IF the idea of "rock'n'roll all night and partying every day" with US behemoth KISS on the Supercars weekend at No.1 Sportsground doesn't appeal, there's another option.
Legendary Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss will return to town on November 23 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his classic solo debut Matchbook at Newcastle City Hall.
When it was released in August 1989, Matchbook peaked at No.1 and sold 200,000 copies in the first year, due to the successful singles Tucker's Daughter, Telephone Booth, Mr Rain and Out Of The Fire.
Sydney's Mark Wilkinson and rising Newcastle folk artist Lachlan Edwards will join Moss for the show.
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NEWCASTLE acts Fritz and Raave Tapes will be taking their indie tunes to the nation's capital on October 19 for the long-awaited relaunch of Stonefest.
The music festival at the University Of Canberra was a rite of passage for ACT youth since 1971 before it went into hibernation a decade ago due to competition from other events.
The return of Stonefest will be headlined by Melbourne rockers British India and UK rapper Example, and also features Mallrat, Skegss, Sampa The Great, Thelma Plum, Japanese Wallpaper, Good Doogs and more.
NEW Jersey post-hardcore band Senses Fail will tour their seventh album If There Is A Light, It Will Find You across Australia next month, which includes a July 18 date at the Newcastle Hotel.
Rising Newcastle punks Eat Your Heart Out and Melbourne's Stuck Out are jumping on board the tour.
JAPANESE psych-guitar master Masami Kawaguchi is hardly a household name in Australia but for years he's been launching sonic assaults from the Tokyo underground. Kawaguchi is bringing his three-piece band New Rock Syndicate to Australia this month to support their latest album Now.
Expect a primitive and distorted haze of psych-rock when New Rock Syndicate perform at the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel on July 6.
HAVE you wondered what Radiohead's anthem of self-loathing, Creep, would sound like as a sultry jazz number? Or maybe you'd like to hear Billie Eilish's Bad Guy, done gypsy style?
You have the opportunity when New York's Postmodern Jukebox returns for its fifth Australian tour in spring. The tour includes a performance at Newcastle's Civic Theatre on October 4.
Since being founded in 2011 by pianist Scott Bradlee, PMJ have become an internet sensation. Their vintage '20s and '30s jazz covers of popular songs has amassed 1.1 billion video views on YouTube, including 64 million streams alone for Creep.
MARK down Sydney indie-folk artist Hollie Col as one to watch. Warm and lush harmonies, wrapped up in nostalgic pop alt-country melodies. On July 5 Col will release the single Unholy and she'll launch the track at the Cambridge Hotel on September 15.
IF you were left with or without tickets for U2's first TheJoshua Tree show at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 22, fear not. The Irish rock megastars have announced a second and final show for the SCG on November 23, again with support from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Tickets go on sale on Monday.