SINGLE THEORY An evening drive out on Texas’ Highway 90 to see the mysterious Marfa lights is the inspiration behind the Gooch Palms’ latest single. The Newcastle punk duo released Marfa Lights, the second single off their forthcoming third album, on Thursday. Drummer Kat Friend wrote the lyrics two years ago after the pair ventured into the West Texas desert to see the bright orbs of light, which some people claim are signs of alien or paranormal activity. However, scientists believe it’s caused by atmospheric reflections off automobile headlights.
NO JOKE The days of the former Newcastle Train Station collecting pigeon poo and dust are over with local comedy festival Not Just For Laughs relaunching the building as a creative public space on September 30 and October 1. After the festival’s success at the Crown & Anchor Hotel last year the comedy showcase was forced to find a bigger home. The expanded program features James Connors, Rowan Thambar, MJ Wong, Sarah Gaul and many more.
FOREVER YOUNG Love Is In The Air singer John Paul Young is bringing his All-Star Band to Belmont 16s and Wests Nelson Bay on October 19 and 20 to perform hits from the famed Harry Vanda and George Young songbook. Expect to hear classics like Friday on My Mind and Evie.
NEW SOUL Melbourne folk troubadour Shaun Kirk will return to his favourite Newcastle haunt, 5 Sawyers, on November 15 to support his new single Save My Soul.
RETURN Regular Newcastle visitor, bluesman Claude Hay, has booked a Stag and Hunter Hotel gig for October 19 on his spring east coast tour.