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Bacardi Band Search Semi Finals

Band Search shows Newcastle’s live music scene is alive and well

Over the last 12 weeks, more than 50 local bands have taken the stage at The Cambridge Hotel to do battle as part of the Bacardi Band Search.

In only its second year of competition, the event attracted more than double the band entries of its inaugural year, proving to organizers that the local music scene is healthy.

Bacardi Band Search Semi Finals“After seeing all these acts perform, its clear that there’s a very rich and stable music scene in this town,” event coordinator and venue booker Gra Seaton says, “this competition is extremely tough to judge. Any one of the last 12 bands could win it.”

After 10 knockout heats and 2 repechage events, 12 bands remain to make up 4 mouth-watering semi finals. Judges will be presented with a mix of rock, pop, hip hop, & hardcore bands over the next fortnight to find the final four worthy of competing in the Grand Final on Friday 3rd September. Prizes include $2000 cash, recording and rehearsal studio time, a guitar amplifier and effects package & a drum kit.

Semi Final Dates

All Semi Finals commence at 8.45pm and entry is free. For more information visit

Grand Final Details

Posted on August 2nd, 2010 in Events, General

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Global Battle of the Bands Newcastle Heats

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

Posted on June 24th, 2010 in General

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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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Grinspoon ‘Six To Midnight’ Tour

Overwhelmed by demand to play shows in regional areas, Aussie rockers Grinspoon announce an extensive new run of new dates for their Six To Midnight Tour and luckily Newcastle has been included in the run! Newcastle Leagues Club’s Level One has been selected as the venue and it no doubt ring in another ‘sell out” when Grinspoon come to play, what for them is an intimate room.

GrinspoonWith the tour starting on the 29th of July in Tasmania the show will see the lads weave their way through the ACT, regional New South Wales and Victoria before hitting the last stretch of the tour in South Australia. The hugely successful first leg of the tour in March, saw the band playing at “Sold-Out” venues like The Enmore Theatre and HiFi Bar in Melbourne to a very energetic crowds. Grinspoon are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with their regional fans with their amazing show and unique support line-up.

Grinspoon’s sixth studio album Six To Midnight has received a tremendous response so far, debuting at #4 in the ARIA charts and winning mountains of praise from fans and reviewers alike. The first two singles Comeback and Summer, and the latest single Premonitions have received huge reactions, gaining high rotation on most major TV & radio stations.

Legendary US producer Rick Will (Johnny Cash, No Doubt, Nine In Nails) was behind the albums’ production & mixing duties, and has delivered one of Grinspoon’s finest records to date. The band returned to their spiritual home town of Byron Bay to record the album, which helped them capture their affinity for a good live hard rock record, something the band really wanted to achieve.

Grinspoon’s return to the live last year saw them play to a wild and overflowing main stage at the Splendour In The Grass festival, which went down as one of the band’s most memorable gigs to date. A sold out launch tour on the east coast in September soon followed, with Six To Midnight released at the same time, and then a huge national tour in early 2010 saw the band take in some of the biggest venues in capital cities across the country. Their loyal army of fans received their first taste of the record in a live setting, and judging by the reaction so far, it’s one of their best yet.

In celebration of all these great things, Grinspoon have decided to do what they do best and hit the road once again, this time taking in regional venues across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia. Come and see why Grinspoon have been proclaimed one of Australia’s premier live acts, time and time again.

  • What: Grinspoon Six To Midnight Tour 2010
  • Who: Grinspoon with The Snowdroppers & Electric Horse
  • When: August 18, 2010
  • Where: Newcastle Leagues Club

Tickets are on sale now through

Posted on June 2nd, 2010 in General, Tours

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Kindred – Bringing Malice to Wonderland

KindredA special night of music has been planned for lovers of Metal and Hardcore. When the Malice in Wonderland event comes to the Newcastle Leagues’ Level One, Novocastrians will have the opportunity to witness four of the best acts in the genre perform. And one of them is Newcastle’s own Kindred.

Forging a new path in an era where originality is passé, plagiarism is rewarded and innovation is lost, Is not an easy thing but that is exactly what Kindred have achieved.

Not satisfied with being limited to one genre Kindred seamlessly weld together the best of metal and hardcore, with well constructed harmonies and melodic sound scapes.

Kindred finalised it’s line up early 2009 and has since toured relentlessly Nationally throughout Australia, unquestionably making them one of Australia’s hardest working “true” independent bands.

Late 2010 will see Kindred deliver to their fans their most anticipated CD release to date. The new release will showcase the superior musicianship of a band which knows no limits and for the first time will be backed by Waterfront records and MGM Distribution. Though the CD will still be released independently the quality will be on par with any major release worldwide. The CD will be mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström the producer behind bands such as In Flames and Soilwork in Sweden and Shane Edwards in Sydney.

The CD, titled Ignite The Machine, was launched in March this year at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle West.

KindredThe new CD also showcasse Kindred’s first professional video clip directed by Jay Johnson who has worked for Universal and Warner music and produced video clips for bands such as LINKIN PARK.

Kindred delivers live, with an Energetic and Commanding performance, this alone has seen the band support and headline some of the best line ups in Australia playing to crowds into the thousands and receiving praise from International and Australian bands alike.

… “Impressive Ball busting Metal” … – Reverb magazine

… “A powerful sound indeed” … – Blunt magazine

… “Diverse, Solid and Melodic” … – Reverb magazine

Kindred will team up with other metal purveyors for Malice in Wonderland:

  • What: Malice in Wonderland
  • Who: Ink + Kindred + Mz Ann Thropik + Devilution
  • When: Friday 25th June, 2010
  • Where: Level One – Newcastle Leagues Club

Posted on May 27th, 2010 in Events, General

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National Campus Band Competition 2010 Regional Final

National Campus Band CompetitionThe Hunter TAFE Student Association is proud to present the Final of our 2010 Band Comp at the Bar On The Hill, Friday May 21st.

Five bands will battle it out for the right to progress in the National Campus Band Competition and represent Hunter TAFE in the TAFE NSW State Final in Sydney.

The five competing bands are Alice Vs Everything, Little Blak Dress, The Shivering Indies, Truth Ruby and Waiting For Adam.

Under 18′s welcome (but you must be 18+ to buy alcohol)

Posted on April 21st, 2010 in General

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All Ages Jam at The Wicko

All Ages Jam Night

A Different Kind of Jam!!

Come Out and Play isn’t just a great Offspring song, it’s also the name of a great new gig that will take place at the Wickham Park Hotel.

Affectionately known as ‘The Wicko’, Rosie’s School of Rock will be hosting a regular jam night at the Hotel which will be held on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 8pm. This is a jam night with a difference as it is open to all ages.

“Getting up in front of a crowd is a really important part of being a musician for any age,” says Rosie’s School of Rock principal Craig ‘Rosie’ Rosevear. “I wanted to create a way where we could help aspiring musos get up in front of a real pub rock crowd but have support from industry professionals as well. The Jam night will have professional music teachers on hand to help fellow musos who might want some help. We’ve got experienced guitar teachers, drum teachers, vocal teachers who can help you with chords or just how to tune up your guitar, if you don’t need any help then that’s cool too…just get up there and blast away” says Rosie.

Come out and Play is Free, Open to All Ages, for individuals and bands. Equipment is supplied or bring your own. The first Gig was a BIG success and a full crowd is assured. The next gig kicks off 8pm Wednesday 5th May. For enquiries call The Wicko on 4965 3201 or Rosie’s School of Rock on 4927 5027

Posted on April 20th, 2010 in General

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An Intimate Afternoon With …

Renowned Newcastle jazz musician/vocalist Daryl Aberhart is planning a series of concerts in Newcastle over coming months that are going to be something truly special.

pianoThe cost is $50 per person, which includes some tasty refreshments.

What you get is to see a unique Australian Jazz master, usually in a trio format with sometime special guests, perform a one-hour concert style set for you, and only 29 other attendees. “This will hopefully happen one Sunday per month between 4-6 pm for as long as we can keep it going” Daryl explains.

The venue being used is incredibly intimate, hence the title of this event “An intimate afternoon with …”

This will make for a truly memorable experience for both performer and listener alike, getting to be so up close and personal with the artists rather than feeling like you are a million miles away from the music.

Bookings for first date are not open yet as we need to give time to all who would like to be on invitation mailling list to register their interest.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please send an email to with the words “JAZZ MAILING LIST” in the subject line.

The first event will feature the Carl Dewhurst Trio and will be held on Sunday May 9 from 4-6PM.

Carl DewhurstPerformers in the trio are:

  • Carl Dewhurst – Guitar
  • Cameron Undy – Bass
  • Evan Mannell – Drums

This is a really intense group, comprised of three of the most lauded Jazz musicians this country has produced.

Acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer Carl Dewhurst will be sure to give us an unforgettable afternoon. This is a really intense group, comprised of three of the most lauded Jazz musicians this country has produced.

Cost is $50 per person includes wine,food and entertainment. Limited seats left, don’t wait too long!

You can find out a little more about Carl at his website

TO BOOK A SEAT- email with ‘CARL DEWHURST- I’M IN!’ in subject line and name and mobile phone number of each attendee thank you.

Piano image courtesy of gfx69.

Posted on March 25th, 2010 in General

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Bacardi Band Search 2010

The Bacardi Band Search is back and is set to make an impression on the Newcastle (and now Central Coast) music scene.

The Bastilles - Winners of the 2009 Bacardi Band SearchAlthough there can only be one winner, the BBS hopes to uncover more hidden talent, encourage new bands to form and aims to give exposure to young bands in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley & Central Coast regions. The BBS offers a platform at a quality iconic live music venue for unsigned bands to show what they’ve got.

In 2009, 24 Newcastle bands competed in the BBS at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle. After 6 heats, 2 semi-finals, 1 repechage final and a Grand Final, local indie heroes, The Bastilles (pictured), emerged as the inaugural winners of the competition. They have gone on to play shows with Philadelphia Grand Jury & Red Riders and have just competed recording of their first EP. Two other local bands also reached the grand final in 2009, Wandering Bear, Cota

This year, the BBS will grow an extra limb as we invite Central Coast bands to compete for the first time, allowing the competition to showcase bands from the largest regional music scene in NSW.

The winner of the 2010 BBS will take home over $6000 in cash and prizes including $2000 cash, a guitar amp & effects package, recording time at Sydney’s renowned Studio 301, a professional photo shoot plus more.

The BBS will launch at The Cambridge Hotel on Thursday 29th April and will run most Thursday nights at the venue throughout the course of the competition. Entry is free and is now open to all unsigned bands from Newcastle, Hunter region and the Central Coast. Entry forms can be picked up from Billy Hyde Music and The Studio in Newcastle West or downloaded from

Entries close Mon 26th April. Spots are limited.

Posted on March 22nd, 2010 in General

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Lake Macquarie Community Events Calendar

Advertise your gig or event for free

Lake Macquarie Council Community Events CalendarAnyone hosting a local, public event can take advantage of the new Community Events Calendar on the Lake Macquarie Council website at – and it’s free!

The calendar is a new feature aimed at helping people find events and entertainment opportunities in Lake Macquarie City and the surrounding region. It’s creators also hope that it helps to boost patronage to events and, in turn, give our local economy a helping hand.

Gigs, festivals, or any event with an open invitation may be posted on the new Community Events Calendar.

Posting events on the Community Calendar is free and easy:

  1. Register using your email address
  2. Upload your event details
  3. Include photos to help promote your event
  4. Maintain all of your events at any time on the “My Events” page after logging in

The calendar can be found online here.

If you need help or want more information email Angie Francisco on or call her on 49210 186.

Posted on March 4th, 2010 in General

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