DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Dawn Laird w/ Hannah Stretton by Hannah Stretton

A different act to add to the line-up, one that is breaking stigmas and smashing the patriarchy, is Dawn Laird, a fierce Newcastle rapper who writes, spits and produces her lines & will be showing you how it's done on the Darby Street Live stage on the 24th. 

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Sitting there thinking 'why isn't there a cool party I can go to that is guaranteed to have some fun straight-up Hip-Hop & Rap music all night' well I have just the solution for you. The Cambridge Hotel have just finished renovating the Cambo Courtyard and now it is time to throw down. An intimate event to turn up at. The kids said something about "Getting LIT" but I still don't know what that means? Anyways here are the details. 

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PLACES WE LOVE: The Cambridge Hotel by Kian West


Cambridge 3Some think of the Cambridge Hotel, The Cambo, as the heart and soul of the city. The venue that plays host to every band they want to see and the space in which so many beautiful memories. For others The Cambo has lost its way over the past few years (maybe a decade) but it has turned the corner! Installing the always delicious Newy Burger Co. a burger joint that plays off Novocastrians sense of pride with perfectly named burgers that are super duper tasty. Plus The Cambo has bringing the music back with a gigantic list of touring artists walking through the doors over the coming months and seems set to #BringIt with a fantastic New Years Eve lineup! Cambridge 1Place: The Cambridge Hotel Address: 789 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW Hours:


Why We Love it: They are doing it! They are bringing the pride back to The Cambo and more importantly the music back to the city! We know that there are a heap of cool venues putting on local heroes and we love them too, but Newcastle needs an alternative, rock, metal, indie band venue for the masses, a space for hip-hop, rap and electronic to happen for larger groups (but not festival sized). Plus #burgers

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PEP-C :By Amy Theodore by Amy Theodore


Since stepping into his first breakdancing workshop at 13 years of age, urban arts instructor, Pep-C, or as you may otherwise know him, Andrew Burrows, has been in love and involved with the Hip Hop genre. Mentored over the years by DeeJay Mathmatics, as an entertainer and musician, Pep-C now passes on his skills at Newcastle’s Pivot Studio, teaching both adult and kid’s R&B Hip Hop breakdancing class. He also hosts school holiday workshops teaching kids all types of urban skills, including breakdancing, graffiti art, DJing and music production. 10410674_374722566016047_5866777280112802143_n

In a world where Hip Hop has been placed alongside negative connotations involving drugs and violence, Pep-C aims to bring back the conception that he grew up with.

“What I was taught when I was younger was Hip Hop is about peace, love, unity and having a good time, and that’s as simple as it is,” explained Pep-C during his chat on ABC’s Story Box Program.


He has been particularly focused on this message during the music program he is currently running with four primary Indigenous young boys from the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre in Kariong on the Central Coast.

The program has involved letting the boys put together their own music track, teaching them to write lyrics and create instrumentals, with the work centered around creating a new beginning, about being free from all the mess and chasing the dream of a better a life.

“My workshops are full of positivity and are based on giving the disadvantaged kids of Australia a different view or aspect on life that they are in. No one has a choice about where they are born, who their parents are, what they look like or what colour skin they have, the only choice we have is the choice of what life we want to live” said Pep-C.


In the last week of the program the boys will get to go to the Regional Youth Support Service (RYSS) centre to record their music in a professional recording studio.

All of Pep-C’s Hip Hop workshops focus on looking at the genre as a collective one that embodies, not only music, but also art, creativity and movement, and reinforces that the Hip Hop community is actually a close one that is accepting and embracing of everyone.



So why Pep-C? “When I first started breaking dancing, I use to wear this ridiculously oversized Pepsi t-shirt. At that time the slogan was “the choice of the next generation” and DeeJay Mathmatics gave me that name purely because he could see me doing this in the future,” explained Pep-C on the Story Box Program.

Pep-C is set to release his album Focused with Anarchy N Alchemy Records on November 11th. The tracks on the album don’t exactly reflect your typical Australian Hip Hop sound, but rather bring together funk, soul and jazz influences, into a more experimental approach. The album release will be coupled with an exclusive VIP launch party to celebrate!

For more information about his album, launch party and workshops, and to get a bit of #woopwoop in your day, check out Pep-C on Facebook.




60 seconds with... Micks King by Kian West




So Micks King, is that what your mother calls you?


You run a cool Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station called Madhouse that has the city a-buzz talking about it. For those that don’t know, tell us what goes on at the Madhouse?

Thank you, those are kind words. “Madhouse” is a loose-knit collective of DJs that has been working together for a couple of years now. Our aim is simply to bring people great music. Part of this is putting on live events and artist showcases. We have been running a Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station Hotel that focuses on showcasing live Hip Hop performances in all their various forms. Hip Hop has been traditionally misunderstood by a lot of people in this city, which has led to certain venues and people trying to ignore it or stop it from happening. We wanted to put together an arena where all the talented Hip Hop artists from our city could showcase their talents. There is a lot. Hip Hop people know how to party and have fun, so it's a good vibe.


As a DJ, who and what inspires you?

Life. I see DJing as being made up of all the same elements that make up my life. So I'm always trying to take whatever I learn day to day and apply it to my DJing in whatever way I can.


Madhouse Radio is about to become a thing. You have successfully run a campaign through pozible to fund the project; with the assistance of Creative Partnerships Australia, This Is Not Art and Octapod, can you describe Madhouse Radio?

It's really just an extension of what we have already been doing. Giving people more of what they want in it's pure form instead of the watered down versions they might get elsewhere, only now instead of being able to reach people in nightclubs or bars at certain times of the week, we can reach them wherever they are at any time. That might be bringing people new artists, new music or bringing them the facts on what's happening. The world is digital now, so Madhouse is digital too.


What is the lowdown for Madhouse and Micks King in October?

We got to keep it moving, Hip Hop in Newcastle is crazy right now, there is a lot of people doing a lot of great things so we going to stay on the front lines bringing people all the great new music we can. We got two great parties in the first week I'm definitely looking forward to on the 3rd at the Hamilton Station Hotel and on the 5th at The Cambridge Hotel. Lots of great artists are involved like Blades, Context & Jimmy Flipshit, P. Smurf, Tycotic, Corner Store Superheroes, Lomas & Mad Man, Dawn Laird, Stateovmind, Talakai, Kale and like a thousand other great guys who are going to hate me for not mentioning them. Of course Wizla will be on the loose as well. He just bought a van. Last I seen he was putting a DJ mixer in the back.


Anything else our readers should know about Madhouse or yourself?

Everyone should have fun and get involved with the art of expressing themselves. It doesn't have to be with Madhouse, whatever makes you happy. As long as people are getting involved with music and the arts in Newcastle I'm happy.