WHETHER its dropping beats at Groovin The Moo and Splendour In The Grass or working the decks at Home and The Ivy nightclubs, Maitland sisters Savannah and Briony Osei are always dressed to impress.
The DJ duo, known professionally as Kinder, have been rocking their trademark dreadlocks since primary school, but more recently their flamboyant fashion sense has been turning heads. So much so that Australian clothing label General Pants Co have signed Savannah, 21, and Briony, 24, for their latest festival campaign, This. Is. Music.
It comes as Kinder are busy writing their debut EP. The record is expected to combine their love of pop melodies with banging EDM beats.
“We’ve been working on that throughout the year and we’re still finalising what we want,” Briony said as they drove back to Maitland from Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass.
“We’re very much taking our time with it because it’s the first one we’ve released. We’re still doing a lot of brainstorming at this point to work out what we want to put out.”
NEWCASTLE missed out on Killing Heidi’s celebrated reunion tour last summer, but fear not, the Hoopers haven’t forgotten us.
Ella Hooper and her big brother Jesse will perform at the Cambridge Hotel on October 7 during their 11-date regional reunion tour.
Killing Heidi were among Australia’s hottest acts at the start of the millennium thanks to their hits Weir and Mascara off their debut album Reflector.
SINCE launching in 2015 Newcastle’s No-Fi Records has always been about more than music.
The majority of the creative collective’s shows incorporate elements of visual art and now they’ve made it official.
No-Fi have unveiled their arts A-Team of Krystyan Nowak, Hannah Dunn, Angus Bowen and Liz Pike.
“They’ll be rolling out posters, doing exhibitions, doing all different creative things to what we do,” said No-Fi Records co-founder and Vacations frontman Campbell Burns.
Expect to see the artistic foursome’s work on full display when No-Fi’s Raave Tapes “Shut Down The Argyle House” on August 20. Other bands on the bill include dave, Oilbaron, Vacations, Jacob, Fritz, E4444e and many more.
HOW amazingly Novocastrian would it be to see Daniel Johns performing on a stage named after Knights legend Andrew Johns?
And it nearly happened. Well, not really. Organisers of the inaugural Iced Novo at the Croatian Wickham Sports Club did invite the former Silverchair frontman to perform at their charity festival on August 5, but you’re more chance of seeing a Tasmanian tiger than Johns performing live at the minute.
However, it hasn’t stopped Iced Novo boasting a stellar line-up of Newcastle music talent across its Daniel Johns (punk), Andrew Johns (rock) and Olivia Newton-John (acoustic) stages.
On show will be Jamie Hay, Zachari Watts King of Singing, Fux and the Sound, Throw Me To The Wolves, Obat Batuk, Plague, Su Morely, The Grounds, Nick Rachke and Ian Papworth, Alana Mundi, Wayne MeGregor and Trancemission.
Entry is a gold-coin donation and all funds raised go towards the fight to save the Awabakal women's butterfly cave at West Wallsend.
SATURDAY’S show at the Cambridge Hotel could be the last time Novocastrians can catch Josh Pyke live.
The folk troubadour has announced his current 10 Years Of Memories & Dust regional tour will be his final fling for the forseeable future.
“After I've wrapped up this year's shows both here and abroad, I've decided to go on hiatus from touring my own stuff for a while,” Pyke said. “The last dozen years or so of touring have been wild and hugely rewarding, and now I'm keen to dig into some other creative projects.”
LE FEVRE RETURNS
HOBART punk-country troubadour Lincoln Le Fevre made himself quite at home in Newcastle in June when he played a month-long residency at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel.
So much so that Le Fevre is returning with his band The Insiders on September 9 to perform at the Wickham hotel on his tour to promote new album Come Undone.
The record was released last Friday and features the track Newcastle, about a summer storm raging over the city while Le Fevre wrestles with inner turmoil.
NEWCASTLE folk artist James Bennett has been invited to perform at Buskers By The Creek, the biggest festival of its kind in Australia.
Last year 25,000 people were attracted to the two-day festival at Currumbin on the Gold Coast, with boasted 285 artists plying their trade.