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REWIND2023: Our favourite gigs of the year

As the curtains begin to draw on another remarkable year of live music it’s time to take a trip down memory lane as part of our REWIND2023 series.

Picking your favourite gig of the year is almost as hard as picking your favourite song of the year, but we’ve put the pressure on the team to come up with the goods.

Check out what they said below.

Ball Park Music at Drifters Wharf

BRADLEY BURGOYNE
ADVERTISING & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Would have to say Ball Park Music at Drifters Wharf in Gosford earlier this month. It was the second Birthday celebration for Drifters Wharf and was nothing short of an amazing experience. It’s a great venue, there’s always a friendly crowd of people at a BPM gig and the band puts on a solid high-energy set.

Headletter launch at the Hamilton Station Hotel

Headletter

MEG CLARKE
ADMIN & MARKETING MANAGER

Gonna have to say the Headletter launch at The Hamo on 24 June. The giant emo-sized hole left in my heart when sleepeaser disbanded in 2022 was very quickly filled up this year with guitarists Jake & Matt’s newest project Headletter’s debut show in June, with a more grungy and raw tone to the big sound that these guys make.

Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys at The Stag & Hunter Hotel

BONNIE ANNE
THE GOOD STUFF HOST & CONTENT PRODUCER

It would be hard to go past Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys at The Stag & Hunter Hotel on 17 November. I mean, she literally crowd-surfed to the bar to grab a tequila shot. What more do you want?

Where’s Jimmy at King Street

STEVEN PICKETT
MANAGING DIRECTOR

West Best Bloc Fest was a highlight for me with Where’s Jimmy, The Grounds and Acacia Blue (and many others) all performing great sets.

Smashing Pumpkins & Janes Addition at the Newcastle Entertainment Center

DAN BEAZLEY
PRODUCTION MANAGER

There were a lot of complaints about this gig, it was too loud, and Janes’ set didn’t include songs people wanted to hear, but two of the ’90s most influential bands playing in our home town – it was pretty epic. On top of that, the gig introduced many people in the crowd to Battle Snake and Amyl and the Sniffers. It wasn’t the best gig I saw all year, but it was my favourite.