Cambridge announce big line-up to ring in the New Year

DROPPING IN: Hip-hop star Illy will headline the Cambridge Hotel's New Year's Eve street party bash.

DROPPING IN: Hip-hop star Illy will headline the Cambridge Hotel's New Year's Eve street party bash.

START getting those New Year’s Eve plans together because the Cambridge Hotel has dropped a stellar line-up for their second street party.

Melbourne hip-hop star Illy, the man behind the singles Papercuts and Tightrope, will headline the nine-act bill. Joining him on the outside stage in Wood Street will be Perth indie band San Cisco, electronic artist The Kite String Tangle, electronic soul duo Boo Seeka - fronted by Newcastle’s Ben Gumbleton - and folk act Kim Churchill.

Also performing at the eight-hour festival will be Bootleg Rascal, Lyall Moloney, Jayteehazard and Newcastle psych rockers RAAVE TAPES.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 9am.

BEACH EXPANSION

NEWCASTLE’S Beach Street concept is catching on down south. Not only will Wollongong bands appear at Beach Street III on October 1 at the Lass O’Gowrie, our sister steel city will host their own festival on November 17. Newcastle’s The Owls and PALS have been confirmed for the first Wollongong Beach Street.

Meanwhile preparations are ramping up for the third Beach Street, which aims to provide unsigned local bands with an avenue to perform to a larger audience. The first two installments in January and March were a raging success. The October 1 bill includes Newcastle’s dave, PALS, Split Feed, William John Jr, The Owls, Voodoo Youth, Grace Turner, The Treehouse Children and RAAVE TAPES.

“It’s about independent bands who are good enough to be on the radio, but are not on the radio,” The Owls frontman and organiser Josh Bailey said. “Most of these bands are good enough to be touring and we’re just trying to give them the opportunity and our slogan is, ‘it’s made by the artists, for the artists’.

Every band will be paid equally regardless of their position on the bill.

FESTIVAL GROWTH

BIG SQUEEZE: Angus Stone's new project Dope Lemon will headline the first Grow Your Own festival at Forster.

BIG SQUEEZE: Angus Stone's new project Dope Lemon will headline the first Grow Your Own festival at Forster.

IF you have trouble bringing major acts to town, why not grow your own? That’s the attitude of Jack River aka Forster’s Holly Rankin. River’s musical career is beginning to take-off with the indie songstress’ tracks Talk Like That and Nothing’s Going To Hurt You Baby gaining traction on Triple J.

However, River is also helping to foster music in the Great Lakes by leading a 15-person team in organising the inaugural Grow Your Own festival at Club Forster on December 23. Dope Lemon, the new project of Angus Stone, will headline the event, that also features River and fellow Great Lakes acts The Ruiins, Jake Meadows, James Bennett, Galleri, Los Skallywaggs​ and Vanilla Gorilla​. Tickets  go on sale 9am Friday through www.grownyourown.tv.

DOUBLE ACT

BOB Evans must rate the coffee or something because he’s announced his third appearance in the Hunter in the space of four months.

The alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell will return to Newcastle on December 8 to play 48 Watt St with fellow folk troubadour Josh Pyke. Evans headlined Elsewhere: The Rooftop in Bolton Street two weeks ago and will play A Day On The Green on November 5 at Bimbadgen with Jebediah.

Pyke has also been a regular visitor to Newcastle, having played two shows at Lizotte’s in August. Every ticket purchased, will receive a free download of the exclusively recorded tracks, What The Future Holds and Desperate, performed by Pyke and Evans.

Expect a Beatles cover or two from these Fab Four fanatics.

MARMOOK MUSIC

MAITLAND’S Marmook & Poom Poom's Cafe & Bar is rebranding itself in a bid to become one of the leaders in live music in the Hunter Valley. On Friday night the High Street venue will host Melbourne alt-country duo Amarillo, who are Raised By Eagles’ guitarist Nick O’Mara and vocalist Jac Tonks. The show follows Marmook’s recent gig by Melbourne alt-country musician James Kenyon.

Owner Howard Bourne took over Marmook in February and said he wanted to establish regular original live entertainment.

“We’re looking to support local artists, of course, but at the same time bring in these national acts that are touring up the east coast,” Bourne said.

IRISH GEM

GOOD BET: Canada's Irish Mythen will perform at Dashville Skyline on September 30.

GOOD BET: Canada's Irish Mythen will perform at Dashville Skyline on September 30.

THE schedule has been released for next week’s Dashville Skyline and there’s plenty of good reasons to arrive early.

Newcastle’s emerging bluesmen William John Jr and James Thomson and his band The Strange Pilgrims are both scheduled to perform on the opening day, September 30, as is Canadian troubadour Irish Mythen. Over the past year Mythen has built a strong following in Australia after performing at Bluesfest and the Woodford Folk Festival. Mythen’s Dashville show kicks off her east coast tour.

Tickets for Dashville Skyline are still available through their website.

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