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The Secret Empire

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.

Posted on April 25th, 2007 in Events

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