The New Annual festival is not only activating art spaces and bringing creatives to Newcastle, but it’s also set to reinvigorate live music and local venues.

More than forty live music events will be hosted during the festival, with the City Of Newcastle investing $20,000 into the Live Music Grant Program.

Many local venues applied to host the music events, with places like Cambridge Hotel, The Lass O’Gowrie, The Lucky Hotel, Beach Burrito Co and the Wickham Park Hotel recipients of the grant.

City of Newcastle Councillor Carol Duncan and The Lass O’Gowrie licensee Andrew Dunne.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the grant would provide a boost to local music events, support local artists and the hospitality industry.

“The Live Music Grant Program is yet another initiative led by the City of Newcastle, sharply focussed on providing real support and promotion of our amazing, world-renowned live music industry,” Cr Nelmes said.

“A vibrant local live music scene is vital to ensuring Newcastle continues to offer a bustling arts and culture scene, and a lively, diverse and safe night-time economy.

“With an influx of visitors sure to flock to our local venues for the City’s inaugural New Annual festival, we’re very pleased to provide additional financial support and encouragement to host live music events right across Newcastle.”

A full program of the New Annual Festival can be found in the print edition of Novo News or online at New Annual Festival

Hayley McMahon

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