Monthly Archives: November 2014

Second Artists Announced for 2015 Campfire Festival!

Adding more burn to CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL in 2015 is the inclusion of seven further well-respected and award-winning acts. The second lineup of artists confirmed for the 2015 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL includes:

Shannon Noll / Mental As Anything / Wendy Matthews

The Wolfe Brothers / The Wolverines / Kevin Bennett and The Flood / Christie Lamb

This inaugural CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL now boasts over 18 artists as well as new and emerging acts, as voted by the public, yet to be announced.  HOPE ESTATE winery will play host to the first ever CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL from Friday, 13 March to Sunday, 15 March 2015.

 This festival replaces what was CMC Rocks the Hunter and as a new event relies on the support of fans to get behind its introduction.

The second lineup of artists confirmed for the 2015 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL showcases a topline cast of Australian artists including:

John Butler Trio

Lee Kernaghan / Kasey Chambers

Shannon Noll / Ash Grunwald / Beccy Cole / Mental as Anything

The McClymonts / Wendy Matthews / We Two Thieves

 The Wolfe Brothers / The Wolverines / Amber Lawrence / Kevin Bennett and The Flood  

The Bob Corbett Band / Chelsea Basham / Greg Champion / Christie Lamb

And more to be announced!

Shannon Noll, a new addition to the festival said, “The first ever Campfire Festival’s going to be a fantastic opportunity for people to see a great showcase of Australian musicians and I’m really excited to be sharing the stage with so many talented people.  It’ll be a top weekend in the Hunter for everyone who comes along”.

CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL’s ethos is to bring people together to spend quality time with family and friends, while having the opportunity to do as much (or as little) as you please, including a new luxury camping option with HOPE ESTATE’s beautiful vineyard setting as the backdrop.

The CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL will host a number of entertainment precincts including the main amphitheatre which will feature two stages – the main stage playing host to a line-up of established Australian stars and a 2nd stage showcasing a mix of emerging and well-known artists.

 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL will also be giving ten musical artists the opportunity to perform on the amphitheatre’s second stage and in the Campfire Zone, to be chosen via an online vote giving up-and-coming performers a chance to shine in front of a big audience.  Further details, terms and conditions of this exciting initiative will be listed on

Early Bird tickets to the inaugural CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL are available now through Ticketekor the Winery direct on 1800 777 444.  Early Bird tickets provide a discount 3-day ticket for all purchases made on or prior to 1st December 2014.

The CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL is more than just a name – there will be an actual Campfire!  There’s also the FunZone which is sure to keep both the young and young-at-heart entertained as well as the Busker’s Pavilion providing yet another entertainment option along with the opportunity to discover fresh, local talent.

HOPE ESTATE’s Camper’s Bar will host songwriter’s sessions, guitar clinics, Artist Q&A forums and jam sessions each day along with late night entertainment for our campers.

Naturally, with a winery and craft brewery on-site there’ll be plenty to drink and even a craft beer experience available for the connoisseurs.

On site camping is available for up to 5,000 people with standard camping and powered sites available, or why not “glamp it up” in the new 5 Star Lakeside Flashcamp. There will be plenty of showers and toilets available throughout each of the camping zones as well as portable toilets throughout the site and the main buildings.

For those who want the ultimate experience, HOPE ESTATE is providing VIP hospitality packages.  Choose the indulgent Harvest Package on the top floor of the building or the more casual VIP area – both overlook the main arena so you will see and hear everything from these private areas.  Or, perhaps a gourmet hamper for two is more your style so you can just sit, listen and soak up the atmosphere.  For full details of each of the packages available, please go to

 Early Bird Tickets are on sale NOW until 1 December 2014, from Ticketek or Hope Estate.


Country rockers The Wolfe Brothers are thrilled to announce a very special guest for their show at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Aussie rock legend and Rose Tattoo front man Angry Anderson will be joining them for their only Tamworth Festival show. After an impromptu performance together at a charity event earlier in 2014, Angry and the boys resolved to join forces again and the festival proved the perfect place for that wish to come to fruition.

In recent months, Nashville heavyweights have been collaborating with their rock n roll counterparts to create an incredible partnership of country-roots-rock. One recent example is former Nirvana drummer and now head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl teaming up with the Zac Brown Band for several memorable performances. Modern country and rock genres seem to effortlessly combine, giving a new vibe to some classic hits. It was only a matter of time before this unique collaboration of rock and country made its way to Australian shores. With The Wolfe Brothers live shows well reputed for their high energy performances, the upcoming Tamworth concert with a bona fide rock legend is guaranteed to be high voltage and unforgettable.

“It’s no secret that we like to rock our country and we’re very excited to have the original bad boy and Aussie rock legend joining us on this one,” says Nick Wolfe. “I think it’ll push some boundaries and challenge some traditional ideals, but hey, that’s just what we do”. With their new album Nothin’ But Trouble riding high in the charts, fans can expect a new re-energised show. “We’ll aim to push our usual 110% energy levels to 120% and make this special event with Angry a night to remember – for us and the audience.”

Like the true champions of country music that they are, The Wolfe Brothers always look forward to catching up with music-lovers at the festival each year. “Tamworth is a special place for all in the Australian country scene,” says Nick. “I think it brings out the best in artists, to see the dedication of fans who’ve travelled country-wide and often return year after year, makes us want to pull a bit extra out of the tank and give them all we can.”

The Wolfe Brothers have experienced an incredible year in 2014. With the release of their second long-player Nothin’ But Trouble their music has been searing up the charts and winning them the hearts of a whole new legion of fans. The album burst onto the ARIA Country Chart at #2 and entered the ARIA mainstream chart at #16. The first single from the new release – That Kinda Night – smashed into #1 position on both country radio and the CMC video charts. It’s no surprise that their latest album was so warmly received by Australian audiences, after all, their debut It’s On rocketed through the charts, firmly cementing the band as one to watch.

The band are the first to point out that they couldn’t have achieved so much if not for the backing of the Australian public. “This past year has been a dream,” says Nick. “From recording and releasing the new album to the countless shows right across the country, we’ve been blessed with the support of our very loyal and dedicated fans. To see our new music being embraced the way it has is astounding, and it only makes us want to work harder and be better at what we do.”

Tamworth Country Music Festival is the start of another big year for The Wolfe Brothers. It kicks off the start of a huge national tour that will take them to all corners of Australia. “We’re gonna play as many places as we can, write the best music we can and keep being ourselves cos that’s what has got us this far,” says Nick.

The Wolfe Brothers have also received two nominations at the 2015 Golden Guitar awards; Group or Duo of the Year and Single of the Year. Don’t miss your chance to be part of country rock history as The Wolfe Brothers and special guest Angry Anderson rock Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2015. Tickets on sale now.


Grammy Award-winning international superstar, Leo Sayer, today announced details of the Restless Years Tour 2015, his first solo national Australian tour in over four years.

The Restless Years Tour kicks off on 4 February and will take in over 30 theatres across the country with Leo delivering his legendary hit-packed live show as well as launching his latest album, Restless Years, scheduled for release on 23 January 2015.

With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, 25 Top 10 international hits, 5 Top 10 albums and writing credits for the likes of Roger Daltrey, Cliff Richard, Dolly Parton and Tina Turner, Leo Sayer’s career has been one of stellar proportions.

From his first big single, The Show Must Go On, from the hit debut album, Silverbird (1973), Leo Sayer has had a seemingly never ending stream of hits – One Man Band, Long Tall Glasses, Moonlighting, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, Thunder in My Heart and More Than I Can Say all topped the charts in the 70’s and 80’s.  His most recent UK No. 1 came in 2006 with a remix of Thunder in My Heart, introducing a whole new generation to the magic of Leo Sayer.

With over 40 years of recording and touring the globe behind him, Leo Sayer is showing no signs of slowing down, always living by his motto “The Show Must Go On”.

Leo added, “I’m really excited to be starting 2015 with a big national tour and my new album ‘Restless Years’.  We’ve got a great band and new material, a bunch of classic hits and I’m raring to go. See you soon!”

Leo Sayer’s new album Restless Years, to be released in January, 2015, was recorded in ARIA Award winner, Mitch Cairns’ Little Red Jet Studio and was mixed by the legendary John Hudson of London’s Mayfair Studios who, like Leo, now calls Australia home.

Tickets for the Restless Years Tour go on sale from 10.00am local time, Monday, 24 November 2014 (excluding Seymour Centre, which go on sale on Wednesday, 26 November).


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 8683 5088 or


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 8644 7300 or


Friday, 6 February 2015

Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 8633 8500 or

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Tickets available from BASS – 131 246 or


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 8723 8741 or


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 9844 5005, or Ticketek – 1300 795 012 or


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Tickets available from the venue – 1300 661 272 or


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Mundaring Weir Hotel Summer Concert Series (Amphitheatre), WA

Tickets available from the venue – 08 9295 6098 or


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Joondalup Resort, Joondalup, WA

Note: Show commences at 1.30pm

Tickets available from the venue – 08 9400 8888 or


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tumba Fest, Tumbarumba, NSW

Tickets available from


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

ESSO BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5143 3200 or


Thursday, 26 February 2015

West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5624 2456 or


Friday, 27 February 2015

The Capital, Bendigo, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5434 6100 or


Saturday, 28 February 2015

SS&A Club, Albury, NSW

Tickets available from the venue – 02 6041 2222 or


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5559 4999 or


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Regent Multiplex, Ballarat, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5330 5555 or


Friday, 6 March 2015

The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, Vic

Tickets available from Ticketek – 1300 795 012 or


Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Playhouse GPAC, Geelong, Vic

Tickets available from the venue – 03 5225 1200 or

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, Dubbo, NSW

Tickets available from the venue – 02 6801 4378 or


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW

Tickets available from the venue – 02 6765 7588 or


Friday, 13 March 2015

Wests, Newcastle, NSW

Tickets available from the venue – 02 4935 1200 or


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul (Wollongong), NSW

Tickets available from Ticketmaster – 136 100 or


Thursday, 19 Mach 2015

Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, Qld

Tickets available from Ticketmaster – 136 100 or


Friday, 20 March 2015

Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland, Qld

Tickets available from the venue – 07 3829 8131 or


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Civic Centre, Ipswich, Qld

Tickets available from the venue – 07 3810 6100 or


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra, Qld

Tickets available from the venue – 07 5491 4240 or


Thursday, 9 April 2015

York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Newtown, NSW

*Tickets available from Wednesday, 26 November from the venue – 02 9351 7940 or


Friday, 10 April 2015

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Tickets available from the venue – 02 6275 2700 or


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Launceston Country Club, Launceston, Tas

Tickets available from tixtas – 1300 795 257 or


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Wrest Point, Hobart, Tas

Tickets available from tixtas – 1300 795 257 or

Tania Kernaghan to MC at Slim Dusty Awards

YOU are invited to the inaugural Slim Dusty Community Mateship and Youth Awards Gala Dinner Event.

It is the sixth year the awards have been staged, but the first time they will be announced at a special function.

The gala dinner will be held at the Slim Dusty Centre on Friday, November 28.

Popular Australian Country Music Singer Tania Kernaghan will be the MC for the evening.

“I am thrilled to be the MC for the Slim Dusty Mateship and Youth Awards this year,” Tania said.

“I love that these Awards celebrate life values, like fairness, mateship, family, community and life-long learning.”

Tania has hosted the Tamworth Songwriters Awards numerous times, co-hosted the CMA’s prestigious Golden Guitar Awards and emceed a wide range of gala events for the highly regarded Outback Trailblazers Angel Flight Charity. She has also presented and been an integral part of various Outback Queensland Tourism Awards and Events.

Dress will be semi-formal and entertainment for this special evening will be Anne Kirkpatrick and Slim’s own Travelling Country Band.

A lucky door prize will be available for one lucky guest – a Gold Coast Accommodation Package will be given away courtesy of The Macleay Argus. The package includes four nights accommodation for two people at a resort on the Gold Coast.

Tickets to the prestigious dinner are $85 per person or a table of 10 is only $75 per person.

Members of the Slim Dusty Centre, the ‘Mates of Slim Dusty,” will receive a 10 percent discount off their ticket price.

Amber Lawrence has been nominated in two different categories for the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards

Amber Lawrence has been nominated in two different categories for the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, including Toyota Heritage Song of the Year for “The Lifesaver”, and Female Artist of the Year for her album, ‘Superheroes’, released in September through Social Family Records.

When Amber wrote “The Lifesaver”, she wrote it with the love of her late father, a well known Maroubra Beach surf lifesaver, in her mind and heart. She knew it was a special song from the moment it started to come together, and it’s now apparent that the rest of Australia agrees with her, with her nomination for Toyota Heritage Song of the Year.

“I cried when they read out The Lifesaver. This song means everything to me – I am so happy! And Female Artist of the Year is super cool, too!” said Amber Lawrence, following the exciting news.

Always the hard worker not afraid to get out there and just do it, Amber contributes her love of music and life to her mother and father, and is grateful for every opportunity that comes her way, including previous nominations for what has so far been an elusive Golden Guitar for the popular country singer. With the strength of her new album, ‘Superheroes’, and touching tribute to her father with “The Lifesaver”, 2015 could well be Amber Lawrence’s year to shine and take home her first gong.

The CMAA Golden Guitar Nominations Ceremony, hosted by Catherine Britt and Morgan Evans, also saw Amber perform the first single, “Superhero”, from her new album, ‘Superheroes’.

The Tamworth Country Music Festival takes place from January 16th to 25th, 2015, with Amber performing at Blazes on Friday, January 23rd. The Country Music Awards of Australia (The Golden Guitars) will be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on January 24th.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Upcoming Events

Sir Neville Marriner in conversation with Sir Vernon Ellis An evening of music and discussion

Wednesday 26th November, from 6:30pm
49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PN

Sir Neville Marriner, ASMF Life President, and Sir Vernon Ellis, Chairman of the British Council, invite you to an informal evening of conversation and music with players of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis.

Drinks 6.30pm
Q&A 7.00pm
Recital 7.30pm
Supper 8.00pm

RSVP by 17th November 2014 by visiting The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ website and downloading the booking form here

Please note: booking is essential; there is limited capacity for this event, we regret that we cannot guarantee your attendance without prior booking.
Walking in the Air – An Evening of Music Composed by Howard Blake Conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

Tuesday 25th November, 7:30pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

Blake The Snowman Fantasia arranged for string orchestra
Blake Flute Concerto Op.493a
Blake Clarinet Concerto Op.329
Blake Serenade for Wind Octet Op.419

This glorious concert sees a much anticipated reuniting of the Academy and the music of Howard Blake. This follows the release of ‘The Barber of Neville’ on Pentatone Classics last year. The album features the melodic and expressive Flute and Clarinet Concertos performed this evening by the Academy’s own Principal Flautist Michael Cox and Principal Clarinettist James Burke. No tribute to Howard Blake, especially one at winter time, would be complete without a performance of the beloved score to The Snowman. This concert sees the very first performance of the score in a new arrangement for String Orchestra, commissioned from Howard Blake by Sir Neville Marriner who conducts this evening’s concert.

Book now from St Martin in the Fields’ Box Office on 0207 766 1100 or online from their website.

Vacancies Wagga Area





Remuneration: Minimum $1,251.63 gross per week + superannuation

Enquiries: Reece Hamblin – 02 6926 9243
Closing Date:Friday, 21 November 2014 @ 5.00pm



Remuneration: Minimum $832.76 gross per week + superannuation

Enquiries: David Edgar – 0418 446 337
Closing Date:Monday, 10 November 2014 @ 5.00pm



Enquiries: Alex Fenwick – 0457 592 142
Closing Date:Monday, 10 November 2014 @ 5.00pm


Remuneration: $68,500 to $82,000 gross per annum + super and an accreditation allowance of up to $5,000 pa will be paid for A1 & A2 accreditation

Enquiries: David Whitwell – 02 6926 9582
Closing Date: Friday, 21 November 2014 @ 5.00pm



To view these opportunities and apply, please visit Wagga Wagga City Council’s vacancy page…


City Recital Hall – JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET in recital

Nominated for the Gramophone Artist of the year 2014, outstanding pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet returns to Sydney with a piano recital full of imagination, colour and virtuoso brilliance.

Enjoy music by Ravel, Mantovani and Beethoven including the famous Appassionata and Les Adieux sonatas. This concert is a must for all piano lovers!

Sonata in E flat, Op.81 (Les Adieux)
Sonata in F, Op.54
Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)

The Book of JEB (Australian Premiere)


Twilight by the Lagoon Concert Series

The Civic Theatre is proud to co-ordinate the Twilight by the Lagoon Concert Series. Please join us to enjoy the beauty of Summer Evenings by the Wollundry Lagoon.

Rock by the Lagoon kicks off this concert series on Friday 7th November and will feature bands from local high schools: Funk Explosion from Kooringal High School and Polar Groove Club from Wagga High School.

This is a family friendly event, with the performance starting at 7pm. There will be roving performers from the Fool Factory from 6pm.

We encourage you to bring a picnic supper to this concert and to remember that there will be a variety of food vendors at the Twilight Finale.

*In the event of bad weather this event will be cancelled.*


New Show On Radio Bondi: Sydney Blu 4pm Fridays

Sydney Blu is a Canadian DJ, producer, and record label owner. Blu is known for large, live eventsydney_blue_deadmau5_post performances at major venues and dance music festivals around the world and releases on multiple labels, including her own Blu Music. Her singles, “Give It Up For Me” and “Senses and the Mind” broke sales records, and launched her label “Blu Music” with her single “Instinct”.

She moved to Miami in 2010 to pursue opportunities in the larger, more established EDM community. In 2009, Sydney launched Blu Music Records with the debut record of Instinct. The label featured electro releases (Instinct, Articul8, Big Jerk, Nineteen 59), progressive house releases (Lights Out, Want Somebody, Bad Blood), Techno (Haste), as well as other genres of electronic music. Aside from releases by Sydney Blu herself, the label has signed Miami DJ Obi Tawil aka Damaged Goods, and Florida electro star Adrian Villaverde. The label has been one of the most successful labels on beatport charts in its history.

In addition to her record label, Sydney’s Blu Party brand has hosted its annual event, Miami Music Week, for the past four years. The Blu Party has been known to be one of the most well-respected WMC/MMW parties, with a penchant for debuting A-list & untapped talent. Recent headliners of the Blu Party in past years have included artists such as Thomas Gold, John Dahlback, Funkagenda, Tommy Lee & Dj Aero, David Tort, Alex Kenji, SOFI, Kim Fai, Wally Lopez, Manuel De La Mar and many more.