Local musos, businesses and live music fans came together last Sunday for the Operation Cyclone Benefit Concert in an effort to raise much needed funds for the local SES after the April super storms. 

A healthy crowd of people gathered at the Croatian Wickham Sports Club to experience one of the best line ups of local music we’ve seen this year. A donation of $5 for entry to the event was directly donated to the cause with a percentage of drink sales also going to the final tally. Punters also dug deep purchasing raffle tickets to win prizes donated from local businesses,  they partook in silent auctions and purchased Operation Cyclone stickers.  The community spirit was alive and well.

While organisers have yet to go public with the final tally of funds raised, the word on the street is that the benefit raised in excess of $7000 for the local SES.

On stage the line up of artists proved our local music scene stands up as one of the best in the country. With two stages (one inside the club and one outside) there was no shortage of great music for live music fans to sink their teeth into.

Newcastle Live congratulates the event organisers and the musos, businesses and people who donated their time to make sure the event was a resounding success.

Written by Swamphouse

At 16 years old, on a balmy May Friday night way back in 1975. I rolled up to the Forestville Youth Centre (The Forrie Bop) tickets were a couple of dollars and the band on the night included the likes of Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Paul Matters and Phil Rudd, yes ‘ACDC’ all for $2.00, can you believe that.


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  1. Thankyou Newcastle Live for the help in the lead up and the promotion of the event. To Dan/Craig Steve and all the staff involved BIG BIG thanks!! Awesome photo’s and a great write up on the best lineup of Newcastle music talent and the people who helped. Thankyou to the S.E.S for the help they give the community.

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