Category Archives: Newcastle

Live Review | Hot Chocolate at Wests New Lambton – October 15, 2014

Review and photos by David Jackson

Hot Chocolate @ Wests New Lambton

Sipping hot chocolate on a cold night is anyone’s idea of pleasure, watching one of the most successful bands of the 70’s play live is perhaps double this.

With a career spanning some 44 years and a huge catalogue of hits, Hot Chocolate entered the stage. Lead by relatively new singer Kennie Simon (Simon joined as lead vocals in 2010) and followed by original members Patrick Olive (Bass), Harvey Hinsley (guitarist) and Tony Connor (drummer), they opened the set with “Everyone’s a Winner”.
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Sea Legs Announce Tour – Nov & Dec 2014 and Jan 2015

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Central Coast indie pop revellers on the rise Sea Legs have just released additional touring dates and a DIY music video for their latest single ‘Christopher Strong’.
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Live Review | Reece Mastin – ‘Wolf In The Woods’ Tour @ Newcastle Panthers – September 26, 2014

Review by David Jackson

Reece Mastin
The Newcastle Panthers auditorium was full of young eager fans on Friday night ready to rock out with Reece Mastin.

Supporting Reece is three piece outfit “The Kin”. This band is solid and entertaining, the fact the drummer does not use sticks, they have no bass and the band opted to move the show to the floor which looked more like a religious chant than a concert only added to the night.
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Guards of May Announce East Coast Tour – October to December 2014

Collision CourseBrisbane’s busiest alternative rock act, Guards of May, have been punching out their debut album in the Loose Stones studio on the Gold Coast. Now they are giving people the first look and listen of the new material with a single entitled ANNOTATA and are touring Australia from October-December with a whole heap of their pals, alongside Jericco, Circles, Caligula’s Horse, Sydonia, Young Lions and more.
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Davey Lane announces Australian Tour – October/November 2014

Davey Lane image copyUnfolding with unparalleled velocity in 2014, the notorious chord-slinging cowboy Davey Lane is ready to beam his new soundscape upon the intelligent universe. Dubbed ‘Atonally Young’, the debut album sees an adjusted trajectory for Davey, spinning with calculated control into intrinsic song writing territory. Upon the 3rd October release, Davey will embark on a national orbit with a five-date tour, kicking off the supernova in Ballarat presented by the Music and Field Recordings.
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VIOLENT SOHO announce massive 23-date ‘No Sleep Til Mansfield’ tour

_R0P0530_VS_300dpiresizeFifty-six weeks ago Violent Soho unleashed their third studio album Hungry Ghost to the world and upon doing so, set off a chain reaction of events that no one could have predicted. Coming in at #6 on the ARIA album charts and remaining in the top 50 for over a year, Hungry Ghost has seemingly become a favourite amongst hoards of punters not only in Australia, but also around the world as fans passionately continue to share the record with their mates.
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THE MARK OF CAIN | Adelaide show added due to overwhelming demand!

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Due to overwhelming demand The Mark Of Cain have now added an Adelaide show as a part of their 2014 national tour in support of new single Grey-11 (featuring Henry Rollins) and taken from the album Songs Of The Third & Fifth.

The local three-piece will perform at The Gov on December 5th with Adelaide-via-Melbourne two-piece King Of The North in support. Tickets for The Gov show will go on-sale this Friday 12th September.

And as it was for the March 2012 Australian tour and the exclusive Adelaide only dates in September 2013, The Mark Of Cain will once again comprise brothers John & Kim Scott with boy-wonder Eli Green behind the drum kit – recording skinsman John Stanier being unavailable for these shows.

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Richard In Your Mind – New Album Release ‘Ponderosa’ and tour.

Ponderosa2Richard In Your Mind are thrilled to release their newest album Ponderosa – OUT NOW!

To celebrate the band have announced a series of east coast tour dates this October & November.

Ponderosa is Richard In Your Mind’s most melodic, dynamic and fun release yet. Created over the last 2 years the album is a meticulously crafted, joyous, and bizarre collection of songs showcasing a plethora of strengths from this unique band.
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Photo Gallery + Live Review | Courtney Love @ Newcastle Panthers – August 22, 2014

Review and Photos by David Jackson – Winding Creek Photography – for
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As the tattoo on her right arm so vividly displayed the words “let it bleed” this is what Courtney Love gave the audience in Newcastle on Friday night. It flowed not as a viscous fluid but in the form of a rampaging rant via a journey back in time. Although Hole is gone you could not help but draw a comparison. From the all-male four piece band to the constant trip back to the days of Hole with her saturated song list constantly exacerbating this successful stage of her career. I have no doubt this is what the forty year old plus audience came and were looking for. Taking to the stage wearing black stockings and knee high boots, gone was the trashy lingerie however Love’s underwear was strategically positioned over her pants. Resting her leg on her fold back, orange Rickenbacker positioned ready to strike, the band opened up with “Wedding Day” from Love’s new album “Died Blonde” then jumped right into a well-received Hole reunion with “Miss world” followed by “Plump”. “Hello Newcastle, your small not like the other Newcastle” referring to our English friends, this echoed with a smile from Love’s mouth. Sitting on a speaker smoking one of her famous “lucky strikes” Love let loose with “Honey” teasing the audience grinding on the speaker.
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prom queenSynonymous with the forefront of punk rock for decades, Epitaph records is now home to the heavyweights of hardcore and this September they’re deploying two of their finest, I Killed The Prom Queen and The Ghost Inside, to lead an assault on Australia & New Zealand’s shores. Squaring up to the burgeoning anticipation, I Killed The Prom Queen finally return home to tour their post-resurrection debut Beloved, along with the best of their earlier works, still amongst Australia’s best-selling heavy music.

“Beloved is astonishing, from the production to the mind-boggling musicianship, if there is one band who will turn you onto this genre, it’s these Adelaide brutalists” Rolling Stone Australia
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Thirsty Merc Announce New Album and National tour – Oct/Nov 2014

unnamed(1)Iconic Australian rockers Thirsty Merc mark a 10-year milestone since the release of their self-titled double platinum debut LP with the announcement of their Acoustic Anniversary Album. Dubbed AAA the album is a collection of acoustic interpretations of fan favourites including ‘20 Good Reasons’, ‘In The Summertime’, ‘Someday Someday’, and ‘Mousetrap Heart’. These new recordings showcase the band’s exemplary level of musicianship and hearing these well-known tunes with acoustic production highlights the world-class song writing ability of Rai Thistlethwayte.
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Tour News – 360 Announce Supports for the UTOPIA Regional Dates – 2015

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Rising Perth star Coin Banks and Melbourne’s LEVA will be joining 360 as main supports on all dates on the Utopia Regional Tour, alongside Lane Harry x Ike Campbell, also 360’s only support for his forthcoming date at the Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane this month, KALE for all Northern NSW shows, Lee Monro x Ello C in Wollongong, Mistress of Ceremony in Victoria, and Creed Birch opening proceedings for all WA shows.
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