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Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

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

Posted on October 14th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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