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Cotton Sidewalk, Home for Christmas

During high school, Adam began to dream of rock domination. He wrote and played and sang and wrote and then formed Cotton Sidewalk. Although it was early days, the music did get peoples’ attention.

cotton SidewalkAs Cotton matured, it secured many great support slots including Betchadupa, Augie March, Evermore, The Superjesus, Bob Evans, Machine Gun Fellatio, End Of Fashion, Bluebottle Kiss, The Pictures, Old Man River, Dave McCormack and more.

2008 saw Cotton Sidewalk pack up and move their Proganthemelodorock from Newcastle to Melbourne. This move brought about many changes and rights of passage, the most important of these being the release of their album “Evil Versus People” and the securing of Cotton’s current and ultimate line-up. You see, at heart, Cotton Sidewalk has always been about going to any length to bring an awesome rock experience to the crowd at their shows. In fact, the job is deemed incomplete should anyone leave with their face un-melted.

In the making of “Evil Versus People” the mission of translating this energetic live show onto LP was undertaken. The result was an album of epic proportions that effectively opened the Cotton Sidewalk heart to the world. The album was released through a series of sell-out shows in Melbourne (The Evelyn), Sydney (Oxford Art Factory) and Newcastle (The Cambridge) in 2010. The album’s release was also marked by two singles “Fight Your Way” and “Feet Teeth and Hands”, which gained good support from Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill and other good community radio stations.

Cotton Sidewalk will be supported by special guest AnnaLiesA.

  • Who: Cotton Sidewalk supported by AnnaLiesA
  • Where: The Northern Star Hotel
  • When:Friday 23rd December 2011
  • Tickets: available from

For more information about Cotton Sidewalk visit their website at

Posted on December 7th, 2011 in Artists, Events

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The Delta Riggs

The Delta Riggs ain’t no “nouveau-retro” affectation, wearing their blues credentials and big-band music pedigree on their sleeves. Call ‘em white-boy soul or rhythm ‘n’ blues, with a generous dollop of snake oil, spit and a sly wink, The Delta Riggs are as jubilatory, joyously gritty, and steeped in genuine Americana and good time classic freak ‘n’ roll as ever a band was.

The Delta RiggsThe songwriters behind this rollicking jamboree are shambolic front man Elliott Hammond and his bouffant-toting guitar player, Aaron Jackson. Both were raised on a staple diet of Bob Dylan, The Band, The Stones, Creedence, Led Zep and Grateful Dead. It’s a core unit of six common souls that fuses The Delta Riggs though, with Michael Tramonte (bass), Alex ‘Rudy’ Markwell (guitar), Simon McConnell (drums) and Alex Edwards (keys). “We’re a rhythm ‘n’ blues band,” states Hammond. “A jam-band of unified musicians who are all on the same page”.
“So long as it’s got three chords, a cool beat and our version of the truth, that sums us up,” laughs Jackson. But ask their snake-hipped, shambolic singer and he’ll tell you The Delta Riggs are a band borne out of their time. “The focus for us is all on the music, immersing ourselves in it and discovering it – when people listen to this band, we want them to lose themselves in our world.

This isn’t background music, a f*cking ringtone or some compressed MP3 file coming out of a shitty computer speaker. You were never meant to engage with Music … real music, like that. It’s meant to be played live, as a conversation with the listener… That’s where the magic sits, man.”

Sure enough, live is where The Delta Riggs hit their stride, and the hubbub has already started. With their rootsy soul, ramshackle R’n'B, stunning gospel harmonies and swaggering blues, the Delta Riggs have picked up the torch of rock ‘n’ roll’s free-wheeling spirit and are running with it.

Hallelujah, come join the jubilee – The Delta Riggs are coming to town, baby.

  • Who: The Delta Riggs
  • When: Saturday 21st May
  • Where:The CBD Hotel

Entry to the gig is free.

The Delta Riggs eponymous debut EP is out now through leading independent stores and online at or

Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Artists, Events

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Strong Words From The Havelocks

The HavelocksA few months ago The Havelocks dissapeared from the live scene. In the past several weeks the band has returned for some special shows at Lizotte’s, the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel and the Hamilton Station. So the band is back, but what did the five-piece get up to during their hiatus from the live scene in Newcastle?

“We recorded an EP,” replies rhythm guitarist and resident beard Craig Whibley. And so they did! Locking themselves up in the basement of producer Jayson Evans’ Aurora Live Studios in Warners Bay, The Havelocks went about putting together their debut EP.

“Five songs, three guitars, one drum kit, a bass, two vodka kegs, ten cartons, seventeen cigarettes, a Fender deluxe and a f*!!?*ing Les Paul,” mused vocalist Jay Piper, “It’s rocky, it’s poppy, it’s chunky, it’s funky.”.

The Havelocks put down five songs for the EP which is titled “Words”, after one of the band’s favourite songs.

“The fans love that one,” says drummer Luke Tweedie, “if you’re feeling like a gig isn’t going too well just pull out ‘Words’. It just makes people want to get on board, and they do. Sweet as a nut.”

As well as two other fan favourites The Darkness and Never Go, the band’s debut EP has two new songs.

“We recorded a demo with a fair few of the fan favourites last year,” says bassist Lawrence De Sylva. “Most of the people who know us and follow us have cds or mp3s of our stuff, so we couldn’t justify re-recording all old ones for the EP.”

So The Havelocks are back! This time with their debut EP “Words”. The “Words” EP launch will be held at the Northern Star Hotel on Saturday 25th September. In support of the launch will be sets from Melody Pool and the Brothers Clam. The EP will be available for sale at the launch and all subsequent gigs; online through iTunes, Aurora Live Online, via The Havelocks myspace site and other soon-to-be announced locations.

For more information about The Havelocks visit their MySpace profile at

Posted on September 2nd, 2010 in Artists, Events

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Jupiter Menace

Maitland based rock band Powerage has now officially changed its name to Jupiter Menace. After 5 and half years and over 500 shows the original line-up is now no more.

Jupiter MenaceIn July 2010, Jeremy and Nikk Minett sadly decided to leave the band to pursue other interests which forced Ben and Zac Crawford to reassess the bands direction.

The band now consists of new members Mitchell Seigers (19) on Rhythm Guitar/Vocals, Ben Grimus (18) on Bass Guitar/Vocals, who join existing members Zac Crawford (15) on Lead Guitar/Vocals and Ben Crawford (19) on Drums/Vocals.

Under the previous name Powerage, Ben and Zac Crawford first tasted notoriety in late 2005 winning a talent competition on the National Rugby Leagues’ “Footy Show” in front of an audience of 15,000 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Over the next few years they were supporting acts like Matchbox 20, Australian bands Thirsty Merc, The Screaming Jets, Grinspoon, The Angels, Bluejuice, Frenzal Rhomb, Amy Meredith and Karnivool.

They have performed on 2MMM’s Ugly Phil program, Channel [V], Rage, The Today Show, The Footy Show, The Crew on SBS, NBN News and went on to play a range of high profile shows including Sydney’s Royal Easter Show and National Rugby League matches including opening for the England Vs New Zealand World Cup match.

POWERAGE surged to a massive crescendo in December 2008, taking out the title of “Australasian Best New Band” in the internationally-recognised Global Battle of the Bands competition. Representing their country, the band performed in London against bands from 35 other countries, taking out 2nd place.

Their Debut E.P released in March 2009 titled “Get Ready” and music video for their single “Let’s Jam” takes influence from classic rock bands like Deep Purple and ACDC and had 5 star reviews in several magazines and was well received by fans in Australia and overseas.

In early 2010 the band went on to win NSW major band competition Youth Rock and performed at the MusicOz Independent Music Awards in Sydney as well as winning best school band.

The band’s sound has been evolving over the past year, as primary songwriters, Ben and Zac Crawford have been influenced by a wider range of bands including Paramore, 30 seconds to Mars and Linkin Park.

The band now known as JUPITER MENACE, is currently working on their Debut E.P and video clips under the new name which will be self titled and features 7 new killer tracks.

This E.P when released will be available through iTunes, Musicadium, Amazon, CD Baby and CDs can be purchased at their gigs.
The band has a number of gigs leading into the New Year and has strong ambitions of touring in Australia and overseas in the not too distant future so be sure to keep an eye out.

Jupiter Menace already have a number of upcoming shows booked over the coming months:

  • 11 September 2010 – 4:00 PM – Relay For Life – Maitland Sports Ground
  • 11 September 2010 – 9:30 PM – Wentworth Hotel w/ Support, Cessnock
  • 26 September 2010 – 2:00 PM – The Bradford Hotel w/ A Bleeding Nation, Rutherford
  • 3 October 2010 – 8:00 PM – Adelaide Scorcher Fest
  • 10 October 2010 – 11:00 AM – Newcastle Forshore
  • 16 October 2010 – 6:00 PM – Wickham Park Hotel w/ Supports
  • 31 October 2010 – 2:30 PM – Catho Pub (Catherine Hill Bay)
  • 6 November 2010 – 5:00 PM – Grand Junction Hotel w/ Supports
  • 20 November 2010 – 7:30 PM – Beresfield Bowling Club w/ Supports
  • 26 January 2011 – 12:00 AM – Maitland Council Australia Day performance Maitland Park

Find out more information about Jupiter Menace at the following pages:

Posted on August 24th, 2010 in Artists

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Roxy Returns To The Kent Hotel

Roxy The Piano ManFor 7 years ROXY held the fort at the Kent Piano Bar ‘Level One’ filling a hole in the market by creating a ‘Piano-bar Nightclub’ that proved to be a great success with standing room only crowds of all ages. These were the people who wanted a night club experience, with live music as well as up to the minute top 40 dancing in breaks that was a contrast to ROXY’S retro ‘By Request format, and in a place where they felt safe and secure.

Word got around and eventually ROXY was approached to perform for world leading Royal Caribbean Cruises. So in March 2010 ROXY said goodbye to his Kent residency and headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico in Central America, where for the past 4 months he has topped the ratings, right across the board, repeating history as he did in the 1990′s with P&O Cruises and the ill fated
Achilles Lauro.

ROXY was so well received by American audiences that he has been offered lucrative contracts both on land in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Los Vegas as well as the lead role in a production show on another Royal Caribbean super liner.

However, after 110 consecutive shows abroad he has decided to come back home for some well needed rest.

He will commence at the Kent Hotel on August 20th.

ROXY says “It was hard to leave the Kent and even harder for Phil Tweed and Damo to fill these shoes in my absence, but from what I have heard, they have done an amazing job, and I appreciate them stepping aside to let me have another bash at the old grand piano at the Kent, after all, old habits die hard, and I really miss the audiences there and look forward to catching up with everyone again soon!”

  • Who: ROXY
  • Where: Kent Hotel
  • When: Friday 20th August
  • Find out more about ROXY at hos website:

    Posted on July 29th, 2010 in Artists, Events

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    Newcastle Singer-Songwriter Wows UK

    Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Amy Vee has returned from her whistle-stop tour of the UK in high spirits.

    Amy Vee recently returned from wowing UK audiences with 14 shows across England and Scotland during the month of June.

    Amy Vee LiveThe tour follows the Newcastle launch of Amy’s EP Sleeping Dogs Lie, which she has been celebrating over the last 6-8 months with tours encompassing Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and many places in between.

    Her UK stint included several notable shows in London, including the infamous Troubadour Club, which in the past has been graced by folk legends such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

    “I was overwhelmed by the positive response from UK audiences. The vibe there is pretty amazing. Even in the midst of World Cup fever there was still a really strong support and appreciation,” said Vee.

    On leaving London, Vee travelled north, playing shows in Blackburn, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The singer’s journey then led to the historic university town of Cambridge and onto the nearby ancient village of Arrington, before heading back for more performances in the capital.

    The tour ended with Vee heading to the far south-eastern tip of the country, mystical Cornwall, for a beachside performance in Porthtowan. The sun set over the ocean was a reminder of home and provided the perfect backdrop to her final show.

    Vee clocked more than 3000kms during her solo road trip, in which she managed to visit relatives in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and glimpse the legendary Stonehenge monument.

    “The roads in the UK are great and it’s easy to take in the beautiful countryside along the way,” said Vee.

    “It was nice to get out of London and experience the ‘real’ England and I would like to go back and perform again, hopefully at a few of the numerous festivals that it is so famous for.

    “The live scene is really thriving over there and I think Aussie performers feel quite welcome – they UK audiences really know how to appreciate a good live performance.”

    Glad to be back, Vee’s hometown performances will now continue with upcoming gigs scheduled at Queen’s Wharf Brewery on Thursday 5 August and Lizottes Newcastle on Wednesday 18 August before Vee heads off to Northern NSW and QLD for a brief run of shows.

    For gig details and more information visit or read her updates on Facebook at

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 in Artists, Events

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    Flash Sheedy and the Instro-Matics

    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.

    Posted on June 30th, 2010 in Artists, Events

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    “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

    Posted on June 8th, 2010 in Artists, General

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    Out Of The Box

    Box SetBOX SET is a dance music-based collaboration that fuses and uses live and electronic instruments, beats, rhymes and the kitchen sink. By focusing on improvisation rather than sequencing the band strives to keep all shows fresh and driven by the dance floor. Every show becomes a once only.

    All three members have deep roots and experience in a wide variety of dance music styles and outfits including highly respected national touring and recording artists Pre Shrunk and On Inc as well local dance floor favourites Pow Wow and Fishfry.

    BOX SET has been secretly shaping up a one hundred minute production with a series of live warm up shows throughout the region and everyone feels it’s about time to let the cat out the bag.

    As one sweaty disorientated patron quipped recently after a night on the vinyl tiles under a rotating mirror ball sky, “Elements of pure funk, house, techno, hip hop, dub and soul are thrown into a blender, sliced and diced, shaped in to a papier-mâché mirror ball and kicked skywards towards a back alley, its up to BOX SET and the party people to keep that mirror ball intact and the dream alive”.

    The band members include:

    Catch Box Set performing at the Wickham Park Hotel, Saturday June 5th.

    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 in Artists, Events

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    Indie Songstress Embarks on Maiden UK Voyage

    Award-winning Australian indie-folk songstress Amy Vee has announced her very first UK tour, commencing in June 2010, in support of the recently released and acclaimed EP Sleeping Dogs Lie.

    Amy Vee sets off for UK tourSleeping Dogs Lie was released in September of last year, after months of demo recording and a series of showcases including a spot at the prestigious Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada. The EP was recorded at Hazy Cosmic Jive studio in Amy’s coastal hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales. Since then, Vee has toured extensively in Australia, sharing the stage with the artists such as UK troubadour Newton Faulkner and Canada’s Jeff Martin (former Tea Party frontman) bringing her new songs to audiences in Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    The EP has been well received in Australia and has seen Vee take home a slew of awards including the prestigious ABC/APRA Songwriters Recognition Award.

    “2009 was a massive year for me, musically”, explains Amy, “I’m so pleased with the reaction that the new songs are receiving from audiences and am keen to reach as many people as I can with these songs. They represent a big turning point for me musically and personally and I really believe this recording speaks to people from many walks of life”.

    Vee is excited to be playing at some of London’s best acoustic venues throughout the month, including The Halfmoon in Putney, The Troubadour Club in Earl’s Court and The Regal Room in Hammersmith. These are but a few of Amy’s many shows around England and Scotland during her whirlwind tour.

    “It’s a dream for me to be touring in the UK and I’m looking forward to visiting for the first time. I’ve always been inspired by British music and I’ve always felt a connection to the place. My great grandmother (who I only met once as a small child), was the Mayor of North Tyneside in the late 1970s. I’ve always wanted to find out more about my English roots and I’m thrilled to be bringing my stories and my music to a place that my ancestors called home”.

    Copies of Sleeping Dogs Lie will be available at each of the shows and are available online now from her website

    Posted on May 12th, 2010 in Artists

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