Round-up for revellers

MUSIC lovers will be spoilt for choice on New Year’s Eve, with Hunter venues determined to make the night of December 31 one to remember.

Those with tickets to the three-day Peats Ridge Festival will spend Monday evening in the company of Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, John Butler Trio, Gossling, Hey Geronimo, Friendly Fires, The Liberators, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Pigeon, and Valley of Kings (tickets $340 for entire festival from

Thirsty Merc will play at Harrigan’s Irish Pub in Pokolbin, performing recent hits including Mousetrap Heart alongside classics such as In The Summertime.

(Tickets $50 general admission, $180 for VIP. or 49984300.)

Fanny’s will host The Last Dance from 9pm, urging punters to dress in festival attire. There’ll be eight DJs including Ruggs, Jaytee, Sam Idols, Fuel, Kagz, Cawloh, Amos and Jake Mexon (tickets $24.50 early birds or $29.70 from

Queen’s Wharf Brewery is hosting a Brazilian Carnival on the harbour. Performances by Uptown, DJ Playmate and Groove Academy; DJ Jay-L & DJ Sam Luke on the waterfront. (Tickets on the night $20, VIP pre-sale $120 – includes canapes and drinks for four hours, and entry upstairs after midnight.)

1950s rock’n’roll band Rave On Duo will perform a free show from 8.30pm at Cardiff Panthers. 

At Wallsend Diggers Jon Schatz and Loko will perform in the lounge.

 Earthbound will play at The Albion Hotel, Wickham.

 The Radiators will play at Lizottes, Lambton (tickets $60 for the show, $130 for canapes, a three-course meal and the show;

If the head isn’t too sore, head along to Murray’s Craft Brewery for the New Year’s Day Chillout, with reggae band Little Black Book from 12.30pm.

Impala not that tame

WEST Australian psychedelic world-beaters Tame Impala can add another couple of awards to the substantial collection they have already amassed, coming out on top at the annual Street Press Australia Writers’ Poll. Their Lonerism album was voted the best of the year and their song, Elephant, the year’s finest song. 

They also tied in first position for the artist of the year award, sharing that honour with indie-R&B young gun Frank Ocean.

Billboard success for Aussie

GOTYE has become the first Australian artist in 30 years to land the No.1 song of the year on the US Billboard charts. 

Somebody That I Used to Know is in the No.1 spot on the following charts: Hot 100 Singles of 2012, Radio Songs of 2012, Digital Songs of 2012, Adult Pop Songs of 2012 and Alternative Songs of 2012.

The last Australian to land the No.1 song of the year in America was Olivia Newton-John with Physical in 1982.

Elvis is in the club

DIRECTOR at Hornsby RSL Club Norm Bakker this year celebrates 24 years performing his Solid Rock Salute to Elvis Presley. 

Bakker has recently returned from Memphis, where he was invited to perform his show for thousands of Elvis fans. He will perform at Windale-Gateshead Bowling Club tomorrow at 6.45pm. Free entry.

Boys on tour in summer

THE Boys of Summer Tour is back in 2013, featuring Australia’s own Hand of Mercy.  

Also helping to get the moshpit going will be the notorious Deez Nuts, Canadian hardcore legends Comeback Kid and San Francisco’s First Blood.

The over-18s show will hit The Cambridge Hotel on January 14, with guests Mark My Words.  

Tickets from or on 49683093. 

Mudgee hosts the folk

FANS of folk music will be making their way to the Mudgee region next month for the 26th annual Gulgong Folk Festival from January 3 to 5.

One of the best small music festivals in the country, Gulgong will play host to more than 150 musicians, including international performers from Canada and Ireland.

Australian acts include Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales, Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Daniel Champagne, Fanny Lumsden, Bellyache Ben and Mustered Courage.

Tickets from Moshtix or Mudgee region visitor centres: $70 full festival pass, $210 full festival family pass, $30 single day pass or $20 workshop ticket. 

Summer cinema program announced

NEWCASTLE’S The Other Film Society has announced its Summer Cinema at The Lighthouse program, which includes three outdoor cinema events at Nobbys Lighthouse across January, February and March.

Three award-winning foreign films will run – Monsieur Lazhar, The Giants and The Simple Life.

Gates open at 6.30pm. Memberships will be limited at $70 per season membership. 

Details: Facebook page, @tofsnewcastle, or email: