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

Art by Sophie Elinor

Heart Open: a female-focused open mic night
A new evening of spoken word, music and visual arts aimed at celebrating some of our wonderful creative women of the Hunter. Featured artists this month include: Haley Papasavvas - visual artist, Eddy Tolhurst - musician, Janette Hoppe - poet, Elena Terol - comedian, and Hannah Indigo - dancer. These featured artist performances/readings will be interspersed with open-mic sessions, which are open to anyone wishing to perform. (Ladies encouraged, but all are welcome!). Head to the event page for more info.

When: Tuesday 29th August 6:30pm
Where: Grain Store (64-66 Scott Street, Newcastle)
Tickets: free entry

The Med Heads w/ Waxfinz + Cakewalk + Ill Sylvester + Space Carbonara + Space Goats
The Med Heads in conjunction with The Odditorium and Cool Try (Bro) presents "at the psychadelic GOO", a bi weekly psychedelic punk night spponsored by Cream on Hunter. Heaps of bands, super cheap tickets! More info on the event page. 

When: Wednesday 30th August 7pm
Where: The Small Ballroom
Tickets: Presale tickets are available at Cream on Hunter for $3, $5 on the door.

Ride for Rain w/ Scumdrops + GOVV
Ride For Rain's record Life's A Beach was released August 24th so they're following it up with a tour. More info on the event page, check out their album while you're at it.  

When: Thursday 31st August 8pm
Where: Lass O'Gowrie Hotel
Tickets: free entry 

WAAX w/ Fritz + Voodoo Youth + Belle Badi
Presented by No-Fi Records, Brissy five-piece WAAX are returning to The Cambridge this weekend. I saw them supporting Kingswood earlier this year and was blown away by their set- they're awesome. More info on the event page. 

When: Friday 1st September 8pm
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
Tickets: $5 on the door

Sounds of the Suburbs
Local talent Fritz is on this years line-up! SOTS is back, now at a new location (still in Sydney). It's a really cool little festival filled with art and music. Here's the full line-up:
Skegss, Camp Cope, Harlem (USA), Jacuzzi Boys (USA), Bleeding Knees Club, Jeff Rosenstock (USA), Colleen Green (USA), Goons Of Doom, Ruby Fields, Waax, Sloan Peterson, Jess Locke, Body Type, Wash, Blister, Fritz,Totty, Crocodylus, Israeli Chicks, White Blanks, Fripps & Fripps, Pacific Avenue, Hill Town, Lost Tropics, Yetti Calzone.

When: Sunday 3rd September 11:30am
Where: Sutherland Car park (Flora Street, Sutherland)
Tickets: oztix