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Archive for April, 2007

The Secret Empire

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The Secret Empire is a group that organises regular All Ages events around the Hunter Region and the Central Coast. The first Secret Empire show was held at the Lockdown Theatre in Hamilton in early 2006. The Empire has has recently expanded to include gigs on the Central Coast and at Port Stephens in what has become a weekly event.

Nathan Rancloud, the driving force behind Secret Empire, was interviewed on TIN Radio on the 28th of March by The Garage. “Newcastle’s got fantastic bands” Nathan explains in the interview, “it’s a shame that most of them will ever be known outside of [this region]“. Many local bands have been given an opportunity to perform at Secret Empire, with over 150 different bands having performed at the shows so far.

Secret Empire was held at the Cambridge Hotel for the first time on 31st of March 2007. “We’re playing scout halls most of the time so it’s a real step up” Nathan points out, “Ever since the beginning the local guys have really backed us up, it’s meant that The Empire has been able to keep going”.

Check out this video of the action at one of the Secret Empire gigs which was uploaded to YouTube by Nathan earlier this year. The background music on the video is provided by local band Room 24.

A recording of the complete interview is available at

Below is a list of some of the Secret Empire gigs that are organised for the coming months:

Secret Empire Date: Saturday 5th May 2007 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Maitland Ex Services Bowling Club Hunter St Maitland
Bands: Big City Exile, Rubix Cuba, A Crimson Flame, Tharsis Plain, Abstract Reality, Ophelia Theory, Blind Monkey Voodoo, Black Entity

Date: Saturday 12th May 2007 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Gallipoli Legions Club- Hamilton Beaumont St Hamilton
Bands: Vicious Effect, Rubix Cuba, Big City Exile, Falling For Beloved, 4th Priority, Little Miss Oblivious, Picket Fence, Sleepwalker, One Step Behind, Drop Dead, The Ultimate Jesse Experience

Date: Saturday 26th May 2007 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Nelson Bay PCYC
Bands: Big City Exile, Rubix Cuba, What Drives The Weak, 2316 Crew, One Man Down, Exchanging Hope For Hearts, Wolves, Flex T Rex

Date: Saturday 9th Jun 2007 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Wesley Hall 150 Beaumont St Hamilton
Bands: Town Hall Steps, Heartbreak Club, Misanthropist, Vicious Effect, 4th Priority, It Ends Here, Effects Of Betrayal, The Rapids, Maniken, White Solitude, Village Green

Date: Saturday 16th Jun 2007 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Gosford Youth Arts Warehouse, Gosford
Bands: Town Hall Steps, Rubix Cuba, Opacity, Short Stories, Red Pandora, The Pitiful Lie, Domino Effect, Church For Atheist, Dying Days

Date: Saturday 23rd Jun 2007 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Hwy, Swansea
Bands: Town Hall Steps, Ponderonit, Cataclysmic Fate, None so Far, Paperglass Window, Disguise The Fallen, Shaded Glass, Bad Influence, Falcon One, After Dusk, Eleven

Date: Saturday 30th Jun 2007 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Venue: Maitland Ex Services Bowling Club, Hunter St, Maitland
Bands: Heartbreak Club, Indisperse, Just …, Vetna, The Perpetrators, The Ophelia Theory, Frantic

Lineups for each event can change. Check or the brand new Secret Empire website at for the latest information about the Secret Empire events.

The Garage

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The GarageThe Garage is a radio program on TIN Radio that is devoted to the local all-ages music scene. Each week the show features live bands, interviews & a comprehensive what’s on for all-ages shows in the Hunter Valley area. Produced in conjunction with The Loft Youth Venue, The Garage aims to give young people platform to produce and engage with new media formats.

If you have missed the earlier editions of the show you can download them in MP3 format from

Here’s some of the highlights of previous shows:

Find out more at

If you are interested in helping out at The Loft, contact Loft at

Rock for Refuge

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Rock for RefugeRock for Refuge is a gig that will be held at the Lucky Country Hotel on the 21st of July.

All proceeds from the gig will be put towards the resettlement and education of refugees in the Newcastle area.

Line-up for the gig is Wiseheimer, The Hyenas, Trohpywives and Fatal Justice.

  • Where: Lucky Country Hotel
  • When: 21st July 2007
  • Time: 9PM
  • Tickets: $8 at the door

Find out more at

Little St. Recording Sessions

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Little St are an original rock outfit based in Newcastle, Australia. The band consists of John Fraser on vocals and keyboard, Jesse Nolan on guitar and vocals, Michael Fraser on bass and vocals and Josh Holliday on drums.

The band is currently in the process of recording their debut EP in their home studio. “We have laid down 4 complete songs and instruments for another 3″, the band says, “We recorded all of the instruments 100% live, no overdubbing and no fiddling”. They have uploaded 3 tracks from the recording session to their MySpace page at

Little StHere are a few of the band’s upcoming gigs:

Date: Friday 8th June 2007
Venue: Wallsend Community Centre [AA]
Area: Newcastle
Time: 5pm
Cost: $10
With: Many local bands

Date: Friday 15th June 2007
Venue: Metford Baptist Church [AA]
Area: Hunter Region
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: TBA
With: Apathetic

Date: Friday 3rd August 2007
Venue: Lucky Country Hotel [18+]
Area: Newcastle
Time: 9pm
Cost: $5
With: Cotton Sidewalk

Find out more about the band at their new website at

The Hyenas

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The HyenasThe Hyenas began as a group of mates that formed a band in early 2006. “We want to bring back the idea of putting on a show, for the entertainment of the audience, not the indulgence of the band” they state. The Hyenas play their own brand of punk rock and are influences by the likes of The Cramps, The Clash, Chuck Berry, AC/DC, Rancid, Rose Tattoo, Motorhead and The Ramones.

Matthew Packer of MP Imagery has uploaded a set of photographs of The Hyenas playing at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle on Wednesday the 18th of April. “[I] seriously wish there were more bands around like this” Matt said in his blog post about the shoot, “it makes being a rock photographer that much more fun”.

Catch the Hyenas at The Lass O’Gowrie on the 19th of May and The Lucky Country on the 31st of May and again on the 21st of July for Rock for Refuge.

Powerage Live Videos

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

poweragePowerage is a high-energy rock band with a youthful edge. With ages ranging from 12 to 16, the Crawford and Minett brothers have been performing the rock classics in venues in Newcastle and the Hunter since early 2005.

Powerage first came to musical prominence by winning the 2005 “No Talent Time Gold” segment of Channel 9s NRL Footy Show with a stirring rendition of AC/DCs classic TNT.Since the bands win, Powerage has continued to pay homage to their heroes AC/DC with the incredible “Let There Be Rock” Show. Powerage is also committed to pursuing their own sound and are currently writing material.

The band has released videos of the band performing the AC/DC somgs Jailbreak, It’s A Long Way To The Top, Let There Be Rock and Thunderstruck. The videos feature vocalist (and ring in) Jarrod Daunt. Jarrod has performed as the front man in many local bands including Hound and V8 Swine.

Powerage will perform a free outdoors concert at The Hinton Hotel at 2PM Saturday 26th May as part of Pubfest 2007. Poweragewill be joined by special guests Stark Raving Mad.

Lock and Load Festival

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Lock and Load FestivalThe Lock and Load Festival is an all ages event that is all about giving local Newcastle bands a chance to play shows and be heard by the right people.

The next Lock and Load was to be held at the Kavon Theatre on the 6th of May 2007. Unfortunately the event has had to be cancelled as the organisers explained on their MySpace blog. Apparently the venue would not allow the event to begin until 4PM and wanted a $5 cut from each ticket sold which did not suit the organisers.

Bands slated to perform at the cancelled event included Falling for Beloved, My Afterthought, Vicious Effect, Rest in April, Killing Wanda and As Silence Breaks.

Mosh Magazine has published a review of the first Lock and Load festival which was held on the 20th of January 2007. Copies of the latest Mosh Magazine will be available for purchase at Lock and Load for $5.

The Lock and Load organisers are now seeking to obtain public liability insurance which will greatly broaden their choice of venue for upcoming gigs.

Find out more at

Matt Purcell and Remedial View

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Remedial ViewFormerly known as Matt Purcell The Band, Remedial View are a dynamic three-piece rock outfit from Newcastle with a passion creating music. With roots in numerous musical genres such as jazz and modern punk, the bands songs vary from mellowed out heartbreakers to frenetic alternative epics.

Matt PurcellEven though the members of Remdial View are still in their teens, they have a memorable debut album under their belts, Goodbye Tonight, which has featured on Channel Nines Today Extra and has been featured on The first single from the album, Hypnotised, has received positive response on national radio and the film clip is BEING AIRED on Foxtel music channels and made the “TOP 20″ songs of 2006 on Rhema FM countdown.

Remedial View features Matt Purcell on vocals and guitar, Rhys Zacher on druns and vocals and Mitch Ryan on bass.

While still only 18, musician Matt Purcell already has experience and achievements under his belt that many older artists still strive for. In his time performing, he has played everything from intimate acoustic sets at local cafes to large venues such as playing at The Newcastle Entertainment Centre at Hunter Harvest 05 and performing in front of over 9000 people at Energy Australia Stadium with Gian and his band ‘The Heat’. Matt’s song My all, My Everything reached the finals of Best Young Artist in the 2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Matt will be performing a series of acoustic sets at the Bean Palace Cafe at Westfield Kotara at 11AM on Saturday the 28th of April and Saturday the 5th of May 2007.

Remedial View’s drummer Rhys Zacher is a multi instrumentalist songwriter in his own right. Rhys releases his music through a side project called ‘Searching Within’. Listen to Rhys’ music at

Remedial View will be launching their new album in CCC Eastside , 4 Lingard Street Merewether, on the 23rd of June 2007. They will be supported by Sydney band Stanfield. Entry to the CD launch is $5.

Newcastle Music Awards 2007

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Original Musicians – it’s your time to shine

Enter the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards now!

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards return in 2007! Original musicians residing in the Hunter and Central Coast regions will be able to enter their music into the acclaimed competition from May 7 – June 15 2007.

2007 marks the sixth year this project has run in the region to encourage, support and recognise local talent. The project runs across seven months with the major aim to create a sense of community and provide airplay to local artists. This includes the opportunity to receive valuable airplay time and program support across 1233 ABC Newcastle, as well as other ABC Networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

The Music Awards has proven to be a quality, key event for the region with close to 2500 entries and 700 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002.

There is a range of genre categories for original musicians to enter their music into and winners will be chosen from each category. Other awards include ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award ($1000.00 cash prize provided), Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice, Central Coast Broadcasters’ Choice, Listeners’ Choice, Best Female and Male Vocals, Best Young Talent, and the prestigious ABC Music Best Artist Award.

Mike McCluskey, Local Radio Manager Newcastle & Hunter said that the station is thrilled to once again support original musicians in the region.

“Through the Awards, 1233 aims to nurture, build and encourage the huge amount of musical talent within the region. The Music Awards is the only one of its kind in Australia and 1233 is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to our local musicians.

Ngariki - 2006 ABC Artist of the YearNgariki, the winner of the ABC Music Best Artist Award in 2006 is the perfect example of what the Awards are setting out to achieve – he has secured airplay on local and national networks along with securing both a publishing and recording deal through ABC Music Publishing / ABC Music as his prize,” Mike said.

ABC Music Publishing has been integral in the development of the Music Awards and Eloise Nolan, Head of this department is enthusiastic about opportunities for Award entrants.

“So many good opportunities can come out of these annual awards for those who enter – we’re looking to organise a country music writers workshop later this year inviting overseas songwriters, and we’ll be able to include the 2006 ABC Music Publishing/APRA Songwriter, Bob Pigott among the attendees. Other good news for Bob is that two of his songs have been included in ABC Music compilations.

“I also came across a script for a feature telemovie which is being made later this year that relies on strong songs in regard to the main character and storyline. As it happens, the songs from last years ABC Artist of the Year, Ngariki, (who we’ve also signed to ABC Music Publishing), seem to have been tailor-made for this particular film so we’ve been able to present his music to the producers and director and – fingers crossed – it looks like they may indeed provide some of the key moments in this production,” Eloise said.

This year the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards project will culminate in an explosive Awards night at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, Friday 19 October 2007.

Entrants can collect their entry kits from all ABC Shops and centres, or download the kit from

For more information please contact Kathryn Holloway, the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator on 02 4922 1200 / 0412 771 042 or email

Cultural Stomp 2007

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Cultural StompNewcastle’s annual multicultural festival, Cultural Stomp, will this year celebrate its 10th year anniversary and to mark the occasion it will take on the theme of ‘Awakening’ as one of its key messages.

Stomp began in 1997 as a peaceful protest alternative in response to the launch of the One Nation political party in the Hunter. Throughout the years the festival has gone from strength to strength to become Newcastle’s premier cultural event, celebrating cultural unity and showcasing our city’s multicultural communities.

The festival provides an open forum for all members of the community to creatively express their voice, their message or their creation. In 2007, the festival will encourage community members to ‘awaken’ their senses through music, the arts, the environment, peace and justice.

Cultural StompThe Stomp festival, to be held on Saturday 19th May, takes up the whole of Civic Park, and will involve over 50 various community groups, clubs, societies and hundreds of artists & performers. It will include two music stages and Chai tent; arts and sustainable living workshops; forum & discussion panels; installation art; multi-faith forum; dancing, musical & drumming performances and will culminate in a collaborative music and dance ceremony followed by a multicultural community feast.

In addition Stomp’s Community Lane will provide an opportunity for community groups, artisans and local producers to sell their goods & promote their services to the people of Newcastle. Stomp’s market coordinators are calling for community organisations, plus producers of goods that are environmentally friendly, sweatshop free and fair trade to have a stall on the day. If you are a community organisation or a local producer interested in being involved please contact us on

Stomp is a Waste Wise event. All food and beverage stallholders will be required to use biodegradable and/or compostable packaging, and several Clean and Green initiatives are being implemented into the 2007 festival. The Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre will be hosting a community bike ride into the festival to promote healthy, safe and sustainable transport services. Anyone can join the colourfully decorated, mass bicycle ride as they make their way from Wallsend to Newcastle, picking up along the way at several of the designated Stomp Festival Bike-Train stations. The Stomp festival Bike-Train is a free initiative and roadside assistance will also be available during the ride.

The 2007 tomp festival is strongly supported by Newcastle City Council and the Octapod.

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