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Zero Logic Album Launch

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Zero LogicAfter just 2 years rocking out together, Novocastrian grunge/hard rock band Zero Logic are set to release their first independent album “Dimensions” on June 6th this year. The album is a follow up to their well received EP “Cubette” which was released in September 2007.

Pat James (vocals/guitar), Mitch Paterson (drums) & Chris Newman (bass) began playing together as Zero Logic in January 2007 and began working on “Dimensions” in late 2008. They cite various influences such as Incubus, Nirvana, Seether, Tool, & fellow Novocastrian rock-stars Silverchair. Pat describes the album as “a real mixed bag of songs – which made it a fun record to record”.

“Who puts bongos in a hard rock album?” Pat asks, “We did! And it feels good to hear it actually work.”

Zero Logic will be launching the album at 2 separate shows in June!

Sat 6th June – Wesley Hall, Beaumont St Hamilton
All Ages – $12 entry – 4 – 10pm + Free giveaways & signings!

Wed 17th June @ the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
With special guests Iridium and Shaded Glass
9:30pm, Entry is free, 18+

Go to for more information about the band including music, photos, videos and news.

The Music Nursery

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

There’s a new night in town for emerging artists who are looking for a place to perform their music. And not only do they get to perform, they get paid for the privilege!

The Music NurseryBig Apachee have announced the return of The Music Nursery, an initiative designed to develop the budding careers and the ‘scene’ in Newcastle. And it speaks volumes that one of the first acts of the new owners of the Wickham Park Hotel was to reinstate The Music Nursery to their entertainment schedule, highlighting a definite desire on their part to nurture what is often a neglected segment of the industry – those musicians and artists who are at the stage they want to leave the garage & announce themselves to the world. Those acts who have penned their original compositions and want to test the waters in front of a live audience. And those who may have played once or twice before but want to spread their own musical gospel.

The Music Nursery is open to all genres of music, from folk to metal and from soloists to 8 piece extravaganzas. Each Nursery will feature two acts and the evening will run fortnightly with the special ReLaunch show set down for June 11.

Karma CopsKicking off the festivities at the ReLaunch will be The Karma Cops. Forming in late 2008, the four piece has only just emerged from the bedroom but have already secured a coveted support slot with Kram when he performs on the Central Coast – on the strength of their tunes on myspace alone! Must have been some good karma coming their way…

Joining The Karma Cops for the evening will be Newcastle industry stalwarts Rubix Cuba. While not exactly an ‘emerging act’, having toured numerous times including jaunts to NZ, Rubix Cuba acknowledge that they could never have made it this far without venue initiatives designed to help musical acts such as the Music Nursery. And when they heard the Nursery was being relaunched they couldn’t wait to be involved.

“It’s important that bands, venue’s & punters support programs such as (the Music Nursery)” said Rubix Cuba’s bass player Stu Cuba. “Particularly punters. It might just be the first time you hear of an act, but you never know. Maybe there’s a new Silverchair out there. Imagine being able to say you saw their very first gig!”

Discover the next big thing in Newcastle music. Fortnightly at The Wickham Park Hotel.

The Wickham Park Hotel’s Music Nursery Relaunch
Thursday 11th June
Entry is free

Iron Clef Sessions – Rock Versus Metal

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Who’s Routine Reigns Supreme?

AAA Projects in association with Hunter TAFE are proud to present The Iron Clef Sessions. A weekend mini-festival summoning the forces of rock and metal in a pitched battle to find out once and for all, who’s routine reigns supreme? Support local original artists, stand up for your genre and be at The Wickham Croatia Club on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of June as some of the region’s finest emerging acts bring fire to the kitchen. Friday night unleashes clouds of smoke and thunder as Inhale the Sea, Sabretung, Skura and Soultremor sweat over a cauldron of steaming black and checker plate. On Saturday night Caleb Skips Chemistry, Room 24, Stonehawk and The Great Escape will be slicing and dicing denim and leather into solid slabs of rock and serving it up on a spicy sizzle platter with a studded belt mousse for dessert. Ummmm.

Doug (Iron Clef Latvian) Murray of Sabretung muscles up recently with Steve (Iron Clef Bay Area) Forward of Stone Hawk.What ever the flavour, Iron Clef is designed to showcase the local original music scene and a live video will be produced on the night specially to promote the local industry and artists. The famous 50000-watt student association BBQ is also set to make an appearance.

But wait, there’s more. If you purchase a pre-sale ticket you are eligible to vote on the running order for the night, and the two bands with the most votes will headline each respective show. Tickets are $5.00 a night. Information regarding ticketing outlets is available from The Music and Performing Arts Centre – Hunter TAFE – 0249237420 or any of the artists appearing on each night. Tickets will also be available on the night. Doors open 7.30, Wickham Croatia Club, 12th/13th of June. – Get the best cuts cheap at The Iron Clef Sessions, start cooking!

Metal Night – Friday the 12th of June

Rock Night – Saturday the 13th of June

Support Original Songs

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Support Original SongsThe support is still out there and it is great to see everyone coming along to the Beach Hotel every Friday night to support original songs, SOS.

With S.O.S- support original songs we want to support those original artists and give them somewhere to perform their music. A place where friends, family & fans of the bands, can meet to enjoy original music. What better place than the Beach Hotel which is located overlooking Merewether Beach and has been a breeding ground for a lot of successful Newcastle musicians.

Bands will assist in promoting the night by giving their fans, friends & family a free ticket to the night. On arrival to the venue you can present your ticket to bar staff & in return you will receive a voucher containing some discounts from the Beach Hotel, Beaumont Street Beat (music store) + Pacific Dreams (clothing store). This voucher is our way to thank the people who do take the time to come out and support original music.

Our aim is to create a night where anyone can attend and enjoy original music. The night will be a place where people will feel comfortable, relaxed and have an enjoyable time. Aim is to give extra support the Original Artists, patrons may buy the bands CD, become friends with them on myspace, add them to facebook and cheer at the end of each of their songs.

If you are a band and you are keen to play at S.O.S then send an email to for further details & consideration or become a friend at and if you are a punter get along to the Beach Hotel each Friday night and support some quality original music!

Coming up at S.O.S;

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Entries Now Open for the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

9 categories, 4 specialist sections, new awards night, more on air exposure, greater online participation – the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards continues to support original Hunter and Central Coast musicians in 2009.

In its eight year history the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has attracted close to 3000 entries with hundreds of tracks featured on the 1233 ABC Newcastle play list.

Entries for 2009 open Monday 25 May and close Friday 3 July 2009.

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsThe prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year Award provides the winner with an opportunity to have their music released by ABC Music, Australia’s largest independent record label. In addition, the winner of the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award will receive a $1000 cash prize to support their creative endeavours. Other awards include the Broadcasters’ Choice, Best Female and Male Vocals, Best Young Talent awards and Best Sound Production, combined with a range of specialist genre categories.

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Tour Support prize, successfully introduced last, year includes $1233 to assist with tour costs as well as a half-day session with a nationally renowned publicist.

Entrants also have the opportunity to receive valuable airplay time across 1233 ABC Newcastle and 92.5FM Central Coast, as well as other national ABC networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

Online is vital in the ongoing success of the Music Awards. As a condition of entry this year, musicians will be required to upload their songs – as well as any related photos and videos to ABC Contribute; an online place for all Australians to get their own profile page, blog and storage for unlimited media uploads.

For the first time this year the Music Awards will have its own Facebook group where ABC audio, stories, photos and videos will be shared in the broader online community.

Phil Ashley-Brown, Local Radio Manager said that the station is thrilled to continue its support of original artists and musicians in the region.

“The Music Awards are a fantastic way for 1233 to recognise and assist local, original talent. Past winners Ngariki, Gian and The Seabellies are perfect examples of what the Awards are setting out to achieve. As well as securing publishing and recording deals through ABC Music Publishing, all three have secured airplay on local and national networks, have had their material recorded with ABC Music, and one band has brought out its first single through digital release, which shows how far the Awards has come” Phil said.

ABC Music Publishing has been integral in the development of the Music Awards and Eloise Nolan, Head of this department is enthusiastic about opportunities for Award entrants.

“The 1233 Music Awards have been incredibly consistent in unearthing some great musical talent – both songwriters and also performers. Our association with the Awards, alongside APRA, has given us a front row seat in regards to hearing what the region has to offer and it’s always been impressive. We are all very pleased to continue our involvement,” Eloise said.

To expose the entrants to as wide an audience as possible, this year’s awards presentation will involve a combination of both on air announcements and selected public appearances at a local venue. We want to showcase the Awards Night in a way that recognises where the music is really played and made – on air and in the venues.

Entrants can download their entry kits from

Music Biz Film Rocking the Industry Comes to Newcastle

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

RIP: A Remix ManifestoIt was seen by over a thousand music business workers and students in three showings in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide last week and caused an enormous reaction and polarizing of opinion about music copyright. It comes to Newcastle Monday May 25 for a special music industry screening.

In conjunction with the Music Managers Forum Newcastle Branch which is holding this special night, we invite managers, musicians, agents, label & music industry workers, mini-moguls and music business students to attend this once-only screening.

With an hour for networking drinks before the 90 minute film screens, RIP is followed by a ninety minute panel discussion with questions and comments from the audience. The screenings are limited to music industry professionals and workers as well as music business course students, but NOT for the general public. Seats can be reserved and proof of music credentials will be required due to the limited license for one off free screening in each city venue.

The Film

In “RiP: A Remix Manifesto“, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

View the film trailer and more info at

The Panel

The film is presented by IMMEDIA! & the MMF; moderated by Phil Tripp, Managing Partner IMMEDIA! & SxSW Representative

For reservations and further information, contact IMMEDIA! on (02) 9557 7766 (Jessica Kalucy) or email Those reserving places must be in the venue 30 minutes prior to showtime or their reservation will be voided and space allocated to others.

The seminars are directed at the issues of two events that IMMEDIA! is promoting over the coming months. The first is the AustralAsian Music Business Conference that will be held in Sydney August 20-22 with over 50 speakers and which is the largest most successful music industry event for the past 18 years, held every other year. The panel gives a compelling sample of the content and issues to be discussed at the AMBC.

The second area being discussed is the 2010 South by Southwest Music, Film & Interactive Festivals being held in Austin. Texas in March which will open for artist showcase submissions August 3 as well as film applications. Comprising over 1800 showcases, hundreds of panels and speakers as well as major trade fairs and stands, SxSW has become a vital marketing and networking global event for the Australian content industries.

For those wanting to attend either or both industry events, this seminar will be crucial to strategising participation and maximising outcomes. The AMBC in Sydney will have room for 660 attendees with registrations already started while SxSW had over 50 AustralAsian bands perform last month and more than 240 attendees from our part of the world among over 25,000 global registrants.

Newcastle Monday 25 St Stephens Hall, Brunker Road, Adamstown
Opens at 5.30pm, film 6pm sharp, panel 8pm

Don’t forget to RSVP to or (02) 9557 7766 and arrive no later than 6pm!

Bimbadgen Blues Roots Funk ‘n’ Grooves

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bimbadgen Blues 2009Now in it’s 10th year, Bimbadgen Blues has reinvented itself with a fresh look and feel to fit its new name Bimbadgen Blues Roots Funk ‘n’ Grooves.

Featuring The Panics, Blue King Brown, Kram, Ash Grunwald, Bluejuice, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Dialectrix and Newcastle based band Here Come the Birds the festival will run from 3pm through to 9pm on Saturday September 12th.

“I felt it was time to reinvigorate the festival and the 10th anniversary seems like the right time to do it” says Event Producer Grant Smith. “We are trying to create something memorable and a little bit different to the other concerts and festivals in the Hunter Valley – there are going to be a few surprises on the day and we have a lot of ideas to implement as the event grows.”

“Bimbadgen Estate is a fantastic venue for a festival, is has the best facilities, they do great food and drinks, the view is awesome and we can have 2 stages (that’s 2 complete different areas not just 2 stages side by side)! What more do you want?” – Grant Smith Event Producer

Bimbadgen Blues Roots Funk n Grooves – Saturday September 12th – 3pm to 9pm

For more information visit

Benjalu EP Launch

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Emerging Newcastle roots rock band, Benjalu have received great recognition in their short musical career, in fact the attention they’ve garnered thus far has been way above their expectations. It’s been 18 months since the release of ‘Reflecting On’ their highly acclaimed debut EP and now it’s time for the band to reveal new tunes with friends and fans when they release their follow up EP ‘Waterwalls’ at The Brewery on Friday May 29 with special guests The Nickson Wing.

BenjaluDespite having only been together as a band since March 2006, these local lads from Dudley have impressed music aficionados across Australia with their distinct fusion of folk, blues, jazz and contemporary rock. They’ve bagged a few awards along the way with their original music and atmospheric live shows. Music industry execs and peers gave the band a good nod on their first outing in 2006 when they were named one of the top 10 School bands within Australia by MUSIC OZ at the annual YouthRock awards; they also took out the prestigious TAFE Newcastle Music Week award for the Open School Section. Benjalu’s radio-friendly tracks were given airplay by local station NEWFM and the band were further honoured at YouthRock awards, when they were given an additional award by fellow Novocastrians Silverchair, recognising their strong and original song-writing talents.

Benjalu have spent the past year touring solidly, performing over 100 shows as they clicked over the kilometres up and down the east coast highways. They finally found time to record the new EP over three wet days in March. Original plans were for recordings to take place at Ian Pritchett’s Noisegate studios in Sydney, however due to a termite infestation, the sessions were relocated to Noisegates makeshift studio: two houses in Sydney suburbia. Lead singer Ben Gumbleton explains, “Garages and lounge rooms were converted to drum rooms and vocal booths, the kitchen and bathroom used for percussion and amps. It was just like jamming at home and we were after a raw, more open sound so I guess the circumstances involving the unfortunate termite infestation kind of helped create the sound we were after.”

Benjalu‘Waterwalls’ features eight tracks with drums and bass recorded live, giving the CD a more flowing feel. The tracks vary from funky rock to folk and roots, showcasing both new tracks and songs that have been popular at the band’s live shows. The title track ‘Waterwalls’ presents catchy guitar licks, a thumping rhythm section and an expressive vocal delivery, perfectly relating to the lyrics, which relay the build up of strong emotions and their effect on life. Another of the CDs stand outs, ‘So High’, features funky guitar, a catchy chorus and a rockin’ jam out of clarinet and guitars. Other highlights include the CDs’ opener ‘The Lie’, ‘Grey Old Man’ and Benjalu’s oldest song, ‘Java’, which was recorded outside at night, capturing nature at its best. ‘Waterwalls’ was produced by Ian Pritchett and sees release on May 29 when the band take to the stage at The Brewery.

Benjalu have shared stages with music luminaries such as The Beautiful Girls, The Sleepy Jackson, and Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jon Stevens, James Reyne, Dann Hume (Evermore), Rogerthat and Paul Greene. 2009 is set to be a big year for the band when they will set off around Australia to spread their wings fair and wide.

For now though, they’re looking very forward to sharing their new music with a home crowd at The Brewery on Friday May 29 with local Newcastle band The Nickson Wing.

Benjalu will also be performing at the grand opening of Live ‘n’ Cookin’ Lizottes Newcastle at the old Kings Theatre Restaurant site, Moorehead St Lambton on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 supporting Deni Hines, Diesel, Beccy Cole and Jason Lowe.

Friday May 29 – Benjalu ‘Waterwalls’ EP launch with special guests The Nickson Wing – 10pm upstairs at The Brewery – free entry

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