Category Archives: Live Review

Live Review : Bad Wolves – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 13 February 2019

Review and Photos by Peter Coates

Bad Wolves are a new one to me, and the hardcore rap metal / numetal ‘supergroup’ from LA made up of past members of some variously known rock and metal acts seemed to get a pretty solid reaction from the early crowd in Brisbane.
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Live Review : Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019

Review and photos by Peter Coates

The opening night of the Australian leg of Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U tour followed the special one-off show supporting the farmers in Tamworth, and it was clear from the start that the good vibes were still very much in play!
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Live Review : Mumford & Sons at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 18th January 2019

Review and Photos by Meghan Player

Fresh on the heels of their latest release ‘Delta’, Mumford & Sons have made their long anticipated return to Australia since their Gentlemen of the Road tour in late-2015.
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Live Review : RANDY HOUSER at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 13 December 2018

Review and photos by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Dallas Davidson is a name that many people will not know, and I reckon a chunk of the crowd who made it in to the Enmore from the storm outside might have thought he was the low-budget warm-up act doing covers of country number ones…..the thing is, Dallas wrote all of these for Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Bake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum…..so he really is entitled!
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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus + Circles at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – December 13, 2018

Words and Pics: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking

It feels like only yesterday that I was lucky enough to see Melbourne’s Circles supporting Tesseract at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. OK, so it was mid-September. However, in that time the band have been touring non-stop, including a jaunt to Europe and all that road time has paid dividends.

Despite already being a tight, taut and polished modern metal outfit, Circles dominated the Cambridge Hotel stage tonight with an obvious growth in confidence – not only in themselves, but also in the tracks off their latest album that make up the bulk of tonight’s set list. In fact, there didn’t seem to be a single song off their first EP to be heard. What's even more impressive is that they pulled this off with a fill-in bassist while Drew Patton was sidelined by a new baby. Just phenomenal.

Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus has a long history of wowing audiences and listeners alike. Forming in 2004 (their debut album landing in 2010), singer Kim Benzie estimated that the band had played the Cambridge stage some six times over the years and tonight’s near-full house is testament not only to their memorable modern prog rock songs, but also a willingness to put in the long miles.

Tonight, they’re on fine form, with an extensive set list covering their entire catalogue. Some seventeen tracks have the Newcastle crowd wowed before a venue curfew sees them leave the stage without an encore. Frankly, if anyone is disappointed, they shouldn’t be. We were all treated to a night of some of this country’s best forward-thinking heavy music.

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Live Review : Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018

Words and Photos by Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Parkway Drive at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking – Hosking Industries

First a word of advice: It can really pay to check the opening times for a gig on more than one website! Thanks to an erroneous door time listing on one ticket website, this humbled reviewer ended up missing the brutal Thy Art is Murder.

Thankfully I didn’t miss the mighty Killswitch Engage, who tonight were playing the role of main support. For some, that might seem like an odd place for a renowned international act. However, when you look out across the sold out room at NEX in Newcastle (the old Worker’s Club), it seems like a pretty shrewd move and one that will no doubt win the Massachusetts band plenty of new fans off the back of a typically super strong performance.
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Live Review : Make Them Suffer + Silent Planet + Oceans Ate Alaska + Thornhill at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Wed, August 15, 2018

Words and Pics: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel has been playing host to a run of great metal shows of late. The latest gig to warm up the cold winter nights is Perth’s Make Them Suffer and despite being a mid-week show, Hunter punters turned out in their masses to witness a strong international line up of modern heaviness.
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Live Review : Polaris + Justice for the Damned + Diamond Construct + Junkhead at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Review and Photos: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Polaris at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

I pity any metal head in the hunter region that missed out on tonight’s show at the Cambridge Hotel. Between the four acts on show, just about any genre-loyal fanatic would have been well catered to.
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Live Review : Extreme & Mr. Big at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018

Review and Photos: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Enmore the hip Sydney suburb was rammed on Sunday night – parking was a nightmare, the Duke was overflowing, and the queue to get in to the Enmore Theatre was round the block. All because a couple of 1990’s US rock bands had teamed up for a co-headlining tour, and Zaccaria Concerts & Touring had done a bang-up job of promoting and selling the shows. The Enmore was fully standing downstairs, and was packed early, with Mr Big taking to the stage around 7.45pm, and treating us to 85 minutes of flawless classic rock.
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Live Review : Escape the Fate + Awaken I Am + Between Kings at the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 2 June 2018

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It was a cold, wet night in Newcastle when Las Vegas band Escape the Fate rolled into town. But behind the storied walls of Newcastle's iconic Cambridge Hotel you'd have been forgiven for thinking it was a balmy summer evening – such were the conditions created by the teeming mass of bodies in attendance to watch the American rock band smash through its lauded 2008 album 'This War is Ours' in its entirety.
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Live Review : Apia Good Times at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – 26 May 2018

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Some may have started as far back as the 60’s but the fab 5 that hit the stage at Bendigo on Saturday night could show todays youth a thing or two. On parade were ARIA Hall of Famers, international hit makers, a former TV Week Queen of Pop and countless number one hits. APIA truly brings songs of a lifetime to the modern era. Each artist Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young a star in their own right. Another interesting point all artists came up on Australian stages learning their craft in front of an increasing live audience. Countdown was paramount to all artists career, throughout the concert Molly Meldrum was referred to fondly.
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Live Review : JET + A. Swayze & the Ghosts at NEX, Newcastle – 29 May 2018

Review and Photos by Peter Coates

JET at NEX, Newcastle – 29 May 2018
Photographer: Peter Coates

15 years in the making, and Aussie rockers JET are back in the swing of it, using the 15th Anniversary of their debut album GET BORN as an excuse to get out and re-introduce themselves to the kids who bought the record back in 2003, and who are now in their early thirties and perhaps better able to appreciate quality songs and great live performance than they were!
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Live Review: Red Fang + Drunk Mums + Black Rheno at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11 May 2018

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Red Fang at the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11 May 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking – hoskingindustries.com.au

Newcastle has always played host to international bands. It’s just that it has never been with the same kind of frequency of our neighbours south to Sydney. In fact, my very first proper concert experience was Pantera when they played the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on their Far Beyond Driven tour.

Still, it’s always exciting when a good international band gets booked into one of our remaining live venues. So when Red Fang announced a show at the Cambridge Hotel, you can bet this scribe had his hand up waving wildly like an excited kid at the front of the classroom with the answer to a geography question.
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Live Review : Groovin the Moo – Bendigo, VIC – Saturday 5 May 2018

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Another resounding success for the Groovin The Moo machine as it landed in Bendigo on Saturday. The day started well with unusual warm weather and a bumper crowd all 22,000 of them confirming another sell out to this ever increasingly popular festival. Although predominantly catering for the teens to twenties there was also a fair bit of grey in the crowd validating the popularity of diversity in the lineup, essentially there was something on the bill for everyone.
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Live Review: Jimmy Barnes at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC – 29 April 2018

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Jimmy Barnes at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC – 29 April 2018
Photographer: David Jackson

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