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5 Sawyers Thursday, Live Sawyers Feat. Vanishing Shapes + Holly Mae. Friday, DJ Alessandro. Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

HEAVY HITTERS: Front End Loader launch their new album, Neutral Evil, at Maitland's The Junkyard on Friday night.

HEAVY HITTERS: Front End Loader launch their new album, Neutral Evil, at Maitland's The Junkyard on Friday night.

Adamstown Uniting Church – The Dungeon Saturday, Expresso.

Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, James Naldo. 

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The New Cool.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Romney Watts.

Bar On The Hill Thursday, The Rubens.

Bar Petite Friday, Grant Walmsley and Friends. Saturday, Crocq.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, BOi. Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Elisa Kate.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Mark Wells. 

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, The Core. Sunday, Hendo’s Jam.

Belmont 16s Friday, Be Bop A Lula, Dave Carter. Saturday, Love That Hat, Emily Smith. Sunday, John Noble. 

Belmont Hotel Friday, The DuoTones.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Alias. 

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Overload. Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Tom Quigly. Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, The Search Party. 

Burwood Inn Friday, Tim Rossington. Saturday, Bucko.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Pals. Saturday, Grace Turner, Max Quinn, King Single; Silverstein, Comeback Kid. Sunday, Eastside Grammar.

Catho Pub Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Alias.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo. Sunday, Good Company.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons. 

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Banddits.

Civic Theatre Saturday, Tex Perkins – The Man In Black. Sunday, Julia Morris – Life and Separate Golden Jubilee Tour.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Todd Schmoo.

Club Catalina Friday, Kempy. 

Club Kotara Friday, This Iz The Moment Karaoke. Saturday, Kwozzi.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Frick ‘N Orson. Saturday, Kellie Cain. 

Club Maitland City Friday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Colliery Inn Friday, Greg Bryce.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Maryanne Rex.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Andrew G. Saturday, The Bad and the Ugly. 

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Shivoo.

Criterion Pub & Kitchen Carrington Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Thursday, Karaoke Klubhouse. Saturday, Gerda & Dave, Devultra. 

Customs House Thursday, Jethro Thorpe. Friday, Arley Black. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Tyler John.

Cypress Lakes Resort Saturday, Bobby C. 

Denman Hotel Sunday, Brendan Watson. 

Doyalson RSL Friday, The Way. Saturday, Hummdinger. 

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Matt McLaren.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Shivoo. Sunday, Jade & Willow.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Amigos. Saturday, Katie N Feff.

The Edwards Sunday, One Song Sing – Never Tear Us Apart.

Emma’s Cottage Saturday, Sunday, The Big Bang Band. 

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, James Naldo. 

Finnegans Saturday, House and Party Tunes.

The Flying Tiger 231 Friday, Jono Smith.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Gareth Hudson.

Gartelmann Wines Lovedale Sunday, Gen-R-8, Matt McLaren Duo. 

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Loose Change. 

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Zac and Ben. Sunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Friday, Kim.

Grain Store Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Front End Loader (album launch).

Greta Workers Club Friday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo. 

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, No Hope.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Misbehave. Saturday, Kirsty J, Dos Eager, GENR8. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Hexham Bowling Club Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Tim Harding. 

Holmesville Hotel Friday, James Osborn.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Crocq Duo. Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Karen O’Shea, Crocq. 

Hotel Beatty – Gresford Sunday, Stp. 

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Bobby C.

Hunter River Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Two Fires – Chisel Barnes Show.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi Show. 

Kent Hotel Thursday, Karaoke, DJ. Friday, DJ, The Core. Saturday, DJ, Gen X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Khartoum Hotel Sunday, Sunday Jam Session.

King Street Hotel Friday, NYXEN. Saturday, Luude.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Jake Folbigg.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield. 

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro. 

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, DJ Perry Carter.

Langdon Hair Charlestown Thursday, Roxy.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Diplazar, Locked In Lumo, Dr Dingo & The Space Cadets. Friday, Zampa, Home Grown at The Lass. Saturday, The Craw, Motherlode, East Coast Low, Not Nots.

Lizotte’s Friday, Let’s Spend The Night Together – Rolling Stones Tribute. Saturday, My Leonard Cohen. Sunday, The D Majors Cancer Choir Memorial Lunch Concert.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Marissa. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Friday, Jamie Martens. Saturday, Bob Allan.

Mary Ellen Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Wild Oats. Sunday, Bonny Rai. 

Maryland Tavern Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, Paparazzi. 

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Karaoke. 

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Matty G. Saturday, Kazzie. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren Duo.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, Leroy & The Rats. Saturday, Blue on Black. Sunday, Marriah Band.

MEX Club Mayfield Saturday, Anthology.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Thursday, Trivia. Friday, Gen X + DJ, Rod Stewart & Elton John Tribute. Saturday, The Years, The Smarts + DJ. Sunday, Jesse Fiddes.

Moonshadow Cruises Saturday, Mick Jones. 

Morisset Country Club Friday, Mels Karaoke. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys. 

Muree Golf Club Friday, All In Good Fun Karaoke.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew. 

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Sisters from Different Misters.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Blue Suede Boppers, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, Rave On, Redline. Sunday, Anyerin. 

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, Ryan Daley. 

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Friday, Just Jade. Sunday, Loko. 

Newcastle Hotel Saturday, NEWY Saturdays with Cassette.

NEX – Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre Sunday, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Alex Johnson, Coast & Ocean. Saturday, Rooney West, Dennis Val. 

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Saints & Sinners Party with Mardmax, DJ J-Smoove, MC Bones. Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Grant Walmsley & Friends. Sunday, Chris Saxby.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Paparazzi, Glen Harrison. Sunday, Ashley Knight. 

Potters Brewery Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Zane Penn. 

Premier Hotel Saturday, Loko. Sunday, The Years. 

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Holly Mae. 

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Jason Bone, The Rattle. Saturday, Uptown Duo, Iguana. Sunday, Love That Hat, Wharf Life.  

Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Sunday Sessions Launch Party with Code Red. 

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, StateFX.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Arcane. 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Deborah Sinclair. Sunday, Layth Gunn. 

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Vortex. Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Matt Bowles, Sunday Soothin Sounds. 

Shenanigans at the Imperial Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, The Faves.

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Friday, John Larder. Saturday, Nicko Duo, Shivoo.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Kellie Cain. Saturday, Anyerin.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Small Ballroom Thursday, Secrets, Liberties, Grim India. 

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Phil McKnight.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. 

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Emily Davis. Saturday, Bonnie Kay & the Bonafides. 

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Code Red. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox. 

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Soundabout.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Cover 2 Cover. 

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Obed Macy Duo.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Smoke and Mirrors.

Tatler Wines Saturday, Sunday, Hornet.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Neil Diamond – The Man, The Music.

Tea Gardens Hotel Motel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Replay. Saturday, Louis Burt. 

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble. 

Toronto Hotel Friday, Alias Duo. Saturday, Tim Pringle. 

Toronto Workers Club Saturday, Kristy J.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Bernie. Sunday, Kempy. 

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jacinta. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax. 

Warners Bay Hotel Friday, DJs, Pistol Pete.

Westfield Kotara Thursday, Lachlan Busking. Saturday, Jake Folbigg. 

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.

Wests Nelson Bay Friday, Blue Suede Boppers, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, Rave On. 

Wests New Lambton Friday, Snape Trilogy. Saturday, The Smarts.

The Wickham Park Hotel Thursday, Grant Lee Phillips, Matt Joe Gow. Saturday, The Lamplighters.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, At The Hop

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Beth Gleeson, Megan Core. 

THEATRE

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr Lively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel that has a young girl finding herself among colourful creatures when she falls into a rabbit hole. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).

Friday the 14 th Tensions arise when former high school classmates have a reunion party, with a murder occurring; amusing send up of horror films, written and staged by Newcastle University Drama Society. The Factory Theatrette, St Pius College, Adamstown. Saturday and Sunday at 7pm, until May 27, plus 2pm matinee Sunday, May 27.

The Hollow A murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites diverse and eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (final shows).

Josephine Wants to Dance A story about dreams, believing in yourself, and a dancing kangaroo; based on the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Monkey Baa Theatre Company, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Thursday, at 6.30pm; Friday at 10am and 12pm.

Julia Morris: Lift & Separate Golden Jubilee Tour Comedian Morris looks amusingly at her life over the past two years, trying to make sense of her actions. Live Nation, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 7.30pm.

A Mystery Musical A well-known and award-winning musical, with audience members only knowing what it is when the overture begins. The Very Popular Theatre Company, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly until Saturday, at 8pm, plus a 2pm Saturday matinee.

Quiet Faith Playwright David Williams looks amusingly and movingly at how people of different religions react to the way politicians and others claim to be following their faith in making decisions. Alternative Facts, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Thursday, May 24, at 11am, Friday, May 25, at 11am and 8pm, and Saturday, May 26, at 2pm and 8pm.

MOVIES

Aurore (M) Agnès Jaoui is a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes in Blandine Lenoir’s warm-hearted rom-com.

Avengers: Infinity War (M) The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place (PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time (PG) Through one girl’s journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from individuality.

Blockers (MA) Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

BPM (MA15+) Early 90s-set French AIDs activism drama and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017. From the writer of the Oscar-nominated The Class.

Cargo (MA15+) Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) leads this outback post-apocalyptic thriller as a father looking for salvation for his baby daughter.

Chappaquiddick (M) Jason Clarke (Everest) is Ted Kennedy in this political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy's car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House (PG) Max Irons leads an all-star cast featuring Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson in this screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Deadpool 2 (MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero. Deadpool forms a team to protect a young mutant (Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) from time traveling mercenary Cable (Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War). 

Early Man (PG) Dug and Hognob unite their tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (M) True story of the playful but passionate relationship between a young working-class Englishman and an eccentric Oscar-winning American actress. (Regal)

Finding Your Feet (PG) A posh woman seeks refuge with her bohemian sister. (Regal)

I Feel Pretty (M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world. (Lake)

I Kill Giants (PG) A young misfit escapes into a fantasy world of magic and monsters in Oscar-winning director Anders Walter’s feature debut.

Life of the Party (M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Midnight Oil 1984 Documentary chronicling a crucial year in the life of Midnight Oil.

Mr Church (M) Based on the true story of a unique life-long friendship. (Regal)

Peter Rabbit (PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’s garden.

Rampage (M) Based on the 1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One (M) When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Redoubtable (MA15+) Slice-of-life biopic on legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. From the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind 2011's The Artist.

Royal Wedding (G) Fred Astaire and Jane Powell are a brother and sister act booked to perform in London for a royal wedding. (Regal, 3pm Saturday)

Sherlock Gnomes (G) When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2 (MA) When an international border dispute arises between the US and Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area. 

The Divine Order (M) In the run-up to a new referendum on women voting, an everyday housewife bands together with a rabble of hippies, grannies and other colourful types. (Regal)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (M) A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. (Lake)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA15+) After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move. (Regal)

Truth Or Dare (M) A game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly.

Tully (M) Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno).

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