The ground may have been damp but not the spirits at This That Festival for 2017. Read More
An impressive setup at the new location at Wickham park and in many ways a better a location for the festival than the foreshore.
The 10th Big Dog Pod comedy night filled the burrow to the brim again at Happy Wombat with a spectrum of talent across 8 comedians ranging from thrice time performer to seasoned professional. Read More
The last Friday of the month has rolled around again and this time Big Dog Pod takes centre stage at The Happy Wombat Read More
You might remember Matt McLaren from shows such as his killer audition on Australia’s Got Talent in 2016, or maybe you’ve seen him around performing at any number of weddings, events or festivals, always followed by his trusty sidekick and guide dog Stamford (who always manages to steal the show just a little bit). Read More
What exactly is a liquor train would have been a great question to ask Mr. Sauce when I had the chance. However my philosophy with lyrics is creating our own meaning is half the fun of listening to music. So with that in mind I bought a one way ticket aboard the liquor train till the end of the line; heres what I thought of my trip. Read More
When you walk into a room as the only guy amongst 9 women, you know you are going to have zero control over what is about to happen... that's how my night began for Ali Barter at the Small Ballroom. Read More
Big Dog Pod is the fairly recent but heaps Newy comedy institution behind Laughing Stock Comedy Gala bringing the pod out of the burrow and into one of Newcastle’s best designed dining et arts location; The Edwards. Starting off as a live podcast in a bookstore the Dog has grown into its first ever big venue comedy gala and its frothin’ at the bit with seasoned comedians at a decent $10 ticket price on this occasion. Read More
There was a warmth of familiarity as I entered Central on King Street last Saturday night. Despite the size of the venue, it was overflowing with the kind of intimacy that only comes with empathy and shared stories. The tables were full and yet, it was like we all knew each other, somehow. As though Cecilia connected us. And as it turned out, she really did. Read More
Long time fan of Spencer Scott, I am loving what this band is putting out! 'When you call' is the latest release from Paper Thin and it has the makings of a pop-punk-pub anthem! Read More
It's hard to shut out references like 'The Smith Street Band' when you hear a song like this, they'd probably consider that a compliment, but personally I think Paper Thin do a better job.
When Kian offered me two tickets to attend opening night for Grease at The Newcastle Entertainment centre, I practically jumped out of my skin at the opportunity. As a student juggling assessments whilst working full-time, I don’t tend to “get out” much. Opening night for Grease was a chance for me to kick-up my heels and have some fun… And gosh, did we have some fun! Read More
I'M SITTING here close to crying as I listen to the newest single by stellar artist Amy Vee. Not necessarily because 'I am the fire' is a sad song, if anything it feels empowering in a way. But I'm feeling an emotional overload that tends to happen to me when I hear people bearing their soul in music. It's a song that reminds me of the band 'George' and of the rich singer/songwriter history that this country has produced and it makes me really excited to hear the rest of Amy's music to come. Read More
About 6 months ago, in the deep sweaty armpit that was last summer, Lachlan X Morris invited me to RTN and for me to blow the dust off my old trumpet from high school (that is not a euphemism for anything else, either). I honked and bleeped through 2 songs on his new album. Now the thing is ready - I think he's photoshopped my trumpet into something that actually sounds pretty good. Read More
These young boys have been on our radar since they played at a TNL event late last year (Or was it this year? Time flies hey...) and opened things up with an incredible set. Read More
Do you like Disco?
Do you like acrobatics?
Do you like attractive people? Read More
From the moment the drums rolled in I was thinking 'The Offspring' or early 90s punk, but then the vocals kick in and you can understand why they are drawing parallels to Modern Baseball and The Smith Street Band (Although I think their vocalist is a far better singer than the Smith Streets). Read More
A very short jangly surf-punk rock song from 2 piece Wavevom. Jed yells at the mic a sad tale of missing out on sunshine and hanging out with friends. These guys create a wall of sound for two pretty simple guys thrashing at drums and guitar. It's an unpolished raw sound that fits perfectly with Newcastles love affair with guitar rock turn pub rock turn stadium hit. Simple, but entertaining. Read More
… it takes a special kind of person to embrace the local music scene. And what a better way to do that, then to hang about on a Thursday evening and see some of the best cram in some really incredible tunes. Read More
his new element is accompanied by guitarist Aidan Roe stepping up to the mic to belt out various shades of angst and determination, and produce a track that's real, grounded and so flipping on point. Read More
“Josie In Rainbows” is definitely an interesting take on the typical love song, but as someone so unlucky in love as of late, I think it’s exactly what I needed. Read More