki also walked away with the ‘Blues & Roots’ Award.

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 corner. From the big halls of Europe to the trendy clubs of Sydney, Ngariki graced the stage of the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 20 delivering his spine tingling and gritty ‘Blues and Roots’ entry ‘Remember’ to the audience.

Clive Hodson, Board member of AIR (Australian Independent records) and judge for the ‘Artist of the Year’ Award said of his decision to award Ngariki, “There is a big uptake in the popularity for Blues and Roots music, Ngariki has hit it at the right time. I’m a great believer in time and place and I think the time and place is right for Ngariki”.

The awards night recognised 20 local artists for their efforts and played host to performances by Jazz musician Dorian Mode, Rock outfit ‘Lover‘, 2005 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’ winner Gian as well as a glittering and energetic performance by Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars. This event has definitely secured its place among Newcastle’s most anticipated events. It is pivotal in the cultivation of emerging and established original talent across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

2006 is the second year for an Artist to receive the title of ‘ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award’, however it is the first time that an artist will receive a $1000.00 cash prize (courtesy of APRA). Bob Pigott was the recipient of this prestigious Award thanks to his song writing style which fuses country and folk with a roots edge. Bob is a regular performer at the Tamworth Country music festival and is a well-known and respected local artist.

Please find the following list of 2006 winners.

For further information or images: Kathryn Holloway MOBILE: 0412 771 042 EMAIL:

Brass With Class 2

Friday, October 20th, 2006

“The Friends of Radio 2NUR-FM” recognising the significance of the 11th November Armistice Day will be presenting Brass With Class 2- “Remembrance Day” Concert from 2.00pm in The Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay, NSW. The Australian Army Band Newcastle (Captain Lindsay Mee), Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band (Ron Boaden), Tenor Vocal Soloist Brian Iles and the Port Stephen Community Choir will perform an afternoon of music an event not to be missed by lovers of fine music.

The Australian Army Band Newcastle are a leading Military music group of the highest quality and standard and will add to the afternoon with their brilliance in both musicianship and deportment. To recognise the day a Remembrance segment will be conducted during the Concert to which Veterans are especially invited to attend.

Brian Isles Tenor Soloist, and the Musical Director of Port Stephens Community Choir is a seasoned performer and will include the works “You Raise Me Up”. Brian is a former lead Tenor of the World Famous “Sydney Male Choir” and has appeared in lead rolls in several Stage Musicals. He will lead his Choir in several modern Choral works including works the audience will know from the Stage and screen.

Cardiff Northlakes Brass led by Ron Boaden will perform. This Band are the East Coast of Australia Brass Band Champions and several members have also recently won numerous individual Soloist and Quartet contests as well and will delight with classic Brass Band Marches, classical works and modern Band compositions.

The Concert has been organised by Geoff McGregor the popular presenter of the Stations Brass Encounters band programme who will also and compere the afternoon.

Refreshments will be available during interval.


$20 full and $15 Concession/ children up to 15 years
Return Soldiers, Veterans wearing Medals FREE, Carer with Veteran $10
Person with Return Soldier Medals of a Relative $10

Download the brochure (PDF format).

Tickets can be obtained from Radio 2NUR-FM on 49 215555 during office hours or at the Door. All Proceeds go to aid the Community Work of Radio 2NUR-FM who will also be supporting Legacy.

Ray Cairney Benefit Show

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Sunday 5th November 2006 Cardiff Panthers “Macquarie Room”

Have a family fun day of music and dancing. All welcome. A benefit day to raise money to help musician Ray Cairney through his stroke rehabilitation.

Ray Cairney was Classical guitar teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium for over 20 years and is a well known and loved Novocastrian musician. Ray had a stroke recently and will be unable to teach or play for some time. Please show your support for Ray and his family by being part of the audience at a musical extravaganza to be held at Cardiff Panthers “Macquarie Room” on Sunday 5th November 2006. Tickets for the daytime show can be purchased from the club prior to the event or at the door. Tickets for the dinner dance need to be purchased prior to 2pm on the day.

The afternoon show (1pm-6pm) will feature well known Novocastrian Jazz bands, country, blues, 50′s/60′s dance band/s, string quartet’s, duo’s, classical guitarist’s, & comedians while the dinner/dance will feature the Allan Ward Big Band and guests from 7pm to 11pm.

Afternoon show Admission (1pm to 6pm)

Adults: $20
Students & Pensioner: $15
Children: $5
Under age 5: Free
Family tickets: $55
Discount for groups of 6 or more adults: $15 each

Buffet Dinner & Dance Admission (7pm to 11pm)

Adults: $50

Seeking Performers

The organizers of the event are seeking professional musicians who can be part of the day and evenings entertainment gifts that can be raffled or used as door prizes. Suitable acts might include Jazz, blues, 50′s/60′s dance band/s, string quartet’s, comedians etc.

The Allan Ward Big Band is Playing from 7pm to 11pm. We need some acts to perform during the breaks between this time. The organisers are negotiating times/availability with everyone this week. You won’t need to supply any equipment. Stage equipment is being supplied by Phi Jack from Music Headquarters. There is an excellent in-house PA system.The organisers are happy to find a sponsor if required who may be able cover any expenses for you to be able to join them.

If you are able to help in any way please contact Rex Maddock:

Mobile: 0412-855850
Home/work: (02) 49426170
Fax: (02) 49426109

Light Noise Win Xpozay 2006

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Since July this year, The Brewery has been hosting the Xpozay band competition every Thursday night and last night saw the three Grand Finalists (Ngariki, Montana Fire, & Light Noise) go head to head for the prize.

Light NoiseLight Noise have won the 2006 Xpozay band competition. The band competed against Montana Fire and Ngariki for over $20,000 in prizes including a major recording package in Sydney, a promotional package, musical equipment, Cash and a NYE showcase performance at The Brewery supporting Silverchair, The Beautiful Girls and Something With Numbers.

Light Noise will also be competing in the grand final of the Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase band competition. They will compete against The seabellies, The wireflys and Ngariki at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Thursday November 2nd.

The band comprises Luke Price on Guitar and vocals, Jae Nelson on drums and Joel Henderson on bass. Two members of Light Noise are currently performing in a locally produced Rock Opera, The Shining Isle, showing at The Civic Playhouse. The guys did the show and then raced to the Brewery to play their allocated time in the Grand Final.

Read more about Light Noise and listen to some of their songs at The band also has two entries in the Triple J Unearthed Competition.

Watch out for Light Noise at the Brewery on New Years Eve where they will be supporting Silverchair, The Beautiful Girls and Something With Numbers.

For more information about the Xpozay Band Competition visit or ring Me-Shell Croker at EAO on 4962 1855

Finalists Announced For The 2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Congratulations to the genre category finalists in the 2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards! Some categories have more finalists than others due to the fact that each category attracts a different amount of entries and in some cases the judges of particular categories thought more than ten tracks deserved to go through for finalist consideration.

The Awards Night (Friday October 20 2006 – Civic Theatre Newcastle) will include the top 5 entrants for each category being announced along with the winner. Specialist categories which will also be Awarded on the night include Best Young Talent, Best Male Vocals, Best Female Vocals, Listener’s Choice, Hunter Broadcaster’s Choice, Central Coast Broadcaster’s Choice, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and ABC Music Best Artist.

Adult Contemporary

Blues and Roots


Classical / Instrumental

Combined Gospel and Theatre



Urban (Combined Hip Hop, RnB and Electronica/Dance)



Heavy Rock


Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Newcastle Music Week will culminate in an Industry Showcase Finale at the iconic Civic Theatre Newcastle on Thursday November 2. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, The Showcase was designed to showcase the city’s hottest bands to the National Music Industry reps and that’s exactly what will be happening come Thursday week.

Judges for the night comprise of leading artist and repertoire representatives from some major players on the national music scene. Scott Bradley represents Shock Records, one of the country’s largest independent labels. Heath Johns is the Head of A&R/Creative for Universal Music Publishing. Dorry Kartabani is an agent with Premier Harbour Agency who has artists including Christine Anu, Shannon Noll, Missy Higgins, Thirsty Merc and Evermore on their books. Mark Bolton is the General Manager for MGM Distribution who distribute a myriad of labels including Foghorn Records, Phantom Records and Black Yak. Peter Dawkins has produced many award winning songs and will join the panel in 2006 along with Mark Holland from (EMI).

Organisers have been surprised at the positive response from the music industry. “The a and r reps don’t normally come up to Newcastle. We proposed to them that we would hold a showcase gig of some of Newcastle’s best talent and they all jumped at the opportunity to be involved”, said Christina Sykiotis, the Newcastle Music Week Coordinator.

The response from local businesses has also been unprecedented in this Newcastle Music Week’s third year. As if playing at the Civic Theatre Newcastle to the talent scouts wasn’t enough, the winning bands have an exciting prize pool to look forward to. A1 Audio have supplied a JBL PA package worth $5,000. The Roland Corporation, BOSS and Edirol have organised an equipment package worth $5,000. There’s an hour long consultation with icon Michael Chugg, an Artpack from EAO and Artbeat, a CD design by Design reaction, a GIGtxt package and a support gig from Big Apachee. That’s a very serious prize for a very serious competition!

Starting at 7:30pm, the night will open with four of the best Let There Be School Rock bands. Four of the hottest, local original bands will follow. They are Light Noise, Ngariki, The Wireflys and The Sea Bellies. The event will be headlined by R and B sensation and ARIA nominee Jade MacRae and there will be special performances by Newcastle’s Retro Rockets and Adam Miller. Hosts for the evening are Blind Melon from NEWFM and Brien McVernon (Retro Rockets).

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or before the event from Ticketek for $15 or $10 for parties of 20 or more. 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

Visit the Industry Showcase MySpace page at

2006 A Major Music Expo

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

The business students of the Music Centre at Hunter TAFE have been working overtime to coordinate A Major Music Expo 2006. The Expo, to be held at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday November 1, as part of Newcastle Music Week, is the perfect opportunity for music pros, music students, music enthusiasts and music lovers to hear first hand about the music industry from the national experts.

Local bands will have the opportunity to have their demo critiqued by key industry players during a seminar. Representatives from independent labels and music companies will randomly select cds to listen to and offer advice and suggestions on how to increase chances of success at national levels. Bands can register their demos (CD only) on the day of the Expo.

A series of workshops, suited to both beginners and the more advanced musicians, will also be held throughout the day. National diva Shauna Jensen will give away some tips in the vocal workshop, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) will share his songwriting prowess, Travis Demsey (ex Living End) will impart drumming secrets, Bruce Mathiske (international virtuoso) will hold a guitar masterclass and other workshops offer video, image, bass, auditioning and performance instruction.

Expo Hall will showcase the latest in music technology. There will be light and sound equipment displays and the latest gizmos and gadgets. Hands on demonstrations of equipment and computers will also be available.

Bookings are recommended and full program details and forms can be downloaded from the website at Alternatively, call 49 237420 for more information.

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