What’s On In Newcastle? ANZAC Day, Christine Anu & 28 Days

ANZAC Day Newcastle 2013

ANZAC Day commemorates our heroes - Image courtesy of Newcastle Panthers

Here is your jam-packed What’s On Guide for Newcastle this week! ANZAC Day festivities are happening all around town, Christine Anu pays tribute to a legend at Lizotte’s, 28 Days shows crowds how to party at The Cambridge + stacks more on offer.

Friday 19th April

‘From the Land’ Exhibition @ Studio 48, New Lambton

Experience the Hunter Valley like never before through the eyes of four Newcastle based artists. Using techniques such as etchings, monotypes, lino prints and paintings, Amanda Donohue, Jane Collins and Jenna Kelly will get you inspired about our surrounds through the theme of ‘From the Land’. This talented foursome have such varying backgrounds that come together to create this fabulous exhibition that opens today and closes Sunday 5th May. Gallery hours: Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Entry is free so head on down to Studio 48, 48 Mackie Street, New Lambton for some art inspiration.

Christine Anu - REWIND The Aretha Franklin Songbook Tour @ Lizotte’s Restaurant

Christine Anu pays homage to the great Aretha Franklin through soulful interpretations of her memorable songs. Anu has garnered a string of fantastic reviews for her interpretations of classic songs such as Respect, Chain of Fools, and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Christine Anu has accomplished so much over her two decades in the entertainment industry. See why audiences love her  in this intimate performance with support Marcus Corowa.

Main meal and show - $81.00

Show only with bar menu available - $39.00

Book your priceless tickets through Lizotte’s.

Let The Number Be X @ Cambridge Hotel

Don’t miss this show combining the old with the new as Vocalist/keys player Adam Belcher-Graham departs. Having won a Music Oz Award and headlining shows to 150+ people, LT#BX have enjoyed the ride so far. However, it is not the end, with Josh Pascoe joining on guitar. 18+ event. Doors open 8pm. Supported by Melody Black, tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through Big Tix.

Saturday 20th April

Central Coast Adventure Challenge @ Catherine Hill Bay

Head on down to Catherine Hill Bay for a day to test your physical and mental limits in Australia’s Ultimate Adventure Racing Series. Presented by iAdventure, this challenge pits you against nature for a hardcore workout you can do with a friend, a loved one, gym buddy or even you children. Get along and check out all the action. For more information, visit the iAdventure website.

Ainslee Wills + Kira Puru & The Bruise + Post Paint + Grace Turner @ The Great Northern Hotel

Hear Ainslee Wills play her Neo Folk Rock tunes from her highly anticipated debut album ‘You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine’. Her killer voice and entertaining live shows have seen her gain a name around Australia, Europe and America. Kira Puru & The Bruise describe their music as Brutal Doom Pop, so whatever you take from that description, you know they will put on an interesting show. Post Paint will get the crowd pumping with their Indie Folk-Pop and Grace Turner will show off her tunes to the delight of patrons. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $13.30 and can be purchased through OzTix or on the door.

Sunday 21st April

Handel’s MESSIAH @ Great Hall, University of Newcastle

Want to hear what the critically-acclaimed Newcastle University Choir have been working on lately? Get enlightened, enriched and enjoy Messiah by George Frideric Handel and conducted by Christopher Allan. Starts at 2pm at the Great Hall. Free parking. Tickets: Adults $30, Concession $25, Students $15. Buy tickets through the Newcastle University Choir website, or call 02 4954 8781. Tickets are also available at MacLeans Booksellers Hamilton, Music Solutions Warners Bay, and at the door.

Monday 22nd April

Cathedral Holiday Fun @ Christ Church Cathedral

Get your kids involved in some holiday fun with three days of games, stories, music, cooking, interesting crafts, treasure hunts, afternoon tea and loads more at Christ Church Cathedral, Church Street. Great for those aged between 5-12. Starts today and goes until Wednesday 24th April. $2 per child per day. To register or for more information contact Rosie Murree-Allen on 4926 4663.

Tuesday 23rd April

Newcastle Outdoor Ice Rink @ Wheeler Place 

It’s school holidays so you know what that means? Occupy the kids before they drive you nuts! Start the holidays in European-style with the temporary outdoor ice rink at Wheelers Place. Open until 12th May, try your hand at ice skating like you have never experienced it before. Open 10am – 9.30pm daily. Adults $22, Children & Students $17, Family (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children) $65. Visit Ice Australia for more information and discount vouchers.

Wednesday 24th April

Spit Syndicate + Jackie Onassis + Elemont @ Great Northern Hotel

Sydney hip hop duo Spit Syndicate return with their third LP ‘Sunday Gentlemen’ which showcases some deeply personal stories with their renowned flair. Their debut album ‘Towards The Light’ gained them an ARIA nomination for Best Urban Release in 2008, and these talented guys have been going strong ever since. Having shared stages with 360, Horrowshow, Bliss n Eso, Drapht, Cypress Hill, and Lupe Fiasco as well as performing at festivals like Peats Ridge, Pyramid Rock and Good Vibrations, you do not want to miss these guys. Jackie Onassis and Elemont will get the crowd pumping for this hot music event. 18+ event. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $18.40 through OzTix

Thursday 25th April

28 Days @ Cambridge Hotel

This Melbourne pub band have certainly come a long way since bursting on to our radio stations with their number 1 second album ‘Upstyledown’ that spawned hit tracks such as  ‘Sucker’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘Rip It Up’, and ‘Song for Jasmine’. This album has spurred their latest tour, where faithful 28 Days fans can hear all of these great tracks plus more in a proper tour that pays homage to the album’s success. Don’t miss these guys bringing the house down tonight. 18+ event. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $23.30. Purchase yours through Big Tix.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March @ Nobby’s Beach

Commemorate our fallen and active heroes at the ANZAC Dar Dawn Service and March. Starting at 5am, the service at Nobby’s Beach includes a four-gun salute by the guns at Fort Sratchley. The march will commence at 9.15am in the Hunter Street Mall, with all servicemen wearing their uniform or medals as well as war widows and widowers, their children and grandchildren carrying an official RSL Letter are entitled to free travel on the day.

Don’t forget, there is always loads going on around town so check in with your local pub or RSL to see what ANZAC Day festivities they will be putting on such as the all important 2-Up, as well as services and marches close to you.

Leah is a recent Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) graduate from the University of Newcastle, who is interested in social media, SEO and advertising. To handle the stress of undertaking Honours this year, she will occupy herself with way too many movies and TV series, first person shooter games and taking cute photos of her cat.

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