Newcastle’s Love That Hat to Play the Electric Light Orchestra

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One of Newcastle’s most loved live music acts, Love That Hat will head to Lizotte’s in Lambton on November 27 for a special concert covering the classic hits of English rock band, Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO for short. 

This is a “one night only” affair with Love That Hat’s Sue, Dave and Mikey joining forces with some of Newcastle’s best singers and musicians to create a 10 piece band that is bound to bring the house down.


You will remember Sue Carter for her spectacular performances in several of Newcastle′s favourite acts including Sligo Maid, Killkenny and The Sue & Mikey Show. As a classically trained opera singer and multi-instrumentalist, (violin, mandolin, guitar & harmonica, though not all at once – yet!)

Dave Carter′s CV is as wide as it is long – and no wonder! He has performed with almost every single Australian musician, alive and dead, that has ever graced a stage within 50 miles of Newcastle. And he doesn′t look a day over 70! He currently performs with The Cooch Potatoes, Gas, 24 Strings and Newcastle′s favourite madcap duo The Loonatic Fringe.

Mikey Stove has been breaking new ground in the Newcastle music industry for more years than he cares to remember. Although involved in numerous high profile, successful bands including Swanee, The Curvettes, Hussy, Killkenny and The Sue & Mikey Show (the latter two with Sue), Mikey′s biggest claim to fame (or notoriety) would have to be his role in the legendary Funbusters, where his skills as idiot front-man and quirky lead guitarist became a trend setting style.


The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterized by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography. After Wood’s departure in 1972, Lynne became the group’s leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material.

The band was formed to accommodate Wood’s and Lynne’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones, deriving as an offshoot of Wood’s previous band the Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. ELO were most active during the 1970s and 1980s, recording a string of studio albums that include the conceptual works Eldorado (1974) and Time (1981). For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan, and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group’s only consistent members. In 1986, Lynne lost interest in the band and ceased its operation. Bevan responded by forming his own band, ELO Part II, which later became the Orchestra. With the exception of a short-lived reformation in 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive for the next three decades. In 2014, Lynne reformed the band once again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, where he resumed concert touring and new recordings under the moniker.


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