Darby Street Live micro music festival set to liven up hospitality and retail strip on Saturday, March 24

CHANGE OF SCENE: Newcastle artist Paris Grace performs at the Darby Street Live festival launch on Tuesday. Picture: Simone De Peak. Newcastle’s live music scene is set for a shake up at the end of the month withthe debut of theDarby Street Live micro music festival.

Launched on Tuesday at Darby Street fashion and music store Abicus by Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, the festival aims to showcase some of the Hunter’s best musical talents in cafes, shops and restaurants where they may not usually perform.

Thehospitality and retail strip is set tocome alive on Saturday, March 24 when local artists play in businesses along the street from 2pm until 8pm.


A tip in the right directionA well-oiled Wine MachineSinging for joy and therapy“The whole idea is to take music, the diversity of musicanda whole range of different styles of music, and put them in places you wouldn’t normally see,” festival organiser Steven Pickett said.

“With Darby Street having the reputation as that cultural hub where there’s so much great art, fashion and music, it was a natural fit.

“In some of the venues here we’ve got lane ways,alcoves andshop fronts, as well as a couple of licensedpremises you’d normally find live music in.”

Mr Pickett said the event has been made possible through a NSW GovernmentLive Music Office grant and funding from Newcastle City Council.

“Music’s the soul of Newcastle and we need to nurture it,” he said.“We’re presenting music in a way that’s not been done before.”

Singer Paris Grace, who won the Newcastle Tip Jar music competition in 2017, playedat Tuesday’s launch and says she can’t wait to perform among the 25 other already confirmed artists.

“I’m very excited, I just love performing,” she said.

“I think it will really attract people because there’s a lot of new artists and different styles of music.”

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