Throw Me to the Wolves, Skywalkers ,Splinter, WSA, Patina Fender and Karma Police are among the young local bands that take to the stage to perform in front of an audience numbered in the tens of thousands.
Five-piece indie group Throw Me To The Wolves will headline the night after being selected in a Battle of the Bands competition run by Screaming Jets drummer Craig “Rosie” Rosevear to identify Newcastle’s Future Stars of Rock.
The Lord Mayor jamming with Patina fender members Cailyn Wilson, Ruby Cook on drums and Brooklyn Wilson on guitar.
Aged 13-18, the band’s first single, In Wonderland, was unearthed by Triple J in January last year following the release of the their first EP. (listen here)
“The song was played on Triple J and featured in a commercial for Sportsgirl,” Lead singer Adelaide Cowan said.
“We were stoked to get that recognition and now we are looking forward to rocking the stage at Honeysuckle in front of a home crowd on New Year’s Eve.
“It’s going to rock.”
Skywalkers lead singer Lachlan Baker rehearsing with bass guitarist Kristian Bunt (left), Aiden Ferguson-Tait on drums and Conner Ferguson-Tait on lead guitar.
“The New year’s Eve crowd at Honeysuckle are really going to enjoy these performances,” Councillor Nelmes said.
“I can report that the fine tradition of producing great bands continues in Newcastle and we are thrilled at council to work with Craig Rosevear to promote local talent while putting on a great display of family-friendly music on New Year’s Eve.
“The members of Patina Fender are from Swansea and are only young high schoolers so this is a great opportunity for them and I encourage everyone to get behind them on the night.”
The Lord Mayor receiving her NYE backstage pass from Screaming Jets drummer and Rosie’s School of Rock mentor Craig “Rosie” Rosevear.
As well as The Future Stars of Rock, other family-friendly entertainment will be presented by Council.
Kids will be able to build drums and guitars in craft activities and see larger-than-life characters from the sell-out Dreamworks Shrek the Musical JR by Hunter Drama that played at the Civic Theatre earlier this year.
Contemporary artists, duos and trios and a DJ for live New Year’s Eve broadcaster KOFM will occupy three separate stages throughout the night, which will also feature a 9pm fireworks display and a range of on-harbour entertainment.
Local band Smacked Youth actually won the Battle of Bands competition.
But the group was unable to perform New Year’s Eve as band members will be away on holidays with their families.
“We are just three young mates from Newy playing 90s-influenced Alt Rock,” Lead singer Sam D’Agostino said.
“We’re a bit like 90s bands Silverchair and Nirvana and more current bands like Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays.
“We’re heaps passionate about music and just wanna play as much as we can.”
The NYE Line Up will see the following bands play 20-minute sets: Skywalkers; Splinter; Karma Police; Patina Fender; WSA; Throw Me to the Wolves
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