Bimbadgen via Berlin: The Living End hit the Hunter Valley

BACK HOME: The Living End returned to Australia this week after recording in Berlin.

BACK HOME: The Living End returned to Australia this week after recording in Berlin.

The Living End New Album

The Living End will arrive in the Hunter Valley this weekend fresh off recording their 8th studio album in Berlin, Germany.

The band’s in town for A Day on The Green’s ‘Almighty Monster Line-up’ gig at Bimbadgen on Saturday, playing a card featuring Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads and Tumbleweed.

They appear to have been in good spirits while recording in Germany over the past few weeks with regular updates being posted on the ban’s Facebook page.

Whether the punk-rock trio preview any of the new tracks on their seven-stop Australian tour over the course of the next month is up in the air, but at least the Hunter will be the first place in with a chance.

The current main band members, Chris Cheney (vocals, guitar), Scott Owen (double bass, vocals) and Andy Strachan (drums), have been together for the past 16 years.

Renown for their energetic performances, it doesn’t appear as if the band have any plans on slowing down given the new record and those attending the Bimbadgen show should expect a performance as lively as ever if the recording updates are anything to go by.

They played a show in Berlin last weekend before leaving Germany, check it out on the Herald’s website. 

Z-STAR DELTA Back Again

United Kingdom soul-rock pair Z-Star Delta have announced they will return to Australia for ‘The Lost Boy Tour’ and will play at The Stag & Hunter Hotel on Saturday, March 24.

Likened to the The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Gossip or The White Stripes, this will be the duo’s third trip down under.

The Lost Boy tour starts in Victoria at ‘Blues at The Briars Festival’ on February 24 and concludes at Mullum Drill Hall in Mullumbimby on April 28.

‘Lost Boy’ is the opening track on Z-Star Delta’s Face The Iron Ram limited-edition tour album.

At their Stag & Hunter gig they’ll be supported by Deanna Rose.

The duo’s new album, 16 Tons Of Love is slated for release in mid-2018.

World Voice Day concert

Of all the ‘world day’ concepts floating about, one that cuts through the sometimes gimmick celebrations is World Voice Day. 

Started in Brazil in 1999 to raise funds for research into life-changing voice disorders, the day has gained traction across the globe and holds events in over 50 countries annually. 

The aim of the day is to draw attention to the science and phenomenon of voice production, and the valuable role voice plays in everyday life. 

To celebrate the day in the Hunter, The University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries is hosting the ‘Hunter in Harmony’ world voice day concert.

The event is run by The Australian Dysphonia Network Inc and will be held at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm. 

The Disphonia Network are a a charity who provide a source of information, support and advocacy for people who live with debilitating forms of dysphonia – voice disorders. 

Six-time golden guitar winner Melinda Schneider is an ambassador for the day in Australia, along with country artist Drew McAlister and comedian Anthony Ackroyd.

Tickets are $35 per person or $25 for a concession and can be bought from Hunter in Harmony’s website. 

Luca Brasi preview

If Monday’s announcement of the inaugural FKA Music Festival to be held at Hope Estate in October caught your eye, then you might be interested in Luca Brasi’s east coast tour next month.

The Tasmanian punk-rock group are playing a trio of capital city shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

In what would make a good preview of the indie and alternative rock festival in the Hunter Valley later this year, they’re playing at The Landsdowne Hotel on Saturday, March 17.

A four-piece band, the lads played Falls Festival earlier this year and will be one of the FKA Music Festival’s main acts.

Beck Sydney surprise

If you’re a fan of American artist Beck, you might have seen he announced a surprise Sydney headline show on Tuesday.

To be held this Friday at the Factory Theatre in Sydney, the show offered fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the multi Grammy Awarding-winning artist outside of his festival appearances.

Beck’s long-awaited return to Australia is for the inaugural Sydney City Limits festival and headline shows in Canberra and Melbourne. 

You might still be able to score a ticket for Friday’s gig online. 

Hot Dub Wine Machine special guests

At last year’s Hot Dub Wine Machine festival at Hope Estate, headline act Time Machine teased fans playing music from John Farnham, making it feel as if the man himself would be walking on stage to sing You’re the Voice

While the Australian great didn’t appear, Guy Sebastian did – singing some of Farnham’s classics himself. 

We caught up with the Sydney DJ and festival organiser, Tom Lowndes – also known as Hot Dub Time Machine – to discuss the antics. 

He revealed possible plans for a similar cameo at the upcoming Hunter Valley festival at Pokolbin on Saturday, March 10. 

“I’m trying my best, it’s hard to know where to go from Guy,” he said. “I almost got ‘Farnsy’ himself. This year I’ve got a couple of ideas I’m working on, I love that kind of stuff – it makes it so much more special.”