Australian music greats from the 80s Pseudo Echo will be playing at the Yamba Bowling Club on Thursday, January 9.
Australian music greats from the 80s Pseudo Echo will be playing at the Yamba Bowling Club on Thursday, January 9. Contributed

Stage set for a hip New Year

PUNTERS from all walks will hardly be able to complain about being bored over the summer break, given the number of hip and high-profile acts heading our way in January.

Fans of Australia's Got Talent may remember The Old Fella from a few years ago and his refreshing larrikin bush humour, which was just what the country needed, citing "you're never too old to have a crack".

Since then he has been travelling all over the country entertaining thousands of Aussies of all ages, but this tour will be he last, as The Old Fella is planning to retire.

Rising out of ashes from the '80s is one of Australia's most memorable New Romantic outfits, Pseudo Echo.

Gen X and a few hip baby boomers are sure to be out in force among the curious Gen Yers, whose mothers would probably have to admit they had a poster of Brian Canham on their bedroom wall at some stage (guilty as charged).

And while we are still in retrospective rock land, the legendary long-time performers Mental As Anything (who grace our cover today) will bring their repertoire of classics through the Clarence Valley for fans to Live It Up and remember what a party band used to look like.

The baby boomers will definitely be in their element when former Axiom members Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock arrive to perform together in concert.

These two ARIA Hall of Famers are legends in their own right, so together a magical night of music is guaranteed.

Back in the current scene, there are plenty of indie rockers and Triple J favourites heading our way too.

Kingswood and Calling All Cars have joined forces for their Life's A Beach tour, and Queensland's Sheppard and Busby Marou will also be in Yamba for shows over the holiday period.

If you are keen to start your New Year on a happy note, join everyone's favourite Irish larrikin Jimeoin, whose amusing anecdotes and thick accent are sure to have you laughing off the stresses of 2013 with a refreshing dose of comedy.

The kids can also get into the act when The Wizard of Oz show lands in South Grafton of all places. Dorothy and her colourful counterparts will take you down the Yellow Brick Road and back, as they sing their way through those classic tunes.

As you can see, there are quite a few options coming up, not to mention the local gigs that will feature in between the big names.

So pull yourself away from the television and computer, and kick-start 2014 by getting out and seeing some live entertainment in the Clarence Valley during the holidays. The more the merrier as they say.


  • Friday, January 3: The Old Fella, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Tuesday, January 7: Kingswood plus Calling All Cars, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Wednesday, January 8: Jimeoin, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Thursday, January 9: Pseudo Echo, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Sunday, January 12: Mental As Anything, South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.
  • Wednesday, January 15: Sheppard + Lime Cordial, Pacific Hotel Yamba.
  • Friday, January 17: Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd in concert, Yamba Golf Club.
  • Friday, January 17: Busby Mauro and Ryan Keen, Pacific Hotel, Yamba.
  • Tuesday, January 21: The Wizard of Oz show, South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.

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