Since 2016, local creative hub ‘Adamstown Arts’ has been supporting both ‘The Y-Project’ and ‘Lo-Fi’. These two initiatives aim to bring live, local, contemporary music to Newcastle to youth and people of all ages, respectively. Lo-Fi aims to make a positive contribution to the Newcastle Music and Arts community, and attempt to break down walls of segregation through the means of live music.

This year, Newcastle Music Festival will feature a special Lo-Fi event that will see national artist “imbi the girl” come to join forces with local bands, Shrimp, Flight Hawk and Cherry Stain.

Lo-Fi events are held at The Dungeon, hidden beneath a Church on Glebe Rd, Adamstown NSW, which has been home to some impressive jazz gigs over the years, becoming a popular venue for national and international touring acts since its modest beginnings in 1996. The Dungeon is proving to be as popular for acts of differing genres, from both the local area and further afield. The biggest drawcard being that it is all about the music. 

Lo-Fi is a Not-For-Profit event with proceeds going to local charities.

Hey Universe – Biography

Hailing from Newcastle, Hey Universe is the latest musical collaboration from brothers Adam & Andy Price, and Marty Paget. Featuring members of former Newie favourites ‘Cotton Sidewalk’ and local powerhouse ‘Family Dog’, the Novocastrian three piece began as a simple desire to head to a rehearsal studio and make some ‘noise’ again – but it wasn’t long before they realised the noise they were making was worth sharing. From hard hitting riffs to three part harmonies, Hey Universe have been praised for their eclectic songwriting and unique sound, best described as Radiohead meets Queens of the Stoneage. Having been busy in the background for the past year self-recording their best songs, Hey Universe will be releasing their first single at Lizotte’s on July 11th 2018.

Cherry Stain – Biography

This young 5-piece group are coming from the roots of Newcastle with hip-hop grooves, funk, and musical diversity to entertain your ears. The lyrical content focuses on everyday lives, political issues and of course, rhymes.

Releasing their 2nd album in April 2018, the Stain have found their own particular sound and style while also building a strong base through live shows throughout Australia.


Shrimp – Biography

A Garbage Funk Power Trio Hailing from Steel City



imbi the girl

After releasing their first two singles in 2017, supporting Drapht, HWLS and FKJ, and making their festival debut on the main stage at Festival Of The Sun described by AAA Backstage as “one of the most extraordinary moments in music I’ve ever witnessed”, imbi the girl has landed on the Australian music scene as a young and irresistible artist.

With the success of their well-received debut single, acidic, Triple J Unearthed Music Director, Dave Ruby Howe dubbed them “overflowing with talent” whilst hip-hop duo, Coda Conduct raved that they “can’t stop listening to this gorgeous thing.”

Premiered by Triple J, imbi the girl’s follow-up single “could be the sexiest song ever made” as stated by Purple Sneakers. Directed by Gabriel Gasparinatos (R.A. The Rugged Man, B Wise & The Goods) and premiered by Noisey, the music video for V.I.P. revisits the release which gained over 50,000 Spotify streams since September last year.

With upcoming festival appearances at Groovin The Moo, Big Pineapple Music Festival and Wide Open Space Festival, imbi the girl is sure to make an even bigger splash in the industry in 2018 and beyond.

Lo-fi in the 2018 Newcastle Music Festival