Newcastle Regional Show calls on Hunter musicians to become involved with new entertainment focus

ON SHOW: Country Lovin’ duo Paige Robertson and Cec Peterson will perform at Newcastle Regional Show’s inaugural music competition on March 3.

Newcastle Regional Show has shifted its entertainment focus to emerging musicians and is calling on Hunter artists to sign up for stage space or to enter their inaugural musiccompetition.

The music competition will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5-7pm and entrants have just one song to show their talents.

Prizes include two days recording/mixing in Musos Corner, a 10-week scholarship with the National Music Academyand mixed Musos Corner vouchers.The competition is capped at 20 entrants for its first year and registrations will be accepted on a first-in basis.

Across the three-day event on March 2-4, open stage space is being made available for musicians and performers seeking exposure in front of a live audience.

Morisset artist Cec Peterson, from duo Country Lovin’says the opportunity to play at the show suited the emerging pair.

“We just love performing and put in to perform at the show – we weren’t even aware of the competition at that point,” she said.

“It was a little bit of surprise but we’re happy to give it a crack and see how we go in it. It gives us a little more exposure, we’re a fairly new duo, so it will help us get our name out there.

“For artists that may not have had the opportunity before, the prizes are great. For us it’s more about being able to get our name out there and open a few more doors in the Newcastle scene.”

Registrations can be made on the show’s website andclose at midnight on Sunday, February 25.

Newcastle Regional Show general manager Brett Gleeson said the new focus will allow more performers to become involved.

“The community entertainment stage has been going for the past few years but has mainly focused on dance routines,” he said.

“I thought we needed to broaden its horizons and give an opportunity for young entertainers in particular to get some stage experience and showcase their talents.

“It’s about giving lots of people more opportunityto be involved in the show and the response has been pretty fantastic.”

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