Top 5 Gigs to go to this week, by Brooke Tunbridge by Brooke Tunbridge

British India w/ The Hard Aches + dave + Split Feed + Pals
British India are stepping out of the studio, where they’re recording songs for their 6th album, to perform at The Cambridge headlining the ‘Good Friday Eve’ party. Make sure you get their early to support the local acts and get your money’s worth!

When: Thursday 13th April

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Top Spots for Easter Weekend Events by Kian West

Easter remains one of the last few times the Australian calendar has a majority of places forced closure and thus a time when most people have an opportunity to catch-up, recharge, connect with themselves and one another. 
So we had a quick poll in the office for suggested places to take the festivities to. 

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16,043 km w/ James Chatburn, By Brooke Tunbridge by Brooke Tunbridge

I first met James four years ago, in my own backyard, after asking him and Donna Arendse, also known as The Septembers, to play at my 17th birthday. It was a laid-back garden party, with their acoustic set providing the perfect soundtrack. I wasn’t the only one mesmerised by their performance; my friends and neighbours the next day asked me for their name and where they could find them. Since then, I’ve witnessed James’ talent on stage with Kilter at Field Day, then recognised his voice on the Hilltop Hoods’ track ‘Higher’, which came in at number 49 in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100.

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Newcastle Writers Festival, A Review, by Alice by Newcastle Discovered

The fifth annual Newcastle Writers’ Festival gathered an impressive group of great individuals, with over 140 writers from all over Australia and a record-breaking number of 9000 participants.

By Alice Modzelewska

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A Lager for the people, by Murray's Brewing by Kian West

It is no secret that here at Newcastle Mirage we love good beer. 
The weekend really produced the goods with the first Newcastle Beer Fest in their new location at Camp Shortland (that park opposite Nobby's Beach) and it was a brilliant weekend with some tops weather to match. 

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Crema Coffee Garage vs. Newcastle Coffee Snobs by Newcastle Discovered

On Broadmeadow Road, loud and proud between a whitegoods store and a muscle factory, sits Crema Coffee Garage, securely cornering the coffee scene of the area. And if you've ever wanted to sit in the eye of a coffee-lover’s storm, Crema's tables are nestled amongst coffee paraphernalia and a constant flow of Novocastrians coming in to get their beans for the weekend.

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Smack Youth, influenced by Seattle Grunge Scene? by Tyzek by Newcastle Discovered

Many local Newcastle bands share similarities and influences with the bands of Seattle. One such example is Smacked Youth, on their Triple J page they provide a small list of their biggest influences, these include; Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Silverchair, Smacked Pumpkins. They are also influenced by other local bands like Violent Soho, and DZ Deathrays.

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Talking Books w/ Wendy James, by Kian West by Kian West

A casual morning meeting with Wendy James, local novelist whose most recent published work is The Golden Child, saw us at the new coffee joint at The Junction – Pickled & Pressed – for a quick chat about writing, the writers festival, and the internet.

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Talking Beer and Newcastle w/ Luke Tilse by Kian West

We sat down for a lunch time beverage at his venue The Happy Wombat for a quick chat between his many projects to find out a bit more about Newcastle Beer Fest, what it takes to run a venue and a little bit of Luke’s input on what is “really” going on in Newcastle so I let him run with it…

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