A muso's guide to New Annual

24 January 21

New Annual is coming to Newcastle in February, and with such a wide variety of arts, music, theatre, and performance descending on the city there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Music is one of the centrepieces of the event, and we are simply spoilt for choice at New Annual. From live music in the heart of Newcastle a centre piece for the duration of the festival, along with large-scale performances and intimate gigs, there’s plenty to see and do.

In this edition of ‘how-to New Annual’, we’ve picked out four events that might appeal to your love of music, no matter your taste!

Invisible Stone by e4444e, David Lobb, and Skip Wilcox
What: A unique, collaborative work from which blends music, dance, stage production, and incredible visual to pose the questions: what’s beyond us and what is within us?
When: Thursday 18 February, 8pm
Where: Civic Theatre

A part-planned, part-improvised collaboration between three incredibly unique performers brings Invisible Stone to life at New Annual.

Experimental musician and triple j unearthed artist e4444e combines with lifelong friend and collaborator, lovedavid and choreographer Skip Wilcox to bring a truly mesmerising concept to life.

Blending sonic compositions with the intimate and morphic interpretive movements of dancer Allie Graham, this one-off art, sound and dance experience at the iconic Civic Theatre is not to be missed.

To secure your tickets, click here.

Massive Band
A community-engaged project from Newcastle-based performer Bree van Reyk, Massive Band brings together participants who learn to play iconic rock songs and then perform them en masse at a performance event
Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February
Victoria Theatre, Newcastle

Aimed at providing a safe and inclusive space for women and girls to make music together, Massive Band is a two-day event unlike any other.

Spread over the first weekend of New Annual (13 & 14 Feb), Massive Band will bring together women and girls of all musical ability for two days of workshops and open rehearsals, before an incredible performance on the Sunday night.

You can register to be a part of Massive Band by clicking here. Tickets to the Sunday performance can be purchased by clicking here.

Night and Now
The world premiere of two new compositions by Australian composers, Night and Now brings critically acclaimed group Omega Ensemble to Newcastle for a landmark performance.
Saturday 20 February
City Hall, Newcastle

New Annual will host the world premiere of two new compositions by Aussies, in the tradition of legendary concerto Frederic Chopin.

Chopin made his name in Paris in the midst of the 19th century, and preferred the intimate setting of a smoky salon to the grand concert halls of the French capital and arranged his music in this fashion.

An intimate performance from some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians, Night and Now features three principal identities: David Rowden, Sally Walker, and Clemens Leske.

Tickets start from $39, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Hazy Cosmic Jive artist showcase
What: A celebration of homegrown talent from iconic Newcastle recording studio, Hazy Cosmic Jive.
Friday 12 February, 7pm
The Lock Up, Newcastle

Over the last decade, Hazy Cosmic Jive has hosted a diverse range of artists, many of whom have gone on to garner national and international attention.

Now at New Annual in February, award winning composer, performer, and skilled multi-instrumentalist Amy Vee features in an artist showcase not to be missed.

Vee, along with special guests Glovers Lane, Buddy Knox, Nick Saxon, Daniel March, and Katie Jayne, will perform in a special celebration of Newcastle’s musical muscle.

Tickets available now, click here.

Make sure you also get out and about to explore these free music events: Locally made & Played, Civic Bar Beats and Live Spots


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