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HOT BUZZ: New Australian indie "it girl" Alex Lahey will play a free show at the Sydney Junction Hotel on Saturday night.

HOT BUZZ: New Australian indie "it girl" Alex Lahey will play a free show at the Sydney Junction Hotel on Saturday night.


48 Watt Street Thursday-Friday, Vera Blue.

5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Timmy Coffey. Saturday, DJ Salt. Sunday, Mick & Josh.

Adamstown Bowling Club Friday, KR Duo.

Albion Hotel Singleton Thursday, Lennie Live, Friday, Brindle Pigs.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Open Fire.

Bar 121 Friday, Bonny Wythes. Saturday, Shivoo.

Bar Petite Friday, Horenco. Saturday, CrocQ.

Beach Hotel Friday, Battle of the Bands – semi-final. Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Disco Biscuits. 

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Belmont 16s Friday, Marissa, The Midnight Drifters. Saturday, Jake Folbigg, Loko. Sunday, Franky & Johnny.

Belmont Bowling Club Friday, Smoke & Mirrors. Sunday, The Rod Stewart Show.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Defaced.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Tommy Gun. Saturday, Overload.  

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Viagro. Saturday, V-Dubs.

The Bradford Friday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Saturday, The Fedz.

Burwood Inn Friday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Plutonic Lab, Talakai and LCD. Saturday, CRAZE Club Night.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Caity Kelly. Saturday, Hellread. 

Carrington Place Thursday, Jack McLaughlin's French Street Jazz Band. Friday, Joe Cox.

Catho Pub Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Cash Walkin The Line.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Holly Wilson. Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Friday, Roy Orbison & The Everly Brothers tribute show.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Mardmax. Saturday, Alias Duo.

Civic Theatre Friday, Let's Dance 2016 - Newcastle Contemporary Dance Academy.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Harry Thurbly, Lawson.

Club Kotara Saturday, Blacklisted.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, The Dreamcatchers.

Colliery Inn Friday, Karaoke. Saturday, Pete & Kate Sneddon.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Casho.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Hayden Johns.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Viagro. Sunday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Criterion Hotel Weston Friday, Karaoke Widows. Saturday, Dos Eager.

Croatian Club Wickham Sunday, Riff-Raff.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Friday, Jason Bone.

Customs House Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Jerome.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Hayden Johns.

D'Albora Marina Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Grace Ellen.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Bobby C. Satruday, TK.

Dungog RSL Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Rock Oz. Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Emile.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Poison'us and the Australian GNR Show.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Smokin Rosie. Saturday, Tommygun.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ Delicious, Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, The Retro Rockets, DJ Bubby.

George Tavern Friday, Jerome. Saturday, Modern History.

Grain Store Saturday, Grace Ellen. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, The Museum of Hope and Other Flights of Jazzification!.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Robbie T.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Howard Shearman. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, All In A Year, Voodoo Youth, Wilson & The Castaways. Friday, Skinpin, Meth Muscles, Rort Menace, Pegbucket. Sunday, Jen Buxton, Dog Dirt.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload. Saturday, Greg Bryce, Purple Rain. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Honeysuckle Hotel Thursday, Jerome. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Uptown. Sunday, Howard Shearman, The Gracetones.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Melody Feder.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sean Andrews, Uptown. Saturday, Code Red.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Twinsanity.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Damien.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Friday, Purple Hearts.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Mark Wells. Saturday, Marissa.

Kent Hotel Friday, The Core Duo. Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

King Street Hotel Friday, Marlo. Saturday, KL Party. 

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Formula.

The Landing Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Green Mohair Suits. Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, Naked Space, Sendfire, Wether the Lizard. Saturday, Introvert, The Kava Kings, Coast & Ocean.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Callaghan College. Friday, Zoe K, Holly Clayton, Adam Miller. Saturday, The Marvin Gaye Experience. Sunday, Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell & Kevin Bennett. Monday, Centre For Hope fundraiser ft. Ukastle Ukestra, The Odd One Out, Jeraki and Barry Morgan. Tuesday, Harry Manx (Can).

Lochinvar Hotel Friday, Tim Harding.

Lucky Hotel Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Chris Phillips.

Maitland Park Bowling Club Friday, Zane Penn.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Friday, Love That Hat. Saturday, Phonic Trio. Sunday, TK.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Emily Smith.

Maryville Tavern Sunday, DJ Tone & Dan Phelan.

Mattara Hotel Friday, Kelly Hope.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Karen O’Shea. Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Phonic. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Anyerin.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Andy Show.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, Creedence Show Plus Women Of Rock.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Dr Zoom Duo. Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle City Hall Thursday, Musica Viva International Concert Season 2016.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Dave Carter.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Thomas Blake. Saturday, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Hayden Shepherd. Saturday, The Remedy Trio.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Jon Schatz, Alias Duo. Saturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Plough Inn Friday, Allan Freihaut.

Potters Brewery Friday, Blake Saban Duo.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Lennie Live.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Michael Passfield. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Mike Horbacz.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Matteo Verde. Saturday, Howard Shearman, Matt Meler. Sunday, CrocQ.

Rathmines Bowling Club Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Steve Werren.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, Steve Werren.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Junior And Luana.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Code Red.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Alessandro.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Wicked. Sunday, Loren Ryan. 

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Shaft Tavern Friday, Sunday’s Record Duo.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Kenny Jewell.

Small Ballroom Thursday, Caravãna Sun, Nocturnal Tapes, Jucy Lucy.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Deuce.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Joe Mungovan. Friday, Plastic Voyage. Saturday, The Swamp Stompers, Urban Chiefs. Sunday, Alby Pool & No City Limits.

Star Hotel Thursday, Dan Beazley. Friday, Adrianna Mac Trio. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Flattrakkers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Phonic.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Alex Lahey, Rachel Maria Cox, Hot Spoke, DJ 5 Per Cent, Ricky Bonomini.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Max Jackson Duo.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo. Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto Hotel Friday, The New Cool.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Dave Owen.

Town Hall Hotel Friday, Jim Overend.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Mark Lee.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Daley Holliday. Saturday, The Rumour.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Weston Workers Club Saturday, Tezza & The Twistops.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Loko Trio. Saturday, Talk Of The Town. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, Fat Possum, Far Know. Saturday, Hey Poncho, Three Of A Kind. Sunday, Mark Wells, Kevin Borich.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.


American Dreams in China (UNCL 15+) The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream". This school helps the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. (Event Newcastle)

Bad Moms (MA) When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

Blair Witch (MA) College students enter the Black Hills Forest to see if the disappearance of James' sister is connected to the Blair Witch. As night falls, the students realise the legend is all too real after they are visited by a menacing presence.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (M) Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. With her career and love life back from the dead with an American named Jack, things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant.

Captain Fantastic (M) In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. (Regal)

Don’t Breathe (MA) A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong.

Dough (M) An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. (Regal)

Girl Asleep (M) The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.

Go Away Mr Tumour (PG) Based on the famous Chinese comic series by cartoonist Xiong Dun, chronicling the darkest hours of her life in a lighter and more amusing way. (Event Newcastle)

Goldstone (G) Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. (Regal)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG) Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush.

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta.

Love & Friendship (PG) Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter - and herself. (Regal)

Majnu (CTC) A comedy of a person who has frequent break-ups. (Event Newcastle)

Mr Six (MA) When Mr. Six’s son, Xiaobo is caught in a dispute with a well-connected young drag-racing street gang leader, Xiaofei, Mr. Six must step up to help defend his son. (Event Newcastle)

National Theatre: War Horse (E) Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. (Event Newcastle)

Nerve (M) A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

Pete’s Dragon (PG) For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. To his daughter, Grace, these stories are little more than tall tales, until she meets Pete.

Snowden (M) NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press. (Event Newcastle)

Spin Out (M) Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town, where they form one of the town's most formidable ute-driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city - sending Billy into a spin.

Storks (G) Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

Suicide Squad (M) A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

Sully (M) On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (M) Based on the first part of The Fab Four’s career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how The Beatles became a phenomenon. (Event Newcastle & Kotara)

The Fourth Phase (CTC) Iconic snowboarder Travis Rice makes his highly-anticipated return. (Event, Glendale)

The Magnificent Seven (M) With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers & hired guns.

The Secret Life of Pets (PG) Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favourite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.


Blithe Spirit A man is caught between two wives in Noel Coward’s lively comedy when a medium calls up the ghost of his dead first wife. Maitland Repertory Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until October 1, and 2pm Sunday.

Bugsy Malone Amusing musical written for young performers showing the rivalry between two gangster mobs in the 1930s. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Daily at 11am from Monday to September 30, plus 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm from October 1 to November 5 and 2pm Sunday on October 9 and 23.

Light Bites & Tasty Treats Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies staged at the Edinburgh Fringe which look at post-modern art, eating in fast food stores, and other topics. Opening show of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre. Straylight Australia, at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin. September 28 to October 9. Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

Shaolin Warriors Kung-Fu masters from China in a spectacular story about a child’s journey from martial arts training to becoming a fully-fledged warrior. Andrew Kay & Red Live Events & Touring, at the Civic Theatre. Thursday 7pm.

Table Manners Comedy, with songs, by Newcastle’s Maureen O’Brien about six people interacting in a popular restaurant. The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, plus 2pm Sunday.

The Snow Queen Writer-director Pamela Whalan amusingly brings together in this musical Hans Anderson’s fairy story about a young boy who becomes a captive of the title character and life in contemporary Newcastle. Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm.

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