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Passport to Airlie - Newcastle - HEAT FOUR Battle of the Bands Competition 27/8/15

Posted 28 August 2015 by Adz Carter

The Passport To Airlie Band Comp has already been quite a journey, and last night was no exception, as another amazing Heat (Heat Four) took place again at The Wickham Park Hotel. The Plastic Voyage got the night’s trip underway with the funky original ‘Shark Bite Beautiful’, and the even funkier ‘Love Bite’. The jazzy/scat song ‘Imagination’ kept with the “Bite” theme of the first two numbers, as there didn’t seem to be a single person in the room who hadn’t been bitten by the band at this point. ‘Giving It Up To You’ got back to the funk that was part 70’s style, part Red Hot Chili Peppers. When this six piece busted out ‘My Baby Loves To Disco’, it seemed the crowd loved to disco too, as a few people had donned their dancing shoes and were cutting the rug. Not bad at all for a band in the opening slot! ‘The Long Tanned Call Girl’ seems like it would be the perfect soundtrack if someone was to hire a call girl (I’m not here to judge...), and ‘The Only Time You Rest Is When You Die’ made the lead singer sound like the love child of Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Whilst this song displayed the singer’s gravelly style vocals, and diverse range, many times he displayed vocals more reminiscent of Michael Hutchence. There appeared to be other elements of INXS here too, but with the addition of bongos as well as powerhouse drums, rhythm and lead guitar, and bass lines that INXS’s Gary Beers might have trouble pulling off. One word: Wow!

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Passport to Airlie - Newcastle HEAT 3 Battle of the Bands Competition 20/8/15

Posted 22 August 2015 by Adz Carter

August 20th, the birthday of Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott from Pantera, and Adz Carter from Muso’s Garage. And what better way to spend one’s birthday than surrounded by the good folk at The Wicko, bearing witness to Heat Three of the Passport To Airlie Band Competition. Sadly Dimebag is no longer with us, and Mr Plant presumably missed his flight, but I was there to cover the night in their honour.

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Passport to Airlie - Newcastle HEAT 2 Battle of the Bands competition 13/8/15

Posted 14 August 2015 by Adz Carter

Well readers, it was that time of the week last night when many likeminded folk came together at The Wickham Park Hotel to indulge in some amazing live music, absolutely free of charge. Heat Two of the Passport To Airlie band competition took place last night from 6pm at The Wicko, and further confirmed that the comp is another reason to celebrate the end of the week.

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Posted 7 August 2015 by Adz Carter

Well fellow music lovers, it’s August again, a month when people from all over come together as one to celebrate something monumental, and I’m not just talking about my birthday... August marks the start of the Newcastle leg of the Passport To Airlie Band Competition, an event where artists battle it out for their chance to a spot at the amazing Airlie Beach Festival of Music (as well as four nights accommodation and a cash prize of $1000). Last night, Heat One of this prestigious competition got underway, with the Wickham Park Hotel playing host to five fabulous artists.

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Passport To Airlie, Your Passport To Great Entertainment

Posted 5 August 2015 by Adz Carter

August, a month I’ve always looked forward to each and every year. One reason being an egotistical one, as it’s the month of my birthday, and the other reason being that it’s the last month of winter (which of course means spring is always just around the corner).
But now I have a whole new reason to get excited about August, as this year is when the annual Passport To Airlie band competition will take place.

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