This Week in Newcastle: Jazz, Country & Grease

What's on this week in Newcastle

No plans for the weekend? Wondering what’s on in Newcastle? Here’s a quick guide to Newcastle gigs & events to get you started!

Friday, 19 August

Mat McHugh from the Beautiful Girls will be performing his solo and acoustic show tonight at Lizottes. After returning from an international tour with The Beautiful Girls to promote their fourth album Spooks. Mat has come back to his home land to give an intimate performance of songs from the past 8 years to happy fans. We caught up with Mat McHugh for an interview recently. Check it out here.

Saturday, 20 August

If having a crafternoon is your favourite past time then make sure you get too the Newcastle Craft Expo. Whether you love knitting, crochet or scrapbooking the craft expo has it all on offer. There are also ‘make & take’ classes and free seminars. It started on the 18th of August and runs til the 21st at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre. More info here.

Sunday, 21 August

Tonight at Lizottes, Wendy Matthews performs. “Wendy Matthews has a reputation as an artist par excellence with a sublime, expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it”. With this rep, she has to be good! Check her out, for more details visit the Lizotte’s website.

Monday, 22 August

We’ve been waiting for so long and finally it has arrived! Newcastle Fashion Week begins today with their Official Launch taking place tonight! Look through Urban Insider’s fashion section for more information on NFW’s events, news and interviews on featured designers. NFW ends 29th August. For more information visit NFW Facebook or to book tickets to the launch or runway shows click here!

Wednesday, 24 August

Grease The Musical is at the Civic Theatre! This classic story and those classic rock and roll songs are retold in a theatrical performance which will appeal to all ages. Performances will be held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, from 24th August till 3rd September. For more information visit Ticketek.

If you follow the  vampire craze and love True Blood then you may be excited to know that Jace Everett, the musician who created the song ‘Bad Things’ for the opening montage is coming to Newcastle on his Bad Things, Good Times Tour. He will be playing at Lizottes tonight with Kirsty Akers. Everett’s music is described as a ‘roots music fusion’ sourcing inspiration from Roy Orbison, Kim Morrison and Ray Charles. More ticketing and event info here.

Thursday, 25 August

Musica Viva presents Goldner String Quartet and Ian Munro at The Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. For something different, why not go see this “exciting piano quintet combination”? For more information and to buy tickets go to Ticketek.

Friday, 26 August

The Newcastle and Hunter Jazz Club aims to foster live Jazz music in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley area. The Newcastle Jazz Festival is an event which works to further this cause! Held at Newcastle City Hall, this annual festival (in its 24th year) will showcase many bands, musicians and orchestras for your listening pleasure! There will also be free parking all day and cafes, restaurants and bars open all day and night! For more information visit Ticketek.

Saturday, 27 August

If you love spending the weekend sorting through treasures at the markets head along to the Blackbutt markets that kick off at 8:30 this morning! If you want to make a day of it check out our guide to Newcastle markets.

Girls and guys get your best threads out and ready for the races at the Newcastle Jockey Club this Saturday. Get a group of friends together and make it a fun day out. We have covered all the basics for you in our guide to a day at the Newcastle races to make it a sure fire winner!

The Junction Art Crawl is like a pub crawl, except you consume art instead of beer… Featuring prominent Newcastle galleries and beautiful artworks from Helene Leane, Sally Behrens and Reiteka Geursen. If this sounds like something that might tickle your fancy then check it out! More information or call (02) 49 698 882. If you can’t make it take a look at our complete guides to art galleries in Newcastle CBD and Merewether, The Junction & Cooks Hill and make a day trip on your own!

Sunday, 28th August

If you are an artist looking for ways to improve your own work then this Masterclass with Euan Macleod could be the solution to those “there’s something missing” moments you may reach when creating your artwork! This class is restricted to accomplished artists and is structured in a way that allows Euan to critique and help resolve issues in your own work. This is a fantastic opportunity so don’t miss out! For more information visit NRAG website.

Natalie is a PhD student studying at the University of Newcastle. She is researching the influences that shape the creative content of advertisements. Natalie aspires to be part of a creative team at a successful advertising agency one day soon. She loves photography, fashion and taking her dogs swimming at the beach.

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