PAY BACK If you've worked in the Newcastle music industry, the chances are you know Geoff Sykes. Since the '80s he's been hauling gear and making bands sound good across the Hunter. Sadly the proud roadie and sound engineer is struggling with the financial cost of prostrate cancer treatment, so a host of musicians are uniting on Saturday for a benefit show, the Likes for Mr Sykes Concert. The 12-hour gig at the Wickham Park Hotel features DV8, Spy Vs Spy, Jets Play Jets, The Viper Creek Band, Hornet, The Ride Ons, Blues Bombers and many more.
PUNKED The Splendour In The Grass sideshow circuit is coming to Newcastle this winter in the form of Fidlar. The Los Angeles surf-punk four-piece land at the Cambridge Hotel on July 20 to support their third album Almost Free.
DRIVEN Newcastle's Ben Gumbleton has worked at a cracking pace since launching his electro-soul project Boo Seeka in 2015. Boo Seeka are preparing to release new single Millennium Drive and are hitting the road. The tour ends at the Cambridge Hotel on July 12.
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LIZARD KINGS Sydney soul-rockers Polish Club are gearing up to release their second album Meet Me At The Iguana on June 7. The songs will be super fresh when they perform at the Cambridge Hotel on June 12, the second show on their 18-date tour.
HYPE Groovin The Moo organisers knew they were booking an artist on the rise when they secured Billie Eilish for this year's festival tour, which hits Maitand Showground on April 27. However, not in their wildest dreams would they have expected that the 17-year-old pop star from Los Angeles would be the hottest act on the planet. Eilish's debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is No.1 on the ARIA, UK and US Billboard charts and she has five singles in the Australian top-10.
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SPIN OUT Record Store Day is always a brilliant excuse to rummage through vinyl, but there's an even bigger reason to pop into Abicus in Darby Street on Saturday. Esteemed Newcastle indie acts Grace Turner, Fritz and Vacations will be performing in store fresh off their trip to the US for South By South West Festival. Electronic acts e4444e and Collector will also perform.
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