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Rock on: Live music returns to Newy


Live music is returning to the Hunter.

Months after it went quiet across the region, Newcastle musicians and music fans are dusting off their band T-shirts, tuning their instruments, and heading back out to enjoy gigs.

With restrictions easing and the weather set to warm up, the former steel city is promising live gigs every day of the week.

Newcastle alternative rock band Heddy’s Revenge has announced two gigs in upcoming weeks: an in-store performance at Hiss and Crackle Records in Wallsend on 20 November and a gig at The Gallipoli Legion Club in Hamilton on Thursday 2 December. 

Hiss and Crackle Records is an independent local business and a big supporter of live music.

The store has a local band playing live (and free) almost every Saturday afternoon (from 2pm) this summer. 

Heddy’s Revenge drummer Libby Jones says the band are proud to play their first gig in almost 20 years at the iconic local record store. 

“We’ve recently written and recorded new material and we’ve got a thumping live show prepared.”

The show, she says, will include their latest single New Line, released earlier this year.

The event at the Gallipoli Legion Club in Hamilton on Thursday 2 December is part of the ‘From A Distance (FAD) Sessions’.

“It’s an initiative that began as a way to broadcast live music during lockdown,” Jones said.

“But is now able to produce live shows for live audiences.”

Heddy’s Revenge will be joined by local indie rock legends Tall Jenny, and exciting new band House of Refuge.  

Tall Jenny includes members of several iconic Newcastle bands such as Schlauncher and Strength to Strength. 

“Lead singer Gerant Kenneth is a renowned and prolific multimedia artist,” says Jones.

“In 2015 he wrote, recorded and published a new song (including a music video) every single week. 

“Needless to say, the band has plenty of unique material, and whenever Tall Jenny plays, you can expect the unexpected and get ready to rock.” 

House of Refuge are described as being “an up-and-coming Newcastle band who have already made a big impression”, Jones says.

“They recently supported pub rock legends Spy v Spy at their album launch. 

“They play an original mix of alternative, hard rock and funk.”

House of Refuge singer Bob has been described in the music scene as “wonderfully handsome and esoteric”. 

The event at the Gallipoli Legion Club in Hamilton will open at 7pm on Thursday 2 December.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. 

“Let’s get back to venues and watch some live music,” Jones concluded.

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