What’s On This Week In Newcastle? Melbourne Cup, Matchbox Twenty, Phil Jameson

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This week, Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation – brings a unique celebratory vibe to Tuesday afternoon; American veterans, Matchbox Twenty, bring their smorgasbord of hits to Hope Estate; and Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jameson, plays solo at Lizotte’s.

Friday,  November 2nd

Tijuana Cartel @ The Great Northern

They hail from the Gold Coast, but Tijuana Cartel have built a firm reputation for beats that span the globe.

Multi-layered grooves, touches of slide and flamenco guitar, trumpet, Vocals and Afro Cuban Percussion mixed with some hardened electronica – it’s a combo that’s intriguing, energetic and utterly delicious!

Constant touring here and abroad their enduring love affair with live gigs give them with a very raw and electric energy.

Tickets $35 on the door

Rad Newcastle Halloween @ The Cambridge

To celebrate Halloween, Rad Newcastle have decided to put on a dress-up show.

Featuring: Hazards, Horror Business (Misfits covers), Wag Lagon (Lagwagon covers), Local Resident Failure & Shirts For Matthew

Tickets are $10 on the door, with all the profits being donated to Kids With Cancer

Propaganda Birthday Bash @ King St Hotel 

Propaganda,  the global indie night, is celebrating their first birthday at King Street Hotel.

It has been one glorious year since Propaganda first turned up on our doorstep, fresh from the UK and indie music pumping in their headphones. One year later, and they have established themselves in Newcastle as the place to be to sing-a-long and dance your little hearts out to the best new and classic indie music.

Featuring $4 house spirits from 9pm til 1am. $5 entry for students, $10 for non-students.

Kelly Joe Phillips @ Lizotte’s

Kelly Joe Phillips has toured the world many times over, appearing at countless major folk, jazz and blues festivals, and in and amongst his own ten odd albums he has featured on recordings by everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Jar Farrar.

Kelly Joe Phelps has over 200 dates worldwide to promote ‘Brother Sinner & The Whale’ over the next 12 months, with stops in Europe, Canada, U.K, Japan and Iceland. His Australian shows this spring will be his first on Australian soil in 5 years.

Tickets are $44.00, available from the Lizotte’s website.

Saturday, November 3rd

Matchbox Twenty @ Hope Estate

In their sixth Australian tour, Matchbox Twenty headline arenas around the country, as well as playing a special open air show at Hope Estate.

Be there to sing along to the classics from Matchbox Twenty’s hit-packed back catalogue plus a selection of soon-to-be hit tunes from their new album, North.

Matchbox Twenty will be joined on tour by great friends and Aussie legends INXS, touring with their new lead vocalist Ciaran Gribbin and performing their own greatest hits heavy hour set, as the celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their classic ‘KICK’ album.

Tickets from $99.90 – available from Ticketmaster

The Preatures @ The Cambridge Hotel (Side Bar)

The Preatures’ blend of Gothic Soul and rock & roll combines classic songwriting with raw, infectious delivery. Described as The Velvet Underground crashing into Motown, their live shows are cultish – deliriously charged, moody and magnetic.

Led by the ferociously sexy and cool-toned Isabella Manfredi, and the rich and brazen vocals of Gideon, the result is a dynamic union of feminine and masculine energy – a constant trade of light and dark, elegance and dissonance. Bensen’s punk-styled rhythm guitar growls under Jack Moffitt’s schooled lead, while rhythm section Luke Davison (drums) and Tom Champion (Bass) have a modern-day Booker T & The MG’s magic.

Tickets are $12.80, available from Big Tix or on the door

Phil Jameson @ Lizotte’s

Phil Jamieson has certainly made his mark on the Aussie music landscape. His wildly successful musical adventure has spanned four continents and 14 years. Whilst capturing the audience as Grinspoon’s enigmatic and electrifying frontman, Jamieson has also proven himself as a prolific songwriter, penning tracks on several of the bands albums.

Over the years, Fans have become accustomed to seeing Jamieson own the stage in front of huge festival crowds, with multiple appearances at the Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass to name a few. Book early to ensure you don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the songs that have kept Jamieson in the spotlight for more than a decade, like you’ve never heard them before.

Tickets are $36.00, available from the Lizotte’s website

The Vagina Monologues @ The PAN Building 

Eve Ensler’s amusing, moving and honest look at women’s issues and their relationships with men.

Presented by The Popular Theatre Company.

Contact 0402 139 920 for tickets.

Simply Bella Voce @ Civic Playhouse

Simply A’Cappella

Simply harmonious

Simply unique

Tickets: Adult $30, Conc $23 – available from Ticketek

Anthony Marwood & Aleksandar Madžar (Musicaviva) @ Harold Lobb Concert Hall

Like a good wine and an old cheese, Marwood and Madžar go really well together. In fact, rarely have two musicians clicked so well on stage. They’re so in sync, they’ve even been referred to as musical soul mates. Friends and collaborators for over twenty years, both are among the best on their instrument in the world.

Marwood’s cerebral and expressive style is contrasted perfectly with the natural brilliance of Madžar. It’s a special connection: as if two old friends are getting together to have a laugh, share their secrets and generally chew the fat. With adventurous repertoire from Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert, they just seem to get each other. We’re pretty sure you’ll get them too.

Tickets $24.50 – $80.00 – available from Ticketek

Newie’s Finest Comedy Gala

With a headland named Nobby’s, and a nightclub named Fanny’s, the only thing missing from Newcastle’s cultural landscape is an annual comedy Festival. This year, Newcastle Comedy, in conjunction with the Civic Theatre Newcastle, is bringing you some of the best talent to come out of Newcastle in a one off Comedy Gala – Newie’s Finest.

Featuring Household Names Mikey Robbins (Good News Week), Peter Berner (ABC – the Einstein Factor), Rhys Muldoon (House Husbands) and Sarah Levett (NewFM) these four talented comedians will headline a show which also includes up and coming comics Matty B, Brendon Knott, Ryan Black, Ella Reid, Soame Chopra and Gareth Wasik. The show is also raising money and awareness for the Westpac Helicopter Service.

Tickets $50 – available from Ticketek

The Philadelphia Story @ DAPA Theatre, Hamilton 

A woman who is preparing to remarry finds when her former husband turns up that she still has feelings for him; classic comedy by Philip Barry.

Contact 49623270 for tickets

Sunday, November 4th

Jenny Morris @ Lizotte’s

Jenny Morris has won two ARIAs, garnered platinum-selling albums, collaborated with INXS, Noiseworks and Midnight Oil and been in the top 5 in the ARIA charts. With a career that began in 1980, the passion is still with Morris, who returns to Lizotte’s this weekend, in the midst of recording her new album.

Tickets $30.00 – available from the Lizotte’s website

Monday, November 5th

$10 Pizzas @ The Burwood Inn

Hidden in the back streets of beachside Merewether, the Burwood Inn has been a bit of a local secret. Following an extensive renovation, the revitalised Burwood Inn features a brand new a la carte restaurant with a delicious new menu, a new lounge bar and a refurbished front bar. This Monday they’re offering $10 pizzas from their impressive menu.

The Burwood Inn is located at 77 Berner st, Merewether

Tuesday, November 6th

Melbourne Cup Lunch @ Merewether Surfhouse

Merewether Surfhouse present a comprehensive Melbourne Cup celebration featuring: canapés & champagne on arrival, 2 course meal, 4 hours of wine, sparkling, beers & soft drinks, live music and the big race on 3 huge screens.

Prizes for best dressed couple, best dressed female, most creative & best hat. 12 – 4.30pm

Tickets $99.90 – $120.00 – available from Moshtix

Melbourne Cup Luncheon @ Newcastle Panthers

When Newcastle Panthers throws open its doors on Tuesday 6 November, expect no less than an effervescent extravaganza of flavour, fashion, fast fillies and fun.

Tickets are $45 for members & $50 for non members for three courses & includes complimentary Yellowglen piccolo, middy of beer or soft drink & $10 in tickets for the Melbourne Cup Raffle.

Entrée will be served at 1pm.

Catch all the Flemington racing action live on the big screen. There’s also $3 schooners from 1-2pm, sweeps & raffle drawn at 2.30pm

Tickets available from the Newcastle Panthers website 

Melbourne Cup @ Customs House

Celebrate Melbourne Cup 2012 at Customs House in true carnival style at Customs House.

Dress to impress for a chance to win prizes for best dressed male and female as well as best hat.

After the race there will be dancing to live entertainment in The Beer Garden.

Tickets available from the Customs House website

Melbourne Cup Fundraiser @ Newcastle Jockey Club

Camel racing, live music, fashion on the field

Contact Newcastle Jockey Club on 4961 1573 for tickets

Melbourne Cup @ The Junction Hotel

A day of fun, fashion & frivolity at the Junction Hotel on Melbourne Cup Day with your host Savannah Von Spelling.

Recieve a glass of Moet or Boags upon arrival, and ten courses of canapes throughout the day!

Prizes for best dressed male & female, couple, best shoes & best hat! Plus a lucky door prize! Sweeps and TAB facilities!

Crocq and DJ Fuel will be performing live.

The annual ‘Fashions off the Field’ swimwear and fashion parade will also make an appearance.

$5 from every ticket donated to Ronald McDonald House Newcastle.

Contact The Junction Hotel on 4962 8888 for tickets.

Melbourne Cup Lunch w/ Zoe K & The Shadown Katz @ Lizotte’s 

Celebrate this Australian iconic event in style with a delicious lunch, glass of bubbles on arrival, live coverage of the race on the big screen, live entertainment, sweepstakes, giveaways and great company.

To add to this Lizotte’s be giving away some fantastic prizes to the person with the best hat and the best dressed male and female.

Live Entertainment to be provided by the amazing Zoe K & the Shadow Katz.

Tickets $18.00 – $60.00 – available from the Lizotte’s website

Wednesday, November 7th

Live & Local @ Lizotte’s

Live & Local returns to Lizotte’s this Wednesday.

Featuring: Kelly Griffith, Phoebe Daicos , Paper Wolves  & Neon Connective.

Tickets $15.00 – available from the Lizotte’s website

Trivia @ The Burwood Inn 

Weekly trivia at the Burwood Inn is augmented by their Wednesday special of $13.50 Schnitzels.

Poker Night @ The Albion Hotel

Pull out your poker face because Wednesday nights at The Albion Hotel is Poker Night.

Cheap entry fee & the chance to win up big is always a bonus – even better, there’s free finger food for players.

Being voted as the highest rating for NSW in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Good Pub Food Guide 2011′, guarantees some food.

Alex has recently completed a Bachelor of Communication at The University of Newcastle, majoring in media production. His likes include every aspect of film and music. His fears include repetition and monotony. With this being the first time he has written about himself in third person, he has successfully avoided those fears.

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