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Funnel Web Return

Newcastle based original band Funnel Web will play the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday June 11. This will be the band’s first gig in eleven years.

Funnell WebFunnel Web are Bruce Ahamnos (vocals); Dave Venaglia (guitar, backing vocals); John Kabala (bass, backing vocals) and Mark Bramble (drums, backing vocals). Bruce Ahamnos and Dave Venaglia are the two inspirational songwriters behind the band’s catchy and hypnotic tunes.

“Funnel Web’s songs still stand up today” Bruce said recently at the group’s first band meeting in more than a decade.

Extensive State-wide touring was agreed upon at the band meeting. Since announcing their reformation to the industry, Agents and Hotels in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens have shown strong interest in booking the band. The band plans to evaluate their performance and sound after the Wicko gig before booking more gigs.

The band has been quickly regaining it’s spark through repeated rehearsals at The Studio rehearsal rooms in West Newcastle.

Funnel Web will be supported at The Wicko by fellow Novacastrian rockers, Torpedo Vegas – who go on stage at 9pm. Funnel Web are on stage at 10.45pm.

  • Who: Funnel Web, Torpedo Vegas
  • Where: Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Saturday June 11, 2011
  • Free Entry

Posted on May 18th, 2011 in General

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Newcastle Record and CD Fair

Newcastle CD and Record FairThe Newcastle Record and CD Fair, now into its 6th year, take place the first Sunday of May and November each year. Previous fairs have attracted around 300 – 400 people through the door.

The fair attracts stallholders from as far away as Melbourne / Blue Mountains / Sydney as well as local traders. You will find thousands of rare and coillectable vinyl records plus CDs and memorobilia.

Come along to the next fair at:

  • What: Newcastle Record and CD Fair
  • What: Sunday 1st May, 2011, 9AM – 4PM
  • Where: Uniting Church Hall, Beaumont St, Hamilton
  • Cost: $1 Entry

Image courtesy of Jacob Whittaker.

Posted on March 25th, 2011 in General

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Local Music Review on 2NUR FM

2NUR FM will be airing a program featuring music from the Newcastle region from 10PM on Monday, December 6, 2010. The program will be hosted by Giles Carney and Andrew Goodwin.

The following tracks will be played, follow the links to find out more information about these amazing local artists.

  • Chris ByrneGlide
    Chris Byrne is Central Coast based singer/songwriter. He won the Adult Contemporary category in the 2007 Newcastle Music Awards with this song. Chris is playing next Sunday night (12/12/2010) at The Dockyard at Honeysuckle.
  • LimerickDangerous Love
    This track was a finalist in the Alternative category in the 2008 Newcastle Music Awards.
  • Amy VeeAll In Me
    Amy was the singer in “On”, Winners of the 2003 Best Artist Award at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Amy also performed with her band “Amy Vee and the Virtues”. Over the past few years she has begin performing solo. Amy Vee will be playing at the QWB next Thursday, December 9.
  • Dukes of ErlingtonUnderestimated
    Erling Gronhaug, aka The Duke, is a Norwegian who moved to Newcastle in 2000. He has been very active in the local music scene over the past 10 years, performing in Mousemoon and many other successful bands. Listen to the track here.
  • The Evening SonAll aboard the Boat Wherever
    This track won the Rock category in the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards.

    The Evening Son are playing at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, December 17

  • Heart Attack and VineCheshire Cat
    Newcastle based rock/blues band influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Guns n’ Roses, The Cult, Aerosmith, Audioslave, Rolling Stones. This track and several others are available from the band’s MySpace profile. Heart Attack and Vine will be playing New Years Eve at the Wickham Park Hotel
  • HanselMurder 101
    Newcastle’s own gods of glam rock! This track was taken from their “Mission to Rock” EP that was released in 2008.

  • GrandvueHopes of a Better Futures
    Formerly known as ‘Cadence’, Grandvue are named after the street they grew up on, Grandview Road in New Lambton Heights. Great guitar work from lead guitarist Tom Shepherd. Vocalist Jerome O’Conner now performs in State of Grace.
  • HighlanderThe Craiced Fiddle
    This highly acclaimed Celtic rock band perform in kilts and often have Scottish dancers at their gigs.
    Highlander released their latest album titled “North of the Wall” at Wangi RSL on April 10th, 2010. Find out more about the band on their comprehensive website at
  • BenjaluSo High
    Benjalu won the Blues and Roots category in the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards with this song. Benjalu were the winners of Youthrock ’06 and also took out the “Silverchair Songwriting Award” in the same competition. They are one of the region’s hardest working bands, touring extensively and playing over 150 shows a year! Catch them in Newcastle at Queens Wharf Brewery on Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 2:00pm.
  • Bob CorbettThe Prettiest Face
    Bob is an amazing performer. He has played in many local bands over the past 15 years including popular duo Loonatic Fringe. This track is taken from his album Storyboard. He launched this album at the Gallipoli Legion Club in September 2008. When Bob plays this track live he records a few bars of the song at a time into a “loop pedal”, building the song layer by layer, it is really something to see live.

  • Adam MillerTraffic
    Adam is an accomplished guitarist that has performed in numerous local bands. This track is taken from Adam’s latest album “Out of My Hands”. The recording features prominent local musicians Peter Gray on bass and Nic Cecire on drums. Adam won the Instrumental category at the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards with this track.

Posted on December 5th, 2010 in Front Page, General

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New Beginnings Festival

New Beginnings Festival 2011New Beginnings – rebirth, awakening, evolution, metamorphosis

New Beginnings is a 2-day camping music festival happening in Lake Macquarie in January 2011. Get set to party with some of Australia’s leading acts as well as the best emerging performers coming out of the local region across four stages over two days & nights.

New Beginnings aim is clear – to offer something previously unseen to music lovers of the Hunter and Central Coast.

New Beginnings sets itself apart from other festivals in Australia by offering an affordable ticket price that makes the event accessible to punters yet, with a limited capacity, offering a more relaxed and enjoyable environment to celebrate with friends new and old.

Festival organiser’s announce “There are so many festivals in Australia at the moment; the market is completely saturated with large, corporate events with high ticket & drink prices. We wanted to create an event which is affordable for all – to provide some of the best party bands touring around the country, but also give the amazing talent coming out of local region a chance to showcase their stuff on a big stage. The event is basically a big party over the two days, but with a small capacity, it’s going to be very relaxed”.

New Beginnings is set to have over 80 acts performing in the southern edge of Lake Macquarie on the 15th & 16th of January 2011. The first batch of acts has just been announced:


The awarding winning and chart-topping BLUEJUICE are an aggressive mix of pop, rock, hip hop, electro and disco, Bluejuice are in their element making you dance in a retarded, unselfconscious way. The combination of drums, bass and keys and two harmonizing singers sounds unique, but it’s the violence, energy and humour with which the band attack their music that makes them stand out. Their single ‘Broken Leg’ sums up the attitude at work – cathartic and silly, emotionally complicated, mental and sweaty. Bluejuice turn entertainment into a contact sport.


What do Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Guetta, Cox, Kaskade, Oakenfold & Morillo have in common? They all love Private Jets & Hook N Sling. Ministry of Sound’s HOOK N SLING to no foreign to the Australian Dance Charts and world festival circuit. There is no denying that the eyes and ears of the worlds dance music fraternity are focussed firmly on Hook N Sling in 2010.


Charting in Australia and the UK, Triple J favourite THE HOLIDAYS have just released their debut album, Post Paradise, may have been a long time coming, but it has categorically been worth the wait. The first two singles, Moonlight Hours and Golden Sky, hinted at the exciting musical re-birth this band has taken over the past 18 months, yet do not exclusively define the depths of this blissful musical journey.


Voted #10 in the InTheMix Top 50 DJ Competition. Fresh from mixing the 2010 PACHA CD featuring his own ARIA chart smash hit ‘Sunrise’, TIMMY TRUMPET is currently touring Australia before he ventures back overseas to promote his new EP. Aside from his multiple worldwide tours, including performances at IBIZA’S PACHA and LONDON’S MINISTRY OF SOUND, Timmy is the only DJ / Instrumentalist to make the ITM Top 10 DJs Australia wide, which has landed him residencies at clubs and festivals all over Australia including SENSATION WHITE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, SUMMAFIELDAYZE, FUTURE MUSIC and PARK LIFE.


MODULAR’s Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomons who record as CANYONS are striking the elusive balance between creativity, originality and pop sensibility, Canyons have just unveiled the first taste from their debut album (due 2011) in the form of the new single, “My Rescue”. With an aural likeness to elements of psych, folk, house and everything deep, what is essential to Canyons is that their music evokes a sense of feeling and truth, Ruth. Close your eyes, feel the sun on your face and prepare yourselves for the sonic vision that is Canyons.

Also performing:


New Beginnings is presented by Big Apachee, Reverb Magazine and Southern Cross Ten.

Tickets include the 2 days and camping and are on sale now for $75+bf from Gates open at 9am on Saturday 15th of January.

For more information go to or

Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Events, General

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Sam Levick Album Launch

Sam LevickOver the past 2 years songwriting has taken a back seat whilst Sam Levick has been playing drums professionally as a session drummer. Playing with artists such as, Ricki Lee (Aus Idol), Tim McArtney, Phonic, Brown’s Lane, benjalu, and currently James Johnston (Aus idol 09). He spent 8 months touring with Newcastle band Benjalu on the back of their 2nd EP release. Whilst on tour benjalu supported acts such as Jon Stevens, The Basics, Chasing Bailey, The Living End, Children Collide and more.

Since returning from tour Sam has had many musical influences and it has made his creative mind kick into gear. At the end of January Sam had already written 8 tracks and by the end of July had 22 tracks in which to cull down for his debut EP. One of the tracks written was entered into the National Youth Week “Rock It” songwriting competition in which he gained 3rd place out of thousands of entrants.

Since early July Sam has been recording his debut EP ‘Choices’. The EP will feature 5 tracks which he has written in 2010. Other than showcasing his own talent playing drums the EP features guest appearances from some Newcastle’s other talented young musicians playing guitar, bass and providing the main vocals.

To coincide with the EP’s worldwide releases on iTunes (28th Oct) Sam and his band will be launching the EP with a live show at The Northern Star Hotel, Beaumont St, Hamilton on November 6th. He will be supported by talented soloists Kaylah Anne and Scott Gelzinnis.

Doors open 9.45pm with Free Entry.

For more information about Sam Levick visit his Facebook page at

Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Events, General

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Chrome Bison Stampedes Again

Bassline Projects PresentsChrome Bison is stampeding again! The cause is unsure, but the direction is clear. The herd is heading towards the Hamilton Station Hotel, and will hit the stage this Saturday, the 9th of October, around about 9:30 p.m. No-one knows what the strange beast’s performance will bring; perhaps men in drag, perhaps spontaneous combustion, but titillating storytelling and hearty, awesome music are guaranteed.

Accompanying the troupe this night will be The Phat Controller, asserting his dominance over the Station that he controls. Straight from the Central Coast and not stopping for anyone without a ticket, The Phat Controller will blow the mind of anyone on his ride. Ladies, be sure to stand behind the yellow line, and keep your Fruity Lexia out of sight. Chicks want him, guys want to be him, and anyone who misses his show will feel a void grow deep in their soul, a hole that nothing else will be able to fill. He is hip, he is hop and he is hilarious.

Chrome is Silver, The Phat Controller is a Goon. They may have crude taste, but for just $6 entry they’re sure to be a Sack of fun at the Hamilton Station Hotel this Saturday night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., over 18′s only. BYO Hills Hoist.

This is an over 18′s event presented by Bassline Projects.

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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Blues Benefit Show

Annie O'DeeNewcastle’s Blues music community were recently saddened to hear of the loss of one of its shining stars, Tony Coughlin. Tony’s role as bass player in blues outfits The Big Red Rockets and Annie O’Dee & the Hotshots saw Tony become a stalwart in blues scene and his talent and enthusiasm for music will be sorely missed. Tony’s performance history saw him perform on stages large and small, and countless punters would have danced away an evening driven by his thumping groove.

In a show of solidarity for their friend, colleague and companion a special afternoon and evening of entertainment has been planned, with musical tributes coming from Ngariki and Flash Sheedy & the Instro-Matics in the Wickham Park Hotel’s Beer Garden. In what will be an especially touching homage, two of Tony’s former bands, Annie O’Dee & the Hotshots and The Big Red Rockets, will also perform on the night in the hotel’s front bar. While entry to the event at The Wickham Park Hotel is free, attendees will be asked to dig deep and donate, with all funds raised going toward assisting the family that Tony left behind.

Newcastle musicians and music goers alike are encouraged to attend and show support for a kindred soul.

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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Festival of Music

Thornton Salvation Army will present “A Festival of MUSIC” Concert at the Church of Christ, 1 Garnett Road East Maitland (Greenhills) on Saturday 23 October 2010 from 7.00pm.

The night will feature The Thornton Salvation Army Band led by well known Waratah Brass and Salvation Army musician/ Bandmaster Allan Humbley. He has augmented the band with additional players well known for their high standard of musicianship. They will present a night of both traditional and modern Army music including Marches, Festival Works and Cornet Solos.

Festival of MusicThornton will be joined by Cardiff Northlakes (CNL) Brass who will present the second half of the concert. This Band is conducted by Ron Boaden and has recently won The NSW State Band Championships held at Penrith 25 September . They are the present East Coast of Australia Champions as well. The band is well known for playing music that both entertains and touches the heart. They have selected a high quality programme which is to include items ranging from traditional, to jazz, to solo works, major movie themes and marches. A selection of some of CNL Brass works they will present include When I fall in love (Euphonium Solo), The Londonderry Air (Cornet Solo), Selections from The Lord of the Rings and the Chris De Burgh classic Lady in Red.

This night has several additional reasons for being presented:

  • Thornton Band will be making a trip to West NSW Mudgee and Gulgong area the following weekend 30th and 31st October and this will be a chance to let an audience hear some of the works to be played on this trip.
  • Thornton are also raising funds in support of the Salvation Army’s Western Area Rural Chaplaincy Service based at Dubbo managed by Majors Estelle and Robert Strong. This Chaplaincy Service deals with Farmers/ people on the land/ Rural who are experiencing difficult situations. We have all heard of the plight of those On the Land. This is the Salvation Army section that seeks to assist such in many various ways.

Funds from the Concert will be donated to the Chaplaincy Service whilst Thornton Band are on their upcoming trip. The night is designed to entertain all musical tastes and ages and will suite all types of audiences not just those from the Salvation Army.

This will be the first locally presented “Army” music night for some considerable time in this region and Thornton are looking forward to being able to share this night with Cardiff Brass Band and show an audience that their music is both modern, meaningful and great to listen to.

  • What: Festival of Music featuring Thornton Salvation Army Band & Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band
  • When: 7.00pm 23rd October 2010
  • Where: Church of Christ, East Maitland (Greenhills) 2323

Tickets at the door $10.00 with under 15 years free.

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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Peats Ridge Festival Lineup Announced

Presenting The First Round Of What Is To Be A Killer Musical Line Up For Peats Ridge 2010!

Peats Ridge Festival 2010What happens when you put thousands of smiling people in a beautiful valley, over a three day period, showcase music, arts and culture across 9 stages and bring in the New Year … PEATS RIDGE!

Peats Ridge is a festival that has been described as a ‘sensual explosion‘ (, ‘colourful and memorable‘ ( and a ‘musical circus‘ (Reverb). Last year saw 10,000 patrons, filled with enthusiasm and excitement, ascend on the valley and with glowing reviews, it was a shining success enjoyed by all.

The largest camping festival over the New Year period, in NSW, Peats Ridge is a Sustainable Arts & Music Festival. It has proven to be a fresh, creative and innovative melting pot, where people can celebrate in a friendly and relaxed festival environment.

With a music line up that boasts pieces of many musical pies, for everyone to savour. The Festival always delights punters with big names acts and also surprises, with up and coming musical talent to be discovered.

The 2010 instalment promises to be everything brilliant that has been offered in previous years and much more… So without further ado, let’s unleash the first of the musical magic that will grace some of the 9 stages at Peats Ridge 2010.

Angus & Julia Stone * Trentemøller (Live) [DENMARK] * Built to Spill [USA] * Freestylers [UK] * Kate Miller-Heidke * Shout Out Louds [SWEDEN] * The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker [USA] * Born Ruffians [CAN] * Lightspeed Champion [UK] * PVT * Decoder Ring * The Audreys * The Break * Washington * Cloud Control * Jonathan Boulet * Freq Nasty [UK] * Space Invadas * The Jezabels * Dan Mangan [CAN] * Thundamentals * Steve Poltz [USA] * Joel Plaskett [CAN] * King Tide * Horrorshow * Watussi * Parades * Big Scary * Spit Syndicate * Belles Will Ring * Kim Churchill * THE Chemist * The Gin Club * Tom Fun Orchestra [CAN] * Carmen Townsend [CAN] * Matt Barber [CAN] * Chase the Sun * The Lovetones * THE E.L.F * The Seabellies * McCartney * The Delta Riggs * Holly Martin * Spooky Land * Alter Ego Mania * Dereb the Ambassador [ETHIOPIA/AUD] * The Strides * loads more artists to be announced. Stay tuned …

If you are looking to feel the bass, Peats Ridge are very happy to announce the ‘DUB SHACK’ is returning. The stage that became known as ‘the dub monster’ in 2009, is set to pound yet again. Our three favourite Sydney crews Foreigndub, VOID and Western Synthetics, will be returning to bring you the best that the dubstep, drum n bass and dub scenes have to offer.

Peats Ridge, is held in the beautiful Glenworth Valley an hour north of Sydney. A three day event, it has become a major part of the annual calendar.

Peats Ridge has proven to be world class in entertainment, experience and education. Recognised as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, the Festival is a winner of numerous national and international awards for environmental sustainability.

A family friendly festival, Peats Ridge hosts an array of amazing music, arts performance and exhibitions, a focus on sustainable practices and education, a dedicated children’s festival, workshops, markets and much more.


3 Day Season Passes:

  • ADULT (18+): $295 +bf
  • CHILD (6-12): $25 +bf

Family Season Passes:

  • 1 ADULT, 1 YOUTH: $390 +bf
  • 2 ADULT, 1 YOUTH: $670 +bf
  • EXTRA YOUTH (13-17): $80 +bf

Day Passes:

  • ADULT: $125+bf
  • YOUTH: $40+bf
  • CHILD: $10+bf

Tickets will be available on August 19th.

As Peats Ridge is an Over 18 event, Youth tickets can only be purchased as part of a Family Pass. Children and Youth are permitted entry to the festival only if accompanied by a guardian over 25.

All Season Passes include camping and festival entry from 29th December 2010 – 1st January 2011.

Tickets will be available through

For further information & ticket sales go to

Posted on August 12th, 2010 in Events, General

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Japanese Punk at the Great Northern

Bassline PresentsPunk-rock warriors Bunt are standing at the ready to unleash upon The Great Northern Hotel in Newcastle this August, and they’ve called for backup. The Sydney punks are bringing cool-rockers Vivarta all the way from Japan to join their musical assault of the Steel City, as well as Batfoot, old-school punks from our Central Coast and Newcastle’s little rascals, Alice vs. Everything.

The Great Northern Hotel has reopened to establish itself as Newcastle’s new home for live, original music, revitalising the city with talent and culture, and are proving it with this impressive international lineup. Kicking off at 9 p.m., Friday the 13th of August will be the night to join the fight for live artists. The night will begin bopping to the tech Alice vs. Everything, followed by Vivarta’s igneous rock, Batfoot’s scruffy, wild tempo and topped off with Bunt, the band that defines distortion. Held on the main stage of the hotel’s Boiler Bar, the gig is free entry; all it asks for is your ears.

As if free entry wasn’t enough, Bunt wants to pump out some giveaways as well! Grab a schooner of Coopers ale on tap at the gig and receive a Bunt CD “Birdland”, and a loyalty card to use for the night. After four Coopers, you’ll get a free Coopers t-shirt!

Presented by Bassline Projects and Promotions.

Posted on August 10th, 2010 in General

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