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New Festival Aims To Put Community Support For Live Music On The Record

Updated: Feb 13

Don’t Just LOVE Live Music – Become Part Of The LEGACY



That is the key message from the Newcastle Live Music Taskforce and organisers of the inaugural Sound Station Music & Arts Festival to be held at The Station on Saturday, 4 April 2020.


With City of Newcastle as the major sponsor of the event, festival organisers said the free community festival would celebrate the strength and diversity of Newcastle’s live music industry - past, present and future.


“It’s no secret that residential development in Newcastle is adversely impacting our live music industry,” Taskforce member and festival co-organiser Marcus Wright said.


Iconic venues including the Wickham Park Hotel, the Lass O’Gowrie, the Cambridge and the Stag & 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 – literally in this case. 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.


“That’s how we will begin to see change. When people are willing to show up and stand up for what matters to them.”



The event, to be headlined by The Gooch Palms, includes a diverse line-up designed to offer something for everyone...


The event, to be headlined by The Gooch Palms, includes a diverse line-up designed to offer something for everyone.


“Newcastle has a thriving live music scene that we want to grow and nurture for generations to come,” Wright 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.


In order to keep the non-profit event free and open to everyone, organisers, with support from Newcastle Live Music Taskforce created the festival using a Special Business Rates Levy grant from City of Newcastle, along with the generous support of advertisers and industry stakeholders.


Newcastle Live Music Taskforce members Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp also voiced their support of the event.


“City of Newcastle strongly recognises the role that live music plays in contributing to a diverse night-time economy and the employment opportunities and place activation that a vibrant live music scene can create,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.


“That’s why we are proud to support the Sound Station music festival under our special business rate funding policy.”


Likewise, Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said Sound Station would be an opportunity to showcase Newcastle’s vibrant and diverse musical talent, while at the same time encouraging Novocastrians to support the live music scene, local CBD businesses and the night-time economy.


“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,” he said.


There is no cost to attend Sound Station Music & Arts Festival, but a free ticket from StickyTickets.com.au is required for entry.

The day will include a main stage, secondary stage with youth acts, art exhibitions, food vans, pop-up bars and more.


Full line-up is as follows:


Gooch Palms | Grace Turner | Eat Your Heart Out | Glovers Lane | Kookshill | Boycott |

Jets Play Jets | Dv8 | The Porkers | Brien McVernon and the Rockets from Oz | Cornstalk | Amy Vee


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