City set to boost live music scene during New Annual festival

City set to boost live music scene during New Annual festival

More than forty live music events are set to reinvigorate the local COVID-19-disrupted live music industry during the inaugural New Annual festival in February.

City of Newcastle is investing $20,000 into the Live Music Grant Program (LMGP), which has seen applications from local venues to host live music events across the city during the New Annual festival period between 12-21 February.

Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the City looks forward to providing a significant boost to the live music events industry right across the Local Government Area (LGA) and extending support toward local artists as well as the local hospitality industry.

“The Live Music Grant Program is yet another initiative led by the City of Newcastle, sharply focussed on providing real support and promotion of our amazing, world-renowned live music industry and is delivering directly on key objectives of our Live Music Strategy,” Nuatali said.

“A vibrant local live music scene is vital to ensuring Newcastle continues to offer a bustling arts and culture scene, and a lively, diverse and safe night-time economy.

“With an influx of visitors sure to flock to our local venues for the City’s inaugural New Annual festival, we’re very pleased to provide additionally financial support and encouragement to host live music events right across Newcastle.”

Ward 4 Councillor, Matt Byrne welcomed the strong support for Newcastle’s live music industry, particularly for popular venues throughout the City’s suburbs.

“The two-pronged approach we’re taking will not only provide a boost to local venues financially hit as a result of COVID-19, but also our city’s local musicians and homegrown artists that rely on live music events for their livelihood,” Matt said.

“The grant program also ensures that funding extends to venues like the Racecourse Hotel at Wallsend, as it’s important that the festival atmosphere is felt right across the LGA to benefit the entire community.”

Racecourse Hotel Manager, Jeremy Lowe said the Live Music Grant Program was well received and hopes the grant will help attract New Annual visitors to his venue at Wallsend for multiple live music events held during the month.

“We are excited to receive this financial boost thanks to the City’s grant program, which allows us to become part of the New Annual festival celebrations with the rest of the city by hosting live music events at our hotel,” Jeremy said.

“Our community in Wallsend is set to benefit from experiencing quality, homegrown, live entertainment.

“To see and hear live music performed in a hotel that you frequently patronage, it adds to the rich fabric of our community and ensures we are fostering our local talent.”

The Boost Arts and Culture Live Music Grant Program recipients include;

  • Beach Burrito Co – Cooks Hill
  • Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle West
  • Jams Karaoke Bar – Newcastle West
  • Meet Restaurant – Newcastle East
  • Oriental Hotel – Cooks Hill
  • Racecourse Hotel – Wallsend
  • The Duke of Wellington – New Lambton
  • The Exchange Hotel – Hamilton
  • The Kent Hotel – Hamilton
  • The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel – Wickham
  • The Lucky Hotel – Newcastle East
  • The Mark Hotel – Lambton
  • The Rogue Scholar – Newcastle West
  • The Stag Inn & Hunter Hotel – Mayfield
  • Wickham Park Hotel – Wickham

IMAGE | Councillor Matthew Byrne, Publican Holly Bidwell, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Racecourse Hotel Manager, Jeremy Lowe and local Musician’s, Dave Javier, and Gabe Argiris (left-right).

City of Newcastle

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Council developed and adopted a suite of strategic documents to guide delivery of Council's seven key strategic directions, outlined in the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

  •  A Connected City
  •  A Protected and Enhanced Environment
  •  Vibrant and Activated Public Places
  •  A Caring and Inclusive Community
  •  A Liveable and Distinctive Built Environment
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