Could 48 Watt Street be the best live music venue in Newcastle?

The ‘Live at 48 Watt St’ series kicked off on Saturday with an intimate show from singer-songwriter, Patrick James. The venue captures all that we loved about the classic ‘Live at The Chapel’ TV series and offers something truly different from other live rooms in town.  With an impressive line-up of gigs booked in for the year we left asking ourselves – Could 48 Watt Street be the best live music venue in Newcastle? 

The Space

The space is perfect for these intimate gigs. The courtyard is just the right size to feel welcoming but big enough to not force you into talking to “randoms” while waiting for friends to turn up. Inside is just how you would imagine it; Encapsulated in years of spectacular history.

The History

You can feel the 110 years of the building when you walk in the room. Though the building ceased traditional Sunday services in 2010, it maintains many of its original iconic features such as grand vaulted ceilings and fine stained-glass windows, creating a beautiful setting for intimate live performances.

The Bar

As you walk in there’s a pop-up bar in the courtyard that features a variety of yummy beverages including beers by Central Coast brewers, Six String Brewing Co. We love a good local beer so we stoked when we entered the main room and saw a full bar, also severing Six String, operating there too. The pop-up bar begins service at 6pm, before live music events.

The Food

After a few delicious beverages, it was hard to resist the yummy smell wafting from the Mini Pinoy Grill serving some Filipino fusion cuisine. Let’s just say we went back for second and are happy to report that the Mini Pinoy Grill will be a common feature of the ‘Live at 48 Watt St’ series.

The ‘So Watt’ Supper Club

Starting 28th of September the weekly ‘So Watt’ Supper Club will feature a mix of Jazz, R&B and funk in a relaxed lounged setting with plenty of room to dance.

Coming to 48 Watt Street

Vera Blue
Thursday & Friday, September 22

This tour announcement coincides with Vera Blue releasing the third single and title track from her debut EP Fingertips. The song examines infidelity, “Fingertips is quite heavy, but it’s really honest as well,” Vera Blue says. “It’s about social media and unfaithfulness, and what that can do to people. It’s written from the perspective of the person who was doing the wrong.”


Katie Noonan
Sunday, October 16

One of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, Katie Noonan brings her pure voice and technical mastery to 48 Watt St on Sunday October 16. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.


Melody Pool & Peter Bibby
Thursday, October 20

Following the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album “Deep Dark Savage Heart”, homegrown talent, Melody Pool polished off a National Australian tour playing to audiences engrossed by her lyrical prowess and fascinated by her melodic majesty across the country. She’s now back on the road for a huge string of dates across Australia along with Peter Bibby to bring audiences an evening of music that makes no apologies and tells it like it is. They’ll perform together at 48 Watt St on Thursday October 20.


Henry Wagons
Friday, November 4

Henry Wagons will hit 48 Watt with a solo performance on Friday November 4. Fresh off the plane from five weeks touring North America on the back of his new solo album ‘After What I Did Last Night…’, Henry’s fingers are nimble, his voice is limber and his memory bank is full of many new stories of big skies and the open road. Joining Henry for the Australian jaunt will be the Golden Guitar wielding, all round charmer and talented songsmith in his own right, Lachlan Bryan.


Bob Evans & Josh Pyke
Thursday, December 8

Dear friends,It gives me great pleasure to announce this morning that I will be joining forces with my good mate Josh Pyke for a national tour in November & December called "Another Evening with Josh Pyke and Bob Evans". It's a bit of a ten year anniversary celebrating the first tour we set out on together way back in 2006. This show is going to be a little bit different to the first one though…instead of playing two individual sets we will perform together over the course of 2+ hours, backing each other as we work through our collective catalogues of tunes. That's a whole lotta lovin' for one night! Tickets go on sale on FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER from and to say thank you when you purchase your tickets you will receive 2 FREE SONGS to download that Josh and I wrote and recorded at his place a couple of weeks ago!This is going to be such a fun and special way to round out 2016. I can't bloody wait and I hope you all can join us!CHEERS!XXXBOBXXX

Posted by Bob Evans on Sunday, 18 September 2016

Having embarked on the first Evening with Josh and Bob a decade ago this year, fans can expect a finely honed performance and a varied, reminiscent repertoire of knockout songs from two of Australia’s best. Evans, also well renowned as the frontman of Jebediah, enthuses, “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect. We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different ten years on.”


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