ROCKERS: Benjalu are playing their last hometown gig for a while at the Cambridge.NEWCASTLE’S favourite sons Benjalu are bidding 2014 farewell with a gig at The Cambridge Hotel on Saturday.
The band’s Ben Gumbleton, AKA Gumby, told LIVE it’d be the band’s last hometown gig for a while.
“This will be our last one in Newcastle for a little while because we expect to focus more on recording new material in 2015,” Gumby said.
“We really want to get some new music out to everyone. We want to explore and enjoy the recording process and we want the music to be damn good. That means jumping off the road for a little while. Something we haven’t really done before.”
He said the weekend’s show would include a comprehensive smattering of songs from all the band’s past releases, plus a few new surprises.
Catch Benjalu at The Cambridge Hotel on December 20 with support from Lyall Moloney and Nick Saxon. Visit yourcambridge南京夜网.
The Gooch Palms hometown show
NOVOCASTRIAN punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms are playing one last tour of Australia – including a hometown show on February 20 – before jetting off to the US for the rest of 2015.
The duo, who supported Violent Soho at the Cambridge earlier this month, will play at The Small Ballroom on February 20. Tickets at oztix南京夜网.au.
The garage punk duo have scored a coveted slot at SXSW Festival in March, at the Four on the Floor: SXSW First-Timers stage, touted as a “unique opportunity for many unknown and up-and-coming acts to show their stuff to a broad audience for the first time in their careers”.
Cornish hints at Dusky sounds
HUNTER-RAISED Hollywood actress Abbie Cornish has teased she’ll release music soon.
The actress, who was an earlier member of Novocastrian hip-hop group Blades under the alias MC Dusk, hinted at an upcoming release via her Facebook page.
“DUSK news coming soon. Getting closer, and closer, and closer ; ) xx,” Cornish said. Stay tuned.
It might get hot in there
GRAMMY award-winning rapper Nelly is coming to Newcastle next month with B.o.B in what’s been touted as the ultimate hip-hop concert.
RIDE WITH HIM: Nelly is playing at Newcastle Panthers on January 9.
With more than 21 million albums sold, the tour marks Nelly’s first visit to Australia in four years, and first ever arena tour. Catch Nelly and B.o.B at Newcastle Panthers on January 9. Tickets at epicpresents南京夜网.au.
LIVE has two double passes to the show to give away. To enter, send the word “Nelly” along with your name, address and telephone number to [email protected]南京夜网.au or SMS “Nelly” to 0427 842 179. Entries close at 9am on Monday.
Vanns announce national album tour
KIAMA’S The Vanns are celebrating the release of their single Operator with an 18-date Scattered By Sundown national tour.
The three-piece, who have toured with the likes of Sticky Fingers, Kingswood, The Griswolds, Jinja Safari, Dappled Cities, Northeast Party House, Steve Smyth, Hey Geronimo and more, are also set to release their Scattered By Sundown EP on February 13.
Catch The Vanns at a free gig at The Cambridge on March 11.
The Kings of Comedy heading our way
EIGHT of Australia’s best comedians are headed to Newcastle for the Kings of Comedy show in February.
Former Novocastrian Mikey Robins heads up the bill which also includes Tommy Dean (Spicks and Specks, Good News Week), Chris Wainhouse (former triple j Raw Comedy winner) and Simon Kennedy (Studio 10).
Catch the comedy all-stars at Wests New Lambton on February 22. Tickets on 4935 1200 or westsnewcastle南京夜网.au.
Pokey LaFarge returns in 2015
AFTER an acclaimed Australian tour in 2014, US roots musician Pokey LaFarge is coming back for more next year.
Recently signed to renowned roots label Rounder Records, LaFarge is set to release his new studio album in the autumn of 2015, coinciding with his Australian tour, and following on from his 2013 self-titled record released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.
LaFarge, with a six-piece band in tow, will play his mix of early jazz, country blues and western swing at The Cambridge on April 12. Tickets at bigtix南京夜网.au.
YouTube star on stage at Civic
INTERNET sensation Miranda Sings – a creation of US comedian Colleen Ballinger – will bring her show to the Civic Theatre on March 25.
The show will feature comedy, songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail and never before seen videos from the star who has chalked up more than 60 million views on YouTube.
Tickets at Ticketek.
Buble back at number one
IN a sure-fire sign it’s Christmas, Michael Buble’s Christmas returns to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for the fourth consecutive year.
The album previously hit No.1 in 2011 (for five weeks), in 2012 (for four weeks), and in 2013 (for three weeks). This is the 13th week the album has spent in the top spot.