Newcastle: For the music fans

When the surfing stops, the music and dance scene thrives in the seaside city of Newcastle where gigs and parties are frequent and well-regarded. Palm Springs-style The Lucky Hotel is a legendary, classic-pub-dancing venue. On Fridays find live music pumping, and every Saturday there are DJs too. Plus, the outdoor courtyard is perfect for late-afternoon beers and catching up with friends over a Palm Springs Mule and tuna tostadas.

Islington’s Wickham Park Hotel, affectionately known as The Wicko, has been dubbed Newcastle’s home for blues and roots. The pub has live music Saturdays and Sundays and hosts gigs such as the annual Newcastle Blues and Roots Festival. For a completely different experience, try Uptowns Bar, a 90s and 00s nostalgia bar with both old-school gaming consoles and live DJs. Depending on the evening it can be a rowdy dance floor or a quiet spot for a beer and a round of Mario Kart.

Live during Surfest, be sure to check out the Great Southern Nights star studded line-up from 8- 24 March. There’s over a dozen headline gigs as part of the 17 night music festival and the centre of town will be abuzz with artists galore including electronic duo The Presets at King St Hotel and the all female strong Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers at Hamilton Street Station.

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