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Benjalu’s Gig in the Gardens

The Garden PartyOne of Newcastle’s most accomplished young bands, Benjalu, will be performing an afternoon set at the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin as part of the inaugural Garden Party next month.

In just over a year, Benjalu’s achievements have exceeded their expectations. In April 2006 they won the annual YouthRock competition, also picking up a prestigious award presented by Silverchair acknowledging their songwriting abilities at the same time. Over the past year they have continued from strength to strength, receiving more recognition and continuing to evolve their distinct acoustic-roots style. “Our sound is always expanding” explains the band’s vocalist Ben Gumbleton.

BenjaluEarly last year, Ben teamed up with fellow classmate Luke Elsley (electric guitar, harmonica). “I was kind of into the metal and punk scene before … just playing guitar”, Ben said, “Luke introduced me to the whole roots side of music”. The pair were then joined by Kelsley Nathan on drums and Anthony Morris on bass through their high school music class to form Benjalu. All of the band members contribute to the songwriting, their diverse influences galvanised into a unique sound.

In November last year, the band won the Let There Be School Rock band competition final, held at the Civic Theatre. Now, with their HSC behind them, Benjalu are all prusing their dreams as full time musicians. They are currently in the process of recording their debut EP, which will be released later in the year.

The band has amassed an impressive list of performances at a broad range of venues and events. Their past gigs include:

Benjalu will be interviewed on 2CCC FM 96.3 on Monday 18th June 7:00 PM on The Lockup Garage. The interview will be followed by a performance by the band which will be broadcast live.

In addition to The Garden Party, Benjalu has numerous gigs lined up in the coming months including:

The Garden Party will be held on the 28th July. Other performers at The Garden Party include Anthony Callea, Jon Stevens, Paul Greene and a solo set from local songstress Amy Vee. Tickets are $69.00 which entry into the Hunter Valley Gardens. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at Ticketek.

Tickets to the event also include entry to the gardens themselves, so visitors are encouraged to bring some sun screen and a rug and make a day of it. Benjalu starts at 2PM, with the event will carry on into the evening.

Get the latest info about Benjalu at their MySpace page at

Posted on June 7th, 2007 in Artists

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