PARTY LIKE 1989 The horses are galloping back. No, we’re not talking about Daryl Braithwaite. US pop legend Belinda Carlisle has announced a 30-year anniversary tour next year to celebrate her third album Runaway Horses. That’s the one that spawned Summer Rain and Leave A Light On. Catch Carlisle at Wests New Lambton on March 5.
STICKY SITUATION Newcastle music festival This That has copped a barrage of criticism this week after signing Sydney band Sticky Fingers to their line-up, and rightly so. Given the social climate, booking an act who’ve faced allegations of abusive behaviour towards women sends the wrong message. As does This That’s statement in response: “The This That team do not condone abuse and strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all those attending the festival. The team is aware of the rumours and allegations surrounding recent behaviour of some of the members of the band Sticky Fingers.”
EXPLORING GHOSTS Redgum singer John Schumann is famous for detailing the Australian experience. Who can forget the haunting Vietnam War ballad I Was Only 19? On July 27 Schumann will return to explore new ground on his new album Ghosts & Memories, which delves into the life of Outback explorer John McDouall Stuart, FIFO workers, climate change and Anzac history. Newcastle fans can hear Schumann’s new material at Lizotte’s on September 5.
FREE TOUCH A cold Corona is usually a summer pursuit, but producer Touch Sensitive wants to warm up your winter. On July 13 the Pizza Guy DJ will perform free at Queens Wharf Hotel for the Mexican beer giant.
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