Local Music Scene - Newcastle Turns Up the Music Over Summer

December 2, 2019

The sun is shining and we are all heading out more during the summer months, and Newcastle always has the perfect excuse to do just that. There is a little something for everyone, and these are some of my top picks for the summer. 

I’ll be home for Christmas at Civic Theatre Newcastle, Dec 21 and 22 – Bringing you a musical with a difference. Picture it, the year is 1967, it’s the Summer of Love, and the world is changing. Prime Minister Harold Holt’s popularity is dwindling, and he needs to win the nation back!

As the annual Prime Minister’s end of year address is approaching, Holt must answer a crucial question, what does Christmas mean to Australia?

Through this life-or-death quest for love, the PM must contend with hippies, spies and Jesus People in a festive musical-mystery full of bodacious dancing, hilarious characters and some of the greatest songs of the 1960's! The ultimate Australian Christmas event perfect for the whole family!

Elton John at Hope Estate, Jan 12 – More than a concert; an unforgettable memory! Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as one of his most “energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations”. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs Bennie and the Jets, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece, celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin – one of the most enduring songwriting partnerships of all time.

“I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play for audiences across the globe. I plan to bring to my final tour the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades. It’s the most produced and fantastic show I’ve ever done. I want to go out with a bang…” – Elton John.

The Rubens at Shoal Bay Country Club, Jan 24 – The Rubens are back in a big way with the release of their new single and infectious summer jam, Live In Life

To celebrate the release, the band will headline a string of regional summer shows as part of their 'Chucka Buckas' initiative – a brand that The Rubens have established to support new and emerging bands. Stay tuned for announcements on emerging support bands!

The new single blends their signature hooky choruses with a shadowy undertone, Live In Life was co-produced by the band and Konstantin Kersting (Tones & I, Mallrat) and recorded in the same WW2 bunker that birthed their third and most recent album, 2018’s LO LA RU

Premiered on triple j Breakfast, the world of ‘Live In Life’ follows a guy over the course of one night as he comes to terms with the gravity of a relationship breakdown. As the sun sets, he’s feeling positive about the next chapter – a feeling that’s quickly trumped by the weight of regret as night falls, by which point the damage is done, and he realises it’s time to move on. 

A-ha and Rick Astley at Bimbadgen Estate, Feb 29 – The ’80's will be alive and well in the Hunter Valley in February, giving you the chance to make the most of the very last day of summer. Pop icons, A-ha, arrive for their first Australian tour in 34 years and will hit the stage at Bimbadgen on February 29. 

The Norwegian trio, who dominated pop charts worldwide during the ’80's, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential debut album Hunting High And Low and its timeless classic hit, Take On Me.

Joining A-ha to make this one poptastic event not to be missed is another superstar who dominated the ’80's, Rick Astley. With a treasure trove laden with shimmering pop hits, A-ha and Rick Astley are set to thrill fans. The Hunter Valley show will also feature synth-pop stars Pseudo Echo and I Know Leopard.

Special Mentions 
TROPHY EYES The Cambridge, Dec 15 
COLD CHISEL Hope Estate, Jan 18 
MOTOR ACE 48 Watt Street, Jan 25


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