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The Animals Live in Wollongong | Centro CBD

Iconic rhythm, blues and rock band, The Animals, are heading to Wollongong with their legendary lyrics for a live gig at Centro CBD on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

With music as relevant today as it was in the 1960’s, The Animals have provided anthems for generations with hit songs such as ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place‘, ‘The House of the Rising Sun‘, ‘It’s My Life‘ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood‘.

Formed in 1962 and 1963 in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, The Animals were part of the legendary ‘British Invasion’ and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

With great success in Australia with 9 Top 50 hits, we can’t wait to see them in the Gong.

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Drummer John Steel had a chat with us and we soon discovered his still a cheeky English lad.

You went to art school as a teenager, and have previously described yourself as a ‘dropout’. Were you a bit of a rebel back in the day?

John: Yeah, I think so. The art school thing was the way to avoid doing a proper job I think. I did have a bit of an artisic streak but I was a terrible academic.

That first day at art school was when I met Eric Burdon and that was the first stirring of The Animals.  Eric and I discovered that we had the same taste in music, movies and all kinds of stuff and next thing you know we formed a band.

What was it like to be part of the  famous ‘British Invasion’ into America?

John: It was a really exciting time. Everything was a new experience. Suddenly we went from being fans of the music to playing it.

We were five working class Geordie lads from the North West of England.  In those days that wasn’t a common thing in America.

All of a sudden it was these crazy kids from England charging over to America and having a great time. It was the first time we were able to stand and say this is our music. It was thrilling to be able to do that.

Who were your musical influences?

John: Great rock n rollers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, early Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, there were so many great ones.

We started to delve down deeper and found where it all came from which was the blues with people like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. There were some fantastic blues artists which had been playing some amazing music without being recognised really.

‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ was an anthem to the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and continues to be an anthem to this day. Why do you think it is still relevant today?

John: Over the years it has developed into a universal anthem for just anyone who wants to make a change or go in a different direction.

Everyone has a moment in their lives where they think i’ve gotta get out of this place. It’s a perfect song for those kinds of situations.

You have previously described the success of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ as life changing.

John: It was a number one hit record all over the world. It opened doors everywhere for us. It was the song that put The Animals on the map.

The Animals music has withstood the test of time with new generations of fans.  How does that make you feel?

John: It’s astonishing. It always gives me a lot of pleasure to see. When we are playing in a foreign country there are always kids in the front rows singing the songs and they know them better than I do.

We really have the great fortune to have some dark songs about real life rather than middle of the road kind of pop songs. These songs seem to have an effect on any generation.

You have an amazing list of hit music to reference. How do you go about putting a set list together?

John: Our set list is never the same. We always play the hits but we have such a large catalogue of material that we just shuffle them around.

We’re not a cabaret act, we’re a rock n roll band. We like to keep things fresh. It’s great to play songs we haven’t played in donkey years and it’s great to get the audiences’ reaction.

The band members have changed over the years. What keeps you performing with The Animals?

John: It’s love of the music, enjoying the travelling and performing in front of an audience that gives you great feedback. There’s nothing like getting a standing ovation at the end of your show.

We always close with ‘Land of the Rising Sun‘ and it never fails to get people on their feet so it’s always the last number that we play. I’m such a lucky fellow to just be able to do that for a living.

Original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher along with Danny Handley and Scott Whitely will bring The Animals live to Centro CBD (28 Stewart St, Wollongong) on Thursday, 18 May 2017.


Dinner (main meal) and show – $99.00
Show only – $65.00










Summer School Holidays in Wollongong

School holidays in Wollongong are always a special time and these Summer school holidays are no exception.

This is our pick of the top activities and events happening in and around Wollongong.

Disclaimer: Event details may change and/or are subject to weather conditions. Please confirm details with individual event holders prior to attendance.

Fun-damentals – Sports and Movementfun-damentals-school-holidays

When: 19 Dec – 24 Dec and 2 Jan – 27 Jan
Where: Lindsay Park Primary School

Always popular during the school holidays, the Fun-damentals Summer School Holiday Program offers affordable fun for primary school aged children.

Held at Lindsay Park Primary School in Wollongong, the focus is on developing fundamental movement skills in a fun and exciting environment.

Activities include laser tag, cricket, soccer, tennis, basketball, netball, gymnastics, Lego, dominos, life-size Jenga, dance classes with Taylor, talent competitions, plays and performances and so much more.

1st child $50 – discounts for siblings (CCR and CCB available). Iif you pay taxes you are eligible for the CCR which means you only pay half the advertised fee.

Open 19 Dec – 24 Dec and 2 Jan – 27 Jan from 8.00am – 6.00pm daily (in all weather conditions).

BOOKINGS: For more information and bookings contact Daniel Morris on 0423 661 911 or email danielsteely6@hotmail.com

Visit fun-damentals.com.au 

Burgh’s Summer Campburghs-summer-camp

When: 16 – 20 January
Where: Burgh, Helensburgh

CIRCUS, CLIMBING and PARKOUR workshops are preparing to take over the Burgh these Summer School Holidays.

It’s all about adventure, with the core activities set up outdoors in a week full of exciting workshops, giving the kids the chance to learn amazing new skills.

Workshops include outdoor parkour, acrobatics, outdoor aerials, unicycling, stilt-walking, tree climbing, slacklining and abseiling.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 14 years. Full days 10.00am – 3.00pm or half days 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Full week: $285.00 | Per day: $60.00 | Half day options available (10.00am – 1.00pm): $40.00 | Lunch option: $5.00 per day

Special Offer: Mention this ad when booking Burgh’s Summer Camp and receive a free child’s lunch for each day booked.

Visit burgh.com.au

Early Start Discovery Spacediscovery-space-school-hols

When: 3 – 29 January
Where: Building 21, University of Wollongong

Escape the heat and celebrate the best of summer at the Discovery Space from Tuesday 3 January until Sunday 29 January 2017 (closed Mondays and Australia Day).

Each week of the school holidays your child can enjoy special activities, crafts and workshops based on fun summertime themes:

  • Week 1 (3-8 January): Into the Garden – BOOK NOW!
  • Week 2 (10-15 January): Pool Noodle Party! – BOOK NOW!
  • Week 3 (17-22 January): Bursting with Bubbles – BOOK NOW!
  • Week 4 (24 -29 January): Aussie Games – No Bookings required

Once you enter the Discovery Space there are a variety of FREE public programs. These do not require a reservation.

Bring along your hat & sunscreen and participate in the Sun Smart Scavenger Hunt, a self-guided activity running all day, every day during school holidays!

Discovery Space also offers a variety of interesting paid workshops which do require advanced booking and have limited spaces.

Visit earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au

Fun Club Holiday Programfun-club-banner-image-870x310

When: 19 – 27 January
Where: 13 Fun Club Locations throughout the Illawarra

The Fun Club December/January school holiday program is jam-packed with activities for kids aged 5-12.

Operating on weekdays from 19-23 December and 3-27 January, programs are run from 13 Fun Club locations and each centre has their own fun-filled program planned to make sure the kids won’t be bored these holidays.

The kids will have a blast on excursions like Luna Park, Jamberoo Action Park, Cables Aqua Park and Go Karting.

There’s also plenty of water fun at the centres with waterslides, slip ’n’ slides and water fights. The centre days are packed full of fun with activities like colour run, console games, discos, tie-dyeing, Lego, art and craft, celebrating Australia Day and so much more!

The centre days are packed full of fun with activities like colour run, console games, discos, tie-dyeing, Lego, art and craft, celebrating Australia Day and so much more!

Costs are applicable for the child care benefit and the 50% government rebate.

Book in for Fun Club’s School Holiday program by visiting bigfatsmile.com.au/funclub. Fill in the electronic booking form and email directly to your Fun Club centre.

Sunset Cinema Wollongongsunset-cinema-wollongong

When: 16 Dec – 18 Feb
Where: Wollongong Botanic Garden

With three screenings each week including family movie nights, the kids will love a night at the cinemas under the stars.

You can grab a Family Pass for only $45 plus booking fee. The Family Pass is only available online, otherwise grab your General Admission at the Gate on the night.

There will be a delicious range of snacks and drinks from the snack bar for your movie-viewing enjoyment including Cobs Popcorn, Bulla Family Dairy Choc Tops plus special treats available for the adults, MadFish Wines and 4 Pines Brewing Company beer.

Family Movies

Pete’s Dragon – 23 Dec
Storks – 29 Dec
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 30 Dec + 14 Jan
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – 6 Jan
Trolls – 13 Jan + 21 Jan
Red Dog: True Blue – 27 Jan
Moana – 3 Feb
Sing – 17 Feb

Visit sunsetcinema.com.au/wollongong

32nd Illawarra Folk Festivalillawarra-folk-festival

When: 12 -15 January
Where: Bulli Showground

With over 150 acts jamming it out over 4 days, the annual Illawarra Folk Festival will take the holidays up a notch.

Over 4 exciting days get set to discover folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and celtic music plus poetry, comedy and dance with local and international acts.

Come for one day or come for all four. Why not make it a truly magical experience and camp out under the stars of the Northern Illawarra escarpment with camping and onsite parking available.

This is an all ages event. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free (with a paying parent). Ages 12+ require a ticket. All minors aged 18 and under must be accompanied by a ‘responsible adult’.

Fringe Events
Fringe events include the Honk! Oz (15 to 17 January 2017), Folk Music School open to all ages with approx. 40 workshops (11/12 January 2017), Green Music Train (14/15 January 2017), Tripe Dinner and Dinner Italian Style (12 January 2017) and more.

Check the FRINGE EVENTS Calendar

View the Full Program including scheduled artist details.


When you purchase a ticket to the 32nd Annual Illawarra Folk Festival and enter the promo code ‘FestivalCD‘, you will receive a Festival Souvenir CD (double CD with 42 artists) absolutely FREE!

Offer applies to all Adult 4 Day (with or without camping), Adult Weekend and Adult Day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) Passes. Offer expires midnight on Monday 9 January 2017.

Anyone using the promo code will be given their Festival CD when they arrive at the Festival.

Visit illawarrafolkfestival.com.au

Wollongong Youth ServicesWollongong Youth Services

When: 3 – 25 January
Where: 85 Burelli Street, Wollongong

All activities and events at the Wollongong Youth Services are free.

Catering for young adults aged 12 – 24 year, activities include Girls Cafe, Creative Den, DJ Workshops, live performances by local musicians, movie screenings, screamer water slide, sports spectacular or just ‘hang out’ and play some basketball, pool or table tennis.

To make a booking or to find out more information contact the Youth Services Team on 4227 8222 or email youthservices@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Mister Maker and The Shapesmister-maker-the-shapes_ft

When: 21 January
Where: WIN Entertainment Centre

Mister Maker and The Shapes is a brilliant, fun, fast paced and interactive show everyone will enjoy these summer school holidays.

Bring the whole family to join the ultimate arts and craft hero for some arty adventures.

There will be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs and dances to join in with and of course, his fantastic sidekicks The Shapes!

Tickets at ticketmaster.com.au

Inflatable Fun at Albion Park Poolinflatable-fun-at-albion-park-pool_ft

Inflatable Fun at Albion Park Pool is back for Summer.
The toy will be in the pool on a variety of dates, from 1.00 – 3.00pm.

Wednesday 21st December 2016
Friday 30th December 2016
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Friday 6th January 2017 (Pool open day)
Wednesday 25th January 2017
Friday 27th January 2017
Entry fees apply.

More info at shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Honk Oz! 2017Honk Oz

When: 19 – 21 January
Where: Wollongong Arts Precinct

HONK Oz is a collision of musicians, friends, families, outrageous costumes and irresistible music.

A fringe event of the Illawarra Folk Festival, it all happens in and around the Wollongong Arts Precinct from 19 – 21 Jan.

Check out the FULL SCHEDULE or REGISTER NOW for Kids Honk! Band 2017 (suitable for children 9 years +).

Christmas Lights Around Wollongongchristmas-lights-in-wollongong

You can’t have Christmas holidays without a visit to the local Christmas Lights.

Kids love to see the lights and so do the adults! Make sure you check out our list of Christmas Lights in and around Wollongong.

Visit Christmas Lights in Wollongong.


Wollongong Art Gallery Workshops

The Listies Ruin Xmas – 23 Dec
Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker – 8 – 11 Jan
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – 13 – 14 Jan
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – 20 – 28 Jan

Superslides at Reddall Reserve – 7 Jan

Science Centre and Planetarium
Wollongong Global Game Jam 20 – 22 Jan

Your Local Library – Various free activities throughout the holidays.

Phil Barlow and The Wolf | Beaches Hotel Thirroul

Dishing out their signature feast of gritty, growling notes and tones and adding a splash of love, Phil Barlow and the Wolf will bring their East Coast Tour to Thirroul’s Beaches Hotel on Sunday 11 December. They even have a gift for us!


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To thank fans for their amazing support, you can download their new single, ‘Love Is All I Feel‘, for FREE during this tour. To download simply visit www.philbarlowandthewolf.com

After an amazing performance at The Bombie Bar back in September this year, we can expect good vibrations and a killer performance at Beaches Hotel on Sunday, 11 December.

Check out what lead singer Phil has to say about connecting and bringing the love to town.

Your new single, Love Is All You Feel is a groove-laden, blues-rock-funk number encouraging people to open up and connect with their fellow humans. How did the song come about?

I had been going through a challenging time when I wrote this song. I was faced with intense situations that would typically provoke a negative reaction from me, until one day I made a choice to start adopting loving thoughts in those moments instead of negative ones.

I then did this with every area of my life and amazing things started to happen. Loving and supportive people were becoming more present in my day to day life, loving gestures kept coming back to me, more people were coming to shows, opportunities were getting better.

It’s not like romantic love, it’s more centred and universal than that. It is like a whole different way to see and experience life. And I wanted to give that to others too.

The band and I are so grateful for all the support people gave us with this last album, so we dedicated this song to them. That’s why we are giving “Love Is All I Feel” away for free during this tour. It is downloadable now from our website: www.philbarlowandthewolf.com

How important do you think music’s role is in connecting people?

Music is such a gift in that it gives people words and sounds to express what they perhaps can’t themselves.

It can certainly help you to realise that you are not alone in your feelings and experiences. Music also helps release emotion and exchanges energy between people in a positive way, which is an essential part of a mentally healthy and balanced community.

Music has been an element in human culture always and there is a good reason for that!

When you are live on stage how do you connect with your fans?

I first focus on allowing myself to truly let go into the moment. I then project that outward to engage and invite people to get wild with us!

To see people unleash that liberating energy of not caring who’s watching is why we do what we do. It can get wild, but there are a lot of busy minds that need to be released and we create a positive space that allows people to be themselves and let loose.

You are giving back to the fans for their amazing support by allowing them to download Love Is All You Feel for free.  How has the response been so far?

Yes! It has been great thank you!

The band and I are so grateful for all the support people gave us with this last album, so we dedicated this song to them.

A lot of dedicated howlers are appreciative of the free download and our expression of gratitude. People are saying lots of kind things.

Your music video features the ‘Howler’ community, local musicians, artists, friends and fans at a party. What vibe were you hoping to create with this video and did you achieve it?

It was a simple intention. To create an energy of Love and light hearted fun. Yeah, I am happy to be able to share a taste of that with the world.

We are excited to hear that you are heading back our way. What keeps bringing you back to the Gong?

There is something about the Gong that feels like a home away from home. People are so friendly and open minded, the landscape is amazing and we have friends and family down there too, so it’s an easy decision really!

You last visited the Gong back in September this year when you played at The Bombie Bar. What can we expect when you return on Sunday, 11 December at Beaches Hotel in Thirroul?

It’s time to fire up and enjoy a great run of shows! Aaaaooooo!!

It will be summer, so you can expect sweaty, wild, raw, energetic, passionate, spontaneous fun, sharing the soul of the blues, to edges of rock, the rhythm of funk and the warmth of our universal love. The rest depends on what the good people of Wollongong inspire!

You recently played to a packed and excited crowd at the 2016 Blues on Broadbeach. Things got wild, bras were removed and we hear your shirt disappeared. Is there a bit of animal instinct at play here?

I think my previous responses may have given you hints. Yes! We humans are just intelligent animals. We need love, connection, feelings of significance, to give, to receive, and yes, sometimes we just need to be wild and unrestricted! Don’t you? Come on, I dare you…

You’ve been compared to Jim Morrison from the legendary group The Doors. If you could ask Jim Morrison just one question, what would it be?

Why did you cross over at 27?

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

Insane. Hehe…

Check out Phil Barlow and The Wolf on Sunday, 11 December at Beaches Hotel Thirroul.


New Year’s Eve in Wollongong

Whether you want to bring in the New Year with bubbles and dancing or in a family friendly atmosphere, this is your guide to the best of the best when it comes to New Year’s Eve in Wollongong.

We have put together a list of Wollongong’s most sought after New Year venues and details of where to find some family friendly fun.

Of course, who could forget the fireworks? Find out where you can see the fireworks in and around Wollongong by simply scrolling down.

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
2 – 14 Cliff Road, North Wollongong

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Celebrate the year that has been and the year to come at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

Whether you want to celebrate in style and bring in the new year with a dance under the stars or would prefer a family friendly event with a prime spot to take in the fireworks, Novotel have you covered.

NYE Big Bash on The Deck
7.00pm – 1.00am

Indulge in a deluxe seafood buffet, oyster station, 5.5 hour beverage package and bubbles bar before dancing the night away with the live band and DJ spinning till late.

Perfect spot to take in the Wollongong fireworks and to party in style.

NOTE: This is an 18+ only event.

Price:  Adults $179 | Accor Plus $169

NYE fun for all the family in Windjammers Restaurant
6.00pm – 10.00pm

Celebrate with the family with a deluxe seafood buffet, 4 hour beverage package and live music.

There will even be a kids activity room to keep the little ones occupied. Take in the fireworks from the terrace.

Prices: Adults $99 | Accor Plus $89
Children 13-16yrs $30 | 5-12yrs $15 | 0-4yrs FREE

*Subject to availability, Bookings essential, prepayment is required to secure your booking, no cancellations or refunds, not available in conjunction with any other offer, The Deck guests will need to show ID. The Deck tables of less than 10pax may share with other guests.


City Beach
Marine Drive, Wollongong
7.30pm – 1.00am


Celebrate New Years Eve at stunning City Beach.

Hosted by Dave Collins, you will dance the night away and bring in the new year in style.

Your package includes:

5.5 Hour Beverage Package
Seafood Buffet
Variety Of Non-Seafood Options
Desserts And Chocolate Fountain
Games & giveaways
DJ Playing All Night


Adults- $110pp
Young Adults (13-17) – $75pp
Children Aged (4-12) – $50pp
Under 4’s Free!

Bookings are essential. Call City Beach on (02) 42283188 for more info.


The [m]eatery
Marine Drive, Wollongong


Celebrate New Years Eve with The [m]eatery, the best location to view the fireworks over Wollongong Harbour.

Package includes;
– 6hr beverage package (Beer, wine, bubbles)
– $5 frozen cocktails
– Delicious canapes all night
– DJ Dave Gorr playing all night long!

Price: $125 per person.

Bookings are essential.  Call The [m]eatery on (02) 4229 6895

Visit themeatery.com.au

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Stuart Park, North Wollongong

New Year's Eve in Wollongong

Bring in 2017 at Lagoon’s Retro New Years Eve Party, hosted by Wave FM’s Jade Papesch.

Package includes a 4 Course Deluxe Menu and 5 hour drinks package and entertainment by Retrospective – Best of the 70s, 80s and 90s

Price: $165 per person

Bookings are essential. Phone Lagoon Restaurant on (02) 4226 1677.

Visit lagoonrestaurant.com.au 


Belmore Basin – Wollongong Harbour
5.00pm – 10.00pm
Fireworks: 9.00pm

Celebrate the new year at this family-friendly, alcohol-free event.

Live music, roving performers, face painting, amusement rides, and food and novelty stalls provide a lively atmosphere in the lead-up to the fireworks spectacular at 9pm.

This year, the event will also include a special Illawarra 200 light projection show from 8pm, commemorating the bicentenary of European settlement in this area.

The amusement rides will be open all weekend.

New Year’s Eve 2016 is an accessible event
The 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations will include some features to assist people with disabilities to attend. For details read more.

Getting there
Catch the train to Fairy Meadow, North Wollongong or Wollongong stations, and then jump on the free Gong Shuttle Bus.

For more bus and train information phone 131 500 or visit www.transportnsw.info

Road Closures

Between 4pm – 10.15pm on New Year’s Eve the following roads will be closed:

Cliff Road between Georges Place and Marine Drive
Harbour Street between Cliff Road and Smith Street, including Old Court House Lane
Harbour access ramp off Endeavour Drive.

Between 10.15pm – 10.45pm, Cliff Road between Georges Place and Harbour Street will also be closed.
Businesses within the road closure zone will be open as normal.

Visit wollongong.nsw.gov.au for more information.

The Shellharbour Club
Fireworks: 9.00pm and 12.00pm

The Shellharbour Club will host two fireworks shows, live entertainment, free kids events and activities for a fun-filled start to 2017.

Shellharbour Club Fireworks
For over a decade, The Shellharbour Club has been lighting up the sky with two fireworks shows on New Years Eve.

They will bring NYE fireworks to the Shellharbour community again this year in two sessions at 9pm and 12pm.

The best place to view the fireworks will be the outdoor terrace and they are also opening their grounds to allow the people of Shellharbour to enjoy the fireworks displays. Get in early to get a good spot!

Tasman Room- Willy Wonka Themed Event
Following on from the success of previous years, the FREE family friendly New Years Eve event is back.

This year the Tasman Room will be transformed into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory complete with tantalising treats, unique entertainment and of course, Oompa Loompas!

Willy Wonka and his pals will be there for a night of fun including roving kids entertainment, pop up food stalls and the songs of 2016.

Celebrations will start from 5pm, so dress the kids as their favourite Willy Wonka character and step inside the chocolate factory.

Entry is free and kids must be accompanied by guardians at all times.

The Lounge 

The lounge will be party central.

Enjoy live entertainment from 6pm till late on New Years Eve with Sydney-based party band ‘Bonnie Johnston & Co’ helping you celebrate the end of 2016 and the first moments of 2017.

Under 18s are welcome on Club premises until 11pm.

Visit shellys.com.au for further information.

Black Beach – Kiama
Fireworks: 9.00pm

Bring in the New Year 2017 with style on beautiful Black Beach in the seaside town of Kiama. A kaleidoscope of colour and lights await you at Black Beach, Kiama when the fireworks light up the beautiful and scenic Kiama Harbour.

A kaleidoscope of colour and lights await you at Black Beach, Kiama when the fireworks light up scenic Kiama Harbour.

This year the celebrations will commence at 4pm with the Carnival providing rides and side show alley for all the family to enjoy. Vendors with food and drinks and Wave FM will be doing a live broadcast of this exciting event.

Vendors with food and drinks and Wave FM will be doing a live broadcast of this exciting event.

The fireworks will begin at 9pm. Bring a picnic blanket and the family for a truly spectacular family event.

Visit kiama.com.au for more information.

Phil Barlow and The Wolf return to Bombie Bar

Get ready to howl Wollongong!  Phil Barlow and The Wolf return to Bombie Bar bringing good vibes, riffs and grooves on Sunday, 18 September.

Touring their second studio album The Awakening, Phil Barlow and The Wolf will bring a raw live performance to  Bombie Bar and it’s bound to get wild.

Pouring his heart and soul into his lyrics, Phil Barlow unleashes a smorgasbord of gritty vocals and hooky rock riffs topped off with flavours of funk. Expect the potential for a bit of bra throwing (seriously!).

With comparisons to legendary greats The Doors and George Thoroughgood you are in for one hell of a howling good time.

Find out why Phil Barlow and The Wolf are becoming a howling success and we will see you at The Bombie Bar on Sunday, 18 September (note to self: take spare bra!).

You emerged as a solo acoustic musician in 2011 with the release of your EP, Shades of Grey. How did the journey of Phil Barlow and The Wolf journey come about?

I was living a very different life before my musical transition. I was a dolphin trainer and then worked in environmental project management for a bit, which certainly had some awesome moments!

Then I went through a separation from a long-term relationship and had a lot of unresolved emotional energy I needed to express somehow. That essentially sparked my journey as a songwriter which started out as solo, travelling Europe and just writing song after song, expressing raw emotion.

After playing around solo for a while, I was curious to keep expanding in music and put together a band for a few shows. This triggered something primative and untamed in me and I loved it! Over time this has strengthened and I have been lucky enough to join forces with some quality musicians who also have a passion to get wild and liberated on stage.

Our collective sound is ever-evolving. We love to keep an element of improvisation in our live shows to keep us and the crowd connected to powerful influence of the unknown.

For you, is there something about playing with a live band that cannot be duplicated when playing solo?

It’s kind of like a huge dose of testosterone is injected into my body – the full band definitely brings out the wild and untamed side in me!

You have a knack for creating diverse music that successfully mixes different genres. How would you define your style of music?

You’re right, there are a lot of different influences and flavours in my music. I find it hard to define it myself sometimes! Our latest album “The Awakening” has a good dose of rock, but there are definitely blues and funk undertones. A reviewer once said The Doors’ LA Woman meets George Thoroughgood’s Bad to the Bone. I like that!

What was the inspiration behind your new album The Awakening?

It was a product of personal transformation. I realised that my own thoughts and beliefs were limiting me. Acknowledging and overcoming my fears and distractions, like being lured by desire were important in realising my true life’s purpose and happiness.

What do you hope listeners will take away from the lyrics?

I hope that the words might help others like it did me. That people chasing their passion or working through challenges gain some insight and strength to transcend those limiting self beliefs and thought patterns so they can live the life they are destined to.

If you could sit down for dinner with one your all time favourite musicians (past or present), who would it be and why?

BB King. I just have a deep respect for the man. Touring 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off in his 80’s is just awesome! Music and life are interwoven for me and BB King lived this truth till the end. He had an open channel between his soul and his music and I aspire to live that truth as well.

Your music has previously been compared to that of music greats The Doors and George Thorogood. How does that feel when you hear such complimentary feedback?

I am humbled to be referenced to such legends. I love the free expression of Jim Morrison particularly, so that’s awesome to know that wildness is shining through the music that I am creating.

You will be playing live at The Bombie Bar on the NSW South Coast on Sunday, 18 September (where you have previously played together with local legend Rai Thistlewayte of Thirsty Merc).

This is quite a unique venue in our woods. How would you describe playing at The Bombie Bar?

It brings to the surface the free spirit and untamed nature with the ocean kissing your ears in between the music. What more could you want really? Can’t wait!

What can we expect at your Bombie Bar gig?

Good vibes, riffs and grooves. Definitely some howling! Possibly bra-throwing but I can’t promise anything there haha. We love playing on the South Coast and The Bombie Bar is such a cool venue so we’re pumped…it’s bound to get wild.

Will we see you travelling around in the 1980 Toyota HiAce used in previous tours? It must have been a load of fun travelling around Australia in that.

The tour bus “Red Hot Rosie” is the latest love of my life! Haha, stay tuned on Facebook for upcoming intimate bus concerts for the dedicated fans.

Just for fun! If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why?

Coco Pops – just like a chocolate milkshake only cruuuuunchy.

Phil Barlow and the Wolf will play live at The Bombie Bar  (Coalcliff Surf Club) on Sunday, 18 September 2016.


Children Under 16 FREE

You won’t be able to stop the monster beats and punchy bass lines all up in your grill!

— Alt JournalVenue

Riff heavy, funk infused, electrifying songs that denied your body the ability to remain stationary. Intimate, intelligent lyrics delivered with poise and passion. By the end of the set, I was a full blow fan-boy.

— Moist PromotionsThe Bombie Bar