What’s on in Newcastle this week: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Grant Smillie and more.


Whats on in Newcastle this week: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Grant Smillie and more.

Photograph courtesy of The White Noise

Struggling to get through the week? Luckily for you we’ve organised your social life for the next seven days. Along with our extensive gig guide featuring Ripper Owens, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Smells Like Nirvana tribute band there’s also nationally renowned psychic, Charmaine Wilson, The Great Northern’s open mic night and The Royal Rotary race meet to keep you entertained!

Thursday 24th May

Ripper Owens @ The Cambridge

Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past ten years. When he succeeded Rob Halford, joining Judas Priest in May 1996, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed: Owens had previously been a fairly unknown quantity to international music journalists and only a few new of him from the band Winters Bane, but he recorded his first Priest album, the Grammy-nominated “Jugulator” (1997) with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording “Demolition” (2001), and the live recordings, “Meltdown - 98 Live” (1998) and “Live In London” (2003), and the movie “Rockstar” that was loosely based on Tim’s experience with Judas Priest, Halford’s return put an end to Owens’ stint with Judas Priest. More or less immediately, he was enlisted by Jon Schaffer to team up with Iced Earth and sang on “The Glorious Burden” in spring 2004. Three years later, Owens followed suit with the Iced Earth album “Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Pt. I)”, which succeeded the self-titled highly praised debut by his own band Beyond Fear. Spring 2008 saw Owens move on to join one of the world’s best guitar players Yngwie Malmsteen, debuting with a sensational vocal performance on “Perpetual Flame”.

Don’t miss out on your chance to watch them play at The Cambrdige Hotel This coming Thursday the 24th of May! The show will start at 8pm and Tickets are available from the venue or from this website.

Tex Perkins @ Lizottes

The amazing Tex Perkins will be playing at 7pm at Lizottes on Friday the 25th of May. Make sure you dont miss out on this great opportunity to watch him play live! He is a fantastic singer-songwriter and I would highly recommend going to see hiw performance.

You can get tickets from the venue for $59 for the show only or you can also purchase tickets for $101 for both the show and dinner.

The Mission in Motion

It’s been a busy 12 months since The Mission in Motion released their debut album “ Somewhere Safe” which spawned two Triple J high rotation singles ‘New Skin’  and ‘Believer’. This led to a feature as part of Triple J’s next crop artists, a performance on Like A Version, garnered a spot on the Big Day Out and headlined their own successful shows.

They will be playing on Friday the 25th of May at the Great Northern Hotel ! The show will kick start at 8pm. If you already have plans, I would strongly suggest to check out their show!

Friday 25th May

 The Brian Jonestown Massacre (USA) @  Newcastle Leagues Club

The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American electric music band led by Anton Newcombe. The band is currently touring in Australia, joined by Danish Indie Rock duo The Raveonettes.

After the best part of a decade honing their instantly recognizable sound and seeing it co-opted by so many other bands, The Raveonettes are  aspiring for a similar level of greatness, Sharin and Sune are blazing a newer, darker trail with their brilliant fifth album ‘Raven In The Grave’.

The two bands will be performing at Newcastle Leagues Club at 8pm on Friday the 25th of May. Tickets are currently available from the venue or on sale on Oztix and Moshtix.

It will be a great show so make sure you get your tickets soon so that you don’t miss out!

Saturday 26th May

The Royal Rotary Race Day @ Newcastle Jockey Club

Suit up! This Saturday The Newcastle Jockey Club is hosting the Royal Rotary Race day at Broadmeadow race course. This is a perfect excuse to, dress up, enjoy a few drinks, have a punt and support our local community.

Gates open at 11.30am with the first race beginning at 12.20pm and the last race at 4:35pm. For tickets call the NJC on (02) 4961 1573 or visit their website for more information.

Smells Like Nirvana @ Cardiff Panthers

Nirvana are one of the world’s most iconic acts, relive some of the greatest hits at Cardiff Panthers this coming Saturday the 26th of May at 8pm! If you are one of Nirvanas’ many fans, get yourself a ticket and come enjoy the show! Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Grant Smillie @ King Street Hotel

Grant Smillie is a Melbourne based house music DJ/Producer who plays sets in clubs around Australia. We are lucky enough to have him playing at King Street Hotel on Saturday the 26th of May! The show will start at 8pm and entry fee is $10.

He is a very talented DJ and definitely worth watching! It will be an awesome party. He has featured in compilations from The Ministry of Sound and from One Love. In the last year alone there’s been 2,000,000 YouTube views of his singles. His record label, Neon, boasts an assembly of platinum certified releases with multiple ARIA #1’s. His production outfit TV ROCK has gone to the top of the club charts in 6 countries gaining multiple Pete Tong spins on ‘The Essential Selection’ on UK’s BBC1. Grant has become an household name not only in Australia but also all around the world and he has said that “The best is still to come”. He holds the record for the most time spent in the Australia club chart top 10, with his track Flaunt it.

If you breathe of electronic music just like Grant, you will absolutely love his music!

CRocQ @ Bar Petite

With recent performances in NYC and Vanuatu RnB performer, CRocQ, will be performing at Bar Petite this Saturday.

Having spent the last seven years fine tuning his sound CRocQ’s career is on the verge of taking off nationally and internationally; from recent collaborations with DJ Fuel, and DJ Patsan to the impending release of his debut album mid next year.

CRocQ will be playing at Bar Petite from 7pm- 10pm. Call (02) 4929 3033 or check out their website for a full gig guide.

Sunday 27th May

The Black Sorrows (Melbourne) @ Lizottes

The Black Sorrows are an Australian Band from Melbourne and we have the chance to watch them play live at Lizottes this coming Sunday the 27th of May at 7pm. Tickets are $114 and this includes both the dinner and the show. They are a great band and they have been in the music industry for a few years now and have travelled the world playing their hits.

It will be a great show!

Monday 28th May


Tuesday 29th May

Open Mic Night @ Great Northern Hotel

Get yourself and some friends down to the Great Northern Hotel on tuesday night and enjoy an open mic night. It is always plenty of fun!

 Wednesday 30th May

Charmaine Wilson @ New Lambton Wests

The winner of Channel Seven’s ‘The One’, Charmaine Wilson, will be showcasing her proven psychic abilities at New Lambton Wests this Wednesday.

Following the recognition she has received from ‘The One’, as well as previous accolades including Queensland Psychic of the Year in 2008, and Australian Psychic of the Year in 2005 Charmaine has become widely renowned for her authentic skill and compassion.

Through her personal experience with grief, from the sudden death of her brother and 4 year old daughter, Chermaine understands the emotions of her clients and uses her natural gift to connect audience members with their loved ones.

For sceptics, those who wish to connect with passed family or anyone who’s after an awesome night out call (02) 4935 1200 for more information or book tickets online through this website. Tickets $45/ $50 for non-members. Doors open at 7.45pm.

Justine is a 4th year business/commerce student at the University of Newcastle. She has interests in fashion & media as well as a passion for travelling. She has lived in three different continents including a 6 months study program in the south of France. She is fluent in French & English and is addicted to coffee.

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