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Avant Hard

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Avant HardAvant Hard is an initiative from like-minded Newcastle youngfolk to co-ordinate events for audible, palatable and social pleasure at the Croatian Club in Wickham, Newcastle NSW. The initiative is sponsored by the Croatian Club Wickham and MTTNS Collective. and curated by same peope who bring to you Spring Break every Thursday night,
complete with splatterings of new sounds from local, national and international touring bands such as Vialka (France), ALPS of NSW (Australian Arts Council supported Electronic act), Naked on the Vague, Songs (on Popfrenzy) etc.

They aim is to keep entry fees low and satisfy the artists with new ears to listen to their tunes while providing a laidback social night.

Tickets are on sale now at

Avant Hard are looking for interesting and snappy acts (Bands, DJ’s, Musicians, Performance Artists to perform at a sideshow at the Croatian Club as part of This Is Not Art Festival which will be held in the first weekend in October.

If you may be interested in submitting an artist on your roster for Avant Hard on Sunday October 5th, 2008, or you want to be a part of it in some way, ie, you’re a band, an artist, a dj, a vj etc. please contact Jacqueline Power at or through the MTTNS Collective MySpace Profile. Submissions are required by 30th August 2008.

Take a look at what’s coming up at Spring Break on Thursday evenings at the Croatian Club over the next few months:

Resonate 2008 Heats Announced

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Resonate 2008Heats have been announced for Resonate – the Music Industry Showcase 2008. The heats will be held at Queens Wharf Brewery on Thursday nights for eight weeks starting from August 7th.

After the heats are finished there will be a Wild Card Night on Thursday the 9th of October Followed by the two Semi Finals on Tuesday the 14th and Thursday the 16th of October. Four bands will go through to the Grand Final which will be held at the Civic Theatre on Friday the 31st of October 2008.

See below for a breakdown of the bands that will be performing at each heat.

DATE: 7/8/08

DATE: 14/8/08

DATE: 21/8/08

DATE: 28/8/08

DATE: 4/9/08

DATE: 11/9/08

DATE: 18/9/08

DATE: 25/9/08

DATE: 2/10/08

For more information see or


Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Revealed!… the best kept secrets in Newcastle are now being REVEALED at The Crown & Anchor Hotel, Wednesday Nights from August 16th.

Newcastle is known as a landmark in the music industry for breeding high quality musical sensations. REVEALED is designed to showcase local, unsigned musicians who are striving to break into the commercial music industry.

The night gives artists/acts the opportunity to raise awareness for themselves, experience performing to a public audience and network with other local musicians. It also gives their friends, family and fans the opportunity to come and see them performing live cause lets face it, its really all about the audience.

There is also the opportunity to secure future gigs at the venue, pending suitability.

The night is open to all soloists, duos or trios, performing original or commercial cover music.

  • WHAT: Revealed!
  • WHEN: every Wednesday night commencing 16 August 2008
  • TIME: 8.30pm
  • WHERE: Crown & Anchor Hotel, cnr Perkins & Hunter Streets

So, if you think you have what it takes, here’s your opportunity to shine. Contact Me-Shell Croker on Ph: 4962 1855 or email

NAB Songwriting Competition

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

As part of their 150 year anniversary commemorations, NAB in conjunction with Mushroom Marketing and support from The Mushroom Group and APRA, launched the NAB Songwriting Competition – an initiative designed to help inspire, educate and unearth the nation’s next generation of great song writers.

This new initiative supports a raft of music initiatives NAB have been undertaking in 2008 – free public music performances by established artists, showcases for local and upcoming music artists, the successful NAB Songwriting Workshops at secondary schools as part of the NAB 150 Roadtrain tour across Australia which have featured likes of Dean & Adalita – Magic Dirt, Monique Brumby and Nicky Bomba, and NAB’s recent Sponsorship of APRA’s inaugural S3 Summit ‘Play the Music’ Showcase.

With the NAB Songwriting Competition, aspiring songwriters of all over the country of all ages are invited to submit their original songs – with the chance of having their song professionally produced and then performed at the NAB finale later this year. Details of the final will be announced over the next few weeks.

Entries are now open are being accepted in three categories to allow for people of all levels of skill to enter:

  • Category 1 – open age section, the most basic category. Entrants are required to provide lyrics to one of three existing backing tracks available for download on the website.
  • Category 2 – open to persons under 16 to enter a completed demo of their own song.
  • Category 3 – is identical to Category 2, but open to all aspiring artists aged 16 years and over.

The only requirement is that all of the entries must address the theme of “ideas, dreams and aspirations“.

To help aspiring artists with writing their own song, there is an entire section on the website dedicated to providing some insight and education into the craft of song writing.

NAB Songwriting Competition

Entries close last mail Friday, 1 August, 2008.

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