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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night

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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Posted on September 11th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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