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From beer, footy and food to rock ‘n roll legends, the local entertainment scene is hitting the high notes in April.

Autumn sunsets are the perfect setting to enjoy the start of the Newcastle Rugby League season.

Beer Footy Food Festival 

  • Where: Newcastle’s No. 2 Sportsground 
  • When: Saturday 13 April 
  • Cost: $28.60 (adults), $12.25 (children 12-17) 

Newcastle Rugby League is kicking off its 2024 season with the inaugural Magic Round and Beer Footy Food festival at Newcastle’s No. 2 Sportsground on 13 April.

Featuring a raft of the state’s top brewers, local foodies and old school league vibes, it promises to be an event like no other on the sporting calendar.

Five games of first-class action with teams from across the Hunter and Central Coast battling it out for top honour.

And, to ramp the entertainment dial up to 11, Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA) legends will raise the big hits to the next level.

Gates open from 11am. 

The best of local food and wine will combine for a street party with a difference.

Crushed 2.0 

  • Where: Vera Wine Forum, Tudor Street, Hamilton 
  • When: Saturday 20 April  
  • Cost: $50pp 

The second annual Hamilton Harvest Party, Crushed 2.0, is returning to Tudor Street on April 29, with the best of Vera, Good Folk Brewing and Harrison’s Food and Wine on offer.

The event will be staged at the Vera Wine Forum – the purpose-built wine education space – from 11am until 4pm.

Admission includes free wine tasting from 20 local producers along with tunes by DJ Peregrine Lamb from Rudderless Records.

Sample some of the Hunter Valley’s most exciting wines, grab a Good Folk beer and tasty morsels from Harrison’s – what’s not to love about that combination? 

Deborah Harry is set to impress Newcastle crowds this month

Pandemonium Sideshow 

  • Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre 
  • When: Tuesday 23 April 
  • Cost: From $100 

Prepare yourself for a double dose of Pandemonium when some of the most iconic acts in music history converge on the Hunter for two special shows.

Debbie Harry and her band Blondie will join Aussie favourites Wolfmother and the Cosmic Psychos on stage at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Monday 22 April.

Then, on Tuesday 23 April the one and only Alice Cooper will rock Newcastle, along with Deep Purple and Gyroscope.  

FOOTNOTE: Alice Cooper and Blondie will now be sharing the stage on 23 April.

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