At the end of last year, Californian Andrew Smith was awarded the title of Destination NSW's "Chief Funster", a duty that sees him travel around the State for six months, creating digital content that shows off New South Wales in all its splendour. I had the opportunity to join Andrew for two days of his adventure, which saw us in Newcastle to take in the annual SURFest and the launch of the city's Craft Beer Week. But first, I needed to check into the hotel.
Fat As Butter festival returns to Newcastle with a stellar local and international line up. Part 2 of our photo gallery includes Bliss N Eso, Boy & Bear (Pictured above), Dialectrix, Glass Towers, Goldfields, Gym Class Heroes, Matt Corby, Owl Eyes, Peking Duk, Spit Syndicate and The Ashton Shuffle. Photos by Johnny Au
Fat As Butter festival returns to Newcastle with a stellar local and international line up. Part 1 of our photo gallery includes Battleships, Bluejuice, British India, Cosmo Jarvis, James Osborn, Mickey Avalon, Super Best Friends, The Holidays, The M Machine, The Rubens and Willow Beats. Photos by Johnny Au
You know you're in for a good night when there’s three people lined up an hour before doors open and already there’s enough buzzing excitement to not only fill, but shatter the aptly named surroundings of the Cambridge Hotel's Glasshouse… (I’m not ashamed to confirm I was one of those three, the other two girls were complete strangers, but whose obvious enthusiasm proved infectious.)
Though we're now spoilt for choice with a cocktail / small bar scene in Sydney and Melbourne, many other cities around Australia have yet to embrace the trend. But as bartenders/bar owners travel around Australia and see the popularity of such an experience, it's only natural that they will start popping up elsewhere. Enter The Terrace Bar, a not-so-small Cocktail bar in Newcastle. The two level venue includes a DJ room, two bars, a band room and a rooftop section. Though you wouldn't know it from the outside. Blink and you'll walk straight past it...
The first Groovin’ the Moo of the year was given the most perfect day for a festival. Big blue skies, a bright shining sun, and not a cloud in sight met Groovers who showed up to the Maitland Showground on Saturday April 27th. The sold out Maitland leg of the festival preceded the Canberra show on Sunday, a big weekend for artist and festival organizers alike.
Silverstein drew an energetic and vocal crowd to the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, with popular supports Sienna Skies, Taken By Force and We, The Betrayed (not pictured).
Grinspoon (pictured) performed live last night at the Newcastle Panthers with support from Emperors and Kingswood. Ashlee Kellehear was there and brings us these stellar photos from the show...
Birds of Tokyo delivered an incredible night of entertainment, with their impressively long set list and visually exciting light show at the Newcastle Panthers on Friday night.
'The Hurting Scene Album Launch - Club Azzuri, Newcastle.
Taking to the stage looking more angelic than ever; accompanied with a full band and armed with a collection of songs from debut album The Hurting Scene, Alt/Country darling Melody Pool illuminated the room with honest emotion and genuine radiance.
The memories of these large open air shows can sometimes be influenced by the weather as much as the music, but when the Hunter Valley turns on an evening as spectacular as this one, the stars align and there is magic in the air Arriving early to grab ourselves a prime position on the grass, we laid the rug out, poured the bubbles, and we settled in... and waited for three hours for the music to begin.
Elvis Costello was the latest high profile performer to headline a national run of A Day On The Green dates, pictured here with legendary Australian group The Sunnyboys in the Hunter Valley. Photos brought to us by Kevin Bull.