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Newcastle Music Week Grand Final ’08

Newcastle Music Week Grand FinalNewcastle Music Week 2008 concludes with the Grand Finale at The Civic Theatre, in Newcastle’s vibrant city centre!

This all ages event features both the finals of Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase and Let There Be School Rock band competitions. The night will be compered by Craig Rosevear (Rosie’s School Of Rock & DV8) and Brien McVernon (Retro Rockets).

Watch eight of the Hunter Region’s finest emerging acts take to the stage in front of the Nation’s most respected industry experts, for the chance to share in a prize pool valued at $20,000. There will also be an Encouragement Award up for grabs for both sections of the finals.

Finalists from Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase are:

Finalists from the Let There Be School Rock band competition are:

As usual, a host of guest artists are also slated to appear on the bill, promising a night of musical diversity, energy and attitude!

Don’t miss singer, songwriter and performer Mihirangi and Melbourne rapper BukkCity, as well as our local artists including Mark Wells, Benjalu, Adam Miller & Jason Lowe and The Understudy.

Be there for this gala event – The Civic Theatre, Friday the 31st of October 2008 at 7.30pm.

Tickets on sale now for $15 through Ticketek, The Civic Theatre or on the door on the night.

For more information visit www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on October 22nd, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Monday Metal Madness ’08

Monday Metal MadnessMonday Metal Madness returns to the Cambridge Hotel this year on October 27th, 2008.

MMM remains a core part of Newcastle Music Week and this year is set to get even louder with some of the nastiest sounds ever presented within the region.

Sydney death metal greats, Dred will take the night to new extremes of brutality for metal in Newcastle supported by four local outfits set to stun.

Overlords of thrash, Sabretung will be packing the rack of pain.

Indisperse will be launching their debut album “The Reckoning” and newcomers to the thrash scene SoulTremor will be undergoing a trial of fire by opening the show.

On the night we will be running a raffle, with prizes donated by Underground Empire and the bands performing on the night.

Ten bucks or a slain emo (joke) at the door gets you a ticket to the most anticipated event on the local metal calender.

For more information visit myspace.com/nmwmetal or www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on October 22nd, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week 2008 at a Glance

Newcastle Music WeekFrom the 24th and the 31st of October 2008 Newcastle will be showcasing it’s local musical talent at a variety of events atround the city.

  • Boogie On Beaumont – Friday 24 – Beaumont Street – It’s a family affair as a dance party erupts across two stages on Hamilton’s famous restaurant strip. Beautiful and diverse music, food and culture are again on the menu.
  • Bassic Freakquency – Friday 24 – Cambridge Hotel – More bass, more bass, more bass, in the place to be. International and local electronica artists throw down an intense mixture of progressive groove, pulses, beats and sweat.
  • Punk N Grind – Saturday 26 – The Boiler Shop – One of NMW’s most popular and longest running events, Punk N Grind brings all ages and attitudes to the city centre for a celebration and outpouring of hardcore styles and genres.
  • The Boardwalk Sessions – Sunday 27 – The Brewery – Acoustic based stylings beside the beautiful harbour foreshore. Relax in the sunshine, soak up the sound then wash it all down with one of the many of ice-cold refreshments on offer.
  • Monday Metal Madness – Monday 28 – Cambridge Hotel – The most extreme event on the NMW calendar returns direct and straight to the point. Turn the volume to eleven, pack the black, throw forks, bang head, simple.
  • Full Strength Rock – Wednesday 29 – The Bar On The Hill – Rock with a capital YEAHHH struts around campus like the lovechild of Mick Jagger and Tina Turner. Great live original bands, Guitar Hero III Competition and the 1000-watt BBQ.
  • A Major Music Expo – Thursday 30 – Newcastle City Hall – A day of workshops, exhibitions, seminars and master classes from Australia’s premier artists, industry representatives and companies. All styles, levels and interests covered.
  • Civic Theatre Finale – Friday 31 – Civic Theatre Newcastle – Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase And Let There Be School Rock. The region’s finest emerging artists perform live at the historic theatre in front of many of the nations most respected industry representatives. A $20,000 prize pool is up for grabs.

For more information about Newcastle Music Week visit www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on October 22nd, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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The Boardwalk Sessions ’08

Boardwalk SessionNewcastle Music Week is proud to present The Boardwalk Sessions, a blues and roots mini festival being held at The Queen’s Wharf Brewery on October 26th. This event is a unique opportunity for Newcastle to experience the region’s finest blues, roots, acoustic, and folk artists showcasing their original songs and styles. The Boardwalk Sessions will run from 1pm to 8pm.

The afternoon is coordinated by staff and students of the Music Industry courses offered by TAFE NSW Hunter Institute and is run in conjunction with Soundlounge. Once again, we greatly appreciate the support of Music Headquarters, KV2 and Cole Clark Guitars for sponsoring for this event.

With free entry, this is family friendly event is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The line-up for this year includes a selection of the best established Newcastle artists with the most promising up-and-coming talent around.

Award winning four-piece, Benjalu will amaze with their trademark surf / roots style which has impressed crowds around the country and earnt them places on nationally released compilations alongside the likes of John Butler and Paul Kelly.

Fresh from his American tour, Jason Lowe and his lap-slide will showcase his acoustic roots style that is winning big name fans such as the legendary Harry Manx.

Newcastle rock legend Grant Walmsley and his Agents of Peace will lift the roof off the venue with an old school southern blues sound that is turning heads and winning legions of fans nationally.

The intense sound of roots band Of The Red Sea will provide it’s usual lift to the crowd as these guys demonstrate why they’ve cemented themselves at the forefront of the Newcastle scene.

Critically acclaimed Jenni B will amaze with her energy and technical brilliance as she showcases the acoustic folk that has seen her become a crowd favourite in Sydney.

The Rum Corps, lead by local singer songwriter Kyle Phillipson will present the dark, gritty blues sound that Newcastle crowds have been raving about since the bands inception last year.

Dactyl Spondee provides a unique acoustic blend of urban folk, parody, alternative and humble pop will demonstrate why these guys are turning heads on the festival circuit.

Kaylah Anne’s acoustic blend of country and folk will show why she is regarded as one of the most promising new artists in the scene.

Players from reigning A-League champions, The Newcastle Jets, will be making a special appearance and will do some signings for the assembled masses.

A Cole Clark Guitar valued at $1400 will be on offer as part of a guessing competition courtesy of Music Headquarters.

With such a diverse range of entertainment for the whole family, this event is not to be missed.

For more information visit the Newcastle Music Week Website or the The Boardwalk Sessions Myspace Profile.


Posted on September 30th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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A Major Music Expo ’08

Thursday October 30 – Newcastle City Hall – 9:00am to 7:30 pm

Once more A Major Music Expo will bring the National Music Experts to town and Newcastle City Hall will come to life with the cool sounds of music. Newcastle Music Week brings professionals from all around Australia to the city to share their love and knowledge of music.

Workshops will take place throughout the day and a series of master classes will be held early evening. Expo Hall will be abuzz with demonstrations by major music retailers and music companies.

Your most difficult task will be trying to decide which workshop to attend. Workshops for 08 include drums, vocals, self management, bass guitar, publicity, journalism, hip hop and many others relevant to today’s music industry. A series of master classes will also be held.

Guest presenters for 2008 include Mark Gable (Choirboys), Brett Garsed (international guitarist), Sophie Howarth (Music Photographer), Nick Milligan (Reverb Street Press), Kathryn Holloway (publicist Groovin The Moo), Don and David Sleishman and many more.

Attention all artists – you will be pleased to learn that the listening seminar is back. Artists will be invited to submit their demos and then five of these will be randomly selected. The songs will be reviewed by a listening panel made up of A & R reps, agents and publishers, who will offer advice on what the professional industry is looking for.

For full program details and booking forms go to www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on September 30th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Boogie on Beaumont

Boogie on BeaumontBoogie on Beaumont, kicks off one of the most anticipated music events of the year, Newcastle Music Week. On Friday the 24th of October Hamilton’s beautiful and vibrant Beaumont Street will host this unique festival which promises to be bigger and better than ever. No matter what your style we have it covered with bands ranging from Latin to Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Hip-hop, Swing and Ska.

Some of this years’ acts will include;

  • Civic Big Band – A group of young local instrumentalists, most of whom attended the Newcastle Conservatorium. Through a common affection for Jazz and Swing they have assembled a captivating big band show.
  • Jolyon Briggs Band – Jolyon is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Newcastle. His five piece band pump out ripping solos and funky horn lines while he powers through storylines with energetic vocals.
  • Cubana – A cruisy Latin Jazz outfit headed by front man and trumpeter John Kelloway, who’s music will have the crowd grooving to some old favourites, with a Cubana twist.
  • Merewether High School Jazz Band – This thriving jazz ensemble is made up of a wealth of talent from Merewether High School. Under the direction of Rebekah McClure the band has conquered eisteddfods and wowed audiences at local jazz festivals. This is a power-house band that is not to be missed!

Boogie on Beaumont is an all ages event that takes advantage of Hamilton’s cultural and vibrant atmosphere of cafes and alfresco dining. Be sure not to miss out on this awesome event on beautiful Beaumont Street.

For updates and details see www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au or myspace.com/boogieonbeaumont.


Posted on August 21st, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Full Strength Rock

Full Strength RockTake those protein pills and put your helmet on for Full Strength Rock! Newcastle Music Week’s night of rock returns in 2008 with a line-up so powerful it will Rock You Like A Hurricane!

Recent winners of Tooheys UncharTED, Here Come the Birds recently joined Splendour In the Grass 2008 playing alongside acts including Devo, Wolfmother, Cold War Kids and The Living End. As cool as an indie art film only they have heard of, with the strength of a summertime blockbuster, almost like “Top Gun” but more like “Mad Max”.

After moving down to Melbourne at the beginning of the year, Newcastle bred Alterno-Rockers Cotton Sidewalk are coming back for a special one-off show at Full Strength Rock. They bring to the stage their own brand of Indie Rock featuring some sweet beats, mesmerizing Melodies, innovative arrangements and Oestrogen-fuelled harmonies.

The Nickson Wing is a bona fide fresh blend of indie/pop rock ‘n’ roll. The bands confident, heady style has gained them healthy respect from punters and an ever growing live following, which revels in their boundless energy and engaging gigs.

Rockers will release their inner Slash as they showcase their expertise and battle it out to be named the Full Strength Guitar Hero of 2008! Accompanying the Guitar Hero competition is an old favourite, the “Full Strength BBQ” of stadium like proportions.

So on October 29th, take a night off from that Same Old Song And Dance and head to the Bar On The Hill for some Full Strength Rock!

  • What: Full Strength Rock
  • When: October 29th, 7:30pm
  • Where: The Bar On The Hill
  • Cost: Tickets $8 for members, $10 general admission

For more information visit myspace.com/nightofrock and www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on August 21st, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Resonate 2008 Heats Announced

Resonate 2008Heats have been announced for Resonate – the Music Industry Showcase 2008. The heats will be held at Queens Wharf Brewery on Thursday nights for eight weeks starting from August 7th.

After the heats are finished there will be a Wild Card Night on Thursday the 9th of October Followed by the two Semi Finals on Tuesday the 14th and Thursday the 16th of October. Four bands will go through to the Grand Final which will be held at the Civic Theatre on Friday the 31st of October 2008.

See below for a breakdown of the bands that will be performing at each heat.

DATE: 7/8/08

DATE: 14/8/08

DATE: 21/8/08

DATE: 28/8/08

DATE: 4/9/08

DATE: 11/9/08

DATE: 18/9/08

DATE: 25/9/08

DATE: 2/10/08

For more information see www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au or www.myspace.com/resonatethemusicindustryshowcase.


Posted on July 25th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Let There Be School Rock

Let There Be School Rock‘Let There Be School Rock’ is not your average high school band competition. Now in its 6th successful year, ‘Let There Be School Rock’ provides an opportunity for young original bands from the Hunter Region and Central Coast to showcase their music in a live performance, for some of the nations leading music industry professionals.

Entry forms for this years competition are now available to download from the Newcastle Music Week website www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.

This year’s prizes include:

  • Free entry into the national MusicOZ Awards, 12 Months Mentorship with MusicOZ
  • The winning band will receive a live performance mentoring session with award winning artist and principal of ‘Rosie’s School of Rock‘, Craig Rosevear.
  • Each member of the winning band will receive a Rosie’s School of Rock Merch pack consisting of: 1 Beanie, T-Shirt, Bag, Pen and Sticker.
  • More Prizes to be announced as they are confirmed.

Judges were so impressed with 2007 winners ‘Kissing the Lipless‘, that the band received free recording time at Damien Gerrard Studios, Sydney which was so highly regarded it made the studios compilation album. Previous winners Benjalu went on to take out the highly prestigious ‘Youth Rock Award’.

For the opportunity to play live at the Civic Theatre and to seriously kick start your bands career, fill out your entry forms and have them returned by June 30, 2008.

For more information visit www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au.


Posted on May 27th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase 2008

Resonate 2008Resonate – the Music Industry Showcase 2008 is proudly presented by TAFE NSW Hunter Institute and sponsored by Coca-Cola, EAO Entertainment, The Brewery and The Post. It is shaping up to be Newcastle’s biggest opportunity to showcase our vibrant local music scene this year!

Resonate, the Music Industry Showcase 08, bridges the gap between local bands and the national music industry! The Brewery provides the perfect backdrop for young emerging artists to prove themselves to industry judges. They are vying for a spot at the Grand Final at the Civic Theatre come October during Newcastle Music Week. Newcastle Music Week, now in its sixth year, is produced by the students at Hunter TAFE studying Music Industry Business and Technology.

The 2007 winners of Resonate, Vaudeville, have released their debut EP with the help of the $20,000 prize package, “Winning Resonate has helped our career in so many ways. We made contacts in the music industry, won thousands of dollars worth of prizes as well as having our next EP recorded for free! It gave us instant recognition and a head start in the industry which we sorely needed”, band member Chris English said.

In 2006, competition winners Light Noise won the coveted support slot for Silverchair on NYE 2006 at The Brewery. Their self-titled debut EP has also been released through Reign Records with national distribution through MGM.

If you’re an amateur or professional band and don’t have a contract with, or receive financial assistance from a major record company; this is the ideal launch pad for your career. All band members must be 18 or over and reside in Newcastle, Central Coast or Hunter Region to be eligible to enter.

Entries into Resonate are now open and will close 7th July 2008, so get your act together and give it a go! The Brewery will play host to nine jam-packed heats, plus two massive semi-finals. Heats will kick off in early August 2008. The Grand Final will be showcased at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on October 31, 2008.

Each week The Post’s TE entertainment section will keep you informed of upcoming heats, results and more.

Winners of Resonate this year come away with not only having performed at the famous Civic Theatre Newcastle, but will perform to Music Industry professionals from top indie companies AND win prizes valued at over $20,000. Keep your ear to the ground for details of the awesome prizes on offer this year.

Resonate entrants are lucky enough in the first selection process to have their demos played to a panel of music industry professionals, including Heath Johns (A&R Manager, Universal Music Publishing), Clive Hodson (General Manager, Shock Music Publishing) and Scott Bradbury (NSW State Manager, Shock Entertainment).

If you’ve got an original repertoire and are eligible to enter Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase 08, get your entry form at The Brewery, EAO Entertainment, Hunter TAFE Music Centre or online at www.newcastlemusicweek.com.au, www.eao.com.au and www.qwb.com.au

Update: Resonate heats have been announced … details here.


Posted on May 26th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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