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Liven Up On Darby

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Liven UpLiven Up is a new venture in live music hosted by St John’s Anglican Church Cooks Hill. Now before you stop reading, Liven Up is not a church service or a thinly veiled attempt to entice people to attend our Sunday services. Liven Up is about the music, the atmosphere and community.

Vodafone Live at the Chapel or Cold Live at the Chapel (depending on the sponsor) has created a more intimate setting for big name artists to share, perform & interpret their music. We asked the question, why do you have to wait until you’ve been signed by a major label before you have the opportunity to get up close & personal with an audience & an audience has the chance to really see the passion, heart & soul behind the music. Sure the music’s not going to be as loud, there probably won’t be much dancing let alone a mosh pit, but hopefully what you’ll find is music stripped back to its very core – raw & engaging.

The live music scene in Newcastle has undergone many changes and incarnations over the years but listening to live music often comes down to a choice between cramming into a hall for an all ages gig, going to a pub or club or forking out the big bucks to see a big name at the big tin shed we know as the Entertainment Centre. Liven Up is attempting to add some variety & uniqueness to the local market. Combine the brilliant natural acoustics of the oldest church in Newcastle, with the ambiance of hundreds of candles, and the energy of 147 years of good experiences and you have an atmosphere that cannot be replicated anywhere else in Newcastle.

Saint Johns Chapel Cooks HillIn generations gone by our churches use to act as gathering places for our community, a place where people could come together, get to know new people, build on relationships, and create good memories. In the 21st century its becoming harder & harder to expand your circle of friends, meet interesting people from different backgrounds or even find that special someone unless they fall within 2 or 3 degrees of separation usually based around school, work or family. Neighbours might give a polite nod or a smile when you see them over the fence, or if you’re really brave you might smile & say hello to someone you pass in the street or strike up a short conversation with the person sitting next to you at a Jets or a Knights game. Liven Up aims to recapture the church as a public space, where people can feel comfortable gathering together and creating community.

  • The support starts at 8pm sharp so make sure you get there in time.
  • You’ll take your seat in one of our many pews or if you’re early enough grab one of the cushions or bean bags out the front before the all go.
  • Xpresso will sell or your caffeinated beverage requirements
  • Cold drinks & snacks will also be on sale
  • The night finishes around 10.30pm
  • You can go home for some sleep, kick on down Darby street or hang out in the church for a while.

Artists performing at Liven Up in the coming months include:

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A Major Music Expo

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Thursday November 1 – Newcastle City Hall – 9:00am to 8:30 pm

A galaxy of musical information will be served up at Newcastle City Hall, as Newcastle Music Week brings professionals from all around Australia to the city to share their love of music.

Workshops will be happening all day and into the evening, and Expo Hall will be abuzz with demonstrations by major music retailers and music companies. Musos Corner, The Drum Shop and Music Headquarters will be offering some great deals for anyone interested in purchasing equipment. There’ll be merch available and opportunities to get hands on with some of the latest musical equipment. In 2007, A Major Music Expo welcomes Apple. You will be able to see the latest Apple has to offer.

The only difficulty will be trying to decide which workshop to attend.

Guests for 2007 include Travis Dempsey (ex Living End), Afro Moses (international artist), Tony Mott (International Photographer), Snake (Australian Guitar Magazine), Jen Wilson (The Music Network), Mel Murray (Publicist Live Earth), Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo).

Anyone with a demo will be pleased to learn that the listening seminar is back. Artists will be invited to submit their demos and then five of these will be randomly selected. The demos will be reviewed by a listening panel made up of A & R reps, agents and publishers, who will offer advice on what the professional industry is looking for.

Want to have your say about the local music scene? A Major Music Expo will conclude with an Open Music Forum starting at 7:00pm.

Let’s Get Serious About the Local Music Scene!

Retailers, managers, performers, media personnel, venue owners, agents – anyone who has a stake in the local music and entertainment industries – UNITE!

Let’s Create A Positive Future for our Local Music Industry

Topics could be:

  1. Performance Spaces – possible issues include closing times, noise restrictions, other venues, outdoor venues, events
  2. Media outlets – local support for local industry
  3. Increase Business Opportunities – training opportunities, promotional tools, mentoring, creating quality work

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Finalists Announced

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

The finalists for the 2007 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards have been announced. Some categories have more finalists than others – this is 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 19 2007 – Civic Theatre Newcastle) will include only 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, Listeners’ Choice, Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice, Central Coast Broadcasters’ Choice, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and ABC Music Best Artist.

Adult Contemporary

Blues and Roots








Heavy Rock



Best Young Talent

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night will be held on Friday 19 October at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. It promises to be a sensational stage show with performances ranging from sweet, romantic adult contemporary and acoustic folk, to gritty blues and roots and full-scale rock. In between the performances, winners will be announced and Awards presented for the prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year, the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award along with all category genres and specialist areas.

For this one evening, the stage will be set alight with a fusion of sounds, colour and dance from locally and nationally recognised musical talent. We are pleased to include the following artists in this first announcement …

Bob EvansARIA award-winning artist Bob Evans comes to the music awards after his sell-out ‘Sadness & Whisky’ tour earlier this year. The tour, which took in most of the country through May and June, wraps up a superb year for Bob, aka Kevin Mitchell – vocalist/guitarist for beloved Australian indie pop outfit Jebediah. Bob was awarded an ARIA last year for his debut album ‘Suburban Songbook‘, he played international showcases in London and Johannesburg and was voted Best Male Artist in Rolling Stones’ annual readers’ poll.

In keeping with the Evans theme, local lad Morgan Evans will also perform on the night with a star filled band! Having won a plethora of Awards in recent years, Morgan has been busy recording in Nashville and has recently released his debut single Australia wide. Morgan will be joined on stage by Solver band mates, Tom Evans and Nick Cook, Solver has won numerous 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards including Best Young Talent, ABC Music Artist of the Year 2004 and Best Male Vocals for Morgan. Completing the band line up, Morgan has enlisted the talents of Marissa Saroca (Best Female Vocals 2005 and 2006 and current entrant), Mark Wells (2005 winner of the Adult Contemporary category, frontman for Supersonic and current entrant) and Fumi Boca. This is one of the most eagerly-awaited performances of 2007.

Newcastle favourite Ngariki is 1233 ABC Newcastle’s Artist of the Year for 2006. In addition to winning the overall prize, he also walked away with the Blues & Roots award. Ngariki’s unique brand of blues and funk-based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in) has put him in high demand in the Hunter music scene over the past year. After 15 years in the business and thousands of gigs from Sydney to Switzerland, Ngariki is back and anticipation is already high for his upcoming performance at this year’s music awards.

Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants are a force to be reckoned with and a band with a genre unto themselves. If you feel that you have a firm enough grip on your sanity, witness this delightfully oddball, comically freakish, heart-wrenching, and general good old fashioned misbehaving band. Earlier this year this band’s performance at the Lass O’Gowrie in Wickham attracted so many people that a crowd of more than 100-strong had to be turned away from the doors – and on the weekend of Splendour in the Grass no less! This speaks to the reputation of this band, which is known for its outrageous and unique performances. Prepare for a musical experience of magnificent proportions.

The distinctive duo of Nick & Liesl brings together Nick Everitt, a bushman from the Central Coast, and Liesl Karlsson, a well-travelled Aussie-Swede recently returned to Australia. Being both singer/songwriters and involved in more ways than one, teaming up as a duo was as natural as singing in the shower. The multi-instrumental duo are pleased to present their own unique blend of acoustic, folk and rock to the audience of this year’s Awards Night. Combining invigorating harmonies with guitar, piano, percussion and a naturally large and varied repertoire, their performance is never predictable and always splendid. 2006 saw two of Nick & Liesl’s tracks included on compilation albums Home Grown Roots Volume 1 and Sounds Like Café Volume 12.
Garth Russell, 1233′s Mornings presenter, and Weekend presenter Madeleine Randall will be stepping up to the mic to host this year’s Awards Night.

1233 ABC Newcastle is proud to support new and emerging artists in the Hunter and Central Coast regions and is looking forward to putting on the biggest and best Awards Night Show for the entire community to enjoy. A second announcement for the Awards Night line up will be made closer to the date.

Tickets for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of nights will be on sale from Monday 10 September through Ticketek (fees and charges may apply). Prices are $19.50 for adults, $15.00 for concession (pensioner, student, unemployed, children) and $10.00 for entrants. Tickets are available for purchase from the Civic Theatre Newcastle Box Office or by calling (02) 4929 1977

For further information please contact 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator – Kathryn Holloway Phone: 02 4922 1200 or 0412 771 042 Email:

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