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Zero Logic Tearing It Up in October

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

After a successful release of their debut album Dimenisons in June, Novocastrian Hard Rock trio Zero Logic are setting their sights on success, with a handful of very special shows coming up in the Hunter Region this October.

DimensionsAccording to the band, the Dimenisons album launch shows in June were their “best gigs to date” as a result of over-whelming and, to an extent, surprising amount of support from both all ages & over 18s rock fans.

“Almost every person that has a copy of the album, or sees us play has given us incredible feedback” says guitarist/singer/songwriter Pat James.

“It’s extremely flattering, because we honestly don’t consider ourselves to be anything that special. Zero Logic is simply three fools who love to play music, we stick to that and it seems that where-ever we go, people seem to like what we do, and that rocks!”

The October shows are aimed at exposing the band to industry professionals, as well as potential new fans & to simply have an excuse to play – of course.

On October 3rd, Zero Logic will rock out INDENT at the Loft Youth Venue, alongside fellow local acts; Cota, Light Noise and The Shivering Indies, $10 entry, with bands playing from 4:30pm. This is following a free music industry workshop starting from 12:30pm.

October 4th, will see a musically diverse view added to their raw grunge set at the Mattara Festival on Newcastle Foreshore, from 4pm-5pm. The band will be appearing in support of the Loft Youth Venue’s “Rock Photography Exhibition” at Wallsend Library on October 8th from 6pm. FREE bands, food & amazing photos to impress your senses!

October 23rd, a bus load of fans will travel with the band to the Maitland heat of Global Battle of the Bands at the Hunter Valley Brewery. The same competition which young local talent Powerage previously came 2nd at the finals held in London.

To wrap up the busy month Zero Logic will headline the Halloween Party @ the Loft Youth Venue on October 31st w/ Control Disorder, 69 Rhysons, The Pedantics, The Tenth Plague, Squid Lips & Drown the Armada to support. $10 entry, doors open @ 5pm, come dressed up!


Telstra Road To Tamworth Local Heats

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Community groups within 400 kilometres of Cardiff have the chance to win a musical equipment package through the Keep the Music Playing initiative.

Telstra Area General Manager, Hunter Central Coast, Chris Cusack, said Keep the Music Playing was a fantastic new initiative designed to support the growth of music talent throughout Australia.

Telstra Road To Tamworth“Telstra has demonstrated a strong commitment to music development through the Telstra Road to Tamworth, and thanks to partner Billy Hyde, we’re now able to offer a wide range of community groups, from public schools to local charities, the chance to win valuable music equipment,” Mr Cusack said.

The winning community group from around the Cardiff region will be one of 13 groups across the country awarded the musical equipment packages, which will include instruments and recording equipment. Each group will be able to choose from one of four packages.

Entries are now open in the Telstra Road to Tamworth national talent search, which offers performers and songwriters the ultimate prize package to help launch a professional music career.

Local singer/songwriter Morgan Evans was announced as the winner of the 2007 Telstra Road to Tamworth ahead of 600 other hopeful entrants.

Telstra Road to Tamworth Ambassadors, The McClymonts, started their young careers entering talent competitions and gaining valuable performance and industry knowledge along the way.

Mollie McClymont, a former Telstra Road to Tamworth finalist, said Telstra provided amazing opportunities for aspiring musicians through the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition.

Morgan Evans“Up and coming country artists should be taking the chance to showcase their talent,” she said.

“The new online digital heat means that no matter where you live in Australia, you can still be a part of this fantastic program.”

The winning country music performer will receive a return trip to Nashville, as well a recording opportunity, the production of a music video clip and a professional photographic session.

A return trip to Nashville and the unique opportunity to work with leading US songwriters are also on offer to the winning songwriter.

Aspiring performers are encouraged to send in a video or audio clip of their musical performance via video upload or web link and songwriters can upload their lyrics and melody for a chance to win. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 18 October.

The Cardiff heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth talent competition will be held at Cardiff Panthers from 7.00pm on Saturday 31 October, entry is via gold coin donation.

The event will feature performances by headline talent Jetty Road, supported by local Sydney musician and 2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth Grand Final winner Peter McWhirter.

  • What: Telstra Road to Tamworth talent competition – Cardiff Heat
  • Where: Cardiff Panthers
  • When: 7.00pm on Saturday 31 October

The closing date for artists performing is October 18, Songwriting is November 1. Bill Page, Creative Director of Mushroom Music is the head judge on the judging panel and is looking forward to seeing some great talent from the area.

For more information on heat locations, the terms and conditions and how to enter the Telstra Road to Tamworth or Keep the Music Playing visit www.beinvolved.com.au


What’s Next for the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsThis year sees quite a big change in the way the project is run. The online component has been implemented to encourage interaction between 1233 ABC Newcastle and local musicians, as well as nurture interaction between the musicians themselves. The Newcastle Music Group on ABC Contribute is now the largest Contribute group in Australia thanks to the efforts of this years Music Award entrants.

In regards to the Awards Night and awards announcement process, we’re doing something completely different to past years … and I think you will agree the changes are absolutely fabulous and are in keeping with what is happening in the Music Industry around Australia.

Here are some key dates for your diary and paint a picture of what the rest of the year will entail. Stay tuned to twitter.com/1233musicawards, Facebook, abc.net.au/newcastle and newcastlemusicawards.com for more information about each of these events.

Each Saturday in September between 11am – 2pm L!vesites will be running their inaugural Steel Chef series…. Bringing music into the mix will be a range of 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Award entrants, allowing the Honeysuckle lunchtime crowd to get a taste of the region’s freshest talent. An innovation of this event is that restaurants will be able to broadcast the live music performances from the Boardwalk directly into their restaurant via in house speakers – at a volume level to suit their patrons of course. Get on down and support local music!

Throughout September and October ‘My Musical Space‘ interviews will start to appear on the Dayshift with Carol Duncan and online at www.abc.net.au/newcastle … Online producer Anthony Scully has been inviting himself into the spaces where our local musicians start the process of creating their music….featuring Brian Cain, Jason Lowe, Kristy James, Tad Poe Dee and more

Friday 18 September – All entrants were notified as to where their track/s is at in the competition. The list of Finalists can be found online at www.newcastlemusicawards.com.

Monday 12 October – Wednesday 14 October – Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle across the day as we announce on air and online the Top Five tracks in each genre category. Over these three days, each program will announce which five finalist tracks (out of the ten or so tracks) came in at the top of their genre and are in the running to take out their particular genre category award and/ or a specialist award.

Friday 6 November – 1233 ABC Newcastle and L!vesites will be hosting a free outdoor show at Carrington featuring Music Award entrants and a special guest or two in order to kick off the very first ‘Music Awards Week’.

This will be a great outdoor event to showcase the talent in the Hunter and Central Coast regions. Just like the awards night previously at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, this show is open to EVERYONE to attend – except this event is free. The Broadcasters’ Choice Award will be announced here at this event to really kick off ‘Music Awards Week’.

Monday 9 November – Wednesday 11 November – Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle across each of these days as we announce on air and online the 2009 winners of our genre category and selected specialist category Awards. Over these three days, each day, each program will announce a 2009 genre category winner LIVE TO AIR!!!

Thursday 12 November – Throughout the day tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle as each program features interviews and studio live performances by the already announced 2009 winners. During the evening the 1233 will be staging a ‘Hottest Ticket in Town’ event at Lizottes featuring live performances and where the 2009 Award winners will be presented with their awards and the remaining Awards (ABC Music Artist Of The Year, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award, 1233 ABC Newcastle Touring Award, Best Male and Best Female) will be announced and presented. Tickets will be limited due to venue capacity, entrants who wish to attend will need to get their tickets as soon as they’re available as they won’t last long!

Note: Tickets for this event won’t be available until October, all entrants will be notified closer to time on how to collect tickets.

In addition to all of this, 1233 ABC Newcastle will continue to play local music across the day and feature artists live in the studio!

For constant updates throughout the coming months follow out twitter feed at twitter.com/1233musicawards. For more information head to Facebook, abc.net.au/newcastle or newcastlemusicawards.com.


Best Male and Female Vocals Finalists Announced

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The Best Male and Female vocalist category is always hotly contested.

Listed below are 2009 Newcastle Music Awards finalists.

Best Female Vocals

  • Ali Heise
  • Amy Vee
  • Asha Lunarzewski
  • Brooke Harvey
  • Chontia
  • Elisa Kate Barker
  • Kaleah
  • Kira Puru
  • Leah
  • Marissa Saroca
  • Mojo Juju
  • Sarah Humphreys
  • Zoe Klemenzcuk

Best Male Vocals

  • Ben Gumbleton (Benjalu)
  • Chris Byrne
  • Daniel Runchel (Vaudeville)
  • David Wells (Sketching Cato)
  • Greg Gillet
  • James Chatburn
  • Jared Melrose (The Evening Son)
  • Jason Hicks (Jaywalker)
  • Jerome O’Connor (State of Grace)
  • Jet Jones (Hansel)
  • Joe Hall (Joe Hall & The Tree House Band)
  • Kris Morris
  • Matt Purcell
  • Mark Wells
  • Zac Crawford (Powerage)

The Recession Sessions

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The Recession Sessions Open Mic Contest at the View Factory

The Recession Sessions is an open mic night with a difference…

The Recession SessionsStarting back in April of 2009 The Recession Sessions was originally going to be once a month on a Wednesday night.

Due to the success of the first few nights it was then moved to every Sunday afternoon.

With the night growing in popularity it was decided to step it up a notch and turn it into a contest.

In association with Foodworks, The View Factory is launching The Recession Sessions Open Mic Contest. The competition invites musicians of any skill level and age, so it’s a great way to get up on stage and play in front of an audience for the first time.

As of October 11th they will be offering a weekly prize of a $50 Grocery voucher donated by Foodworks Newcastle, right next door to the View Factory.

The winning artists will return at the end of eleven weeks and compete for a major prize of a $300 gift voucher at a local music store, also donated by Foodworks Newcastle.

“I think it’s a great way to promote community spirit, not only for the musicians but for the public also.” Daniel Macleod, Foodworks Manager.

The competition kicks off on Sunday the 11th of October at 5pm and will run for 11 weeks.

In these testing financial times, all performers are provided with a complimentary meal.

Musicians can literally come along and sing for their supper.


1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Finalists Announced

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Thank you to all who entered this year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. The local judging sessions are now over and we are proud to announce the 2009 finalists from each of the genre categories.

So without further delay … here they are:

Alternative Finalists

  • Birds and Belles – Desert Song
  • Brooke Harvey – Colour Blind
  • Emily Rose – Under Fire
  • Genius – Pistol Sunrise
  • Grant Wolter – Limelight
  • Josh Boyer – Little Duck
  • Kira Puru & the Very Geordie Malones – One Eye Open
  • Mind Priorities – As Seen on TV
  • Sketching Cato – Loaded Gun
  • Vaudeville – Running on Empty

Blues & Roots Finalists

  • Benjalu – So High
  • Chris Geary – I’m Gone
  • Chontia – Pressure
  • Grandmaster Monk – Moroccan Hot Nights
  • James Chatburn – So Hard to Come By
  • Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band – Treehouse
  • Kira Pura & the Very Geordie Malones – Hit the Road
  • Kris Morris – Little Light
  • Peter Healy – Blood & Wine
  • Zoe K & The Money Shot Band – Outside Lookin In

Contemporary Finalists

  • Amy Vee – Heart-Shaped Space
  • Amy Vee – We Are the Hours
  • Chris Byrne – Let it Go
  • Elisa Kate – Saturday
  • Jaywalker – Hard Times
  • Kira Pura & The Very Geordie Malones – The Rain
  • Sketching Cato – Look Around
  • Tad Poedee – Engage Me
  • Thenovos – Off the Record
  • The StickUpKids – Take on the World

Country Finalists

  • David Venaglia & Van Demon’s Band – Changing Man
  • Greg Gillett – Bye Bye
  • Kris Morris – Other Side
  • Kristy James – I Don’t Need a Man
  • Leah – Tell Me
  • Mark Wells – You’re Still on my Mind
  • Mark Wells – Talk Tonight
  • Mel Sommers – Room of my Own
  • The StickUpKids – Make Time for Love
  • Working Man’s Dream – How About a Dance

Folk Finalists

  • Amy Vee – Borrowing from Thieves
  • Benjalu – Grey Old Man
  • Bobby Virtue – Lost Light
  • Daniel March – So Much
  • Eighty – Delorean
  • Kaleah – Sadako
  • Leah – Roses and Tea
  • Matt Purcell – Hide Away
  • Pete Hawkes – If Time Was an Ocean
  • Sarah Humphreys – Hundred Billion Stars

Instrumental Finalists

  • Adam Miller – Traffic
  • Azzy Trew & the Dead Vibes Orchestra – Something to do with Death
  • Elephant Funk – Flip, Flop, Flap
  • Fiona Joy Hawkins – The Void
  • M.Carney – Le Corso
  • M.Carney – Theme from Architecture Down
  • Paul Isaacs – instruMENTAL
  • Pete Hawkes – Edwina’s Paradox
  • Pete Hawkes – In the Labyrinth of Lady Laura
  • Yantra De Vilder – Mount Warning

Pop Finalists

  • Brooke Harvey – You Owe
  • Chris Byrne – This Worry is a Stone
  • Grant Wolter – Spilt Coffee
  • Jaywalker – Lost in London
  • Matt Purcell – Can I Remind Myself
  • Paper Prophets – Little White Lie
  • Paper Prophets – Indigo
  • Sarah Humphreys – Love Like You
  • Sundays Record – Flashes
  • The StickUpKids – Little in Love

Rock Finalists

  • Broadway Mile – Good Times from Hell
  • Grandvue – Hopes of a Better Future
  • Hansel – Murder 101
  • Jaywalker – Sure Feels Good Tonight
  • Mind Priorities – When All Else Fails
  • Nickson Wing – My Life’s Not Right
  • PowerAge – Medicine Woman
  • Sketching Cato – Changes
  • State of Grace – Forbidden Love
  • The Evening Son – All Aboard the Boat Wherever

Heavy Rock Finalists

  • Cortisone – Loaded Gun
  • Daiad – Monkey in the Brine
  • Daiad – Pirates, We Are
  • Level 8 – Bitter Admission
  • Shadowmill – Amethyst
  • Spades – Goodbye
  • The Evening Son – We the Majority Suck our Thumbs
  • Two Thirds Dirty – Inside
  • viAgro – Where Babies Come From
  • viAgro – Girls Germs (no returns)

Urban Finalists

  • Dhopec – BLF Green Bans
  • Eazy.P – Africa Called
  • Laird & Lomas – Stereotypes
  • Nhostic – Street Life
  • Nameless Crew – World Class
  • Soul Purpose – Represent
  • Soul Purpose – Love of the Art
  • The Image – We’re not in Kansas Anymore
  • Throbgoblin – Eating Rainbows
  • Throbgoblin – Whispers

The Music Nursery – The Zillers + Caleb Skips Chemistry

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The Music Nursery at the Wickham Park Hotel continues with a massive show to kick off the month on October 1 – The Zillers and Caleb Skips Chemistry.

Caleb Skips Chemistry

Caleb Skips ChemistryRecent years have seen the newcastle rock scene dwindle and hardcore music rise to fruition as the dominant sound – But what is next? Caleb Skips Chemistry is the answer to the question. Coming full circle, newcastle is preparing for the heaviest live rock performance since Sleight of Hand’s split. On the back of their debut EP ‘Battles Begun’ the lads from [CsC] are touring NSW and interstate.

The past several years have seen the bands sound evolve and change into the solid, rockin’ grooves of today. ‘Overload’ from the debut EP showcases their catchy pop sensibilty but also their political and heavy-hitting presence. Often compared to Mammal and RAtM these guys are time and again proving that rock’n'roll is where its at. With live performances that leave punters battered, hearts racing and ear-holes throbbing [Csc] are a must see.

the.CALEB’s have won acclaim around state – blitzing TAFE, REGIONAL and LOCAL band comps with their uncompromising live show. These guys aren’t afraid of spelling ‘Brutal’ the way it should be spelt, and are redefining the local scene as a place where bands are judged on their performance … not just their image. So help them raise the bar in this scene, by coming to a show and raising the roof.

The debut EP ‘Battles Begun’ will be available at gigs from late September.


The Zillers

As longtime schoolmates, who met in the mundane halls and classrooms of Kurri High, The Zillers exploded onto the Newcastle and Maitland music scene in the early summer of 2007.

With over 20 songs penned in the first year, The Zillers have gone onto play 120+ shows with the likes of Airbourne, The Scare, Muzzy Pep and British India.

In a short space of time the boys discovered their own sound combining a melodic sound wall of blaring complex guitars, dirty elaborate bass lines, and an amalgamation of colossal drumbeats and fills, initiating their own style of modern rock from influences such as QOTSA, Grinspoon & At The Drive In.

The Zillers first EP (yet to be titled) is going through its final stages of completion and is scheduled for release in the late spring of 2009 after working with acclaimed producer Tony Heads and polished off at Abbey Road Studios UK.


  • What: The Zillers + Caleb Skips Chemistry @ The Music Nursery
  • Where: The Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Thursday October 1
  • Cost: Free

Save The Scene Workshops at The Loft

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Indent Music NSW, Sound Summit & The Loft present Save The Scene – Music Industry Workshops

Save The Scene WorkshopIf you are in a band, are a young promoter, aspiring band manager, music journalist or are just generally interested in careers in the music industry then this free workshop could be relavent to you.

Guest speakers will include Eddie Garven from The Seabellies, Glen Dickie from EMI, Nick Milligan from Reverb Streetpress, Marcus Wright from Big Apachee & Bernadette Ryan from BRM.

So if you are serious about your music & want to attend RSVP to max@musicnsw.com or theloft@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

  • What: Save The Scene – Music Industry Workshops
  • When: Saturday 3rd October 12:30 -3:30pm
  • Where: Loft Youth Venue, Wolfe St Newcastle
  • RSVP: max@musicnsw.com
  • Cost: Free

The workshop will be followed by an all-ages gig from 4:30 to 8:30pm with Light Noise, The Shivering Indies, Zero Logic and Cota. Cost is $10 entry for the gig.

  • When: Saturday 3rd October 4:30 to8:30pm
  • Where: Loft Youth Venue , Wolfe St Newcastle
  • Bands: Light Noise, The Shivering Indies, Zero Logic and Cota
  • Cost: $10

Brackets and Jam Newcastle

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Brackets and Jam NewcastleAfter a turn out of over 300 for their August 15th launch, Brackets and Jam will continue bringing you family friendly, multi arts events in Newcastle on the third Saturday of each and every month at the Newcastle Community Art Centre’s Black Box Theatre.

The next event is on September 19th and will again run from 5pm-10pm. Entry for adults is just five dollars with children under 16 free.

An amazing lineup of local talent in September will feature performances from female soloist The Scout, the harsh yet melodic Rum Corps lead by local singer songwriter Kyle Phillipson, percussion group The Drop and the James Buckingham Experience who promise to put you in a happy place.

Remember to bring along your djembe to join in the evening’s massive drum circles. Market stalls will serve up tasty dinners as well as offer locally made produce and hand made bargains.

Brackets and Jam are so proud to be now embracing Newcastle and with so many of the current crop of artists heading for big things, make sure you’re at the Black Box on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can say you saw them before they were big.

For more information visit www.bracketsandjam.com.


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