As 2020 lurches toward its inevitable demise, our thoughts naturally turn to the limitless possibilities of 2021.
Where this year was beset with a distinct lack of gigs, (for obvious reasons) with all things being equal, 2021 looks set to be a veritable cornucopia of live musical entertainments.
We certainly can’t wait to experience the sights, sounds, and yes, smells, of a live gig (except for that sweaty guy who insists on taking his shirt off after the second song) so we decided to compile a list, by no means exhaustive, of some shows happening in our neck of the woods in the new year that are set to slake your thirst for gig action!
Scene & Heard
Wickham Park – Sunday 7 November 2021
With a lineup that includes the likes of Grinspoon, Regurgitator, Frenzal Rhomb and Ratcat, can you really go wrong?
Of course, you can’t and the 2021 iteration of Scene & Heard promises to be an absolute doozy. So, start watching those old Recovery eps on YouTube now in preparation!
Roche Estste – Saturday 27 March 2021
Another nostalgia-fest we cant wait to sink our teeth into next year is definitely Sunset Sounds and largely due to two words Daryl Braithwaite!
Yep, the man who popularised the love letter to equine companionship The Horses will lead a literal galaxy of Oz talent including Ian Moss, Ross Wilson, The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, and Kate Ceberano.
This one is going to be yuuuuge!
Hope Estate – Saturday 13 March 2021
Anyone who has seen The Oils in action knows that they are one of the most formidable live acts in the country. Still.
And this show – Makarratta Live – is fast shaping up to be this writer’s most anticipated of 2021. Transcending a mere rock show, Makarrata Live, based around the band’s 2020 mini album The Makarratta Project will see the band work with a string of Indigenous collaborators to help shine a light on the The Uluru Statement From The Heart.
Unmissable does not even cut it for this one.
The Iron Maidens
Cambridge Hotel – Thursday 15 April 2021
This gig was meant to go down back in April 2020 and t when the Cambo announced a raincheck for 15 April 2021 we were running to the hills with excitement.
We love a good tribute band at NL and the Iron Maidens are pretty close to the top of the tree.
Consisting of Kirsten ‘Bruce Chickinson’ Rosenberg (vocals) Linda ‘Nikki McBURRain’ McDonald (drums), Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox (guitar), Nikki ‘Davina Murray’ Stringfield (guitar) and Wanda ‘Steph Harris’ Ortiz (drums), the Iron maidens have built a reputation for their musical prowess and stellar performances which covers all eras of Maiden as well as fan favourites.
Glory Box – A Euphoric ’90s Experience
Lizotte’s – Thursday 11 February 2021
For our money, Amy Vee is one of the most beguiling musical talents this town has produced.
When you put Amy together with some of Newcastle’s best tunesmiths for a set celebrating the best dreamy, melancholic, downtempo tunes of the ’90s, you’ve got something special to behold.
Expect to hear the Soma-like UK trip-hop of Portishead and Massive Attack, the ethereal meanderings of Mazzy Star, the heart-on-sleeve emotion of singer-songwriters Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley and PJ Harvey and much more!