Newcastle Music Directory


Whitley Announces Final Tour

WhitleyMelbourne songwriter Whitley is gearing up for what will be his final tour ever. In the five years since he came onto the scene he’s completed countless tours to fans all over the country and the world.

The young songwriter is setting sail for greener pastures and relocating to Europe where he plans to explore new kinds of music in a new environment. ‘It’s been a great time playing all this music, but it’s time for me to pack it in here, there’s only so many times you can play around the same venues and expect to be stimulated and inspired. I mean, when you’re sitting in a band room and realize you’ve read and memorized 48% of the toilet’s graffiti in every venue, you know it’s time to explore new horizons…I know there could be a whole new world of toilet graffiti out there, new penis drawings that I can’t even conceive of in my feeble mind right now, with swearing in a completely foreign language.’

The word from the Whitley camp is that there will be songs from both releases played in a huge double set. ‘The first half will be solo, quiet songs … then I’ll bring on the band for the finale. I’m actually really excited. I can’t say that I have felt like that in a while, but I’m sure that this will be something to remember for us and hopefully the punters as well.’

Whitley’s last tour will take him around Australia in August with Australia’s favourite shoegaze band, Seagull.

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Tim and Jean

To say there is an ‘industry buzz’ about Tim & Jean would be an understatement. In the space of the few short months these two young Australians have gone from obscurity to being courted by international record labels.

Tim & JeanTim and Jean have been playing in bands since they were very young; Jean’s just turned 16 and Tim is a couple of years older. Over the past couple of years they would occasionally see each other at a gig. Then a few months ago they bumped into each other at a local train station and decided they should try jamming some music together.

The ideas came together very quickly and it wasn’t long before they decided to put up rough demos of two tracks, “Come around” and “Like what” on their myspace. These tracks immediately sparked the interest of labels, DJs and music minded people around the globe.

They then hit the national airwaves of Australia courtesy of Triple J when they became one of the station’s “unearthed” finalists and later listed as part of Triple J’s “Next Crop” of acts most likely to succeed in 2010. “Come around” has also been listed as “one of the most popular emerging songs in the world” on We are Hunted Web site.

Tim and Jean’s sound is a mix of both of their combined musical influences and tastes; creating a synth heavy sound, with an undercurrent indie pop influence. Tim who has a background in Jazz plays keyboards and sings while Jean who started life as a guitar player looks after Keyboards and guitars.

They’ve already generated huge interest from major labels in America, UK and Australia.

Atlantic and Elektra records in America recently flew Tim and Jean out to play showcases in LA and New York.

Their first gig was performing at the sell out Parklife Festival. Follow those with slots on The Laneway Festival in Perth, Field Day Festival in Sydney, supporting Moby in Melbourne and Sydney and Future Sound of Music Festival in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. And now a tour alongside Art Vs Science is sure to raise their profile even more…

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 in Tours

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Tyrants Return Tour

Australian melodic rockers LORD announce tour, and new EP

LORD - The Tyrants Return TourMelodic metal favourites LORD have unveiled their latest touring venture. The Tyrants Return Tour will take them across Australia once again, including trips to the far north, as well as making their way back to Japan for the second year in a row.

The Tyrants Return Tour will visit Newcastle on October 30, 2010 with a massive metal gig presented by Club LED. LORD will be supported by Anno Domoni (SYD), Darker Half (SYD) and local metal acts Grim Demise, Requim of the Damned, Sabretung, SoulTremor, DeathMaask, Cerebral Contortion and The Paradox Unseen.

LORD was formed from the ashes of Dungeon who disbanded in 2005 after world tours with the likes of Megadeth, Nightwish, Edguy and more, and has since gone on to tour with bands such as Queensryche, Saxon, Gamma Ray, Nevermore and released three well-received albums.

“We’re finally able to announce the tour dates for the rest of the year. This was a logistical nightmare with so many other high-profile acts touring Australia right now,meant that some places we wanted to get to just weren’t realistic this time around. This tour will also include our run of shows in Japan with DORO and Jaded Heart, which we’re extremely excited about”, LORD front-man Tim Grose commented

LORD are set to release a new EP in mid 2010. The EP, titled ‘Return of the Tyrant’ will feature some cover songs and new interpretations of old Dungeon tracks.

Posted on July 15th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Mr Percival

The View Factory Presents an Extraordinary One-Man A’Cappela Show

Mr PercivalDon’t expect to catch him free in Newcastle again, take this rare opportunity to witness an exciting and memorable performance from ‘Mr Microphones’ as he brings his amazing one-man a’cappela show to The View Factory. Using several microphones and effect pedals, singing, beat-boxing and simulating all kinds of instruments, Mr Percival (not the pelican) engages his audiences like no other performer, possessing a natural energy and charisma rarely seen on stage.

Following his Melbourne show earlier this month at the Northcotte Social Club the Inpress reviewer declared it was “one of the best gigs I’ve been to in a long, long time”

Few artists paint with sound. Darren has travelled on such a colourful musical adventure throughout his career, and has found an original way to reflect his environment in each performance by using only his voice. His journey is simply a wonderful story and truly a great achievement.

  • Who: Mr Percival
  • When: Wednesday 28th July & Wednesday 4th August
  • Where: The View Factory
  • Bookings: Free Entry! Book a table now on 4929 4580

Mr Percival – Live and Free in two very special performances at the View Factory in July and August. Book your table now on 4929 4580.

For more information about Mr Percival visit his website or MySpace profile.

Posted on July 12th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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If you favour metal in its most primal form, then prepare yourself, because this line-up is what you’ve been waiting for. Soulfly will team up with City of Fire and Incite for a triple-headline tour of the nation, starting September 7.

SoulflyMost bands slow down with age – not Soulfly. More than 10 years since their self-titled debut album became a genre classic (and achieved Gold sales), they’re back, and they’re bringing their brutal heavy metal assault to the masses, showcasing their seventh album, Omen. Led by former Sepultura frontman, Max Cavalera, Soulfly have become an even fiercer, fierier and more furious metallic monster.

Well known for their collaborations with up and coming talent, Soulfly will share top billing with Vancouver five piece, City of Fire, featuring members from Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad – Burton C Bell, Byron Stroud and Jed Simon.

Despite only being in their current line up since 2008, City of Fire has created a name for themselves, delving into everything from metal to hard rock to punk. Sonically hard, yet groove-heavy, they pay dutiful homage to their home-town, with a challenging, yet illuminating sound.

Preparing to create chaos in a whole new way, Soulfly and City of Fire will take their aural assault all over the country along with support from Phoenix natives, Incite (fronted by Richie Cavalera).

Metal, punk and hardcore fans DO NOT want to miss this tour! Dates below, tickets from the usual outlets.

  • Who: Soulfly, City Of Fire, Incite
  • Where: Panthers Newcastle
  • When: Friday 10th September

Tickets on sale Thursday 1st July 9am from Moshtix, Oztix & Bigtix.

Posted on June 25th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Front End Loader

Front End LoaderThey have been rocking audiences for almost 20 years, and since four friends from Sydney couldn’t think of a better moniker than Front End Loader the name has stuck.

In that time they’ve released 6 albums, a handful of EP’s and a stack of singles including ‘Pulse’ lifted from their ‘Last of the V8 Interceptors’ album. It was Interceptors that raised their profile substantially, garnering rotation on radio across the country and attracting a loyal and dedicated audience that still call regard them as favourites.

Front End Loader will perform a special free show in Newcastle this July ably supported by emerging local act Horse Bolted.

  • Who: Front End Loader + Horse Bolted
  • Where: The Wickham Park Hotel
  • When: Friday 9th July

For more information about Front End Loader visit their MySpace profile at

Posted on June 24th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Katie Noonan and The Captains

Katie Noonan and The Captains bring an intimate dinner show performance to The Brewery!

The Brewery is pleased to announce the 2010 series of intimate winter dinner shows. On Thursday July 8th one of Australia’s brightest musical discoveries of the new millennium; Katie Noonan will take to the stage with her new band, The Captains.

Katie NoonanKatie Noonan needs little introduction to Australian audiences. Born into a family of talented musicians and writers, Katie explored her talents at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying opera and jazz. After graduation, Katie effortlessly made the transition from academia to the big league through her alternative pop-rock group george, which she fronted with her brother Tyrone. In 2002, the group’s debut release Polyserena debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart, instantly establishing Katie as a star. ARIA Awards followed, and the 2004 george follow-up Unity didn’t disappoint either, peaking at No. 5 on the national albums chart. Soon after, the members of george took an open-ended break to pursue their own musical quests.

Since then Katie hasn’t looked back. She performed and recorded with her own jazz group, Elixir, and collaborated with jazz great Paul Grabowsky for Before Time Could Change Us, the 2005 ARIA Award-winner for Best Jazz Album.

The multi-talented artist then ventured deep into the classical genre, recording and touring the No. 1 best-selling classical duets project ‘Two of a Kind’, with her mother Maggie Noonan, a formidable opera singer. Katie emerged in 2007 with ‘Skin’, her gold-certified, top 10-charting debut solo album.

A five-time platinum recording artist, Katie is in fine voice with her recently released album Emperor’s Box, a dynamic piece comprising 13 personal, emotive works. Co-produced by Katie and Grammy Award-winning rock specialist Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger), delivering the sound of a confident, accomplished artist, Emperor’s Box marks a return to some familiar territory for Katie. It’s a lush and at times muscular affair, captured in the studio by a tight unit clearly at the peak of form. And of course, Katie’s vocals shine.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Katie says. “Music is about freedom for me, I’ve always followed my muse and been very lucky to be able go on and make different records. This is definitely the album I’m most proud of.”

This time round, Katie has penned all the songs. As has been the case throughout much of her stellar career, the songstress has teamed with some of the best in the business. The likes of the revered Tim Finn, rising star Sia Furler, Cold Chisel icon Don Walker, pop troubadour Josh Pyke and acclaimed Australian writer/poet Tom Shapcott are some of the big names who share writing credits on the new effort.

Katie met two years ago with her new band-mates The Captains featuring guitarist Cameron Deyell, keyboardist and bass player Stu Hunter, and drummer Declan Kelly. The quartet instantly struck a chord as Katie explains, “It takes a while to find the right combination on many levels. But when we started working on a song, I realised straight away that they could share and contribute to my vision for this record.”

Fans of quality music will find this intimate dinner show at The Brewery a rewarding experience. Tickets for Katie Noonan and The Captains show on Thursday July 8th cost $30.00 per head and are available as pre-sale only from the venue (for booking and enquiries please call The Brewery on Tel: 49 29 6333 for further information).

For more information about Katie Noonan visit her website at

Posted on June 8th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Matt Corby Tour

Matt CorbyHaving spent the last 9 months writing and recording in London, Melbourne and Sydney, and playing live shows across Australia and London, local Sydney singer/songwriter Matt Corby is releasing his first new material since his debut EP ‘Song For …’ in 2009.

My False is a stomping folk anthem recorded in Melbourne with producer Dann Hume. Lighthome, recorded in London late last year, is a stunningly stark ode to the draw of home. In February, Lighthome was featured on the critically acclaimed UK Communion compilation, brainchild of Mumford and Sons Ben Lovett.

Both tracks are available online now via Matt’s website.

2009 was an incredible year for Matt. He released his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Song For …’, signed a publishing deal out of the UK with industry giant BMG and has signed a record deal with independent UK based label Communion.

Over the next 6 months, Matt will record his debut UK EP in London with Communion, play his first national Australian tour in July, support Mumford and Sons across two shows at the Enmore Theatre and finish off his debut Australian album due for release later this year.

Matt will return to Newcastle to perform at the Northern Star Hotel on July 3. Tix on sale from

  • Who: Matt Corby
  • Where: The Northern Star Hotel
  • When: Saturday 3rd July

Posted on June 5th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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Honk, Stomp, Aussie Swamp Music

8 Ball AitkenFNQ’s best loved banana picker (turned full time guitar picker) 8 Ball Aitken is touring with his award winning album “Rebel With A Cause”. His tour will pass through the Hunter region this month with a performance at the Northern Star Hotel on June 11.

8 Ball Aitken is authentic – a real deal character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. He plays a sizzling hot blend of original blues, roots & country music. Coming from a farming community in Far North Queensland, 8 Ball Aitken is the oldest son of an impoverished family of twelve children. 8 Ball spent his adolescence on a banana plantation, living in a rough tobacco shed with resident rats, bats, snakes and spiders as his sleeping companions.

He started work as a farm labourer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands – a man’s work for a boy’s pay. A life changing conversation with an Aboriginal elder, who told him he should pursue a career in music, convinced 8 Ball to pack his bags, grab his guitar and leave the farm to meet his destiny.

8 Ball won a 2009 Q Song Award for his song Outback Booty Call. Another song, Yellow Moon, has won the EMI Music Blues & Roots Song of the Year at the Q Song Awards. His singles Cyclone Country and Hands on Top of the Wheel have both been top 10 country hits around Australia in 2008/2009.

Cyclone Country earned 8 Ball a 2009 Golden Guitar nomination. The first single Cowboy Movie (from Rebel with a Cause) was nominated for the 2009 APRA Blues & Roots Song of the Year, and has received airplay in twenty-six countries, including charting in the European Country Music Top 40.

8 Ball has taken his unique blues and roots sound to festivals and clubs across the world, including Europe, Japan, USA and Canada including Canadian Music Week 2009 and the Stan Rogers Festival. He’s toured Japan four times, where he headlined the popular Rokko Sun Music Festival. He has played a string of dates in Singapore, the UK (including a live appearance on the BBC), Poland, Sweden, Denmark & Norway. But for now at least, he’s back home, and ready to treat Novocastrians to his own unique blend of storytelling:

Posted on June 5th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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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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