A micro music festival is coming to Darby Street to showcase local talent in Newcastle.
Launched at ABICUS on Darby Street on Tuesday 6 March, Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes said that the businesses along Darby Street combined with the organisers of the Tip Jar competition who’d unearthed a lot of talent in Newcastle and they wanted to show off that talent. “When you’ve got all the bars, restaurants, shops and cafes along Darby Street a micro music festival just makes sense.”
“We’re pushing really hard to protect the live music scene in Newcastle and we applied to the NSW Government’s Office of Live Music for a grant and were successful,” Nuatali said.
“We’re really excited about this microfestival. We’re uncovering local talent as well as activating this great precinct that is Darby Street.
Kicking off at 2pm, venues include fashion and retail stores: ABICUS, Ramjet and Betty Mim, Cooks Hill Books & Records, food spots: Monella Gelato Bar, Natural Tucker and bars: 5 Sawyers and The Hop Factory.
The Laneway between Jean Bas and Canton Story will also come alive with live music.
“On Saturday 24 of March you can get ice cream from Monella and listen to live music – what’s not to love about that?” Nuatali added.
Featured musicians include No-Fi collective, NIMA, Boys Don’t Cry and Sad Grrls Club, along with joint Tip Jar Winner Paris Grace who performed at the launch event today.
DJs, a harpist, electro, jazz, pop, indie rock, surf punk… you name a musical genre – it’s probably represented in the more than 25 acts already on the list.
Confirmed artists include:
- Paris Grace
- Gillian Redmond
- Jye Sharp
- Benn Allsop
- Skivvy Season
- Dawn Laird
- Bravo Victor
- Jacquie Lomas
- Eastside Grammar
- DJs Mac Da Villain, Lowblow and Pureblonde
- Cygan Groove
- Banjo Beats
- Amos & Emily
- Cherry Stain
- Looseleaf IV
- Milkmans Daughter
- Georgie Rose.
To find out more, follow the Darby Street Live Facebook page.