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Legendary local rockers The Screaming Jets will kick-start Newcastle’s “live” entertainment scene at the Sound Station Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

Originally slated for April 2020, the event was plunged into uncertainty, like so many others, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

But, the Newcastle Live Music Taskforce (NLMT) remained committed to providing a platform for Hunter acts.

And, on 28 August, The Screaming Jets – who enjoyed mega success with tracks like Better, Stop the World and Shine On – will headline the free concert with other Newcastle icons such as Spy v Spy, DV8, The Porkers and Eat Your Heart Out.

“You could say Sound Station is even more important now than it was two years ago,” NLMT chair Tim Crakanthorp said.

“Live performance was absolutely devastated by COVID and giving these artists a platform really helps put the local music industry on the path to recovery.”

Following a Labor Loves Live Music roundtable in Newcastle, which was attended by representatives from all three tiers of government and a number of stakeholders, City of Newcastle passed a Notice of Motion in support of the creation of a Local Live Music Advisory Group or Taskforce.

The NLMT includes Crakanthorp, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, John Graham MLC, Cr Carol Duncan, John Wardle, Nikki Taylor, Marcus Wright, Steven Pickett, The Screaming Jets founding member Grant Walsmley and staff from Softys.

Its primary objective is to support the growth and sustainability of Newcastle’s live music industry, its $1.4 billion night-time economy, and initiate legislative change to protect and ensure the future of venues in Newcastle.

Also hitting the Sound Station stage will be Amy Vee, The Blues Bombers, Turpentine Babycino, House of Refuge, Well?, Kookshill, Phoenix Pritchard, Piper Butcher and band comp winner Trashed Again.

Meanwhile, LEDA Gallery presents The Artroom showcasing local painters, sculptors and photographers.

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