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HYPED: Australia's rising indie folk star Julia Jacklin will make her Novocastrian debut on Friday night at the Small Ballroom to support her album Don't Let The Kids Win.
HYPED: Australia's rising indie folk star Julia Jacklin will make her Novocastrian debut on Friday night at the Small Ballroom to support her album Don't Let The Kids Win.


5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Shots Fired. Saturday, DJ 88. Sunday, AK Morris.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Sally Whitwell & The Hunter Singers.

Albion Hotel Singleton Thursday, Jamie Martens. Friday, James Naldo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Duplexity. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Way.

Bar Petite Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Ron Knight. Sunday, DJ Perry.

Battlesticks Bar – Scratchley’s On The Wharf Thursday, Kiani Sansom. Friday, Pana, Nicko. Saturday, Allon, Dan Southward. Sunday, Wesley’s Edge, Mark Wood. Monday, Nicholas Conners. Tuesday, Mark Wood.

Beach Hotel Saturday, The James Thomson Band. Sunday, D.Love.

Belmont 16s Friday, Original Sin – INXS show, Emily Smith, Wayne & The Wanderers. Saturday, Bobby C, The Years. Sunday, Norm Bakker, James Naldo.

Belmont Bowling Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Redline. Saturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bimbadgen Saturday A Day On The Green ft. Garbage (US), The Temper Trap, The Preatures, Tash Sultana, Adalita.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Georgina Grimshaw. Saturday, Hornet.

Boatrowers Hotel Saturday, Roxy.

The Bradford Friday, Alias Duo. Saturday, Lennie and Carter. Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Raised Fist (Swed), Arteries, Staunch (Glass House), WAAX, Joab Eastley, Hey Lady (Warehouse). Friday, Ne Obliviscaris, The Ocean (Ger), The Seer (Glass House), Mesa Cosa (Warehouse). Saturday, No-Fi Christmas – Raave Tapes, Pals, Vacations, Voodoo Youth, Wavevom, Feels Club, Grouse, Custom Sluts. Tuesday, Anti Flag (US), Scott Reynolds.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Matt Scullion. Saturday, Something From Nothing - The Foo Fighters Show.

Catho Pub Saturday, Crazy Stone Cult. Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Caves Beach Hotel Friday, The Radiators. Saturday, Sold DJs. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Saturday, Matt Gaudry,

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, The Andy Show. Saturday, Hummdinger.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Soul Play. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren.

Club Kotara Saturday, Code Red.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Let Loose. Saturday, Stephen Boyd.

Club Maitland City Friday, Boney Rivers.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Jacinta. Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Murray Byfield. Saturday, Daisy Train.

The Commons Friday, Jason Lowe.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, The Zillers. Sunday, Frets With Benefits.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Ron Knight. Saturday, Darren. Sunday, Jerome.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Three Of A Kind.

Customs House Friday, Marissa. Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

D'Albora Marina Saturday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Darren.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, The Rattle. Saturday, Trancemission.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Solid Gold Party. Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth,

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, The Ultimate Pink Show.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, The Leadbellies. Saturday, Trataka.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Kristen Lane Duo. Saturday, CJ and Sam. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ J Smoove, MC Bones.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Matt Semmens. Saturday, Tim Broadway, India. Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus & Her Bluegrass Playboys.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday,  Old Mate & The Love Handles.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Brindle Pigs. Sunday, Whiskey Business Duo.

George Tavern Friday, Damien. Saturday, Mardmax.

Grain Store Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Hotel Thursday, Sixteen Alleluias. Tuesday, Jono Burgess Trio.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Grace Ellen.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Jason Bone. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, The Steves. Saturday, All Access 80s. Sunday, Phonic.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Scrotal Vice, Disparo, Blush, Durry, Chatgeow. Friday, Smoking Martha. Sunday, Jen Buxton.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Honeysuckle Hotel Thursday, Bobby C. Friday, Prestige Inc. Saturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Mike Vee, CrocQ.

Hotel Delany Friday, Surian, Sunday’s Record. Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Deuce.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Friday, R n R. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bobby C.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Kylie Jane.

Junction Inn Friday, Pistol Pete.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Damien.

King Street Hotel Friday, Jesabel. 

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Greg Sherar.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Rock Oz.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Floyd Vincent & Dave Marsalis.

The Landing Saturday, Emily Smith. Sunday, Ty.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Jones the Cat, NARLA, Vacations. Friday, Horror Business, Delta Lions, The Cities. Saturday, Dirt Track Demons, Picture Perfect, Aureus. Sunday, Jason Lowe, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Morgana Osaki, Black Lung Cartel, Annie O'Dee & The Hotshots, Helana Kitley, Milli Casey.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Fever Burlesque. Friday, Bowie Unzipped. Saturday, ABBASBACK. Sunday, Bella Voce (lunch), Matt Andersen (Can), Shaun Kirk (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

Mary Ellen Friday, Janey’s Albii. Saturday, Chips n Gravy. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Maryville Tavern Saturday, Jamie Martens.

Mattara Hotel Friday, Hayden Johns.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, Kaylah Anne. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, The Advocates. Saturday, Dave Owen, Zane Penn.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, GenR8. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Murray’s Brewery Friday, Amy Fredes. Saturday, James Osborn, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Adam Gear.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, The New Cool.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, The Gracetones. Saturday, The Levymen.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre Monday, Bill Bailey.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Darkc3ll, Mucho Sonar, Noveaux, Hemina.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Wesley’s Edge. Saturday, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Kaylah Anne.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Darren Gould, TK. Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Damien.

Potters Brewery Friday, Black Saban.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Four To The Floor. Sunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Kempy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Timmy Coffey. Saturday, Kylie Jane, Surian. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Zane Penn.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Friday, Tim Usher. Saturday, Deborah Sinclair. Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Hummingbirds. Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, To The Floor.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Jayde Corner.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Rutherford Hotel Friday, Todd Schmoo.

Salamander Tavern Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Gary King. Sunday, Tiali.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Holly Wilson.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Dave Carter. Saturday, Mick Jones.

Singleton Diggers Friday, Callum And Dave.

Small Ballroom Friday, Julia Jacklin, Morning TV, Ainsley Farrell. Saturday, Graves, Kublai Khan, Justice For The Damned, Cursed Earth, Staunch.

Snake Gully Hotel Friday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Defaced.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, INXS tribute – Live Baby Live.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Merewether Fats Blues Jam. Friday, Method ft. Bill Jacobi. Saturday, Liam Gerner, The Sunset Pushers. Sunday, Matt Stillert.

Star Hotel Friday, DJ Benny B. Saturday, Love That Hat.

Swansea Hotel Thursday, Kylie Jane. Saturday, Mike Horbacz.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rock Factor.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Callum and Dave.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, The Way. Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Friday, Danny Marx Young Band.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Town Hall Hotel Friday, Kevin O'Hara. Saturday, Loren Ryan.

University of Newcastle  The Great Hall Sunday, Newcastle University Choir presents Christmas At The Movies.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Layth Gunn. Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Kempy.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Mark Lee. Sunday, Brent Murphy.

Warners At The Bay Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, The Rumour.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, The Gaudrys. 

Warners Bay Hotel Friday, DJ Yella & Lil Easy-E.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Melody Feder, Dave McCredie.

Weston Workers Friday, Old Time Dance ft That’s Rhythm. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Jungle Kings.

Wests City Friday, Leo Sayer.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Mark Wells. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, DV8 (album launch). Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, Kenny Jewell, Steve Edmonds Band.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.


Arrival (M) After alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine if they come in peace.

Bad Santa 2 (MA) Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as everyone's favourite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

Cafe Society (M) The story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. (Regal)

Dark Horse (PG) An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. (Regal)

Doctor Strange (M) A brilliant, but arrogant and conceited surgeon, learns to defend the world against evil.

Dough (M) An old Jewish baker sees his struggling business boom when his young apprentice accidentally drops marijuana into the dough. (Regal)

Elle (M) Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (M) The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter.

Hacksaw Ridge (MA) The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without a gun.

I, Daniel Blake (MA) A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Moana (PG) A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

One More Time With Feeling (M) A documentary about the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, in the aftermath of the death of Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur.

Queen Of Katwe (PG) The world of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, becoming an international champion.

Sunset Song (M) With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. (Regal)

The Accountant (MA) A forensic accountant un-cooks the books for illicit clients.

The Founder (M) The story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc.

The Girl on the Train (MA) Rachel spends her daily commute fantasising about the couple who live in a house that her train passe, until she sees something shocking. (Lake Cinema)

The Light Between Oceans (M) A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of WA raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

The Met Opera: Don Giovanni (E) Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece.

Trolls (G) Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and Branch are polar opposites. Together, they embark on an adventure that takes them beyond their world.

Underworld: Blood Wars (MA) Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David and his father, she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires.

Up For Love (M) When a successful lawyer gets a call from the man who found her mobile phone, she is immediately affected by his charm.

Your Name (CTC) Two high school kids who've never met - city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha - are united through their dreams.


Dystopia Double A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music, by Anthony Burgess, and 1984, adapted from George Orwell’s novel. Hunter TAFE’s Regional Institute of Performing Arts acting diploma students in two classic stories set in unsettling futures. Civic Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids Pooh Bear and his friends join forces to rescue Christopher Robin from a Hundred Acre Wood invader; children’s musical. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday 2pm and 5pm.

Festive Spirit Patience and sanity are tested when a family gets together for a Christmas celebration; new comedy by Newcastle’s Sally Davies. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Friday and Saturday 2pm.

Fever Burlesque Lively cabaret, with old-fashioned glamour, strip tease and music from 1930s jazz to modern rock and pop. Fever Productions, at Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday 8.30pm (meals from 6pm).

Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue A group of nuns are offered a large contribution to their school fund if they will perform in Las Vegas; musical by Dan Goggin. Maitland Repertory Theatre. Meal plus show performances on Friday and Saturday at 6.45pm and Sunday at 12.45pm.

The Roast of Steve White The title character, a staple of Newcastle comedy for 10 years, is roasted by other comedians: Liam Callen, Allan Brady, Ashley Butler, James Connors, David Gairdner, Nick Phillips, and a special guest. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Friday 7.30pm.

WOW Fest 2016: With Friends Like These All Hunter drama students take to the stage in this performance festival, with some treading the boards for the first time and others very experienced. Nightly from Monday to Saturday, December 10, at 7.30pm.