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Newcastle Music Week 2006 Program

Newcastle Music Week 2006Newcastle Music Week (NMW) is a one-week music festival that will take place from October 27 – November 2. The festival hosts a range of musical events in venues in and around the city which are expected to attract in excess of 5,000 participants.

Proposed Program (subject to change):

For more information visit or the Newcastle Music Week Website.

Posted on October 9th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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Maynard’s Music Hunter Returns to 1233 ABC Newcastle

1233 ABC Newcastle is once again letting ex triple J presenter, DJ and music guru – Maynard into the presenter’s chair to bring the talents of local musos, information on artists touring the area, as well as latest music news and gossip to all music lovers in the Hunter.

This unique program, called “The Music Hunter” will air Tuesday nights, 9pm – 10pm from August 1 to October 24 2006.

Catch up with both established and new artists, enjoy words of wisdom and inside knowledge from some of Australia’s top Music Industry types, and check in with local musicians who are currently performing their music overseas. The play list will reflect the diverse categories included in the Music Awards, and a music quiz will test your musical knowledge.

Podcasts of previous episodes of The Music Hunter can be downloaded by music lovers from and various other sites.

Posted on September 8th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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2006 Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase

Newcastle Music Week 2006Reps from EMI, Sony, BMG, Warner Music, Chugg Entertainment, Universal Music Publishers and the Premier Harbour Agency have selected the top thirty two entries for the Newcastle Music Industry Showcase presented by Coca Cola.

The judges were suitably impressed by the overall standard of entries. Heath Johns, from Universal Music Publishing wrote about one of the bands, “each member is obviously talented at what they do and come together to produce something fresh and unique”.

Four of Newcastle’s emerging bands will compete each week for a chance to perform live at The Civic Theatre Newcastle to top music industry reps. Also on offer is a prize pool worth over $10,000, including a JBL PA Package supplied by A1 Audio, equipment from Roland, Edirol and Boss supplied by Muso’s Corner, a consultation with Michael Chugg and more.

Get to the Cambridge Hotel and support Newcastle’s local original acts. Entry is free and drinks are cheap. The Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase presented by Coca Cola promises to present a high standard of original music so don’t miss a great night out.

For more information go to or phone Newcastle Music Week on 49 237841.

Posted on September 7th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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The Boardwalk Sessions

Newcastle Music Week’s, ‘The Boardwalk Sessions’, in conjunction with Six String Shotgun, will be showcasing acoustic songwriters performing in the heart of Newcastle with the beautiful Harbour as a backdrop. Saturday 28th October will showcase some of Newcastle’s original duos and bands, while Sunday 29th October will focus on acoustic singer/songwriters.

Where: Harbour Square Boardwalk. 1 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle NSW 2300 When: Saturday 28th Oct and Sunday 29th Oct Time: 12-4pm

Saturday 28th October

Sunday 29th October

For more info email or visit

Posted on August 23rd, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase Entries Closing Soon

If you’re musical and original you are surely putting the finishing touches to your entry in the Coca Cola Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase. Craig Spencer, from Indie label Shock Records, believes the Showcase is an “awesome chance to check out the Newcastle music scene”.

Showcase entries will be going straight to EMI, Universal Music, Michael Chugg Entertainment, Warner Music, Premier Harbour Agency and other notable players in the National Music Industry scene. These experts will then select the 32 bands that will perform at the home of local original music, the Cambridge Hotel with a chance of playing at the prestigious Civic Theatre Newcastle in November. Dorry Kartabani from Premier Harbour Agency believes the showcase “is a fantastic opportunity and breeding ground for young talent”.

The National Music Industry pros will be on hand to judge the semi-finals and the grand finale. “This is AAA, first class access to those in the know” said local musician Ian Dunn (Fish Fry) and teacher at the Music Centre, TAFE. “And to be able to offer local original act a personal consultation with Michael Chugg is what makes the Showcase unique”.

The opportunities offered by Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase are many, from the multiple exposure of our local talent to the National Industry, to performing at an elite venue like the Civic Theatre Newcastle, to the prize pool worth over $10k. “We want to provide a showcase for up and coming local acts” said Dunn.

Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase is supported by the Music Centre at TAFE, a multitude of local businesses and music experts such as internationally acclaimed singer Renee Geyer “This Music Week … is an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians”. In times where bands need top be solicited (interpreted as ‘known in the industry’) to even have a chance of having their demo heard, local muso’s have been handed a prime opportunity to get a foot through a musical door.

For more information visit the Newcastle Music Week website or call 2923 7420.

Posted on June 8th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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Expose Yourself In The Newcastle Music Week 2006 Industry Showcase

Newcastle Music Week has opened yet another door of opportunity to local original artists. The Newcastle Music Week Industry Showcase will pick up where the Expose Yourself Band Competition left off. Organiser Christina Sykiotis said that the event was trying very hard to separate itself from the controversy and stigma surrounding band competitions. “We are now hoping to offer local musicians more exposure to national industry reps”.

All entries, provided they pass a quality control test, will be sent to appropriate music organisations in Sydney and Melbourne for initial judging. The best 32 acts will then be selected to play at the Cambridge Hotel, with a chance of progressing to the Industry Showcase Finale at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. The final four acts progressing to the Finale will be selected then judged by National Music Industry Professionals.

Newcastle Music Week 2006Newcastle Music Week will still be offering a valuable prize pool, supported by local music businesses but the real gain is that even if acts don’t make the Finale, they have still had their music heard by those in the know. As past experience often shows, entering and showcasing talent may be all that is needed to get you noticed. Acts progressing to the next stage of the Showcase will also be recorded and a compilation album will be distributed to National Music Industry companies and associations.

“This whole exercise is to show the National Music Industry that Newcastle is a major music player. In order to do that we need to make sure that the best acts are involved with the Industry Showcase” Sykiotis said. Several chances at national exposure, a chance to play at the prestigious Civic Theatre Newcastle and an inviting prize pool are surely enough to encourage our best local musicians.

The NMW 2006 Industry Showcase is open to acts of any genre and entry forms are available on this site, at, from local music businesses or by phoning Newcastle Music Week on 49 237841.

Posted on May 3rd, 2006 in Newcastle Music Week

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Expose Yourself and Let There Be School Rock Semi Finals

Expose Yourself Semi Finals (4/10/05, 5/10/05)

The four bands who will play off at the Civic Theatre in the Expose Yourself Grand Finale will be announced at The Cambridge Hotel on Wednesday October 5. The semi’s will be held over two nights – Tuesday October 4th and Wednesday October 5th. The atmosphere at The Cambridge Hotel will be electric if the past few heats are anything to go by. The competition has been so close that judges have had a really hard time deciding the heat winners. With an impressive prize pool, a chance to perform at the Civic Theatre and a chance to be seen by the national industry pros – bands will be out to impress from the first chord.

Let There be School Rock Semi Final (14/10/05)

Newcastle’s newest underage venue the Genr8r (360 Pacific Highway Belmont) will be hosting the Let There Be School Rock Semi Final on Friday October 14th . Doors open at 6pm for a great night of music. 9 bands will play off for a chance to perform at the Civic Theatre Newcastle in front of the industry reps on October 28. Entry is $2.

Competing in the Semi this year are – Bright Yellow, Dangerfield, For the Moment, Eromona, One Man Down, Nebulas, Renaissance, Good for Nothing and Dying Degree. With the diverse range of styles and immense talent that each band possesses, the semi is sure to attract a huge audience.

Posted on September 29th, 2005 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week 2005 Program

The Newcastle Permanent A Major Music Expo (27/10/05)

A smorgasboard of musical information will be served up at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday October 27 as Newcastle Music Week brings professionals from all around Australia to the city to share their knowledge and expertise. Seminars and workshops will be running all day and there will be demonstrations by major music retailers and companies with hands on opportunities in EXPO Hall.

Workshops will be conducted by music icons such as Renee Geyer, Bob Spencer, Tyrone Noonan, Tony Mott. Representatives from Chugg Entertainment, Foghorn Records, Shock Records, AMO, Moneypenny and other music industry organisations will be panelists on the seminars.

This year sees the inclusion of a listening seminar with bands invited to submit their demos. Five will be randomly selected to be critiqued by a listening panel made up of A and R reps, booking agents, publishers etc who will offer advice on what the pros are looking for.

The Great Salsa Circus (27/10/05)

James Street Plaza will be the place to be for all Latino lovers on Thursday October 27. As part of Newcastle Music Week, you can put on your dancing shoes and show off your dancing skills to the sounds of The Runaway Circus Band, Gian and Saxanova. Latin and ballroom dancing is enjoying a huge resurgence nationally and this free, family oriented, entertaining night means you can join the hip swerving, tangoing crowd on the dance floor or observe from the sidelines, while taking in the delicious smells emanating from the nearby restaurants and cafes.

Expose Yourself Grand Final Reels in the National Experts (28/10/05)

Newcastle Music Week will culminate in a grand finale at the iconic Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 28. The Newcastle Music Week Expose Yourself Grand Finale sponsored by Coca-Cola was designed to showcase the city’s talent to the National Music Industry reps. And what a night we’re all in for.

Starting at 7:30pm, the night will open with four of the best Let There Be School Rock Band performers, followed by four of the hottest, local original bands. The event will be headlined by Ben Gillies band Tambalane and there’s a special performance by Tyrone Noonan from george and Palimpsest. A fashion extravaganza and heaps of lucky door prizes – autographed stuff, cds etc – will make sure the night is fast and fun filled. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or before the event from Ticketek for $16 or $10 for concession/children. 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

The national music industry reps will be there – make sure you’re there too. Who knows, you could say your were at the Civic Theatre Newcastle when they discovered the NEXT big thing to come out of NEWIE.

Please contact Christina Sykiotis, Newcastle Music Week coordinator for further details.Â

Phone: 02 49 237420

Mobile: 0425 236 156

Fax: 02 49 237400


Visit the Newcastle Music Week 2005 Official Website for the latest news and updates.

Posted on September 29th, 2005 in Newcastle Music Week

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Newcastle Music Week 2005

Newcastle Music Week 2005 promises more Рmore entertainment, more national professionals, more community involvement and most importantly, more music. With the festival fast approaching, the students from the Music Centre at TAFE NSW РHunter Institute have been working overtime to put together a great program with Рpardon the clich̩- something for everyone.

From the Launch Party to the Grand Finale – diversity of genres is apparent. One of the aims of Newcastle Music Week is to encourage the introduction of live music to young children and with that in mind there are family events taking place beginning with a launch party at Wheeler Place and Songwriters Live and a Jazz afternoon planned for Harbour Square. For those with tastes a little more defined, there are metal, punk and rock gigs. If your musical tastes are more refined NMW 2005 sees the introduction of Classical at the Pub.

Two mainstays of Newcastle Music Week promise to again increase the reputation of Newcastle as a major music player. The Newcastle Permanent A Major Music Expo this year has attracted industry professionals such as Australian singing diva Renee Geyer and rock photography icon Tony Mott. With an impressive program of workshops and seminars and an even more impressive list of speakers and presenters, music students, hobbyists and professionals will have a smorgasbord of knowledge to select from.

The Coca Cola Expose Yourself/Let There Be School Rock Grand Finale has lured back to Newcastle national industry professionals who use the event to do some A and R spotting. Organisers are determined to have the focus of the industry pointed in Newcastle’s direction on Friday October 28. The finale, whose reputation has grown, has this year attracted performances by Tyrone Noonan (george/Palimpsest) and Tambalane (featuring Ben Gillies).

One of the most rewarding outcomes for the organisers of Newcastle Music Week 2005 has been the support from the local music business community, who have been actively involved on committees and generous in their support. The event has seen rival companies join forces for the common good – namely – let’s get this city recognised for the talent it nurtures and let’s create a festival to rival the Tamworth Music Festival. While NBN Television, The Newcastle Herald, NEWFM and Newcastle City Council have been supporting the event since its inception (a mere 3 years ago), the festival is now also supported by Coca Cola, Newcastle Permanent, A1 Audio, JBL, The Cambridge, Musicoz, Muso’s Corner, The Drum Shop, Music Headquarters, EAO, Artbeat, Custom Audio, The Brag, Volume Street Press, Emedia and other small businesses.

It’s amazing what can be achieved by a vision, dedicated idealists, enthusiastic and creative students and a unified musical community. For full program details visit – better still – get out there and keep local music live.

Posted on September 29th, 2005 in Newcastle Music Week

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Expose Yourself Band Competition

The Expose Yourself Band Competition is on again as part of Newcastle Music Week. Newcastle Bands have the opportunity to gain experience and showcase Newcastle’s Talent to national music industry professionals. Entries closed July 15 2005.

  • 1st Prize are $5000 JBL PA Package
  • Feature Article in Brag Magazine
  • 500 A3 Promotional Posters from Emedia
  • a support gig at The Cambridge
  • Heat winners wil also appear on a compilation CD.

Heats will be held from August 11 to September 29 at The Cambridge Hotel with the Grand Final to be held at The Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Contact or visit for entry forms and more information.

Posted on June 30th, 2005 in Newcastle Music Week

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