Bands deny crowd boycott

FALSE: Melbourne rockers Kingswood say they love performing in Newcastle and have never witnessed crowd violence when touring through the city. They have played in Newcastle 11 times in five years.TWO Australian rock bands alleged to be boycottingNewcastle due to crowd violence have rubbished the claims.

Earlier this week two Hunter media outletsreported that two well-known alternativebands,who regularly tourNewcastle, hadbypassedthe city on their latest tours due to concerns surroundingcrowd behaviour.

While the artists were not revealed, it has been confirmed to the Newcastle Herald that thebands in question are Adelaide punk duo The Hard Aches and Melbourne rock trio Kingswood.

Both have a strong following in Newcastle’s alternative music scene.

On March 27 Kingswood played a sold-out show inthe Cambridge Hotel’s glasshouse tosupport their latest album After Hours, Close To Dawn and The Hard Aches last performed at the same venue on June 9, whenthey filled the smaller warehouse room.

I’LL BE BACK: Hard Aches frontman Ben David, left, said his band will return to Newcastle.

Last week both bands announced tours for October, which did not feature a date in Newcastle, but shows on the Central Coast.

It’s understood both bands are performing intowns and venues they overlookedon their previous tour.

A spokeswoman for Kingswood, whose hitsinclude Creepin and Ohio, denied the band hadboycottedNewcastle and said they had not witnessed any violence.

“The guys have played Newcastle 11 times in fiveyears, the last show was fourmonths ago,” she said.

“They have never experienced any negative vibe or any violence at their shows there.They love their Newcastle fans with a passion.”

Kingswood spokeswoman

The Hard Aches frontman Ben David also rejected suggestions his band was avoiding Newcastle due to crowd violence at previous shows.

“No, all rumours man,” David said.“That’s not the case, we will always come back.”

It could be argued Newcastle is actually enjoying a live music boom.

Since the Cambridge Hotel extended their capacity to around 800 people through renovations late last year, the Newcastle West venue has hosted sold-out shows from The Living End, San Cisco,Dune Rats and Bliss N’Eso.

In the coming months major Australian acts Bernard Fanning, Grinspoon, Meg Mac and Illy are also expected to perform in front of capacity crowds.

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