Whats On In Newcastle This Week: Karise Eden, Dame Edna, Christmas in July & Margaritas!

Karise Eden at Kotara

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What’s on in Newcastle his week? Despite the cold weather spirits are high with plenty to look forward to including a performance by winner of The Voice, Karise Eden, at Westfield Kotara, Christmas in July celebrations at the Hunter Valley Gardens, as well as Kid Mac at the Great Northern.

Heading further into the week there’s still plenty of fun with great food and drink deals at Cantina with 2 for 1 icy Margaritas on Monday and 1kg bucket of chicken wings at Isobar for $12.90 on Wednesday- Yum!


Thursday 28th June

FAB Tix for General Public are Released

The Fat As Butter lineup has been released with and today the general public tickets are on sale as of this morning.

Even though the event is in September don’t let yourself miss out on tickets for such a huge event so close to home!

At a mere $99.90pp plus booking fees or $140pp for VIP tickets this event is a steal when considering the amazing international and national acts on show, and that transport to and from could be paid for with pocket change.

Tickets are available through the following online and in-store retailers; fatasbutter, oztix, ticketek, The Rockshop and RAD store.

Karise Eden @ Kotara Westfield

Since blowing the Australian public away with the breathtaking strength of her raw vocal abilities, Karise Eden, has been performing throughout Westfield Centres nationally and is set play at Kotara Westfield, centre court, 6pm tonight.

Karise will be showcasing songs from her recently released debut album My Journey, a collection of songs performed on the show including, You Won’t Let Me.

Loved by the Australian public, it is not only Karise’s voice that has endeared her to the masses but also her story. Having lived in more than 20 refuges she uncovered her love for music after being fostered to a loving family, who owned a music store and introduced her to the guitar.

It’s surprising to learn that despite topping the iTunes charts at only 19 years of age, she had never had a singing lesson prior to The Voice.

Check out her incredible talent at Kotara tonight, organisers are expecting crowds in their hundreds so get there early to beat the car park mayhem.

The Audreys @ Lizottes

To mark the release of their most recent album ‘Collected’ The Audreys have announced an intimate duo tour in a hand picked selection of theatres and clubs across Australia.

Since the release of, When the Flood Comes, in 2008 The Audreys have remained a favourite amongst Australian critics, with the album featuring within the Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2008.

Collected, is a unique package containing The Audreys three ARIA winning albums from 2011, 2008 and 2006 along with a rare collection of demos, b-sides, live tracks and videos including the previously unreleased song “Train Wreck Blues”.

Check out their music here.

Tickets to see The Audrey’s are $76pp including a main meal of $34pp with the bar menu available.

For more information call (02) 4956 2066 or visit this website.


Friday 29th June

Barry Humphries Farewell Tour @ The Civic Theatre

Paul Dainty, Chairman of Dainty Group has announced that Australia’s greatest entertainment export - iconic performer, satirist, artist and comedian Barry Humphries - will take his final bow to Australian audiences during his farewell tour, “Eat… Pray… Laugh!”.

While his famous creations are not officially retiring, Australia’s greatest Dame insists that this will be her final tour.

During the all-singing, all-dancing spectacular, Dame Edna promises to “empower” audiences as she meditates on the big issues of gender, ethnicity and climate change.

 “So, Possums, please do come and say goodbye to me. It would be lovely to see your faces for the last time,” Dame Edna says.

“When you hear your grandchild’s voice saying, ‘Grandma, did you see Dame Edna’s farewell show?’ don’t betray their faith in you. Say ‘yes darling! Many, many times!’”

Performing on the 29th of June, 30th and 1st July at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, tickets are between $99 and $199.

To book tickets or for more information call (02) 4929 1977 or visit this website.

Parachute Youth @ King Street

Matt K Von and Johnny Castro are a young duo originating from Sydney and Adelaide. They met two years ago and they are now all over the radio and in several clubs all around the world with their new single “Can’t get better than this”.

They will be playing at king Street Hotel this coming Friday! Friday nights at king street are stduent nights which means that entry is only $5 for students and $4 drinks from 9pm till 1am. If you don’t already have plans this Friday night, come check those guys out and I would suggest getting there early to avoid the massive cue to get in to the club.

Tim Freedman @ Lizottes

Tim freedman is an australian musician from Sydney and he is best known as the mainstay lead singer and keyboardist of the Australian band the Whitlams. He will be playing at Lizottes at 8pm on Friday the 29th of June. Tickets are available from the venue, it is $49 for the show only or $107 for both the dinner and the show.

It will be a great evening so I would strongly recommend getting yourself a ticket !


Saturday 30th June

Kid Mac @ The Great Northern

Kid Mac is back! He will be performing at the Great Northern this coming Saturday at 8pm.

For those of you who don’t know Kid Mac, he is originally from Sydney’s south and he has spent much of the past few years in studio writing and working along with Melbourne-based producers Twice As Nice. After years of writing, recording, international touring, single releases, movie projects, Kid Mac’s debut album “No Man’s Land” is out!

The Living Chair @ Panthers

The Living Chair will be putting on a great show at Newcastle Panthers this Saturday night. The show will kick start at 8pm and entry is only $5 for members.

The Living Chair brings all the best material from both The Living End and Silverchair trios into one exciting and energetic live show. From the classic breakthrough hits, to the modern anthems like “White Noise” and “Straight Lines”.

Snow Time @ The Hunter Valley Gardens

Not planning on a full-blown trip to the snow this year? Alleviate the family’s disappointment and take them to experience the winter wonderland at the Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays.

Open from 10am to 9pm there is a lot going on including an ice-skating rink, a mechanical snow board to test your balancing skills and a snow angel play zone where the kids can play knee deep in man-made snow.

Throughout the day there are also stage performances by the Scallywags, a snow ball challenge where you and your family can have some traditional fun, a storybook jumping castle,  a snow time treasure hunt as well as snow tubing where you can race your opponent down two inflatable slopes

For specific event times and more information call (02) 4998 4000 or visit this website.

Newcastle North Stars v Canberra Knights @ Hunter Ice Skating Stadium

A great way to get the adrenaline pumping this Saturday is to watch the Newcastle North Stars take on the Canberra Knights in the 57th game of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

At the height of popularity in America and Canada, supporting the Newcastle North Stars on their home grounds, the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, ensures that no matter where you are seated you’ll be right on top of the action.

Broken down into three 20 minute periods, ice-hockey at a professional level is played at break- neck speed and an extremely high intensity, which you can enjoy perched on the sidelines with a bucket of hot chips and a coffee.

Tickets to see the North Stars are $18 for adults, $14 for children or $50per family for more tickets or more information call (02) 4954 4499.

Michael Shannon @ Newcastle Art Gallery

There are three new exhibitions are opening at the Newcastle Art Gallery this Saturday including the Australian romantic realist, Michael Shannon.

Also exhibited is a sculptural collection exploring the artists’ use of objects, materials or techniques out of context as well as Irish born convict, Richard Browne, who used watercolours to portray the indigenous people from the Hunter Region and Sydney during his time here from 1811- 1817.

Establish a greater depth of insight into these individual collections by joining director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Gordon Morrison, as he discusses Michael Shannon’s works at 11am or the curatorial staff at 6pm as they discuss items from the sculptural collection.

Alternatively you can also attend the regular free guided tours from 11am-12pm Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information on the exhibitions or tours call (02) 4974 5100or visit this website.


Sunday 1st July

Christmas in July @ Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

July is here and Christmas is upon us once again! Throughout the month of July Chef Ebonnie Newby of Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant has prepared a Christmas inspired menu featuring local ingredients.

In addition to Esca’s regular menu the Christmas in July menu will feature gravalax of salmon, confit of pork belly and a gorgeous chocolate fondant with crème anglais, rocky road ice-cream and chocolate soil.

At $60pp or $75pp with matching wines Christmas in July at Esca Bimbadgen will give you the chance to enjoy a Christmas free of stressful shopping expeditions and painful family dinners.

For more information or to make a booking call (02) 4998 4666 or visit this website.

 Gaggling Goslings Kid’s Class: Italian Pizza Mania @ Essential Ingredient

Are the kids giving you grief these holidays? Keep them busy by putting them to work in the kitchen!

With Karen Green’s, Italian Pizza Mania cookery class your kids will develop confidence in the kitchen as well as gaining a few culinary skills.

With a focus on creative pizzas and easy to prepare bases, all you have to do is bring the kids and a container because all toppings and equipment is supplied.

At $45per child bookings for Italian Pizza Mania are essential.

Class goes from 10.30am- 1.30pm, for more information call (02) 4926 1991 or visit this website.

Monday 2nd July

 2-4-1 Icy Margaritas @ Cantina

Looking to add a little excitement to your Monday night? The friendly staff at Mexican restaurant, Cantina, are promoting their two-for-one icy margaritas at Wests, New Lambton.

Gather your amigos and get your photograph on their wall of fame by completing the 1kg burrito challenge, or explore their Mexican/ Italian menu featuring delicious enchilada’s made with tender shredded beef, salsa and a gooey house-made cheese sauce.

Also for those of you with a sweet tooth Cantina also have a two-for-one dessert promotion each Tuesday night where you and a friend can enjoy a number of delicious desserts including their chocolate nachos mousse or apple enchilada.

Bookings not required, open from 5-9pm 7days for more information call (02) 4935 1200 or visit this website.

Tuesday 3rd July

The Aristocats @ Glendale Greater Union

There’s a little bit of old school Disney fun on today with the Greater Union at Glendale screening the classic, and my favourite, The Aristocrats.

It’s been 42 years since the bizarre story of a Parisian cat, set to inherent a fortune from her owners, is kidnapped by a jealous butler and forced to find her way home with the help of a street-smart alley cat.

Screening at 10.15am tickets to see The Aristocats are $11 for adults and $6.50 for kids. For more information call (02) 4956 9331 or visit this website.

Wednesday 4th July

Wingman Promotion @ Isobar

While Wednesday night is Newcastle’s notorious student night at Isobar they are celebrating Wingman Wednesdays with a 1kg of chicken wings for $12.90!

In preparation for any students celebrating the end of exams Isobar is also offering 2 for 1 cocktail from 6pm. That sounds like a sweet little deal to me- not to mention economical.

For more information on Isobars Wingman promotion call (02) 4927 1772 or visit their website.



Kayla is a 3rd year Communications student majoring in Public Relations. She has overcome her fear of technology within the last few years after completing international and local internships within the digital media industry. Her other interests include Arrested Development, reading, cooking and merlot.

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