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Flash Sheedy and the Instro-Matics

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Flash SheedyThey don’t call him Flash for no reason. Peter “Flash” Sheedy was named by music journalist Mort Fist as “the most astounding guitar player in Australia.” His guitar instrumentals (Instros as fans call them) have long been a big feature with Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys. And his instro album, Golden Guitars from the Depths, has been a consistent seller since its release in January 2000.

While still rocking the pubs, clubs and festivals with the Blues Cowboys, Flash is now joined by two more of the Cowboys in their latest venture – Flash Sheedy and the Instro-Matics.

The two other members are Demo Dempsey on drums and Ed Matzenik on bass. Demo and Ed feature on the Golden Guitars CD and on three instro CDs released by Ed. The Instro-matics are currently producing a video of their version of the surf rock classic Bombora, originally a hit in 1963 for Ed’s old band, the Atlantics.

The Instro-Matics will perform at the Wickham Park Hotel in support of The Wildes this July.


Friday, June 25th, 2010

If you favour metal in its most primal form, then prepare yourself, because this line-up is what you’ve been waiting for. Soulfly will team up with City of Fire and Incite for a triple-headline tour of the nation, starting September 7.

SoulflyMost bands slow down with age – not Soulfly. More than 10 years since their self-titled debut album became a genre classic (and achieved Gold sales), they’re back, and they’re bringing their brutal heavy metal assault to the masses, showcasing their seventh album, Omen. Led by former Sepultura frontman, Max Cavalera, Soulfly have become an even fiercer, fierier and more furious metallic monster.

Well known for their collaborations with up and coming talent, Soulfly will share top billing with Vancouver five piece, City of Fire, featuring members from Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad – Burton C Bell, Byron Stroud and Jed Simon.

Despite only being in their current line up since 2008, City of Fire has created a name for themselves, delving into everything from metal to hard rock to punk. Sonically hard, yet groove-heavy, they pay dutiful homage to their home-town, with a challenging, yet illuminating sound.

Preparing to create chaos in a whole new way, Soulfly and City of Fire will take their aural assault all over the country along with support from Phoenix natives, Incite (fronted by Richie Cavalera).

Metal, punk and hardcore fans DO NOT want to miss this tour! Dates below, tickets from the usual outlets.

  • Who: Soulfly, City Of Fire, Incite
  • Where: Panthers Newcastle
  • When: Friday 10th September

Tickets on sale Thursday 1st July 9am from Moshtix, Oztix & Bigtix.

Slam Jam All Ages Event

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The all age music and skate event Slam Jam returns to the Central Coast these school holidays.

Slam JamAfter successful previous events, Central Coast promoters Amp’dUp Entertainment present their biggest Slam Jam yet on July 17.

Heading up the huge bill is the only Central Coast performance by Sydney metalcore giants Shinto Katana. Bringing their brutal riffs and mammoth breakdowns to help promote their new album We Can’t Be Saved, this is one performance fans of modern metalcore can’t afford to miss.

Joining them are fellow Sydney band Lockdown. Bringing a more traditional take on hardcore, they’ll bring the 2-steps and circle pits back home after touring throughout Queensland. Also coming home after joining them on tour is RENEGADE. With their more metal-infused, riffy hardcore, they are sure to get the pits moving as they play tracks from their debut Break The Boundaries.

Also with a new recording, Facebreaker head down from the Blue Mountains to launch their new album No Regrets. With their rhythmic and traditional take on hardcore, they are sure to bring plenty of the energy and moshing from their Western Sydney scene up to the coast with them.

Rounding out the line up is the Central Coast’s own Get A Dog Up Ya! In a short space of time this band has built a solid reputation in the central coast hardcore scene. With a strong following and live shows that are always flled with good-time hardcore dancing and mic grabs, they went on to recently take out the Oasis Youth Centre Battle Of The Bands, and support House Vs. Hurricane. With their good-time, party attitude, this band is set for big things in the hardcore scene.

All these bands will take the stage at the Slam Factory in Tuggerah for a huge day of hardcore goodness that kicks off at 5pm, thanks to Indent, Music NSW, Arts NSW, Rock Cave Music and Macron Music. This is one show not to miss!

Front End Loader

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Front End LoaderThey have been rocking audiences for almost 20 years, and since four friends from Sydney couldn’t think of a better moniker than Front End Loader the name has stuck.

In that time they’ve released 6 albums, a handful of EP’s and a stack of singles including ‘Pulse’ lifted from their ‘Last of the V8 Interceptors’ album. It was Interceptors that raised their profile substantially, garnering rotation on radio across the country and attracting a loyal and dedicated audience that still call regard them as favourites.

Front End Loader will perform a special free show in Newcastle this July ably supported by emerging local act Horse Bolted.

  • Who: Front End Loader + Horse Bolted
  • Where: The Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Friday 9th July

For more information about Front End Loader visit their MySpace profile at

Global Battle of the Bands Newcastle Heats

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

THE GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS is the world’s biggest band competition and is all about real bands playing their own songs, LIVE!

Global Battle of the BandsIf you are an original band and can show you have what it takes live on stage, here’s your chance to win a first prize worth US$100,000 and a special gold ‘Best New Band in the World’ statuette!

GBOB involves 36 countries, and is open to all ages and all genres. Every year Local Qualifying Heats, Regional and National Finals take place around the world, with the winners of these going forward to World Final.

Newcastle will host a Local Heat at the Great Northern Hotel in July. The top three bands that succeed in this Heat will move on to the Regional Finals, and then the Australasian Final! If the judges give them the nod on that huge night, the band will find themselves on a plane to Kuala Lumpur in December!

The bands this year have big shoes to fill if they want to walk in the footsteps of 2008′s Newcastle winners, Powerage, who went on to win the Australian National Final, and were flown to London for the World Final. The boys loved the opportunity to represent our nation, and did us proud by coming second out of 36 competing bands, just missing out on the US$100,000 grand prize!

Every band that enters GBOB 2010 will automatically win a fantastic goodie bag from Ernie Ball, containing guitar straps, strings and other great stuff! Other prizes to be won along the way include products from our sponsors such as FujiFilm digital cameras, Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, Ernie Ball gear, MusicMan guitars, as well as Hiwatt and Mark Bass amps.

  • What: Global Battle of the Bands Newcastle Heat
  • When: Thursday 15th July, 7pm
  • When: Stricken, I am the Agent, Catfish Soup, They Call Me Casper, Dark Town Strutters, The Tillegra Damned, Berkley Hill
  • Where: The Great Northern Hotel – 89 Scott St, Newcastle

For more information about the Global Battle of the Bands visit their website at or their MySpace profile at

The Dennis Boys Band – ‘No Story To Tell’

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Dennis Boys BandThe Dennis Boys Band is one of the best things happening in contemporary Australian country music: An important breath of fresh, authentic, country air. In a time when every half-arsed ex-rocker is donning the hat and boots and trying to get themselves on CMC (‘Jimmy Barnes sings the hits of Earnest Tubb’ must surely be on somebody’s whiteboard…), the Dennis Boys are the Real Thing.

The band, comprising three brothers, a sister and a close family friend, have been making music together in one form or another for something like twenty years. In 2006, after years of each of them doing other gigs, they joined forces and seriously got their act together – doing a lot of shows, writing a bunch of songs and using the head start that sibling understanding gives them to turn the band into a formidable live outfit: In 2008 they won the Tamworth festival Battle of the Bands. By miles.

The beauty of the Dennis Boys sound is their originality and their irreverence. The band take classic sounds and put them in a modern context. It makes no sense in the modern era, no matter how red your neck, to pretend that punk and reggae (for example) didn’t happen, and the Dennis boys don’t, incorporating everything they’ve been relevantly influenced by into the sound of the band while retaining certain core country music making values, which I suppose would be something like ‘let’s actually play it and sing it and use clean guitars’. The result is solid earthy songs but with big variety in the rhythmic feels and sophisticated chord changes. Basically, you could hate country music and still really dig the Dennis Boys Band. Conversely, it makes the old school country music lovers happy to hear brand new stuff of the old quality.
All this is made blatantly evident on the Dennis Boys’ new recording, ‘No Story To Tell’.

Recorded at Col Joye’s Glebe Studio and with the band occasionally augmented by Jeff Mercer (dobro), Jason Walker (pedal steel) and Tim Byron (Hammond) all the sounds that make up the Dennis Boys bag are there: Lyle’s left-handed-upside-down guitar western swingingness; Shane’s syrupy crooning; the lovely Leah’s pure contralto and a rhythm section (Erle and Dave) of startling dynamism. These put to work on skillfully conceived thoughtful songs … this band is going places.

Listen to the album. Go to the gig. You won’t be hearing the same old three chord beers and tears shit. This is modern country as good as it gets.

The Dennis Boys launch ‘No Story to Tell’ at The Wickham Park Hotel on July 31st.

For more information about The Dennis Boys Band visit their MySpace profile at

Turn It Up 2010

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Turn It Up 2010TURN IT UP 2010 is a live band night with three exciting bands – No Pressure, True Love Chaos and Neon Heart – rocking Central Coast youth.

SEA FM’s Shayne Sinclair will host the evening, as well as having the Sea cruisers there with give-aways and live crosses, SEA FM is supporting and promoting the event to help to make it a fun night for youth to be a part of.

TURN IT UP 2010 is for young people of the area to come along and have a great time. It is hoped to be a springboard for even more safe, supervised and fun live music events for youth on the coast.

Included in the line up is a local young band, No Pressure, which has been wowing crowds in recent years. No Pressure will be a highlight of the night as it is one of the area’s many emerging acts at this time.

They will share the stage with two Sydney bands that are building loyal followings all over: Neon Heart, with their great rock show and True Love Chaos, with their modern alternative rock sounds.

PCYC staff will supervise the night, with volunteers from the NSW Police Force helping with security. St John’s medical volunteers will also be on-site.

With the audience made up of young people, mostly under 18′s, the event is being promoted as ‘no alcohol or drugs’. Police youth liaison will help supervise the event.

This event will also promote the facility and services of the PCYC at Umina Beach and will also aim to encourage local youth agencies and schools to be further involved in the facility in general.

The Wickham Park Hotel Rockabilly Festival

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Wicko is proud to present the first Annual Wickham Park Hotel Rockabilly Festival!

With seven amazing acts providing nine hours of live music over two stages The Wicko Rockabilly Festival is sure to become a much loved event for nostalgic 50′s fans.

Wickham Park Hotel Rockabilly FestivalThe Rockabilly Festival is the brain-child of the Hunter’s own hep-cat Pat Capocci. No stranger to the world of big-time rockabilly events, with his music landing him festival slots in Europe and around Australia, Pat wanted to bring some of that attention home – and the Wicko Rockabilly Festival was born. And Pat is bringing some of the country’s best along for the ride:

Danny and the Cosmic Tremors bring authentic bone rattlin’ rhythm and blues within reach of rockin’ hepcats and kittens everywhere, combining traditional raw and authentic 1950′s Rockabilly with an original energetic style all of their own. A feature slot of the Wintersun Rock & Roll festival in Coolangatta attracted rave reviews and cemented the bands reputation as one of the genre’s premier exponents performing today.

Set to take you back way back when is the styling’s of Leah and The Automatic Boys. Western swing meets rockabilly head on when Leah and the boys hit the stage and they are sure to be one of the highlights of the Rockabilly Festival when the kick start the show in the Wicko’s Beer Garden.

Also kicking up a storm in the beer garden will be the Twilight Rhythm Boys. Inspired by the trio legends like Elvis Presley & the Blue Moon Boys and Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, the Twilight Rhythm Boys offer a fresh and energetic performance that captures the early rockabilly sound with original compositions and choice cover tunes.

Ezra Lee, like good friend Pat Capocci, is another ‘hometown boy done good’ story having performed at the 15th Annual Screaming Festival in Barcelona alongside Bill Haley’s Original Comets as well as at some of Australia’s best gigs (Byron Bay Blues, Wintersun Nostalgia etc). Playing a variety of styles from rock n roll, through country and jumpin’ R&B, Ezra is primed and ready to open the proceedings on the Festival’s indoor stage.

Pat CapocciScott Baker is an Echuca cat who, despite living in virtual rockabilly isolation, has established a name for himself as one of the Australia’s best exponents of rockabilly. Such is his dedication to the Rockabilly lifestyle that he also spends his time importing classic American cars (currently driving a 1950 Buick or his 1951 Pontiac convertible) and is restoring a 1950′s bondwood caravan. And he sings like the man in black.

Of course, it would be remiss not to mention Pat Capocci as a performer as well as a festival instigator. His unique style and charisma combined with his natural song writing ability provide a performance that is high octane and second to none! With a great stage presence and a truly amazing guitar technique Pat has performed with a who’s who of acts including The Sureshots (UK), Big Sandy (USA), Red Rivers & Bruce Mathiske to name but a few.

Amazing as the line-up is, The Wickham Park Hotel Rockabilly Festival is not just about the music. There’ll also be a collection of fine retail market stalls:

  • Press-Tone Music Record Store will sell the best in modern rockabilly vinyl;
  • The Sugarmill Fine Surf Emporium is a surf lifestyle inspired retail collective that reflects the progression of the surfing lifestyle and the like-minded brands, artists, musicians, surfers, shapers and individuals that are at the forefront of that;
  • Captain Fin Co. sell the best surfboard fins including signature fins from Joel Tudor & Kassia Meador;
  • Miss Fancy Pants will sell vintage inspired retro gear including underwear, swimwear & the best roller derby gear in Oz;
  • Uppercut Deluxe is a barber supply company with the best Pomade to keep even the most stubborn quiff in control.

In addition to the stalls and the bands, DJ Dingo will also be spinning tracks in the beer garden and Froggy will be dishing up the best pub grub in town. It will be one heck of a day.

The event kicks off a 3pm and entry is free.


Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

“The energy and spirit of DV8 has always been to deliver a good-time ‘live’ rock show. It’s this attitude that has made DV8 legends in the Newcastle rock scene, never to be forgotten.”

In the beginning when DV8 front man, guitarist Greg Bryce was barely out of school he formed a power trio called Meccalissa with friends Mark Middleton (bass) and Darrell Mepham (drums) which went on to play to packed audiences at the legendary Star Hotel.

This was the essential line up of DV8 – an original band of hard-driving, no frills blues-rockers who released 4 charting albums and singles during the eighties when they “ruled the local rock scene.” Other players included Roy Giles and Allan Cook (bass), Tony Heaney (keyboard), Tony D’Abruzzo and Kerry Jacobsen (Dragon, KB Express) on drums.

The Herald’s Scott Bevan said “For seven years Greg Bryce was the key to DV8, playing the roles of founding member, singer, guitarist and song-writer. Bryce was also the key to DV8′s popularity in Newcastle . He not only wrote catchy songs that incorporated a variety of styles, he understood exactly what the average pub-goer was looking for in a band….an act that was low on pretence but big on energetic guitar-based rock.”

Although Bryce may have been the key he certainly wouldn’t have got far without the brilliant drumming of Brad Heaney who went on to play with The Radiators and Screaming Jets and the exceptional bass playing of, firstly Mark Middleton, then Brett Reid.

At the height of their powers when they pulled crowds of up to 2000, similar to bands like Chisel and Midnight Oil at the time, DV8 called it a day before they had a chance to move beyond local notoriety, Bryce turned to touring the world and practicing yoga for the next 7 years.

The early nineties saw a reformed DV8 once again playing to a packed Newcastle Workers Club and in the late nineties a new album Big Green Monsters.

DV8The current line up of original members Bryce and Middleton with ex-Screaming Jet drummer Craig “Rosie” Rosevear was formed in 2000 with a goal to return to the inspiration of blues rock roots of the late sixties to mid seventies and create new music steeped in those roots yet with an ear for the freshness of all that’s new.

All the favourite DV8 originals are there in a current concert: I Want Your Body, Down to the Sea, Dry Your Eyes, Back to Basics, Kings X and more along with new songs I Like it on Top, Hotrod and Silver Elvis Sunnies and a collection of blues rock covers from favourite artists of that style like Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Texas blues rock n shuffle favourites ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter.

Greg is enjoying returning to his guitar roots with influences like Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray and following that lineage back to the greats like Albert King and Buddy Guy.

Mark and Craig both grew up on a rich diet of Deep Purple with Craig’s dad wearing out the Machine Head album by playing it every day!… consequently Rosie channels Ian Paice.

The band is inspired and driven by the passion of playing the music it loves – hard, loud blues based rock – music that excites while delving deeply into the spontaneous connection between the players. These guys know how to jam and love it . a potent chemistry of Middleton’s relentless driving bass locked into the punishing exuberance of Rosie’s drums and the wild, soaring guitar of Bryce flying over the top of it all.

Catch DV8 in the Newcastle region at the following gigs:

For more information about DV8 visit their website at To listen to some of their live tracks visit

Katie Noonan and The Captains

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Katie Noonan and The Captains bring an intimate dinner show performance to The Brewery!

The Brewery is pleased to announce the 2010 series of intimate winter dinner shows. On Thursday July 8th one of Australia’s brightest musical discoveries of the new millennium; Katie Noonan will take to the stage with her new band, The Captains.

Katie NoonanKatie Noonan needs little introduction to Australian audiences. Born into a family of talented musicians and writers, Katie explored her talents at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying opera and jazz. After graduation, Katie effortlessly made the transition from academia to the big league through her alternative pop-rock group george, which she fronted with her brother Tyrone. In 2002, the group’s debut release Polyserena debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart, instantly establishing Katie as a star. ARIA Awards followed, and the 2004 george follow-up Unity didn’t disappoint either, peaking at No. 5 on the national albums chart. Soon after, the members of george took an open-ended break to pursue their own musical quests.

Since then Katie hasn’t looked back. She performed and recorded with her own jazz group, Elixir, and collaborated with jazz great Paul Grabowsky for Before Time Could Change Us, the 2005 ARIA Award-winner for Best Jazz Album.

The multi-talented artist then ventured deep into the classical genre, recording and touring the No. 1 best-selling classical duets project ‘Two of a Kind’, with her mother Maggie Noonan, a formidable opera singer. Katie emerged in 2007 with ‘Skin’, her gold-certified, top 10-charting debut solo album.

A five-time platinum recording artist, Katie is in fine voice with her recently released album Emperor’s Box, a dynamic piece comprising 13 personal, emotive works. Co-produced by Katie and Grammy Award-winning rock specialist Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger), delivering the sound of a confident, accomplished artist, Emperor’s Box marks a return to some familiar territory for Katie. It’s a lush and at times muscular affair, captured in the studio by a tight unit clearly at the peak of form. And of course, Katie’s vocals shine.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Katie says. “Music is about freedom for me, I’ve always followed my muse and been very lucky to be able go on and make different records. This is definitely the album I’m most proud of.”

This time round, Katie has penned all the songs. As has been the case throughout much of her stellar career, the songstress has teamed with some of the best in the business. The likes of the revered Tim Finn, rising star Sia Furler, Cold Chisel icon Don Walker, pop troubadour Josh Pyke and acclaimed Australian writer/poet Tom Shapcott are some of the big names who share writing credits on the new effort.

Katie met two years ago with her new band-mates The Captains featuring guitarist Cameron Deyell, keyboardist and bass player Stu Hunter, and drummer Declan Kelly. The quartet instantly struck a chord as Katie explains, “It takes a while to find the right combination on many levels. But when we started working on a song, I realised straight away that they could share and contribute to my vision for this record.”

Fans of quality music will find this intimate dinner show at The Brewery a rewarding experience. Tickets for Katie Noonan and The Captains show on Thursday July 8th cost $30.00 per head and are available as pre-sale only from the venue (for booking and enquiries please call The Brewery on Tel: 49 29 6333 for further information).

For more information about Katie Noonan visit her website at

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