Next up in Newcastle

Newcastle is fast becoming a hive for live music and entertainment on the east coast of NSW, an exciting draw card bringing in business and tourism from near and far as popular artists and bands more frequently are stopping off in Newy and other coastal communities.

Even with NSW’s tougher laws surrounding music festivals and large scale events, it seems nothing is dampening the mood in the north, with all systems go for Live at the Foreshore and Up Down Festival coming up in March.

Well, the proof is in the paper, check out some of our upcoming events in Newcastle!

Cog Drawn Together Tour

Formed in the late 90’s, Cog went on to be one of the most successful independent Australian progressive rock bands. If you’re into that heavier, grungier rock sound similar to the likes of Grinspoon, Karnivool and Tool to name a few, then these guys would definitely be your cup of tea (or perhaps a cup of Jack Daniels, that seems more fitting).



The Beasts


Formerly known as The Beasts of Bourbon, The Beasts are an Aussie Rock/Blues band first emerging in the 80’s. Their album The Axeman’s Jazz claimed the title of best selling Australian alternative rock album in 1984, as well as studio albums Gone and Little Animals reaching the top 50 in the ARIA Albums Charts. If you haven’t already heard of these guys, now you have, and although they’ve lost a few band members along the way (RIP Spencer Jones & Brian Hooper) they’re back and ready to rumble.




Butterfingers are an iconic Australian hip-hop group from Brisbane, Queensland. So iconic in fact that their first two singles reached no. 38 and no. 15 in Triple J‘s Hottest 100 of 2003, what a #throwback! With more Hottest 100 features down the track as well as ARIA nominations and APRA awards, it’s safe to say the Butterfingers boys have got a hot discography to smash out at any given point (this given point being their 15 Years of Breakfast at Fatboys tour).



Live at the Foreshore 2019


The lineup says it all! Kick back and enjoy the classics at Newcastle’s Foreshore in March. Roll out a picnic rug, camping chair or dance your life away at the front of the stage (Did someone say Leo Sayer?!) Look, what we’re saying is, they’ve nailed the location AND the artists. It’s pretty much the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the tantalising tunes of yesteryear! We also heard there’s a surprise guest…



Julia Jacklin

Blue Mountains sweetheart Julia Jacklin isn’t afraid of a guitar, or writing a good song, or making an incredible debut album. She’s basically got this musician thing completely down pat and is selling out shows all around the country. If she hasn’t won you over already then it won’t be long according to Rolling Stone Australia who tipped Jacklin as one of their “Future Is Now” artists. We highly suggest you get a ticket.



Up Down Festival


Brought to you by Newcastle festival moguls This That, Up Down Festival are taking over Camp Shortland one sunny Sunday in March and bringing with them a serious stack of beat makers. Summer might be over but the sultry sun-kissed vibes won’t be as the festival gears up for the ultimate tropical mixer. With Motez, Kilter, Roland Tings, Set Mo and Adrian Lux all making an appearance on an electro/house heavy lineup, we’re anticipating a real good time (we heard there might be a ticket party pack on offer… better round up the crew and find out!)



Thrash Blast Grind Fest


Calling all Metalheads, this one’s for you! Headlined by the man, the myth, the legend Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals on his first visit to Australia in over 5 YEARS, yeah, it’s not going to be a small one… Joining them are ARIA nominees King Parrot, and Palm all the way from Japan. Add on Sydney’s Potion and you’ve got yourself a seriously savage line-up.



The Story So Far & Basement


A beautiful uniting of Californian rockers The Story So Far and Britain’s Basement sees them co-headline a national tour. After blowing crowds away in North America, Europe and the UK, the tour’s finally making its way to Aussie shores and stopping off in Newcastle for what’s sure to be one of the most memorable tours of the year. Best get your hands on tickets before they go!




Canadian punk rockers Propagandhi are heading to Newy! Their earlier sound reminiscent of skate punk now finds itself moving towards a more technical, heavy metal influenced sound so prepare for the show to be loud. We could go on about how the band pushes against the traditional boundaries of punk’s political sensibilities with their strong political messaging and activism but we’ll let you get rowdy in the pit for this one and discover for yourself. They came here to rock, and rock they shall, you won’t forget this one in a hurry!