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Archive for October, 2007

Monday Metal Madness

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Monday Metal MadnessThe Cambridge Hotel will shake to its core on Monday October 29 as Newcastle Music Week unleashes the region’s biggest annual metal event. In association with Festival Of The Dead, local metal bands will be joined by internationally acclaimed Australian band The Amenta.

The brutal industrial death metal style of The Amenta means they are one of the biggest names in extreme metal on the planet. The Amenta hit MMM to unleash their highly anticipated new album ‘n0n’.

Thrash metal will be supplied by Sabretung – fusing both melodic and aggressive elements of the genre this brash foursome is unstoppable.

Black Asylum combine youthful exuberance with dedication and professionalism resulting in power driven heavy metal. Akuma are a cohesive, eclectic and mature metal band. Arcane Rites present a stark contrast in their music and image. Dark, passionate and complex – their performance is mesmerising.

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Punk ‘n’ Grind

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Punk 'n' GrindNewcastle Music Week 2007 continues on Saturday October 27th with Punk ‘n’ Grind in Wheeler Place from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.

The best All Ages gig on the Newcastle music calendar. National and emerging local artists thrash it out with energy and attitude.

Returning in 2007 is Los Capitanes. Heralded by the media as “an explosive freak show”, Los Capitanes’ unique live show has led to national and international supports with Koolism, Gyroscope, The Porkers, The Whitlams and heaps of other cool bands!

Favourites Sleight of Hand also revisit NMW, kicking off with their debut EP, ‘Breathe’, produced by Phil McKellar (Silverchair, Grinspoon).

The Casino Rumblers serve up a cocktail of punk, psychobilly, swing, ska and good ol’ rock and roll.! Waterview (winners of Triple J’s Unearthed competition), A Silent Fiction and Kids of November complete the line-up.

Punk ‘n’ Grind is a FREE All Ages event and is drug and alcohol free.

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Beats ‘n’ Breaks

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Beats 'n' BreaksBeats N Breaks will be held on Friday October 26 at The Bar on the Hill, Newcastle Uni from 8:30pm.

Headlining will be Blades of Hades who have supported the Hilltop Hoods and The Herd. Free styling, beat boxing and break dancing – Blades of Hades are awesome.

Also on the bill are The Last Kinection (soulful and stylish), Lefts Centa (strong beats and tight vocals) with The Nameless Crew and Harlem completing the line-up.

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Tickets cost U Members/Students $10 & guests $12 (Plus booking fee) or $15 at the door on the night.

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Boogie on Beaumont

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Newcastle Music Week opens with a bang on Friday October 26 with Boogie on Beaumont.

boogie On BeaumontPresented by the Business Hamilton, Beaumont Street will be transformed, as bands on the James St and Clearly St stages pump out some funked up jazz and cool rhythms from local entertainers.

Big sounds from the Warners Bay High Stage Band and the Civic Big Band will get the mood started for a fun family night. Guaranteed lively performances from Rubix Cuba and Fish Fry will see people boogieing as the moon comes up.

The Porkers and The Robbee Williams Live Show will then keep you dancing under the full moon. With music kicking off at 5:30, this event is sure to provide a fantastic family atmosphere. And it’s free!

Restaurants along Beaumont Street will also have acoustic performers playing throughout the night for the pleasure of diners. Street performers and live dance acts will provide plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Make a night of it, eat out and support the local music scene.

Running Times

Stage 1: Cleary Street

Stage 2: James Street

Winners of the 2007 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

And the winner is … The Seabellies. The applause rang loud at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards last night when unique six-piece Newcastle band ‘The Seabellies’ took home the coveted ABC Music Artist of the Year Award.

The Seabellies‘The Seabellies’ is a band that pushes the boundaries and musical shadow-lands, constantly seeking the new and the exciting, with music that is lush, full of ethereal electronic sounds, strings, metallophones, melodicas, accordions, soaring guitars and multi percussive layering. Named as the 2007 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘The Seabellies’ will receive the prize of a 6 track EP recording and release with ABC Music and will be able to continue to develop their song writing skills with the support of ABC Music Publishing. In addition to winning the overall prize, ‘The Seabellie’s also walked away with the ‘Alternative’ Award.

An enchanting live performance has allowed ‘The Seabellies’ to establish a fine reputation and solid fan base within the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Brisbane and Melbourne music scenes. This versatile band has also supported artists such as Something For Kate, Augie March and Expatriate, and have featured in lineups including Australia’s very first V Festival alongside artists Beck, Soulwax, Jarvis Cocker, Pet Shop Boys, The Pixies and many more.

Robert Patterson, Head of ABC Music and judge for the ‘Artist of the Year’ Award said of his decision to award ‘The Seabellies’, “We’re thrilled to present ‘The Seabellies’ with the ABC Music Artist of the Year Award. As in previous years, Newcastle continues to be strong in producing exceptional local talent and we feel ‘The Seabellies’ have a fresh and exciting sound with a bright future ahead of them”

The awards night recognised 20 local artists for their efforts and played host to performances by entertaining band ‘Mojo Juju and The Snake Oil Merchants‘, musician Morgan Evans, Aria winner Bob Evans, 2006 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’ winner Ngariki, as well as Central Coast performers Nick and Liesl. This event has definitely secured its place among Newcastle’s most anticipated events, and has proven that it is pivotal in the cultivation of emerging and established original talent across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

2007 is the third year for an Artist to receive the title of ‘ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award’, and the second time that an artist will receive a $1000.00 cash prize (courtesy of APRA). We are very pleased to announce Grace Turner as the recipient of this prestigious Award. Grace found her own voice as a singer-songwriter and has been playing with a band for the past year who play, in contrast to her own compositions, a mix of psychedelic rock.

Eloise Nolan, Head of ABC Music Publishing and Services played an integral role in establishing the ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award.

“The 1233 Music Awards are about both recognising talent and creating an opportunity to further develop careers. With this Award, we hope to be able to assist a young writer such as Grace Turner who already shows much promise in both her lyrics and melodies. Grace has a way with words, and if we can help her on her journey, through both the cash grant and also access to our collective expertise so that she can further hone her skills and perfect her craft, then we’ve also achieved what we set out to do by being involved,” Eloise said.

List of Winners for the 2007 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

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Newcastle Music Week Presents an Open Forum

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Now in its fifth year, Newcastle Music Week is moving to fortify the local music scene by holding a forum to discuss the major issues affecting the industry.

The ‘Let’s Get Serious about Local Music’ forum will be the closing event of the A Major Music Expo, held at Newcastle City Hall on November 1.

Music Week event coordinator Christina Sykiotis said the forum aims to unite all those with an interest in the success of the local music scene, from promoters to store owners, from, publicists to venue owners.

“There are a lot of passionate Novocastrians with some great ideas about how to sustain and improve Newcastle’s music scene,” she said.

Ms Sykiotis said the forum will provide a rare opportunity for locals to work towards solving problems such as the lack of performance space, noise restrictions, disunity in the local music community and competing with alternate forms of entertainment such as Foxtel and poker machines.

“There’s a range of challenging issues that could really damage the local industry,” she said.

“This forum will be all about how we can work together and find valuable, tangible solutions.”

The forum will involve a panel of grass-roots locals, industry buffs and national experts. Involvement from everyone is necessary in order to create new initiatives for the local Newcastle Music Scene. The Open Forum will begin at 7:00pm at Newcastle City Hall. The forum is free and everyone is invited to attend.

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The Good Time Express Acoustic Sessions

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

On Sunday the 28th of October 2007 at 2.00 pm The Good Time Express Acoustic Sessions will arrive at the Grand Hotel Wyong the sessions will be hosted by Newcastle musician Rusty Springfield.
The sessions are opened to all ages & all levels of performance so it doesn’t really matter whether if you have been playing for two weeks , twenty two years or even if you haven’t sang or played in forty two years the whole idea of the sessions is for you to get out of the house a on a Sunday arvo bring along the family , bring your mates or just bring your self & drop on in at the friendly Grand Hotel & forget about life’s little dramas relax catch up with old friends meet new people have a bit of fun & either listen to the music or play some music.

Musos please bring your own instruments.

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