Your guide to music, movies and theatre in Newcastle and the Hunter

BIG TOP: The discotheque circus Velvet, starring Marcia Hines, opens on Thursday night in the Spiegeltent in Newcastle's Civic Park. Picture: Karleen Minney
BIG TOP: The discotheque circus Velvet, starring Marcia Hines, opens on Thursday night in the Spiegeltent in Newcastle's Civic Park. Picture: Karleen Minney


5 Sawyers Friday, AK Morris.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Salon Days: Music from the Golden Age of Palm Court Orchestras. Sunday, Carole, Joni & Carly – The Songwriters That Changed The World.

Albion Hotel Singleton Friday, Lennie Live.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Argyle House Saturday, Argyle’s 4th birthday party.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.

Bar Petite Friday, CrocQ.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, Wesley’s Edge, Friday, Nicko. Saturday, Jade Lee Wright. Sunday, Nicholas Connors. 

Beach Hotel Friday, The Buzzard Mix. Saturday, Trataka. Sunday, The V-Dubs.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Gerda & Dave. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16s Friday, Ryan Daley, Matchbox. Saturday, Cruzers, Matt Gaudry. Sunday, Backbeat Duo.

Belmore Hotel Friday, Nemo.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, Defaced.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Sarah Christine. Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Friday, Arcane. Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Tiali.

Burwood Inn Friday, Dane Fitzsimmons. Saturday, DJ Dan Phelan.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Hey Lady!, This Way North, Tim Smyth & Holy Trash, Georgie Jones. Friday, Crawford Brothers. Saturday, Northlane, Hands Like Houses.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Kristy James. Saturday, Project X.

Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Beth Gleeson. Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Jade & Willow.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Friday, The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, The DuoTones. Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Civic Theatre Thursday, Angela Hewitt.

Clarendon Hotel Friday Matt McLaren. Saturday, Karen O'Shea.

Club Kotara Saturday, Paul Watters.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Let Loose. Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Club Maitland City Friday, Kevin O'Hara.

Club Redhead Saturday, Viagro.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Arna Georgia. 

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Brenton Williams. Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Nemo, Skoob. Saturday, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The V-Dubs.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Zane Penn Duo.

Customs House Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Ben Travis.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, The DuoTones.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, 4 Letter Word. Saturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday, Norm Bakker.

The Edwards Saturday, The Owls, dave, Nicholas Connors, Mahala Williams, e4444e.

Exchange Hotel Friday, Big Night Out. Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Mardy Leith.

Finnegans Saturday, Brooke Evers.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Melody Feder.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday, Gruve ft Marissa Saroca, DJ Tone. Saturday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, The Way.

George Tavern Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Banddits.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Peter Koopman Trio.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Frankenbok, Zombonimo. Sunday, Alby Pool. Tuesday, Variety Night hosted by William Crighton.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Ben Travis.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Shivoo.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, The Weight Of Silence, Eviscerate the Crown, Final Form, Convex. Friday, Underminer, Falcifer, Xile, Shut Out. Saturday, The Wildbloods, Magnus, Yours Alone.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, X & Y. Saturday, Gen-R-8, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Lisa Hunt.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Lee Rolfe. Saturday, Bernie Ayrton.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Code Red.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Crawfish Stew.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Marissa. Saturday, Frets With Benefits.

Junction Inn Raymond Terrace Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Kent Hotel Friday, Beau Hatch Band. Saturday, The Fedz. Sunday, Grant Walmsley.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Brazillian Brothers.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Reecelow.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Tim Harding.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bernie.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Custom Shop.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday,  Creative Creatures Open Mic. Friday,  E4444e, Yev Kassem, Luke Dillon. Saturday, The No Such Things, The Fonzies.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Jeff Lang. Friday, Blackeyed Susans,  J.P Shilo. Saturday, A Tribute To Woodstock. Sunday,  Australian Dance and Talent Centre. Tuesday, UniMusic.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Max Jackson.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Kim and Mik.

Mary Ellen Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Jon Schatz. Saturday, Zane Penn. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Jason Bone. Saturday, Dave Owen.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, James Osborn.

Nabiac Hotel Friday, Deuce.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Karen O'Shea.

Newcastle Diggers Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Jordan Fleming.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Mark Wood.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Kellie Cain. Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Whiskey Business.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Kim, Mick Jones. Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Potters Brewery Friday, Pistol Pete.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Sami.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Mark Wells. Saturday, Wesley’s Edge.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Ty, The Remedy. Saturday, Todd Schmoo, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Jade Holland Band. Saturday, Outlaw Ave.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, 2 To The Floor. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Sami. Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Dai Pritchard.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Outerphase. Sunday, Sami.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Thursday, John Larder. Friday, Aaron Hipwell. Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Heather Price.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Scully.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Dr Love.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Kelly Hope.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Tim Solly, The Wayward Henrys. Saturday, Tim Hulsman.

Star Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Elisa Kate. Saturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.

Sunnyside Tavern Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Emily Rose.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Bounce.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Rock Oz.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Tomago Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Scratch. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Logan.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Reg Sinclair. Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Wangi District Workers Club Friday, Duplexity.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Jim Overend. Saturday, Wicked.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Hell Rad.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Tim Harding.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Gen-R-8. Saturday, Bowie: Ashes To Ashes, Loko. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Jam Night. Friday, Manana. Saturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Fishfry + Pow Wow.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, La Bomba Rock.


A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

A Street Cat Named Bob (PG) The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

Alien: Covenant (MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers (G) Mickey Mouse and his pals race around the globe.

Don’t Tell (M) The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (M) Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

Fences (PG) A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (Regal)

Get Out (MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. (Lake Cinema)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

Jasper Jones (M) On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. (Regal)

Hidden Figures (PG) The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (Regal)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (MA) After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (M) Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Loving (PG) The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. (Regal)

Snatched (MA 15+) A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

The Case For Christ (PG) A journalist struggles with his wife’s newfound faith in Christ.

The Fate Of The Furious (M) A mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape.

The Met Opera: La Traviata (E) Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. (Event)

Their Finest (M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (Lake Cinema)

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (MA) Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, an unlikely pair race against an impending global crisis and are confronted by the monsters that live inside us all.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (M)  Zookeepers Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.

Whiteley (M) A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.


Anyone for Breakfast? Husbands and wives who are having affairs (or trying to have them) are involved in a night and morning of amusing confusion in Derek Benfield’s comedy. Club 71, at St Peter’s Hall, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday; dinner and show from 7pm (final week).

Laugh Out Loud Festival Comedy sketches and amusing musical routines developed by Hunter Drama’s young students, aged five to 18. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursday, at 6.30pm.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie The gumnut babies head through the bush on a journey and meet Mr Lizard, Mrs Snake, the big, bad Banksia Men and others; lively musical from May Gibbs’ book. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).

Two To Tango. Bright double bill: Last Tango in Little Grimley, in which a small town theatre faced with closure decides to stage a sex comedy; and Haiku, moving play with a mother revealing that her autistic daughter voices Japanese-style poetry. At DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, until May 27, plus 2pm on Sunday and Saturday, May 27.

Velvet Marcia Hines leads a musical cast as it looks through disco, dance, music and circus at the problems of people in a nightclub. Organised Pandemonium and Strut & Fret, in the Aurora Spiegeltent, Civic Park, until June 4: Tuesday to Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.