Newcastle and Hunter gig guide June 14-19

GIG OF THE WEEK: Prodigal Newcastle daughter Kira Puru returns from Melbourne to preview her new pop sound, including her latest single Molotov.
GIG OF THE WEEK: Prodigal Newcastle daughter Kira Puru returns from Melbourne to preview her new pop sound, including her latest single Molotov.


5 Sawyers Thursday, Joel Leggett, Jye Sharp. Friday, Devultra. Saturday, DJ Alessandro. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Adamstown Uniting Church Friday, Twilight Musical Dialogues – Bach In The Dark. Saturday, India and The Journey to the East, Diplazar, Southern End, Looseleaf IV.

Albion Hotel Wickham Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Louis Burt.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Pocket Aces.

Bar Petite Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks Bar Thursday, James Naldo. Friday, Audie Franks. Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Friday, Holly Mae. Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Belmont 16s Friday, Matchbox, Just Jade. Saturday, Anthology. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Alias. Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Arcane. Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Friday, Reggie Sinclair. Saturday, Blue On Black.

Burwood Inn Friday, Murph.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Kira Puru (warehouse), Spit Syndicate, Turquoise Prince, SOA (main room). Saturday, ColourSound ft. Girl Friday, Palace, Jun Wan, Tomek & Jake. Sunday, Stork, The Waxfinz, Scumdrops, Lady Petrol.  

Cardiff RSL Friday, Russell Snape. Saturday, Tre Soul.

Carrington Place Thursday, Frenchman Street Jazz Band. Friday, Anna Milat.

Catho Pub Saturday, Gareth Jay. Sunday, Eye On You.

Caves Beach Hotel Friday, Sundays Record.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Pete Hibbert. Saturday, The Andy Show.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Echo.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Overload.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Kaylah Anne.

Club Kotara Saturday, Waxy Zebu.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Club Maitland City Friday, Anthony Lee.

Colliery Inn Friday, Rox Pianoman.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Kelly Hope.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Spank N The Monkey. Saturday, Jason Paris.

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

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, The Leadbellies.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Devultra, Hayden Johns.

Customs House Friday, Pete McCredie. Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Brenton Williams.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Kyle Cartner.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, Snowy Robson. Saturday, Finnian Johnson.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, All Access 80s. Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, John Noble.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Misbehave. Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Counterpart. Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

The Edwards Saturday, Lachlan Edwards.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Lee Rolfe.

Finnegans Saturday, Savage, Sonic, Benny B, TIG, JKB, Lawson, Monument.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Marriah.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Allstar. Sunday, Todd Stewart.

George Tavern Friday, Matty G. Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grain Store Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, J.J King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Georgie Jones.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Born Lion, Trashed Again, Them's Fightin' Words. Friday, Have/Hold, Run Squirrel, Mole Men. Sunday, Paula Standing, Emily Smith, Natalie Henry.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Phonic. Saturday, John Larder, Usual Suspects. Sunday, The Levymen.

Hexham Bowling Club Friday, Live Baby Live - The INXS tribute, Take Me Back - Noiseworks tribute, Joy Duo. Saturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Hummingbirds. Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, The Years.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, James Naldo.

Hotel Delany Saturday, 24 Hours. 

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Core Duo.

Hunter River Hotel Saturday, Kim and Mik.

Junction Hotel Friday, Marissa.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Emily Smith.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Allan Freihaut.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Code Red.

Lambton Park Hotel Friday, Grant Walmsley Unplugged.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Eush, Marron, The Emerald Ruby. Friday, Anti-mata, Peter Roberts. Saturday, good thanks, Binge, The Meantime, Knifey Spoony.

Lizotte’s Friday, 19-Twenty, Kris Morris. Saturday, Don’t Change – The INXS Story. Sunday, Brothers 3 (lunch), Gretta Ziller, Andrew Swift & Lyn Bowtell (dinner).

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Cam Hives. Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark Hotel Friday, Angie.

Mary Ellen Friday, The DuoTones. Saturday, Felix Quinn. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Kim. Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Paperboy.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, Loko. Saturday, Early Daze.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, One World. Saturday, Short & Curly.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Kristy James Band. Sunday, Tyler John.

Morriset Country Club Sunday, Brendan Watson.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Friday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Echo. Saturday, Live Baby Live - The INXS tribute, The Levymen. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Beth Gleeson. Saturday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Friday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, A Breach Of Silence, Drug Mother, Red Gazelle, Zombonimo, Nucleust, From Love to Violence, The Silencio, Simple Stone, Hostel, Take My Soul, Billabong Of Blood, Punctured, Time On-Earth.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Aaron Hipwell. Saturday, Adrienne, Lee Sullivan.

Oriental Hotel Sunday, Huckleberry.

Pelican RSL Saturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Jake Davey, Zane Penn. Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Plough Inn Friday, Sami.

Potters Brewery Friday, Phil McKnight. Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Premier Hotel Sunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday, Holly Mae.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Tre Soul, Dave Carter. Saturday, Kylie Jane, Phonic Trio. Sunday, Hornet, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Alias.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Jason Paris. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Salamander Tavern Friday, Mick Jones.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Steel City. Sunday, James Naldo.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, The New Cool.

Shimmies Hotel Sunday, Southpaw.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Dean Kyrwood, The Years. Sunday, John Larder, Sarah Christine.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Hummdinger.

Small Ballroom Friday, Heklar. Saturday, Blueprint & Berlin Underground, Ben Nott.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Mark Lee.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Frick N Orson.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, The Hussy Hicks. Saturday, Halfway Homebuoy, The Urban Chiefs.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Code Red. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Dean Dee.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Brindle Pigs.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Kazbar.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Triple Zero.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Rox Pianoman.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Rockin’ Jukebox. 

Warners At The Bay Friday, Jim Overend. Saturday, Shaka.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Shivoo. Saturday, The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King, The Rumour Trio. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wests NEX Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

West Wallsend Workers Club Friday, Karen O'Shea.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, Viagro. Saturday, Rosie’s School of Rock – Rockstar Showcase, Kellie Cain, Brien McVernon Band. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Barracuda - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Just Jade.


A Quiet Place (M) A family must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten them. (Event, Glendale)

Aurore (M) Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. She is slowly being pushed to the outskirts of society, but then she runs into the great love of her youth. (Tower)

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

Breath (M) Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form a friendship with a mysterious older man who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. (Regal)

Cargo (MA) A post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs. (Tower)

Chappaquiddick (M) Ted Kennedy's political career derails in the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist. (Lake Cinema)

Crooked House (PG) In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (Regal)

Deadpool 2 (MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero. 

Duck Duck Goose (PG) Animated comedy-adventure following a bachelor goose who makes pals with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

Food Fighter (M) Filmed across four continents and over two years, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman's crusade against the global scandal of food waste. (Tower)

Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery. (Regal)

Gaugin (CTC) Focused on French painter Paul Gauguin's affair with a Tahitian woman. (Tower) 

Gringo (MA) An American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that's about to go public finds his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico.

Gurrumul (PG) Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important voices to come out of Australia. (Tower)

Hereditary (MA) When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Kodachrome (M) A father and son hit the road in order to reach a Kansas Kodachrome photo lab before it closes for good. (Tower)

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.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (MA) An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years. (Glendale).

Mr Church (M) A unique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. (Regal)

Ocean’s 8 (M) Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Sherlock Gnomes (G) When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (M) Han Solo leads Lucasfilm’s second standalone Star Wars film, passing Harrison Ford’s iconic smuggler role down to Alden Ehrenreich.

Tea With The Dames (M) Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. (Tower)

The Bookshop (PG) Set in a small town in 1959 England, a woman opens a bookshop, and creates a political minefield.

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. (Regal)

The Incredibles 2 (PG) Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Tully (M) Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a bond with a nanny named Tully. (Lake Cinema)

Upgrade (MA) Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (Event, Glendale)

Vince Giordano: There's A Future In The Past (E) Vince Giordano keeps the jazz age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks. (Tower)


Big Dog Pod – Newcastle Comedy Stand-ups comedians Neel Kolhatkar, Sam Taunton, Cameron Duggan, Tim Hewitt and Rowan Thambar perform live. Sydney Junction Hotel, Hamilton. Thursday, at 8pm.

Disney’s High School Musical Senior students at a high school deal with issues of first love, friends and family, between and in classes. Bling Performing Arts, at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Thursday and Friday, at 6.30pm.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Colourful musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber looking at the Biblical figure who became advisor to an Egyptian ruler after being sold into slavery. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until June 30 and Sunday, June 24, and Saturday, June 30, at 2pm.

Micro Theatre - The Director’s Cut Eight acclaimed plays from the first three Newcastle Micro Theatre festivals staged by new directors, with four each at two venues, The Press Bookhouse, Newcastle, and Studio 21 Artspace, Hamilton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7pm, until June 23. Details at

Playhouse Creatures Actresses in 17th century London struggle to win roles in an era when men dominated stages; comedy by April de Angelis based on real women and events. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday, at 8pm (final shows).

Star Struck 2018: Connect The annual celebration of music, theatre, song, dance and comedy with students from Hunter public schools looks at how people make connections from early childhood to adult life. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Friday at 10.30am and 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The Ties That Bind Innovative short films and live plays showcasing the story-telling, film-making and performance skills of the Diploma of Screen and Media students at Newcastle TAFE. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm.