Josh Leeson, Newcastle Herald

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Past articles by Josh:

Newcastle Comedy Festival announces Tommy Little and more for its fifth edition

Tommy Little and Michael Hing from The Project will be among the star attractions at the Newcastle Comedy Festival's Gala Night on May 27. The city's biggest night of laughs returns for a fifth year at the Civic Theatre. → Read More

Lime Cordiale's Oli Leimbach on finding success in COVID and why their brotherly bond is stronger than ever

Lime Cordiale are taking advantage of their hard yards. → Read More

Right Here Waiting hit-maker Richard Marx on working with his sons and why he hates modern pop songwriting methods

RICHARD Marx has sold 30 million albums since the '80s with hits like Right Here Waiting, Now and Forever and Hazard. → Read More

Mick Blood steps back into the limelight with the Lime Spiders

WHEN Lime Spiders' frontman Mick Blood steps onto the Wickham Park Hotel stage on Friday night it'll mark... → Read More

Adam Miller to release Beyond Reason album on Charlie Hunter's SideHustle Record label

VIRTUOSO Newcastle guitarist Adam Miller will release his eighth solo album through American jazz-fusion master Charlie Hunter's SideHustle Record label. → Read More

Folk artist Jarrod Grant is shouting his EP launch from the Rogue Scholar rooftop

EVEN before singer-songwriter Jarrod Grant made the move from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle last year he'd earmarked a gig on the Rogue Scholar rooftop as a feather he wanted in his cap. → Read More

Jack River announces the release date for her second album Endless Summer

FORSTER-raised indie-pop artist Holly Rankin, aka Jack River, will release her long-awaited second album, Endless Summer, on June... → Read More

Everclear's Art Alexakis chats to us ahead of band's Cambridge show

Art Alexakis on his Aussie love affair, being political and why '90s rock continues to resonate. → Read More

The Baby Animals join the final line-up for Dashville's Gum Ball

SEMINAL '90s rock band The Baby Animals will make their Dashville debut at The Gum Ball music festival... → Read More

Saylor & The Flavor to headline return of monthly all-ages gigs at Adamstown Arts

NEWCASTLE'S all-ages music scene finally awakes from its COVID-induced slumber this weekend and it's just the beginning. Newcastle... → Read More

Tori Forsyth to make live return in Tamworth armed with new material

TORI Forsyth once credited her 2016 trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival performing with The Wayward Henrys as the "crash course" she needed to get over stage fright. → Read More

Ben de la Cour and Katie Bates find friendship on their different Americana roads

Ben de la Cour and Katie Bates are very different people and artists. → Read More

Sir Elton John concerts at McDonald Jones Stadium boost case for Hunter Park sport and entertainment precinct

Sage Swinton is a news reporter who was born and bred in the Hunter, where she has worked as a journalist for the past seven years. She's been with the Newcastle Herald since June 2020, and covers Newcastle council as well as other general news. → Read More

REVIEW & GALLERY: Elton John creates history at McDonald Jones Stadium

THERE aren't many concerts these days where you actually feel like you're witnessing a slice of history playing... → Read More

Elton John concerts present chance for McDonald Jones Stadium to become major player in Australian music scene

McDonald Jones Stadium venue manager Dean Mantle said Sir Elton John's concerts will be a "huge test event" that should lead to more major shows in Newcastle. → Read More

Akasha Brewing Company tapping into and building on The Edwards' culture and success

AKASHA founder Dave Padden is a believer in the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."... → Read More

Newcastle summer entertainment calendar just gets hotter and hotter

ELTON John's first ever Newcastle concert at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday evening could quite possibly be the biggest ever rock show the city has hosted. → Read More

Georgie Winchester sets worries free on new single Friends With The Flies

GEORGIE Winchester's father, Michael, has always been good for several words of wisdom to help set his daughter's... → Read More

Sydney's Akasha announce plans to transform The Edwards into a brewery

NEWCASTLE'S rapidly growing reputation as a craft beer hot spot will continue in 2023 with Akasha Brewing Company announcing plans to take over The Edwards. → Read More

King Street Hotel primed for new life as Cambridge replacement

KING Street Hotel will be reconfigured as a live music venue to fill the void left by the... → Read More