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Blues Benefit Show

Annie O'DeeNewcastle’s Blues music community were recently saddened to hear of the loss of one of its shining stars, Tony Coughlin. Tony’s role as bass player in blues outfits The Big Red Rockets and Annie O’Dee & the Hotshots saw Tony become a stalwart in blues scene and his talent and enthusiasm for music will be sorely missed. Tony’s performance history saw him perform on stages large and small, and countless punters would have danced away an evening driven by his thumping groove.

In a show of solidarity for their friend, colleague and companion a special afternoon and evening of entertainment has been planned, with musical tributes coming from Ngariki and Flash Sheedy & the Instro-Matics in the Wickham Park Hotel’s Beer Garden. In what will be an especially touching homage, two of Tony’s former bands, Annie O’Dee & the Hotshots and The Big Red Rockets, will also perform on the night in the hotel’s front bar. While entry to the event at The Wickham Park Hotel is free, attendees will be asked to dig deep and donate, with all funds raised going toward assisting the family that Tony left behind.

Newcastle musicians and music goers alike are encouraged to attend and show support for a kindred soul.


Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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Festival of Music

Thornton Salvation Army will present “A Festival of MUSIC” Concert at the Church of Christ, 1 Garnett Road East Maitland (Greenhills) on Saturday 23 October 2010 from 7.00pm.

The night will feature The Thornton Salvation Army Band led by well known Waratah Brass and Salvation Army musician/ Bandmaster Allan Humbley. He has augmented the band with additional players well known for their high standard of musicianship. They will present a night of both traditional and modern Army music including Marches, Festival Works and Cornet Solos.

Festival of MusicThornton will be joined by Cardiff Northlakes (CNL) Brass who will present the second half of the concert. This Band is conducted by Ron Boaden and has recently won The NSW State Band Championships held at Penrith 25 September . They are the present East Coast of Australia Champions as well. The band is well known for playing music that both entertains and touches the heart. They have selected a high quality programme which is to include items ranging from traditional, to jazz, to solo works, major movie themes and marches. A selection of some of CNL Brass works they will present include When I fall in love (Euphonium Solo), The Londonderry Air (Cornet Solo), Selections from The Lord of the Rings and the Chris De Burgh classic Lady in Red.

This night has several additional reasons for being presented:

  • Thornton Band will be making a trip to West NSW Mudgee and Gulgong area the following weekend 30th and 31st October and this will be a chance to let an audience hear some of the works to be played on this trip.
  • Thornton are also raising funds in support of the Salvation Army’s Western Area Rural Chaplaincy Service based at Dubbo managed by Majors Estelle and Robert Strong. This Chaplaincy Service deals with Farmers/ people on the land/ Rural who are experiencing difficult situations. We have all heard of the plight of those On the Land. This is the Salvation Army section that seeks to assist such in many various ways.

Funds from the Concert will be donated to the Chaplaincy Service whilst Thornton Band are on their upcoming trip. The night is designed to entertain all musical tastes and ages and will suite all types of audiences not just those from the Salvation Army.

This will be the first locally presented “Army” music night for some considerable time in this region and Thornton are looking forward to being able to share this night with Cardiff Brass Band and show an audience that their music is both modern, meaningful and great to listen to.

  • What: Festival of Music featuring Thornton Salvation Army Band & Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band
  • When: 7.00pm 23rd October 2010
  • Where: Church of Christ, East Maitland (Greenhills) 2323

Tickets at the door $10.00 with under 15 years free.


Posted on October 7th, 2010 in General

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Strong Words From The Havelocks

The HavelocksA few months ago The Havelocks dissapeared from the live scene. In the past several weeks the band has returned for some special shows at Lizotte’s, the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel and the Hamilton Station. So the band is back, but what did the five-piece get up to during their hiatus from the live scene in Newcastle?

“We recorded an EP,” replies rhythm guitarist and resident beard Craig Whibley. And so they did! Locking themselves up in the basement of producer Jayson Evans’ Aurora Live Studios in Warners Bay, The Havelocks went about putting together their debut EP.

“Five songs, three guitars, one drum kit, a bass, two vodka kegs, ten cartons, seventeen cigarettes, a Fender deluxe and a f*!!?*ing Les Paul,” mused vocalist Jay Piper, “It’s rocky, it’s poppy, it’s chunky, it’s funky.”.

The Havelocks put down five songs for the EP which is titled “Words”, after one of the band’s favourite songs.

“The fans love that one,” says drummer Luke Tweedie, “if you’re feeling like a gig isn’t going too well just pull out ‘Words’. It just makes people want to get on board, and they do. Sweet as a nut.”

As well as two other fan favourites The Darkness and Never Go, the band’s debut EP has two new songs.

“We recorded a demo with a fair few of the fan favourites last year,” says bassist Lawrence De Sylva. “Most of the people who know us and follow us have cds or mp3s of our stuff, so we couldn’t justify re-recording all old ones for the EP.”

So The Havelocks are back! This time with their debut EP “Words”. The “Words” EP launch will be held at the Northern Star Hotel on Saturday 25th September. In support of the launch will be sets from Melody Pool and the Brothers Clam. The EP will be available for sale at the launch and all subsequent gigs; online through iTunes, Aurora Live Online, via The Havelocks myspace site and other soon-to-be announced locations.

For more information about The Havelocks visit their MySpace profile at http://myspace.com/thehavelocks


Posted on September 2nd, 2010 in Artists, Events

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Jupiter Menace

Maitland based rock band Powerage has now officially changed its name to Jupiter Menace. After 5 and half years and over 500 shows the original line-up is now no more.

Jupiter MenaceIn July 2010, Jeremy and Nikk Minett sadly decided to leave the band to pursue other interests which forced Ben and Zac Crawford to reassess the bands direction.

The band now consists of new members Mitchell Seigers (19) on Rhythm Guitar/Vocals, Ben Grimus (18) on Bass Guitar/Vocals, who join existing members Zac Crawford (15) on Lead Guitar/Vocals and Ben Crawford (19) on Drums/Vocals.

Under the previous name Powerage, Ben and Zac Crawford first tasted notoriety in late 2005 winning a talent competition on the National Rugby Leagues’ “Footy Show” in front of an audience of 15,000 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Over the next few years they were supporting acts like Matchbox 20, Australian bands Thirsty Merc, The Screaming Jets, Grinspoon, The Angels, Bluejuice, Frenzal Rhomb, Amy Meredith and Karnivool.

They have performed on 2MMM’s Ugly Phil program, Channel [V], Rage, The Today Show, The Footy Show, The Crew on SBS, NBN News and went on to play a range of high profile shows including Sydney’s Royal Easter Show and National Rugby League matches including opening for the England Vs New Zealand World Cup match.

POWERAGE surged to a massive crescendo in December 2008, taking out the title of “Australasian Best New Band” in the internationally-recognised Global Battle of the Bands competition. Representing their country, the band performed in London against bands from 35 other countries, taking out 2nd place.

Their Debut E.P released in March 2009 titled “Get Ready” and music video for their single “Let’s Jam” takes influence from classic rock bands like Deep Purple and ACDC and had 5 star reviews in several magazines and was well received by fans in Australia and overseas.

In early 2010 the band went on to win NSW major band competition Youth Rock and performed at the MusicOz Independent Music Awards in Sydney as well as winning best school band.

The band’s sound has been evolving over the past year, as primary songwriters, Ben and Zac Crawford have been influenced by a wider range of bands including Paramore, 30 seconds to Mars and Linkin Park.

The band now known as JUPITER MENACE, is currently working on their Debut E.P and video clips under the new name which will be self titled and features 7 new killer tracks.

This E.P when released will be available through iTunes, Musicadium, Amazon, CD Baby and CDs can be purchased at their gigs.
The band has a number of gigs leading into the New Year and has strong ambitions of touring in Australia and overseas in the not too distant future so be sure to keep an eye out.

Jupiter Menace already have a number of upcoming shows booked over the coming months:

  • 11 September 2010 – 4:00 PM – Relay For Life – Maitland Sports Ground
  • 11 September 2010 – 9:30 PM – Wentworth Hotel w/ Support, Cessnock
  • 26 September 2010 – 2:00 PM – The Bradford Hotel w/ A Bleeding Nation, Rutherford
  • 3 October 2010 – 8:00 PM – Adelaide Scorcher Fest
  • 10 October 2010 – 11:00 AM – Newcastle Forshore
  • 16 October 2010 – 6:00 PM – Wickham Park Hotel w/ Supports
  • 31 October 2010 – 2:30 PM – Catho Pub (Catherine Hill Bay)
  • 6 November 2010 – 5:00 PM – Grand Junction Hotel w/ Supports
  • 20 November 2010 – 7:30 PM – Beresfield Bowling Club w/ Supports
  • 26 January 2011 – 12:00 AM – Maitland Council Australia Day performance Maitland Park

Find out more information about Jupiter Menace at the following pages:


Posted on August 24th, 2010 in Artists

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Outsiders Welcome at Hamilton Station Hotel

Bassline Projects PresentsPunk rockers The Outsiders are crossing the Tasman Sea this week to take over Australia, and will be stopping in Newcastle at the Hamilton Station Hotel this Saturday as part of their musical assault. Locals Bats and Battleships will be defending our fort, and Central Coast boys Batfoot will be making the trip up to add to the reinforcements. But Newcastle needs you! Come join the forces.

The war will kick off at 9:30, when Batfoot will drop bombs of bass and fill the room with their battle cry. Bats and Battleships will shake the walls with rock. The masses will rise. The Outsiders will surely prove a worthy opponent, bringing with them international acclaim, passionate vocals and plenty of fight in their rounded sound.

Who will prove greatest, Newcastle’s army of Bats or New Zealand’s Outsiders bursting in? For just $8 you can witness the carnage first hand at the Hamilton Station Hotel this Saturday, the 28th of August. Doors open 9:30 p.m., over 18s only. Presented by Bassline Projects and Promotions.


Posted on August 24th, 2010 in Events

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Nerds and Music Album Launch

Nerds and MusicNerds & Music is a folk-parody duo from Newcastle NSW. Composed of Clark Gormley and Wayne Thompson, the Nerds paired up in late 2007 and are building a folllowing through their comedic performances around Newcastle’s beer gardens, street fairs and Folk Clubs in the area.

The Nerds will be launching their new album, titled ‘Courage in the Face of Absurdity’, at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on September 26.

The Nerds’ style could best be described as folk-comedy. Performing entirely original songs, Nerds & Music aim to reveal the semiotic truths behind everyday existence by forensically dissecting subjects such as mowing the lawn, mumbling and the colour brown. Clark brings to the duo a reputation for witty poetry and songwriting, a legacy of his long courtship with the written word. Wayne is a more recent resident in the world of songwriting, and brings his ‘less is more’ sensibility to the duo’s musical arrangements. Both like to deliver satire coated in pleasing vocal harmonies.

Clark plays bass and harmonica, while Wayne plays guitar and occasional kazoo.

Listen below for a sample of their track ‘Copious Notes‘. This song was entered in the Folk Category of the 2009, ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Clark describes the song as “a piece of folk wisdom from my father, channelling the spirit of Johnny Cash.”


Also performing at the album launch by Newcastle’s own blurgrass (yes, ‘blur’) specialists The Do-Riders. Their version of Prince’s ‘Kiss‘ is something to behold.

Nerds and Music will also be appearing at the Folk in Broke festival 5-7 November.

Find out more about Nerds and Music on their Facebook page facebook.com/NerdsAndMusic


Posted on August 15th, 2010 in Events

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Fifi L’Amour and Rodolfo Ravissant

Royal Exchange is pleased to present this salon concert Direct from Amsterdam

Fifi L'AmourDecadence, vulnerability and comedy have long been among the essential elements of traditional cabaret. All three and then some, are worked to full effect by the combination of Fifi L’Amour and Rodolfo Ravissant …. have a fine feel for the irreverent and a wicked sense of mischief combined with the ability to shift moods quickly from the outrageous to the reflective.

It is these occasional gentler moments that give the show its edge and remind us that there is more to this oddly named couple than just another trip down the sleazy side of life.

This is a tour of Europe with a touch of class- with a ballad-belting bombshell who can sit on the lap of her audience without ever moving off the stage.

It’s a contralto voice but her range is dynamic, her presentation demands attention and she rewards you for it. Rodolfo is a master of the piano and accordion who also cleverly backgrounds improvised scenes.

One Night Only

  • Where: Royal Exchange, 34 Bolton St, Newcastle
  • Who: Fifi L’Amour & Rudolfo Ravissant
  • When: Thursday 19th August, 8pm
  • Tickets: $20 (or concesssion by negotiation)

Find out more about Fifi L’Amour and Rodolfo Ravissant at their website fifilamour.nl


Posted on August 14th, 2010 in Events

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Local Girls to Open for Black Sorrows

The WagonAll girl duo THE WAGON are the newest act to hail from the beautiful city of sunny Newcastle. Combining the talents of Katie Wilson on Vocals and Lauren Hagan on Guitar/ Vocals these two are a combination that will not leave you disappointed.

With a passion for music that shines through their performance these girls are an act not to miss. Covering all your favourite hits, when THE WAGON are in town you are set for a great night out.

Although not new to the music scene the collaboration of these two artists was born about 12 months ago when a common passion for rich acoustic music, driving harmonies and a solid repertoire brought them together, from this was the birth of THE WAGON.

The Wagon will support industry stalwarts The Black Sorrows at Newcastle Leagues Club on August 21.

For more information about The Wagon visit their Facebook page.


Posted on August 14th, 2010 in Events

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Peats Ridge Festival Lineup Announced


Presenting The First Round Of What Is To Be A Killer Musical Line Up For Peats Ridge 2010!

Peats Ridge Festival 2010What happens when you put thousands of smiling people in a beautiful valley, over a three day period, showcase music, arts and culture across 9 stages and bring in the New Year … PEATS RIDGE!

Peats Ridge is a festival that has been described as a ‘sensual explosion‘ (novafm.com.au), ‘colourful and memorable‘ (pagesonline.it) and a ‘musical circus‘ (Reverb). Last year saw 10,000 patrons, filled with enthusiasm and excitement, ascend on the valley and with glowing reviews, it was a shining success enjoyed by all.

The largest camping festival over the New Year period, in NSW, Peats Ridge is a Sustainable Arts & Music Festival. It has proven to be a fresh, creative and innovative melting pot, where people can celebrate in a friendly and relaxed festival environment.

With a music line up that boasts pieces of many musical pies, for everyone to savour. The Festival always delights punters with big names acts and also surprises, with up and coming musical talent to be discovered.

The 2010 instalment promises to be everything brilliant that has been offered in previous years and much more… So without further ado, let’s unleash the first of the musical magic that will grace some of the 9 stages at Peats Ridge 2010.

Angus & Julia Stone * Trentemøller (Live) [DENMARK] * Built to Spill [USA] * Freestylers [UK] * Kate Miller-Heidke * Shout Out Louds [SWEDEN] * The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker [USA] * Born Ruffians [CAN] * Lightspeed Champion [UK] * PVT * Decoder Ring * The Audreys * The Break * Washington * Cloud Control * Jonathan Boulet * Freq Nasty [UK] * Space Invadas * The Jezabels * Dan Mangan [CAN] * Thundamentals * Steve Poltz [USA] * Joel Plaskett [CAN] * King Tide * Horrorshow * Watussi * Parades * Big Scary * Spit Syndicate * Belles Will Ring * Kim Churchill * THE Chemist * The Gin Club * Tom Fun Orchestra [CAN] * Carmen Townsend [CAN] * Matt Barber [CAN] * Chase the Sun * The Lovetones * THE E.L.F * The Seabellies * McCartney * The Delta Riggs * Holly Martin * Spooky Land * Alter Ego Mania * Dereb the Ambassador [ETHIOPIA/AUD] * The Strides * loads more artists to be announced. Stay tuned …

If you are looking to feel the bass, Peats Ridge are very happy to announce the ‘DUB SHACK’ is returning. The stage that became known as ‘the dub monster’ in 2009, is set to pound yet again. Our three favourite Sydney crews Foreigndub, VOID and Western Synthetics, will be returning to bring you the best that the dubstep, drum n bass and dub scenes have to offer.

Peats Ridge, is held in the beautiful Glenworth Valley an hour north of Sydney. A three day event, it has become a major part of the annual calendar.

Peats Ridge has proven to be world class in entertainment, experience and education. Recognised as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, the Festival is a winner of numerous national and international awards for environmental sustainability.

A family friendly festival, Peats Ridge hosts an array of amazing music, arts performance and exhibitions, a focus on sustainable practices and education, a dedicated children’s festival, workshops, markets and much more.

*PEATS RIDGE 2010 – DEC 29 TO JAN 1 – GLENWORTH VALLEY, NSW*

3 Day Season Passes:

  • ADULT (18+): $295 +bf
  • CHILD (6-12): $25 +bf
  • UNDER 6: FREE

Family Season Passes:

  • 1 ADULT, 1 YOUTH: $390 +bf
  • 2 ADULT, 1 YOUTH: $670 +bf
  • EXTRA YOUTH (13-17): $80 +bf

Day Passes:

  • ADULT: $125+bf
  • YOUTH: $40+bf
  • CHILD: $10+bf

Tickets will be available on August 19th.

As Peats Ridge is an Over 18 event, Youth tickets can only be purchased as part of a Family Pass. Children and Youth are permitted entry to the festival only if accompanied by a guardian over 25.

All Season Passes include camping and festival entry from 29th December 2010 – 1st January 2011.

Tickets will be available through Oztix.com.au.

For further information & ticket sales go to www.peatsridgefestival.com.au


Posted on August 12th, 2010 in Events, General

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Japanese Punk at the Great Northern

Bassline PresentsPunk-rock warriors Bunt are standing at the ready to unleash upon The Great Northern Hotel in Newcastle this August, and they’ve called for backup. The Sydney punks are bringing cool-rockers Vivarta all the way from Japan to join their musical assault of the Steel City, as well as Batfoot, old-school punks from our Central Coast and Newcastle’s little rascals, Alice vs. Everything.

The Great Northern Hotel has reopened to establish itself as Newcastle’s new home for live, original music, revitalising the city with talent and culture, and are proving it with this impressive international lineup. Kicking off at 9 p.m., Friday the 13th of August will be the night to join the fight for live artists. The night will begin bopping to the tech Alice vs. Everything, followed by Vivarta’s igneous rock, Batfoot’s scruffy, wild tempo and topped off with Bunt, the band that defines distortion. Held on the main stage of the hotel’s Boiler Bar, the gig is free entry; all it asks for is your ears.

As if free entry wasn’t enough, Bunt wants to pump out some giveaways as well! Grab a schooner of Coopers ale on tap at the gig and receive a Bunt CD “Birdland”, and a loyalty card to use for the night. After four Coopers, you’ll get a free Coopers t-shirt!

Presented by Bassline Projects and Promotions.


Posted on August 10th, 2010 in General

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