LIVE: After The Fall, the road

 THE Central Coast’s favourite sons After The Fall are back with a new album and are hitting the road to celebrate.

Their fourth album, Bittersweet, was released this month, following on from earlier releases that included tunes Mirror, Mirror and Concrete Boots.

Since 2009 the band has been writing and added a new member, which they say has ‘‘injected long-lost excitement and fun back into ATF’’. 

They also embarked on recording Bittersweet: a record ‘‘made by the band, for the band’’.

After The Fall play The Great Northern on Saturday.

Drink in the New Year with Thirsty Merc

SYDNEY rockers Thirsty Merc will ring in the new year at Harrigan’s Irish Pub, Pokolbin.

The Someday, Someday rockers play the Hunter Valley venue on December 31. Tickets at

Noble aims to blend your mind

COMEDIAN Ross Noble brings his Mindblender Tour to the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in April.

The show is suitable for 15-year-olds and over. All tickets are $59, in the Entertainment Centre’s intimate theatre mode. Tickets are on sale at noon tomorrow through Ticketek.

Newcastle blues lovers well-served

YOU’LL be spoilt for choice with a host of Bluesfest sideshows in Newcastle next year.

The festival takes place in Byron Bay from March 28 to April 1 but several artists will also  play Newcastle in the weeks before and after.

Folk punk rockers Dropkick Murphys play Panthers Newcastle on March 31 alongside Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, and

 the Swingin’ Utters.

Tickets available now at Moshtix.

Artists playing Bluesfest sideshows at Lizotte’s Newcastle in March and April include Seth Lakeman, Wanda Jackson, Jake Shimabukuro, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Jon Anderson and Newton Faulkner – check for more info..

Comedy tonight at Commercial Morpeth

COMEDY @ The Commercial Morpeth is held on the last Thursday of each  month, and tonight features stand-up stars Claire Hooper (of Good News Week fame) and David Smiedt.

The hotel recently launched microbrewery The Morpeth Brewery and Beer Company.

Tickets to Comedy @ The Commercial Hotel are $20 for standing, dinner and entry ticket is $45, which covers a reserved table for the evening, main meal from a special menu and schooner of beer or glass of house wine. 

Tickets are at the bar or call 49345316.

X Factor’s Morgan Sheather unsheathed

MORGAN Sheather, who appeared on The X Factor this year, will be performing live at Newcastle’s Bar Petite on December 12.

The singer-songwriter grew up in Taree before gaining recognition on the talent show. After an early exit from the series Sheather has recorded an EP in Brisbane.

The show starts at 7pm. Entry is free.

Extreme team to play Panthers 

THE ’90s revival continues with US band Extreme touring in April.

The act, which had success with the ballad More Than Words in 1991, is touring with American guitarist, singer-songwriter Richie Kotzen.

They’ll play Panthers Newcastle Newcastle on April 12. 

Mumford & Sons live recording bonanza

HOT on the heels of their sell-out show at Gentlemen Of The Road in Dungog last month, Mumford & Sons have unveiled a new video for Lover of the Light and  announced the release of  live DVD The Road to Red Rocks.

The DVD features exclusive coverage of the band’s Red Rocks shows earlier this year and documentary footage of their summer tour of the US.  

Sacred Heart hosts carol celebration

GET in the festive spirit with A Christmas Carol Celebration at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newcastle West, next month.

The event is presented by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and is directed by Philip Matthias.

It will feature Just Brass, conducted by John Kellaway, with Daniel Dries on organ. 

Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols will also be performed, with Miriam Lawson on harp. 

The concert will be compered by ABC 1233 Newcastle’s John Clarke.

A Christmas Carol Celebration is at Sacred Heart Cathedral on December 18. Tickets $25 adults, $18 concession, family (two adults, two children) $55. Group discounts for 10 or more.

Tickets at the door or at