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BEAUTIFUL: English singer-songwriter James Blunt brings his tear-jerking ballads to Bimbadgen on Saturday night for a special A Day On The Green.
BEAUTIFUL: English singer-songwriter James Blunt brings his tear-jerking ballads to Bimbadgen on Saturday night for a special A Day On The Green.


5 Sawyers Thursday, Shaun Kirk, Andie. Friday, Devultra. Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Albion Hotel Singleton Friday, Mardmax.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Allison Forbes.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Xyz.

Bar Petite Saturday, Jake & Danny.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, John Larder. Friday, Little Cents, Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Aqwa.

Beach Hotel Friday, Midnight Movers. Saturday, Club Esky.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Kazzie.

Belmont 16s Friday, Matchbox, Ben Travis. Saturday, Ted Mulry Gang, Michael Rose, Loko, Pete Hibbert. Sunday, The Moon Dogs Duo.

Belmore Hotel Friday, StateFX. Saturday, STP.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Kick – INXS show. Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bimbadgen Saturday, James Blunt (UK), Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd, Karise Eden.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Chelsea Berman.

The Bradford Friday, The Search Party. Saturday, Duplexity.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, Baraya ft. The Last Kinection, JayTeeHazard, Jacob Ridgeway & Band, David Leha, Chris Tamwoy, Waria. Friday, Red Fang, Drunk Mums (main room), Split Feed, dave, Moaning Lisa, Rum Jungle (side bar). Saturday, Abbe May. Sunday, Willow Beats, Saatsuma. 

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Relatched.

Catho Pub Saturday, Lennie Live. Sunday, Smokin Rosie.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Megan Core. Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Layth Gunn.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Redline.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Joel Oakhill.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Jake Davey.

Club Azzurri Saturday, Introvert, Speakeasy, Elk Locker, Blush, Mark The Barber.

Club Catalina Sunday, James Naldo.

Club Kotara Saturday, Soundabout.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Dragon, Chad Shuttleworth, Matty G. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Club Maitland City Friday, Pistol Pete.

Colliery Inn Friday, Brien McVernon.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Ben Woodham.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, James Osborn. Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Austin Mackay, Saturday, Nicko, Ngariki & Friends. Sunday, Brien McVernon, Casey Bellamy.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, KR Duo.

Customs House Friday, Glen Harrison. Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Megan Core.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Michael Bryers.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Jackson Broadway.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, Snowy Robson. Saturday, Reg Lindsay Memorial Talent Quest. Sunday, Wayne Rogers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Alias. Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Misbehave. Sunday, Kaylens Rain.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Ash Mountain. Saturday, James Naldo.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Bob Allan.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Witchery.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Pat Vs Cat. Sunday, The Brown Bull.

George Tavern Friday, Pete McCredie. Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Sean Harlor Trio, Tom Shepherd Trio.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Friday, Phil McKnight.

Greta Workers Club Friday, Rendezvous.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, Hayden Shepherd. Saturday, Project X.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Erica Freas (US), Jamie Hay, Naif. Friday, Signals Midwest (US), Paper Thin, Zzzounds, Jen Buxton. Sunday, Jack R Reilly, Grace Turner, Boots Porter.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Crawfish Stew. Saturday, Brendan Murphy, The Smarts. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Hexham Bowling Club Friday, V-Dubs. Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Klassic Blak. 

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Big Night Out. Saturday, Humingbirds. Sunday, Tim Harding. Sunday, CrocQ.

Hope Estate Hob Dub Wine Machine ft. Hot Dub Time Machine, Touch Sensitive, Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Owl Eyes.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Brett O’Malley.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sean Andrews. Saturday, Alias.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Bandditts.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, All Access 80s.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Lucille Two.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Snape & Son Duo. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Kahibah Sports Club Friday, Loose Change.

Kent Hotel Friday, Relatched. Saturday, Beau Hatch Band. Sunday, Anyerin, Greg Bryce Band. 

King Street Hotel Friday, Party Thieves. Saturday, Spenda C.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Jake Folbigg.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Robbie Urquhart. Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Aqwa.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, The Illustrators, Salt & Steel, Entity. Friday, Hack the Mainframe, Ebola Goldfish, Fake News. Saturday, Good Thanks, The Desert Sea, Caveman. Sunday, The Dead Love, Smacked Youth, Pacific Void.

Lizotte’s Thursday, Burlesque Idol. Friday, Don’t Dream It’s Over - Tribute to Crowded House & Split Enz. Saturday, Damien Leith. Sunday, Rick & John Brewster.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, The People, US.

Mark Hotel Friday, Bobby C. Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Mary Ellen Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, The Faves.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, Lithium. Saturday, Busta Thong.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, Leroy & The Rats. Saturday, Short & Curly Trio. Sunday, Metro Muso’s Jam Session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, Ron Knight & the Daze Band. Saturday, V Dubs. Sunday, Bonnie Rai.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Muree Golf Club Friday, Mark Lee.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Kristy James. Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Jamie Martens.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Megan Core.

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

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Friday, CrocQ. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Jockey Club Friday, Jordan Fleming.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Logan Wolfgram. Saturday, Allon.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Saturday, Jake Folbigg.

Old Victoria Hotel Friday, Murray Byfield.

Oriental Hotel Friday, The Emerald Ruby.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Bernie.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Dean Kyrwood, Phonic. Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Plough Inn Friday, Allan Freihaut.

Potters Brewery Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Premier Hotel Friday, Hummingbirds. Saturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, Loko.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Ryan Daley.

Potters Brewery Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Queens Wharf Hotel Thursday, Harbour Lounge. Friday, Holly Mae, The Rattle. Saturday, Bobby C, Lithium. Sunday, Fish Fry, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Jesse Fildes. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Friday, Todd Schmoo.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Jade Holland Band. Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Duncan Woods. Sunday, Shawn Lidster.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Sacred Spaces Singleton Sunday, London Klezmer Quartet.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Seven Seas Hotel Sunday, Just Jade.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Zac and Ben.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Reg Sinclair. Saturday, Robbie T.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Cover 2 Cover.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Deborah Sinclair. Saturday, Blue Suede Boppers.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Kevin O’Hara.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Mike Elrington. Friday, Eagle and The Wolf, Dearly Departed. Saturday, Time On Earth, Release the Hounds.

Star Hotel Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske's Guitar Lounge.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton RSL Club Friday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Slam Tango.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Mardmax.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kazzie.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Brett O’Malley.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Tim Pringle. 

Toronto Workers Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Bon Jovi Experience.

Warners Bay Hotel Friday, Jason Bone.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Good Company.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests Cardiff Friday, Blood, Sweat & Beers. Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Mark Wells Duo. Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Plastic Voyage. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Compadre Diablo.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, The Klassics.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Tim Harding.


12 Strong (MA) A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

Black Panther (M) T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested.

Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Death Wish (R) A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers.

Fifty Shades Freed (MA) Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

Finding Your Feet (M) Lady Sandra Abbott finds the courage to reinvent herself after she flees a broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister in London. 

Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

Going For Gold (G) Emma, 17, joins a high school cheerleading team when she moves to Australia with her dad who is a former air force officer.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami (M) Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. (Tower)

I, Tonya (MA) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Monster Family (PG) Despite the title, the Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out.

Red Sparrow (MA) Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

Sweet Country (MA) When Aboriginal stockman Sam kills white station owner Harry March in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. (Lake Cinema)

The Greatest Showman (PG) Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Mercy (M) An amateur sailor competes in the 1968 Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. (Tower)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (G) Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (Regal)

The Secret Scripture (M) The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s. (Lake Cinema))

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. 

Winchester (M) Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.


A Murder is Announced Amusing Agatha Christie mystery, with a town’s residents meeting to discuss a newspaper advertisement about a coming murder. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until March 17, plus Saturday shows on March 10 and 17 at 2pm.

Burlesque Idol Audience members get to participate in this mix of music and comedy, as women (and a man) compete to be chosen as the Newcastle region finalist in the Australian Burlesque Idol quest. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday, meal and show from 6pm, show only at 8.30pm.

Lano & Woodley - Fly Comic team Lano (Colin Lane) and Woodley (Frank Woodley) return to the stage after a 12-year break, with an amusing tribute to pioneers of flight, the Wright Brothers. Token, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5pm  and 7.30pm.