What’s On In Newcastle? PossABLE, Color Run & Sons of Rico

Sons of Rico Great Northern Hotel 2013

Sons of Rico and co. won’t disappoint crowds at The Great Northern - Image Courtesy of ABC

Here is your jam-packed What’s On Guide for Newcastle this week! Check out all the possible options for those with a disability at the PossABLE Ideas Expo, colour up your Sunday at the Swisse Color Run in Broadmeadow, Sons of Rico with Jimmy Bazil Project and JSmith & The Kids will get the Great Northern pumping + stacks more on offer.

Friday 3rd May

PossABLE Ideas Expo @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre

This is not just another trade show, but an expo that will appeal, inform, support and assist those in need. These include those with a lived experience of disability, service providers, industry professionals, support groups and local and national suppliers. Held across 3rd and 4th May, this event will provide information and support for those with a disability. FREE event. FREE parking. FREE childminding facilities. Visit the PossABLE website for more information.

Tocal Field Days @ Tocal Agricultural Centre

After 30 years, Tocal Field Days is still going strong, where visitors can experience piglet races, taste local food and wine as well as learning loads of cool stuff with farming demos and entertainment of course. Held from 3rd-5th May, this weekend festival gives you plenty of time to experience farming life. Entry is $12 seniors, $17 adults, kids under 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Contact (02) 4939 8820 or visit their website for more information.

It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) @ Civic Theatre

Family man Ron has been given three months to live. The natural thing to do his host a party right? Attempting to give his wife and children the chance to spend a few last quality moments as a family, all sorts of confessions, a surprise ‘wedding’, and a visit from the undertaker no doubt play out in this entertaining dysfunctional family stage event by Hit Productions. . Elizabeth Coleman has certainly outdone herself, who wrote the hugely successful ‘Secret Bridemaids’ Business’. Performance starts at 8pm, with shows tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets $50 adults, $40 subscriber, $45 concession/group 6+. Buy tickets through Ticketek.

The Second Coming Pop-Up Gallery @ Nobby’s Lighthouse

The Second Coming is a nifty pop-up gallery initiative run by artists to showcase the Hunter’s talented individuals as well as other national and internationally recognised artists. Designers, performers, artists and musicians will come together for three hours of fun in a vibrant atmosphere. Urged to consider the location of the iconic Lighthouse and the Poem by William Butler Yeats ‘The Second Coming’, this will be a tasteful affair. For more information, check out our Second Coming article. Event starts 6pm. Tickets $21.50 through Sticky Tickets.

Saturday 4th May

Sons of Rico + Jimmy Bazil Project + JSmith & The Kids @ Great Northern Hotel

Sons of Rico are back with their second album ‘In Rico Glaciers’, hoping to mimic the success of their 2010 debut album ‘Reactions’. Their new single “I’m Not Thinking About You” is a great foretaste for the album, blending indie and classic rock that makes crowds go nuts. Local band Jimmy Bazil Project will go hell for leather as the gig sits between member’s Ken and Joram’s birthdays. Their mix of blues, rock, and pop will get you up and dancing to their latest tunes. After recently coming back from a gig in Forster, local band JSmith & The Kids are ready to rock The Great Northern again with their eclectic mix of sounds including Afro-Fusion, Roots, Reggae, Latin, Funk, and Groove. This band is only going to go up and up. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $13.30 pre-sale through OzTix or $12 on the door.

Tommy Fleming @ Wests New Lambton

Having risen to fame in the 90s when asked to tour the US with Phil Coulter, Tommy has established himself as a successful solo singer through his strength in traditional Irish music. He will have you tapping your feet and singing along with his interpretation of classic and contemporary songs which include The Isle of Innisfree, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Something Inside So Strong, and the very best version of Danny Boy you will ever hear. Playing in the Starlight Room, doors open 7.15pm for an 8.30pm start. Members $45.00, Non-Members $50.00, Child 15 yrs and under $30.00 (must be accompanied by an adult).

Protector Alsafe Race Day @ Broadmeadow Racecourse

Get your fascinators out and your funky ties on because it’s Race Day! Protector Alsafe are the safety specialists, so you know everything will go smoothly on this race day. Remember that the Color Run will be held at this venue tomorrow so if you intend to have a few bevvies and leave your car overnight, you MUST park in the Chatham Road Car Park.

Sunday 5th May

Color Run @ Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow

The time has come for a spectacular ‘Color’ Run! Although this American fun run spells ‘colour’ funny, you know participants will bring the Aussie flair to the event, known as the Happiest 5k on Earth! See around 10,000 people get decked out in white then come through the finishing line in technicolour. Starting at 9.30am, come and support your family and friends as they run, walk or dance 5k’s for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Swisse and Holden sponsorship. Why not become a volunteer and get closer to the action. Email aus.volunteer@thecolorrun.com or fill out a rego form online. If you have no idea what the Color Run is, check out the Color Run website for all the info. There is also important info for participants like packet pick-up times so click the link to make sure you are ready to go!

Knights v. Sharks @ Hunter Stadium

Support our team against the Sharks as they try to get to the top of the Leaderboard. Gates open 11.30am with the NYC draw starting at 11.45am and the big boys taking on the competition at 2.00pm. Tickets start at $25 Adults (16+), $20 Concession, $10 Child (5-15), and $65 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children). Buy your tickets to this must-see match through ProTicket.

Carb on Carb @ the Croatian Club

In their debut Newcastle tour, punked up New Zealand duo Carb on Carb are bringing their new release Ladies Mile to the Croatian Club! Supported by Sydney’s Unity Floors, solo artist Charles Buddy Daaboul and Newcastles own Sadfaces, it’s one not to be missed. The show kick’s off at 2pm with only $5.00 entry! A friendly atmosphere, lawn bowls, and great music assured.


Monday 6th May

Trivia @ Various Locations

Lost for stuff to do on Monday nights or other nights of the week? Why not have a relaxing night drinking, eating and answering questions for some pretty cool prizes. Check out our Insider’s Guide to Trivia spots in Newy for some inspiration.

Tuesday 7th May

Newcastle Outdoor Ice Rink @ Wheeler Place

Enjoy a litte European-style with the temporary outdoor ice rink at Wheelers Place before it closes on 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 8th May

Fait Accompli @ Great Northern Hotel

This soul punk band from Sydney are fast becoming known as one of the good underground bands, with their ‘last show on earth’ mentality making them a hit on the pub/club scene. Putting a modern day twist on punk rock, their ‘soul punk’ sound is gaining rave reviews and has helped them share the stage with acts like The Bungalows, Sticky Fingers, Violent Soho, Goons of Doom and international bands like The New York Dolls and Black Lips. Between all three members exist the founders of underground movements like ‘Less than Strength’, ‘My Sydney Riot’, and ‘MAKEyourself RECORDS’. Their mission to share music as a community and not just as a band has meant two EP’s, a single and double a side single have been made without any industry support. Support - The Owls and Born Lion. Doors open 8pm. FREE Entry.

Thursday 9th May

Bob Evans @ Cambridge Hotel

Bob Evans is changing it up a bit with a full live band for his national ‘Familiar Stranger’ tour. After a successful ‘Double Life’ EP acoustic tour last year and festival shows in January, this fourth album will not disappoint fans and newcomers alike. Supported by triple j Unearthed band Tigertown. 18+ event. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $30.90. Purchase your tickets through BigTix.

Galleri + Fox Control + De’May @ Lass O’ Gowrie

Want a relaxing night in a chilled out pub listening to some good bands? Get 3 for 1 at this gig with Galleri, Fox Control and De’May keeping you entertained.

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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