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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Sounding out a need for live music spots

A new project is set to promote Newcastle-based musicians through four live music spots.

The Live Spots initiative, spearheaded by the Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) of the City of Newcastle, will provide opportunities for local musicians to get their face out into the community.

Newcastle City BIA Deputy Chair and project lead, Joe Relic, says Live Spots will be used as a tool of “community engagement, promotion, activation and placemaking”.

“Our ultimate objective is to have dozens of spots across the city that are coordinated to feature a wide range of musicians, genres and styles, and work within a larger city-wide tourism, events and cultural landscape,” he says.

Mr Relic adds the project is not about creating performance spaces but instead aims to create ambience for the passing foot traffic to enjoy.

It’s a city-wide collaboration of the BIAs of Hamilton, Newcastle City, Wallsend and Mayfield, which will see these four locations welcome an ambient music spot. 

Stage one will focus on creating the initial four spots and showcasing local and emerging artists, who will perform during sessions. 

The organisations will also work with local artists to create visual art instalments that are expected to be circles or spots, which will be about two-to-three metres in diameter.

The four locations set for a transformation are James Street Plaza in Hamilton, Darby Street in Cooks Hill, Rotunda Park at Wallsend, and Victoria Street in Mayfield. 

“This is very much about developing a platform for collaboration now and for the future,” Mr Relic says. 

“The BIAs are inviting community and industry feedback and input in designed future stages of the project. 

“We have begun working with a number of stakeholders in the music industry, including local talent agents, to provide support services for the project.”

Interested individuals and organisations can visit the Live Spots website.

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