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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2008

After 6 extremely successful years the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards is on again in 2008. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for local bands and musicians to get their music out there. There are great prizes to be won and a good chance of getting some airplay on 1233 ABC Newcastle.

Entry kits are now available from ABC Newcastle, corner of Parry and Wood Streets, Newcastle West or online from the 1233 ABC Newcastle Website. You can get your entry in by Post or drop it in to one of the ABC radio stations. Last call for entries is 5pm on Friday the 13th of June 2008!

Categories this year include:

    1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2008

  • Alternative: Also known as ‘indie’, encompassing the rock / pop style of music that is a little left of centre (from The Cure to Radiohead to Nirvana to Pavement to PJ Harvey to Arcade Fire…); by all means anything a little left of centre in its genre – alt folk, alt country.
  • Blues & Roots: From classic Blues (Muddy Waters) to Blues rock (ZZ Top, John Spencer Blues Explosion) to Roots (John Butler Trio, Ash Grunwald) to a mix (Mia Dyson).
  • Contemporary: Dare we call this the more ‘serious’ side of pop? Formerly known as the ‘Adult Contemporary’ category (Missy Higgins, Coldplay, John Mayer).
  • Country: From Slim Dusty to Kasey Chambers to Keith Urban.
  • Folk: Songs that tell a story; from traditional bush bands, to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to The Waifs.
  • Instrumental: Music without lyrics, where the melody is carried by an instrument other than voice / vocals. Classical music entries fit best within this category.
  • Jazz: Traditional, Swing, Instrumental and Acid varieties.
  • Pop: Literally, popular music. Also includes style-specific pop in the tradition of The Beatles, the B52′s, 80′s pop, Britpop and Aussie bands like Custard, for example. The line between a pop song and a poppy rock song is very fine …. we’ll leave it up to you!
  • Rock: From old school rock (ACDC, Cold Chisel) to garage rock (White Stripes) to pop rock (Crowded House). Heavy Rock is its own sub-category.
  • Soundtracks: Music for Theatre and other Productions. Original music composed for and / or used in theatrical, film and other productions in (or coming up in) 2008. Please include details about the production and where the song / score section fits in.
  • Urban: The umbrella for the following sub-categories: Hip Hop, RnB andElectronica (includes Dance, House, Trance, Drum n Bass, Ambient and all digitally generated music).

Amongst the new features of this years awards is a blog maintained by the Music Awards Co-ordinater, Natasha Schaad, that will keep you up to date with the latest developments.

Also, for the first time there is an opportunity for local cover bands to show thier stuff in the Viva Le Cover Competition where local bands are invited to submit their rendition of Cold Chisel’s iconic song Star Hotel.

In order to enter a song in the competition the artist/band (majority of band members) must be local to the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Upper and Lower Hunter, Port Stephens and Central Coast area; living here now (for at least 6 months) or having lived here for at least 7 of the last 15 years.

For more information and entry kits visit and follow the links to the Newcastle Music Awards.

Update Tickets are now on sale for the Awards night at

Posted on May 27th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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