local music

Lake Mac Big Weekend: Superboats, Live Music, Markets, Food & Wine by Brooke Tunbridge

Lake Mac Big Weekend is set to kick off this weekend, 13th-14th October. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the northern end of the lake for the event, with everything from superboats and jetski racing to markets, free water sports and a food and wine festival, there’s something for everyone.

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DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Sophia Berlyn w/ Hannah Stretton by Hannah Stretton

Reigning from Tamworth, this country-side sweetheart, sure knows how to make an impression wherever she goes. Having tore down the competition in music during the HSC in 2015, Sophia Berlyn went on to bring her music to Newcastle and wow crowds. Receiving accolades with the Tip Jar Song Competition and creating a name for herself in Newcastle - Sophia now brings her original scores to Darby Street Live in a set that will stripped back and unmissable. 

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DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Milkman's Daughter w/ Hannah Stretton by Hannah Stretton

With an enviable glasses collection, a stellar wardrobe and a voice that could take Cupid’s heart, Milkmans Daughter (Sara Sandford), is a sure fire fix for your Sunday afternoon chill-session and one not to miss at Darby Street Live.

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DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Paris Grace w/ Hannah Stretton by Hannah Stretton

It’s a very rare thing to find artists that capture your full and undivided attention by something as simple and peeled back as playing a guitar in a living room, yet, Paris Grace does just that. Paris harnesses a power, that at 16, let alone at any age, is so unique and raw. Quite frankly it scares you, the talent and power this young girls voice possesses, and it is something that needs to be witnessed at Darby Street Live on the 24th.

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DARBY STREET SHOWCASE: Cherry Stain w/ Hannah Stretton by Hannah Stretton

Newcastle has a long history of producing bands that end up making big waves in the music industry - Cherry Stain is just another one I can see being added to that list. You could even say, that like a cherry stain, this young band will leave a lasting impression 😉🍒

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Hottest 100 Voting Opens by Brooke Tunbridge

Each year I tell myself that I will start a list at the beginning of the year of my favourite tracks, updating it each month, so that when the Hottest 100 voting opens, I’ll have a vague idea of the songs I want to vote for. Instead, I wait until December, glance at my “Best of 2017” playlist where a lonesome song sits, “Slow Mover” by Angie McMahon, and scramble together my most played songs of the year.

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Hey Universe! Come one, come all! by Kian West

It’s been two and a half years since Adam Mark Price had the hard task of saying goodbye to Cotton Sidewalk. Going out with a bang by performing their entire “Evil Versus People” album (complete with choir, string quintet and pipe organ) the local band and it’s steadfast following celebrated the fifteen years of music that the band, and Adam, had produced. 

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Meet The Not Nots, by Kian by Kian West

Looking at The Stag & Hunter Hotel April lineup, there is a heap of amazing bands coming to town, but what we noticed first were a couple of key local acts on the bill and The Not Nots were one of them. Relatively new kids to the scene, I had a quick chat with Anthony ahead of the gig to get some gossip on what they are doing...

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William John Jr. & Voodoo Youth, By Ryan Williams by Ryan Williams

William John and Hunter Powell have both been on Mirage's radar for a long time. It was hard for a stage there to go out anywhere in Newcastle and not see either one of them playing somewhere. Mirage has held off doing an interview with either of them until they decided get off both their asses to put out some new music. William John sent me a text last week to say he's doing it – a split with Voodoo Youth.  

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