Your guide to Newcastle's new year

GIG OF THE WEEK: The Beautiful Girls take a trip down memory lane on Sunday at the Cambridge Hotel when they perform tracks from Morning Son and Learn Yourself.
GIG OF THE WEEK: The Beautiful Girls take a trip down memory lane on Sunday at the Cambridge Hotel when they perform tracks from Morning Son and Learn Yourself.


5 Sawyers Thursday, DJ Jonathan. Friday, Devultra. Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Phonic Duo. Sunday, Sami.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, James Naldo.

Battlesticks Bar Wednesday, Codi Kaye. Thursday, Nicko. Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Aqwa. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Beach Hotel Sunday, The V Dubs.

Belmont 16s Friday, Nightmoves, Greg Bryce. Saturday, Damien, The Big Bang. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Lithium.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Shooting Molly. Saturday, Mardmax Trio.

Black Malabar Sunday, Breaking Trad (Ire).

The Bradford Friday, The Core. Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Bulahdelah Bowling Club Saturday, Reggie Sinclair.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Skyepaint. Sunday, The Beautiful Girls (Glasshouse), White Blanks, Jacob (Warehouse).

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Roxy.

Catho Pub Saturday, Romney Watts. Sunday, Sunday, Trainwrek.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Dave Carter. Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, The Remedy.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Deuce.

DUO: Richie Sambora and Orianthi unite at Under The Southern Stars.

DUO: Richie Sambora and Orianthi unite at Under The Southern Stars.

Civic Theatre Wednesday, Billy Gibbons (US).

Club Catalina Sunday, Jesse Fildes. 

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Redline. Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Club Maitland City Friday, Geoff Kendall.

Colliery Inn Friday, Zane Penn.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Junior & Luana.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Reggie Sinclair. Saturday, Lennie Live.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Revampt.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Customs House Wednesday, Perry Carter. Friday, Kaylah Anne. Saturday, Tyler John. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Friday, Marissa. Saturday, Tom Christie.

D'Albora Marina Friday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, The Levymen.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Norm Bakker.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Easy Daze. Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Bernie Ayrton.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Kazzie.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Roxy.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, STP. Saturday, Murray Byfield.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Lee Rolfe.

Fingal Bay Sports Club Sunday, Zane Penn.

Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat, Kingstone, Tig, 5 Percent, Josh Blair.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, The Way. Sunday, Witchery.

George Tavern Friday, Kazzie. Saturday, Jake Davey.

Grain Store Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Greta Workers Club Friday, Rag N Bone.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, Perry Carter. Saturday, Rocket.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, The Spindrift Saga, Travis White (JPN), Kate Beck (JPN/US), New Black Shades, Dearly Departed. Sunday, Audrey MacAlpine (US), Rachel Ellis (US), Milli Casey.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload. Saturday, Jayde Corner, X & Y. Sunday, The Levymen.

Harry Elliott Oval – Tuncurry Saturday, Under The Southern Stars ft. Jimmy Barnes, Richie Sambora (US) & Orianthi, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Crane.

Hawks Nest Golf Club Friday, Witchery.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Prestige Inc. Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Jessica Cain.

Hotel Delany Friday, Matt Meler. Saturday, Misbehave.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, The Remedy.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Witchery.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Anyerin.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Dr Zoom Duo.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, James Naldo.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, East Coast Low, Dave Favours & The Road Side Ashes, The Boatmen. Saturday, Guerrilla Radio. Sunday, Urban Guerillas.

Lizotte’s Friday, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. Saturday, Steve Edmonds Band Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Sunday, The East Pointers (Can) (lunch), 1927, RJ Hemsworth (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Marks Point Sports Club Friday, Aaron Hood.

Mary Ellen Hotel Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, V Dubs.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Jordan Fleming. Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, Loose Change. Saturday, Marriah.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Loose Bazooka, DJ Searly Saturday, Big Night Out, DJ Angelo.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, Justin Banks.

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

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Kevin O'Hara. Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Nelson Bay Diggers Thursday, The Rattle. Friday, 3 Of A Kind. Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Matt Gaudry. Saturday, Just Jade.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Friday, Ty.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Sarah Christine. Saturday, Brent Murphy.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Salamander Bay Saturday, Mick Jones.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, James Naldo. Saturday, Angel Gear.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Bonny Rai. Friday, Ben Travis. Saturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Kazzie. 

Potters Brewery Friday, Tyler John. Saturday, Karen O'Shea.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Sami.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Holly Mae.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Paperboy, Just Jade. Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw, 2GoodReasons.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, State FX.

Royal Hotel Denman Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Royal Hotel Singleton ​Sunday, Junior and Luana.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Andrew G.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Roxy.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Matt Bowles.

Shamrock Hotel Saturday, Duplexity.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Anthony Lee. Saturday, Russell Snape.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee. Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Merewether Fats Jam. Friday, Kava Kings. Saturday, Method.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Jim Overend. Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Jimmy Buffet tribute show.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, CrocQ.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Soundscape. Sunday, Paul Watters.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Junior and Luana.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, Allan Freihaut.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Arley Black.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Angie.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Ron Knight. Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Megan Core.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Talk Of The Town.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, The Big Bang. Saturday, Greg Bryce. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, Porn Skas + Plan C. Saturday, Annie O’Dee Duo, Marshall O’Kell. Sunday, Connor Wink, Voodoo Express. 

Wednesday, Music Nursery Launch ft. Mark Cashin & the Lil Hussy’s.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Dave Carter.


All The Money In The World (R) The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Breathe (M) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Tower)

Coco (PG) Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG) Father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.

Downsizing (M) Imagine what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall & propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Ferdinand (G) After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it.

Namiya (M) A general store that gives advice turning magical one night. Accidently, the time line switched somehow makes the current present and the best present for the people who want to be advised.

Paddington 2 (G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Pitch Perfect 3 (M) Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (M) Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

The Greatest Showman (PG) The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Liquidator (MA) A series of gruesome murders takes the city by storm. Each crime is elaborately staged and executed with high level of skillfulness. All murders have something in common: The victims are subjects of recent media controversy.

The Shining (M) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (Hoyts)

Wonder (PG) A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he's an ordinary kid.


Dead Centre and Sea Wall This double bill by Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens looks at factors that alter the relationship between a couple, with the woman moving from England to Australia in Dead Centre to try to escape her past, and the man looking in Sea Wall at issues in a coastal region that affected them. Stooged Theatre, at the Catapult Dance Studios, Newcastle West. Saturdays, January 13 and 20, at 7.30pm, Sundays, January 14 and 21, at 5pm, and Friday, January 19, at 7.30pm.

Honk Jr Lively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. Maitland Pro Cathedral (St John’s Hall): Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm, until January 14. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, Sunday, January 21, at 2pm.

Mo Comedy in January A showcase of Newcastle’s comedic talent, including Isaac Butterfield, Soame Chopra, Brendon Knott, Glenn Majurey, Andrew Milos, Clinton Starrett and Steven White, hosted by award-winning comedian, Jason Starrett, to raise funds for Movember. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday, January 11. Dinner and show from 6pm; show only at 8.30pm.

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage Dr Chris and Dr Xand, the identical twin stars of the popular children’s television series, explore medical science from a kid’s-eye view, creating incredible medical stunts and crazy experiments. Andrew Kay and Associates, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Monday, at 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Take Me to Neverland Newcastle playwright Riley McLean reworks, with comedy and drama, the story of Peter Pan and shows how his experiences as an orphan and psychiatric patient left him determined not to grow up. Bearfoot Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Thursday, January 11, to Saturday, January 13, at 7pm, plus a 2pm Saturday matinee.