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The end of an era as the torch is passed at The Lass this weekend

The Hedonists performing at the Lass O'Gowrie in 2018

Ahh, the Lass O’Gowrie. Easily one of the most iconic venues on the Hunter Valley music landscape and one where many a Novocastrian ‘gig pig’ cut their musical teeth on some of the best local acts to ever grace a stage.

A venue completely devoid of pretension, The Lass welcomed all comers to its unassuming stage – from hardcore punks to indie kids, and the Newcastle cultural landscape was all the better for it.

Now, after 26 years behind the bar, owner/operators Ian and Sharon Lobb are passing the torch to new owners who have, thankfully, promised to keep live music at the forefront of the venue’s vibe.

It would be remiss of Newcastle not to give Ian and Sharon a decent send-off, which is exactly what will be happening this Saturday night.

Newcastle funksters Catnip are sure to have the intimate band room jumping with their brand of infectious tunes.

In doubly bittersweet news, the show will also be Catnip’s last the foreseeable future as frontman Dave Kercher is relocating to London.

The bill will also be bolstered by rockers The Hedonists and Hey Lady, both regular fixtures on the Lass stage, while the sweet, indie folk strains of three-piece As Of Sky will round out the night.

Catch Catnip, The Hedonists, Hey Lady and As Of Sky at The Lass O’Gowrie on Saturday, 30 March and give Ian and Sharon the send off they deserve.

Written by Newcastle Live

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