Paddock Sessions 2019 is just three weeks away. Have you bought your ticket yet?
It's on Saturday, May 25, at Taer Angwidd Farm - on private land in Wollombi - and is unique in that it doesn't fit into a single genre. There's alt-country, folk, rock, blues, jazz and even Americana, and children are more than welcome.
This year's line-up includes James Morrison and his 10-piece Motown band; This Way North; Imogen Clark & Band; Tori Forsyth; Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar); Lilly Among Clouds; Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes; Ben Leece with Left of the Dial; Weeping Willows; Piper Butcher; Darcy Fox and Elyssa Faith.
For ticket and accommodation options go online to paddocksessions.com.
Fun for all ages
Speaking of Wollombi and music, there are fewer than 100 tickets left to this year's Wollombi Music Festival. It's celebrating its 10th anniversary from September 27 to 29 at Cranky Rock, just five minutes from Wollombi.
All tickets include camping and cost $175 plus booking fee for the full festival weekend. Children 12 years and under are admitted free with a parent or guardian.
The Friday kicks off with live music on the Big Yengo stage followed by a campfire jam around a fire pit. The festival will be in full swing on the Saturday with two stages hosting an eclectic mix of artists, plus market and food stalls, a designated Kidsfest area, a drum circle, a silent disco and roving performers. The Goddess Burlesque Troupe returns, too.
Rock 'n' Soul
Since winning Australian Idol in 2006 Damien Leith has sold platinum albums, won several ARIA Awards and taken home a coveted Golden Guitar. He has hosted and co-hosted multiple television shows, penned two adult novels and children's stories, and has released an App - Damien Leith Storytime: a collection of children's stories.
Now he is paying homage to Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley on The Rock n Soul Tour.
Leith's tour Roy - A Tribute to Roy Orbison sold-out shows nationally. His 2011 studio album of the same name remained in the Australian top 20 album charts for more than 22 weeks. His latest album, the Presley-inspired Gospel, has also been well received.
Catch Leith's Rock n Soul Tour at Belmont 16s on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are on sale now at the venue.
Buddy Holly and The Beatles - together - live In concert? If only. But the next best thing is coming to Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on June 15, thanks to Scot Robin and The Beatle Boys.
Robin played the role of Holly in the smash hit musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and has performed in Holly's home town of Lubbock Texas, where he met with the late star's family and widow Maria Elena Holly to celebrate Buddy Holly Week, an annual event set up by Sir Paul McCartney.
Tickets to Buddy Holly and The Beatles: Together in Concert are on sale at the venue's Box Office, by phoning 4993 4266 or online at cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au.
Morgan Evans has announced a national tour that bypasses Newcastle. If you are keen to hear the Novocastrian play Day Drunk, Kiss Somebody and other songs from his debut album, Things That We Drink To, you'll have to head south to Sydney's Enmore Theatre on Friday, October 18, for his all-ages gig. Tickets are on sale at noon on Monday, May 13.
Bodyjar and 28 Days are bringing the '90s back to Newcastle's Cambridge Hotel on Saturday, June 29. Joining them will be US party rockers Through Being Cool and Newcastle band Hack The Mainframe.
Byron Bay's Babe Rainbow are cruising their way to The Newcastle Hotel on Saturday, May 25. Joining them will be The Pinheads and Indigo Sparkle. Single Something New is out now and their third full-length album is due in August. The eco-friendly band is touring the US in June and Europe at the conclusion of their Earth is an Egg Don't Frack It Australian tour.
The Spooky Men's Chorale is celebrating the release of seventh album Welcome to the Second Half with a performance at Newcastle's Civic Theatre on May 31. The Spooky Men blend Georgian table songs, ballads, original songs and inappropriate covers.
Suzi Q back
Suzi Quatro will perform at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday, November 8. "I want to strip everything back to the original sounds for these shows; bass, drums, keys and guitar. It will be exciting to be raw again," she said. Tickets are on sale this Friday, May 10.