DARBY STREET LIVE: Meet the artists

Everyone is buzzing with the announcement of Darby Street Live, a micro music festival happening in Newcastle on Saturday 24 March.

A bunch of business including ABICUS, Ramjet and Betty Mim, Cooks Hill Books & Records, food spots like Monella Gelato Bar, Natural Tucker and bars 5 Sawyers and The Hop Factory will host the various stages with the Laneway between Jean Bas and Canton Story also coming alive with music.

There’s a full announcement in our gig guide which you can find here, but we thought we’d take the time to introduce you to some of the amazing artists who will take to the stages around Darby street during the festival. You know, give you a head start on who to see.

Paris Grace

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Paris and her friends took out the 2017 Tip Jar Songwriting competition with their song, Longer This Time. Since then the talented singer-songwriter has been working on new original material, which you can check out in the video above. Paris recently opened the 2018 Newcastle Blues & Roots Festival to much applause and is definitely one to put on your must-see list for Darby Street Live.

Bravo Victor

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One of our favourite local acts from the last few years, Bravo Victor will draw a big crowd during the festival. The way this duo combine bass guitar & vocal will have you pinching yourself. It’s powerful and fragile all at the same time and watching Jonno on bass is a festival in itself.

Jacquie Lomas

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On the back of her appearance at Mountain Sounds 2018, Jacquie Lomas will bring the fire when she hits the stage at Darby Street Live. As an MC Jacquie commands attention and her flow is tight (that’s what the kids say, yeah?). Songs from Jacquie’s EP Cognitive Dissonance have received consistent airplay from Triple J and FBi Radio and if her performance at Mountain Sounds is anything to go by her spot of the festival will something you don’t want to miss.


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If we’re talking local hip-hop we have to give a shout out to Newcastle’s Pep-C. A member of “The Party CRASHERS” with DJ Mathematics, Pep-C is constantly pushing himself and the music he makes. We’re pretty sure he’s got something special up his sleeve for Darby Street Live, so make sure his set makes it onto your must-see list.


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Now backed by a full band, Fritz and her hype train are now bigger and better than ever. Probably our pick of the festival, we’re huge fans and you will be too. We don’t need to say much more… Watch the video above and become a fan too. We’ll see you dancing like a dag in the front row during the festival.

Banjo Beats

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Banjo and drums may sound like an unlikely combination at first, however, Dan Huish and Louisa Magrics combine forces to carve out a surprising, innovative and playful sonic space. Love a bit of a tow tap?  Don’t miss this set.

Benn Allsop

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He won over hearts all across the world when Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher shared a video of Benn singing a song he wrote for his wife on their wedding day. Benn also took out the public vote in the 2018 Tip Jar Song Competition and we’re hearing good things about his new material. If pop music is your thing, Benn’s Darby Street Live set should be high on your list.

Written by Newcastle Live

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