Newy ska icons The Porkers, and party punk duo The Gooch Palms will lead a stellar lineup of local talent at a new festival aimed at reaffirming the Newcastle Live Music Taskforce’s commitment to breathing even more life into the local scene.
Dubbed Sound Station Music and Arts Festival, the stacked show will kick off at The Station on Saturday 4 April.
Aside from the Goochies and The Porkers the lineup will also feature the lilting balladry of Grace Turner and Amy Vee, up and coming ‘femme punk’ four piece Boycott, garage punks Eat Your Heart Out, indie rockers Glover’s Lane, and Kookshill, roots rockers Cornstalk, and local stalwarts Jets Play Jets, DV8, and Brien McVernon and the Rockers From Oz.
Aside from the above, the event will also feature art exhibitions, food trucks, pop-up bars and heaps more.
Taskforce member Marcus Wright said the purpose of the festival was to showcase the breadth and depth of talent we have in this region – something that must be supported.
“Newcastle has a thriving live music scene that we want to grow and nurture fot generations to come,” he said.
“For this festival, our goal was to showcase the strength and diversity of our industry and that means paying homage to foundation acts as well as contemporary artists.”
Fellow member Nikki Taylor went further, adding that music fans in Newcastle need to “stand up and be counted” in the face of residential development and noise complaints.
“It’s no secret that residential development in Newcastle is adversley impacting our live music industry,” she said.
“Iconic venues including the Wickham Park Hotel, the Lass O’Gowrie, the Cambridge and the Stag and Hunter are experiencing escalating noise complaints from nearby residents and something needs to be done before it’s too late.
“What we want is for everyone who cares about live music to come out, enjoy a great day, and to stand up and be counted. Big numbers will allow us to take that support back to government and prove without a doubt that live music really matters to the people of Newcastle and the Hunter.”
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and State Member for Newcastle Tim Crackanthorp – both Taskforce members – also voiced their support for the inaugural event.
“Newcastle has an amazing music community, so I’m really excited to see everyone come together for this festival. Newcastle is renowned for great events and Sound Station will be no exception” Tim said.
Best of all the event which will run across two stages is completely free, however, a free ticket available via Sticky Tickets is required for entry.
SOUND STATION MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
THE STATION NEWCASTLE
SATURDAY 4 APRIL
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
JETS PLAY JETS
BRIEN MCVERNON AND THE ROCKETS FROM OZ
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