Why we’re looking forward to seeing Dust of Uruzgan live at Fort Scratchley

In 2011, songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith returned home from 18 months in Afghanistan. Along with a swag of stories and lessons, Fred also bought home a collection of songs he had written. Later that year he produced an album called, Dust of Uruzgan. Fred will be in Newcastle on February 13 to present those songs live at a special show at Fort Scratchley. Here’s a few reasons we’re looking forward to it!


Fireworks cluster

The Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk, held in the Honeysuckle precinct on the same night (Feb 13), will feature Fireworks which people attending the Dust of Uruzgan show will be in a fantastic position to see!

Afghanistan beyond the headlines


Fred was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in July of 2009. Smith has actually been in Afghanistan and the stories he tells are of real people and events. His stories and songs are about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in a difficult war, told by someone who was there.

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchly

Fort Scratchley is undoubtedly one of Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage points and is worth the visit for the view alone. Overlooking Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, the Fortress boasts panoramic ocean, coastline, harbour and city views. It’s the perfect space to experience this show.

The Guns!


The Fort Scratchley Museum guns will fire as part of the production around 9pm! to mark the conclusion of the event with fireworks.

Tickets for the show are on sale now and are available from

NOTE: Gates open 7pm (one hour before show starts). It’s BYO refreshments & a low chair or picnic rug and Parental guidance recommended for children under 15.






Written by Newcastle Live

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