Live At The Foreshore drops 2016 line-up

The LIVE AT THE FORESHORE festival is back, and it’s bigger than ever!  16 iconic acts will make up an Aussie rock invasion set t0 hit Camp Shortland on Newcastle’s foreshore on Sunday November 6. 

The line up includes Ross Wilson, Richard Clapton, Dragon, 1927, Wendy Matthews, Rose Tattoo, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Thirsty Merc, Pseudo Echo, Eurogliders, Mi-Sex, Swanee, Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Sharon O’Neill, Dynamic Hepnotics and Chocolate Starfish!

Excuse us while we take a breath, but this line up would have to be  the biggest thing to hit the beach since the Pasha Bulka landed on the sand.

This year’s festival organisers aim to keep the boutique atmosphere of last year while beefing up the important bit….the acts on stage. With all acts playing only their Hits,

The Line-up


Now Listen! Mr Eagle Rock, ROSS WILSON, 2 time ARIA Hall of Fame Inductee, founder of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock continues to have a Hell Of A Time while Living In The Land Of Oz.


When he was 16 he inveigled his way into a Sydney hotel to hang out with the Rolling Stones. From that day on, RICHARD CLAPTON knew he was going to be a rock star. It’s now almost 50 years since that fateful day -years filled with a lifetime of incredible experiences, outrageous good times and a catalogue of iconic and timeless songs.


DRAGON formed in Auckland in 1972, relocating to Sydney in 1975, led by enigmatic lead singer, Marc Hunter, and currently led by his brother bass player, Todd Hunter.  DRAGON had the nation in mass sing-alongs with their hits the No. 1 smash, Are You Old Enough?, Still in Love with You , Rain, O Zambezi and 1977’s hit summer anthem, April Sun in Cuba .


Known for enduring hits such as That’s When I Think of You, Compulsory Hero, ‘To Love Me, Scars, Don’t Forget Me, and, of course, If I Could, 1927 made a devastating entry into the ears of its listeners with the Quintuple Platinum selling album …ish in 1988, which earned the band a slew of ARIA Awards as well as a lot of fans along the way.


WENDY MATTHEWS is an honorary Aussie having been born in Canada and moved to Australia to sing back-up vocals at the invitation of Glenn Shorrock for his 1983 Australian tour. That 6 week visit became rather extended as Wendy found herself in demand as a session vocalist and singing jingles. She sang on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton, Tim Finn and Icehouse.


ROSE TATTOO led by Angry Anderson, was formed in Sydney in 1976 and were renowned as “one of the most revered bands of all time” with their “peerless, street-level heavy blues’ with the emphasis on slide guitar and strident lyric statements”. Rose Tattoo’s first four albums were produced by the legendary team of Harry Vanda and George Young who also worked with AC/DC, and spawned songs including Bad Boy for Love.


It’s a unique band that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name but The Church, led by the enigmatic STEVE KILBEY, is just that. Since arriving in Australia half a century ago, STEVE KILBEY has forged a unique and frighteningly individual stream of musical thoughts including the church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, being sung along with him by countless Australians.


THIRSTY MERC are an Australian pop rock band formed in 2002 by Rai Thistlethwayte (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Phil Stack (bass guitar), Karl Robertson (drums), and Matthew Baker (guitar). Thirsty Merc have released 4 albums: Thirsty Merc (August 2004), Slideshows (April 2007), Mousetrap Heart (June 2010) and Shifting Gears (September 2015).


PSEUDO ECHO formed in 1982, releasing their first album, Autumnal Park, in 1984 which skyrocketed the band to household name status across the country. Their second album, Love an Adventure, spawned another string of hits including its title track, Don’t Go, Try, Living in a Dream and their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song Funkytown, which brought the group their biggest international success and spent seven weeks at No. 1 in Australia from December 1986.


EUROGLIDERS took the charts by storm in the 1980s. Audiences were blown away, and Grace Knight captivated fans with her ‘manic ballerina’ stage persona. In 1984, Eurogliders released their album This Island, which spawned their No. 2 hit single, Heaven (Must Be There). Heaven also peaked at No. 21 on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and appeared on the Hot 100.


“Compu-PU-pu-PU-pu-PU Computer Games”! If that chorus from the MI-SEX hit isn’t familiar to you then you didn’t live through the early 80’s. This international hit single preceded the glut of similar-sounding British chart entrants by a year or more and became one of the defining pop-rock songs of the Australasian music-scape. It ascended to #1 on the Australian charts during November ’79 and hit the top five in New Zealand.


DALE RYDER formed Boom Crash Opera in 1985 and quickly became one of the hottest live acts in the country, the release  of their first single Great Wall was a huge smash hit and then the albums and hits just kept coming; Hands Up in the Air, Onion Skin, The Best Thing and Dancing In the Storm were all staples of radio stations across the country.


John ‘SWANEE’ Swan is a blue blood of the Australian rock scene. In 1978 he released his first album ‘Into the Night’ but his first major chart success was a rendition of Tim Hardin’s If I Were a Carpenter from the album ‘This Time It’s Different’. Success with the next two singles from the album immediately followed. Lady What’s Your Name and Temporary Heartache both screamed up the charts.


Born and raised in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, SHARON O’NEILL, first began performing around the area with her acoustic guitar in the late 1960s before going on to be crowned Top Female Vocalist in the NZ Music Awards for three years running (1978, 1979, 1980) and heading across the ditch to Australia.


The Dynamic Hepnotics are an Australian soul, blues and funk band which formed in 1979 and disbanded in 1986. Mainstay, lead vocalist and front man, “Continental” Robert Susz formed the group in Sydney. They had chart success on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart with a top 5 single, “Soul Kind of Feeling” in 1984.


CHOCOLATE STARFISH burst on to the charts in 1993 with their classic cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. A string of original hits followed, including Mountain, Four Letter Word and Accidentally Cool. CHOCOLATE STARFISH released just two albums before taking some time out – 1994′s self-titled debut (which spent two months in the Top 10) and 1995′s Box (which reached number six).

Food and Drink

Nothing says summer in Newcastle like BBQ and GRILL, providing slow cooked and grilled delights that will have your mouth watering. From ancient to modern, the festival will showcase BBQ and GRILL stylings from Asia, the America’s and Europe. Lizotte’s, the name synonymous with music in Newcastle will be onsite providing café culture snacks and beverages catering to the coffee and high tea aficionados in a garden styled outdoor lounge setting!

Small batch brew craft beer from Six String Brewery and Young Henry’s, Wine from Sirromet Wines, speciality brewed festival cider from Six Strings brewery, fresh poured mixed spirits and artisan cocktails will be on offer to the strictly over 18 music lovers. The relaxing beach side location will also make way for the Hunt & Gather Markets and a mix of all the weird and wonderful things this city has to offer. To take optimum advantage of the coastal summer sun, gates will open at 12.30pm with the last act finishing up at 8pm. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The Lowdown

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The perfect opportunity to grab a cold beer, some great food, a spot on the grass (BYO chair or blanket), to soak up the quintessential Newcastle summer and still be able to get home with no hassle.

WHERE: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
WHEN: Sunday November 6
NOTE: Live at the Foreshore is an 18+ event


23rd June – Members pre sale. For those who want to register to get presale tickets here is the link (Ends 22/6/16):

27th June – General public on sale from or Civic Theatre Box Office (ticketek) 4929 1977


Written by Brittany Herron

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