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Monday Metal Madness

Monday Metal MadnessThe Cambridge Hotel will shake to its core on Monday October 29 as Newcastle Music Week unleashes the region’s biggest annual metal event. In association with Festival Of The Dead, local metal bands will be joined by internationally acclaimed Australian band The Amenta.

The brutal industrial death metal style of The Amenta means they are one of the biggest names in extreme metal on the planet. The Amenta hit MMM to unleash their highly anticipated new album ‘n0n’.

Thrash metal will be supplied by Sabretung – fusing both melodic and aggressive elements of the genre this brash foursome is unstoppable.

Black Asylum combine youthful exuberance with dedication and professionalism resulting in power driven heavy metal. Akuma are a cohesive, eclectic and mature metal band. Arcane Rites present a stark contrast in their music and image. Dark, passionate and complex – their performance is mesmerising.

Running Order for the night will be as follows:

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Posted on October 26th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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Punk ‘n’ Grind

Punk 'n' GrindNewcastle Music Week 2007 continues on Saturday October 27th with Punk ‘n’ Grind in Wheeler Place from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.

The best All Ages gig on the Newcastle music calendar. National and emerging local artists thrash it out with energy and attitude.

Returning in 2007 is Los Capitanes. Heralded by the media as “an explosive freak show”, Los Capitanes’ unique live show has led to national and international supports with Koolism, Gyroscope, The Porkers, The Whitlams and heaps of other cool bands!

Favourites Sleight of Hand also revisit NMW, kicking off with their debut EP, ‘Breathe’, produced by Phil McKellar (Silverchair, Grinspoon).

The Casino Rumblers serve up a cocktail of punk, psychobilly, swing, ska and good ol’ rock and roll.! Waterview (winners of Triple J’s Unearthed competition), A Silent Fiction and Kids of November complete the line-up.

Punk ‘n’ Grind is a FREE All Ages event and is drug and alcohol free.

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Posted on October 26th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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Beats ‘n’ Breaks

Beats 'n' BreaksBeats N Breaks will be held on Friday October 26 at The Bar on the Hill, Newcastle Uni from 8:30pm.

Headlining will be Blades of Hades who have supported the Hilltop Hoods and The Herd. Free styling, beat boxing and break dancing – Blades of Hades are awesome.

Also on the bill are The Last Kinection (soulful and stylish), Lefts Centa (strong beats and tight vocals) with The Nameless Crew and Harlem completing the line-up.

Running Order:

Beats N Breaks tickets are available now from the following outlets:

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Tickets cost U Members/Students $10 & guests $12 (Plus booking fee) or $15 at the door on the night.

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Posted on October 26th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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Boogie on Beaumont

Newcastle Music Week opens with a bang on Friday October 26 with Boogie on Beaumont.

boogie On BeaumontPresented by the Business Hamilton, Beaumont Street will be transformed, as bands on the James St and Clearly St stages pump out some funked up jazz and cool rhythms from local entertainers.

Big sounds from the Warners Bay High Stage Band and the Civic Big Band will get the mood started for a fun family night. Guaranteed lively performances from Rubix Cuba and Fish Fry will see people boogieing as the moon comes up.

The Porkers and The Robbee Williams Live Show will then keep you dancing under the full moon. With music kicking off at 5:30, this event is sure to provide a fantastic family atmosphere. And it’s free!

Restaurants along Beaumont Street will also have acoustic performers playing throughout the night for the pleasure of diners. Street performers and live dance acts will provide plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Make a night of it, eat out and support the local music scene.

Running Times

Stage 1: Cleary Street

Stage 2: James Street

Posted on October 26th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week Presents an Open Forum

Now in its fifth year, Newcastle Music Week is moving to fortify the local music scene by holding a forum to discuss the major issues affecting the industry.

The ‘Let’s Get Serious about Local Music’ forum will be the closing event of the A Major Music Expo, held at Newcastle City Hall on November 1.

Music Week event coordinator Christina Sykiotis said the forum aims to unite all those with an interest in the success of the local music scene, from promoters to store owners, from, publicists to venue owners.

“There are a lot of passionate Novocastrians with some great ideas about how to sustain and improve Newcastle’s music scene,” she said.

Ms Sykiotis said the forum will provide a rare opportunity for locals to work towards solving problems such as the lack of performance space, noise restrictions, disunity in the local music community and competing with alternate forms of entertainment such as Foxtel and poker machines.

“There’s a range of challenging issues that could really damage the local industry,” she said.

“This forum will be all about how we can work together and find valuable, tangible solutions.”

The forum will involve a panel of grass-roots locals, industry buffs and national experts. Involvement from everyone is necessary in order to create new initiatives for the local Newcastle Music Scene. The Open Forum will begin at 7:00pm at Newcastle City Hall. The forum is free and everyone is invited to attend.

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Posted on October 22nd, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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A Major Music Expo

Thursday November 1 – Newcastle City Hall – 9:00am to 8:30 pm

A galaxy of musical information will be served up at Newcastle City Hall, as Newcastle Music Week brings professionals from all around Australia to the city to share their love of music.

Workshops will be happening all day and into the evening, and Expo Hall will be abuzz with demonstrations by major music retailers and music companies. Musos Corner, The Drum Shop and Music Headquarters will be offering some great deals for anyone interested in purchasing equipment. There’ll be merch available and opportunities to get hands on with some of the latest musical equipment. In 2007, A Major Music Expo welcomes Apple. You will be able to see the latest Apple has to offer.

The only difficulty will be trying to decide which workshop to attend.

Guests for 2007 include Travis Dempsey (ex Living End), Afro Moses (international artist), Tony Mott (International Photographer), Snake (Australian Guitar Magazine), Jen Wilson (The Music Network), Mel Murray (Publicist Live Earth), Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo).

Anyone with a demo 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 demos 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.

Want to have your say about the local music scene? A Major Music Expo will conclude with an Open Music Forum starting at 7:00pm.

Let’s Get Serious About the Local Music Scene!

Retailers, managers, performers, media personnel, venue owners, agents – anyone who has a stake in the local music and entertainment industries – UNITE!

Let’s Create A Positive Future for our Local Music Industry

Topics could be:

  1. Performance Spaces – possible issues include closing times, noise restrictions, other venues, outdoor venues, events
  2. Media outlets – local support for local industry
  3. Increase Business Opportunities – training opportunities, promotional tools, mentoring, creating quality work

Posted on September 18th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Week

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The Seabellies Win The Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

The SeabelliesNovember 2006, eight of the regions finest bands took to the stage at The Civic Theatre Newcastle for the Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase finals. The bands performed in front of some of the top national industry professionals from Shock Records, Premier Harbour Agency, Universal Music and MGM Distribution.

The Seabellies took out first prize with their energetic and eclectic performance. Frontman Trent Grenell utilised numerous instruments throughout the bands ten minute performance which included several rousing percussion jams. Other finalists in the Industry Showcase competition were The Wireflys, Light Noise and Ngariki.

BenjaluBenjalu were announced as winners of the Let There Be School Rock competition with Short Stack a close second. The other finalists in the Let There Be Shool Rock competition were 40 Footsteps and Red Letter Project.

The winners will share in a pool of prizes valued at over $10,000 that includes:

  • $5,000 JBL PA Package (supplied by A1 Audio).
  • $5,000 worth of Roland, Boss & Edirol (supplied by Muso’s Corner).
  • One hour consultation with Michael Chugg from Chugg Entertainment.
  • An artwork package supplied by EAO and Artbeat), including; Basic logo design, E-brochure and Poster design
  • Free Gold upgrade to service for 12 months (worth $99)
  • a support slot opening for a National or International touring artist from Big Apachee
  • CD Cover design by Design Reaction

The evening was hosted by Brien McVernon from the Retro Rockets and Blind Melon from NEWFM and featured several guest performers including R’n'B performer Jade MacRae, DJ Jay-T and The Last Kinection and Adam Miller.

Posted on November 3rd, 2006 in Artists, Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week and Foleys Raise Funds for Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative

To coincide with the start of Newcastle Music Week this Friday 27 October, local music retailer Foleys has announced it will be donating a Beale 108M piano.

Beale 108M Piano Donated by Foleys MusicThe piano is valued at $3,000 and will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative. The auction for the piano will commence on 1 November and close on 10 November. You can access the auction via the Foley’s website.

The Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative (HYMC) is an umbrella organisation for groups providing youth mentoring programs. HYMC assists youth mentor groups to develop, support and promote the growth of mentoring programs by providing a strong collaborative network. HYMC is represented by a number of community groups, business and government organisations including the NBN We Care Kids Project, Sensis/Yellow Pages, Hunter Business Chamber, Kaleidoscope, PCYC NSW, Hunter Star Foundation, Plan-it Youth (Hunter), Youthmark, Maitland & District Mentoring Assistance Project, Mission Australia, Centrelink, and DALE Program.

“These organisations help to provide positive role models for local young people who are facing many challenges,” says HYMC Chairman Brian Doyle. “HYMC believes there are many ways our community can support its youth. Newcastle Music Week and Foleys’s joint effort is greatly appreciated and will go towards helping to make a real difference in the lives of some of our region’s young people.”

Beale 108M Piano Auction

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Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

Newcastle Music Week will culminate in an Industry Showcase Finale at the iconic Civic Theatre Newcastle on Thursday November 2. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, The Showcase was designed to showcase the city’s hottest bands to the National Music Industry reps and that’s exactly what will be happening come Thursday week.

Judges for the night comprise of leading artist and repertoire representatives from some major players on the national music scene. Scott Bradley represents Shock Records, one of the country’s largest independent labels. Heath Johns is the Head of A&R/Creative for Universal Music Publishing. Dorry Kartabani is an agent with Premier Harbour Agency who has artists including Christine Anu, Shannon Noll, Missy Higgins, Thirsty Merc and Evermore on their books. Mark Bolton is the General Manager for MGM Distribution who distribute a myriad of labels including Foghorn Records, Phantom Records and Black Yak. Peter Dawkins has produced many award winning songs and will join the panel in 2006 along with Mark Holland from (EMI).

Organisers have been surprised at the positive response from the music industry. “The a and r reps don’t normally come up to Newcastle. We proposed to them that we would hold a showcase gig of some of Newcastle’s best talent and they all jumped at the opportunity to be involved”, said Christina Sykiotis, the Newcastle Music Week Coordinator.

The response from local businesses has also been unprecedented in this Newcastle Music Week’s third year. As if playing at the Civic Theatre Newcastle to the talent scouts wasn’t enough, the winning bands have an exciting prize pool to look forward to. A1 Audio have supplied a JBL PA package worth $5,000. The Roland Corporation, BOSS and Edirol have organised an equipment package worth $5,000. There’s an hour long consultation with icon Michael Chugg, an Artpack from EAO and Artbeat, a CD design by Design reaction, a GIGtxt package and a support gig from Big Apachee. That’s a very serious prize for a very serious competition!

Starting at 7:30pm, the night will open with four of the best Let There Be School Rock bands. Four of the hottest, local original bands will follow. They are Light Noise, Ngariki, The Wireflys and The Sea Bellies. The event will be headlined by R and B sensation and ARIA nominee Jade MacRae and there will be special performances by Newcastle’s Retro Rockets and Adam Miller. Hosts for the evening are Blind Melon from NEWFM and Brien McVernon (Retro Rockets).

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or before the event from Ticketek for $15 or $10 for parties of 20 or more. Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Book at the Civic Theatre Box Office, any Ticketek outlet, or call 4929 1977. For internet bookings go to

Visit the Industry Showcase MySpace page at

Posted on October 14th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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2006 A Major Music Expo

The business students of the Music Centre at Hunter TAFE have been working overtime to coordinate A Major Music Expo 2006. The Expo, to be held at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday November 1, as part of Newcastle Music Week, is the perfect opportunity for music pros, music students, music enthusiasts and music lovers to hear first hand about the music industry from the national experts.

Local bands will have the opportunity to have their demo critiqued by key industry players during a seminar. Representatives from independent labels and music companies will randomly select cds to listen to and offer advice and suggestions on how to increase chances of success at national levels. Bands can register their demos (CD only) on the day of the Expo.

A series of workshops, suited to both beginners and the more advanced musicians, will also be held throughout the day. National diva Shauna Jensen will give away some tips in the vocal workshop, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) will share his songwriting prowess, Travis Demsey (ex Living End) will impart drumming secrets, Bruce Mathiske (international virtuoso) will hold a guitar masterclass and other workshops offer video, image, bass, auditioning and performance instruction.

Expo Hall will showcase the latest in music technology. There will be light and sound equipment displays and the latest gizmos and gadgets. Hands on demonstrations of equipment and computers will also be available.

Bookings are recommended and full program details and forms can be downloaded from the website at Alternatively, call 49 237420 for more information.

Posted on October 14th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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