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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


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

Celebrate in style and bring in the new year with a dance under the stars with our event on The Deck!

Indulge in a deluxe seafood buffet, 5.5 hour beverage package and bubbles bar before dancing the night away with our 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 Family Fun in Windjammers Restaurant
6.00pm – 10.00pm

Celebrate with the family with a deluxe seafood buffet, 4 hour beverage package and live music before taking in the fireworks from the terrace.


Price: Adults $99 | Accor Plus $89 (Accor Plus Card valid for 2 x tickets. Any further tickets will need to provide their own membership number or pay for the full price tickets)

Children 13-17yrs $30 | 5-12yrs $15 | 0-4yrs FREE

Visit novotelnorthbeach.com.au

City Beach
Marine Drive, Wollongong

Celebrate New Years Eve at City Beach!
Bring in the New Year in Style.
7.30pm – 1am

Sumptuous 5 course menu
5.5hr beverage package
Dance the night away under the starlight ceiling with live entertainment from the Press Club Band (6 piece band)
Perfect location to watch the 9pm fireworks
Games and Giveaways
Photo op area
Hosted by Dave Collins

City Beach Menu

Sourdough bread rolls
Amuse: Gazpacho with a smoked salmon biscotti
Petunia salmon with almond hummus, puffed quinoa with crispy kale
Quail wrapped in pancetta, with caponata and pomegranate jus
Spring lamb lion wellington with smoked eggplant puree, heirloom carrot, broccolini and onion marmalade with garlic thyme jus
Strawberry yogurt mousse with almond sponge and blueberry glace
Petit fours


Adults- $179pp


Bookings Are Essential – Call 02 4228 3188 for more info.

Visit citybeach.events

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Stuart Park, North Wollongong

Bust a move at Lagoon’s New Year’s Eve 80s Party!

Let’s hear it for the Wild Boys and the Material Girls! Celebrate good times and party down with award-winning food and music that’s so fine, it blows your mind.

Get into the groove with a 4-course deluxe menu, 5-hour drinks package (including red, red wine), views to take your breath away and footloose 80s beats all night long.

If you wanna dance with somebody, we’re rocking the casbah with the Immaculate Madonna Show, She’s So Unusual Cyndi Lauper Show, and an 80s Retrospective packed with every one-hit-wonder you know and love.

Don’t fight the crowds for your right to party. For girls (and boys) who just want to have fun, no one throws a New Year’s Eve party like Lagoon. We’ll shake you all night long (well, from 7.30pm-12.30am).


$165 per person


Walk this way and book now, phone 4226 1677.
Get on the party train at The Lagoon!

Visit lagoonrestaurant.com.au 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Belmore Basin – Wollongong Harbour
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 our fireworks spectacular at 9pm.

New Year’s Eve 2017 is an accessible event

The Wollongong 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations will include some features to assist people with disabilities to attend. For details visit the Wollongong City Council accessible event page.

Getting there

We recommend catching the train to Fairy Meadow, North Wollongong or Wollongong stations, and then jumping 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 8.30pm – 9.30pm lower Endeavour Drive will also be closed.

Businesses within the road closure zone will be open as normal.

Visit wollongong.nsw.gov.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


Father’s Day in Wollongong

So you want to show dad how much you love him and appreciate all he does?

Then check out what’s happening around the Gong this Father’s Day.

Handy tip: avoid disappointment and book ASAP! These events are always SUPER popular.

Lunch at Windjammers Restaurant
Where: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Indulge in a seafood buffet and spit roast on the terrace while taking in the breathtaking views of North Wollongong Beach.

Included is a 3 hour beverage package which includes sparkling, wine, beer and soft drinks plus there will be live music provided by Nathan Lymont, 2016 Voice contestant.

$75 per adult | $65 Accor Plus members |Children: 13-16yrs $30 | 5-12yrs $15 | 0-4 yrs FREE

Call Windjammers for bookings on 02 4224 3123
Visit windjammers.com.au

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Where: Stuart Park, Wollongong

It has long been said that the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. Spoil Dad this Father’s Day at the Lagoon!

$69PP for a deluxe three course lunch
$65PP for a deluxe three course dinner
$99PP  to share a seafood platter w/ breads and dessert
$35 per child under 12 (main & dessert)

Bookings essential! PH: 4226 1677.
Visit lagoonrestuarant.com.au 

Seacliff Restaurant
Where: 16 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

If you want to be the favourite child this Father’s day why not treat your dad to a scrumptious meal at Seacliff Restaurant.

$69pp for a 3 course meal  – Breads, Entrée, Main & Dessert
$99pp to share a Seafood Platter – Includes Bread & Dessert
$35 per child under 12 (Main & Dessert)

To book a table call 4228 5410 or email  bookings@seacliffrestaurant.com.au
Visit seacliffrestaurant.com.au

Pepe’s on the Beach
Where: 2-14 Cliff Rd, Wollongong

This year, Pepe’s will be putting on a Big Brekky for Dad so whether he rolls out of bed, or jumps out of the surf we’ll be waiting!

Father’s Day Brekky Special is available 8am – 11am only.
Bookings available: Sarah@pepesonthebeach.com.au

BBQ on the deck from 1pm
$15 Jugs of James Squires from 12pm

Visit pepesonthebeach.com.au

Dad’s Day Out at City Beach
Where: Marine Drive, Wollongong

A chilled beachfront barbie for dads & families.

All you can eat buffet – including all the BBQ faves of prawns, steaks, cutlets, gourmet sausages PLUS an array of accompanying dishes –
It’s a Dad Day Feast! Boardies & flip flops welcome.

Adults: $75.00pp*
Under16: $29.50
Kids under 4 free
*Includes beer, wine& soft drink

Visit citybeach.events

The Farm’s Market
Where: Killalea State Park

With over 90 stalls stocked with the latest fashions, a huge range of local producers, sweets, brewers, artisans, florists AND food…plus everything else in between!

Bring the family and make a day of it – with plenty of grass for the kids to play all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the live music and spectacular views.

Live Entertainment on the hill:
10am – Noon – Sandy Feet
Noon – 2pm – The Record Breakers

Market closes 3pm

** NO DOGS due to State Park Rules **
Visit thefarmsmarket.com.au

Dads Go Free at Illawarra Treetop Adventures
Where: Knights Hill Rd, Robertson

Show Dad how much you love him by taking him out for an amazing day this Father’s Day weekend.! Simply download the voucher  for Dad to go FREE, when accompanied by a full-paying customer.

Full details at illawarrafly.com

The Meatery – The Ultimate Meat Feast
Where: Marine Drive, Wollongong

This Fathers Day treat Dad to the Ultimate Meat Feast Buffet!

Our all you can eat buffet includes juicy tender pork, beef, chicken ribs and other meaty fave’s, heaps of salads and sides like garlic bread, steak fries and if that’s not enough, an all you can eat dessert buffet.

Each Dad will also receive a FREE stein of draught beer.

Adults – $49.50pp
Children (4-10) – $10
Kids under 4 – Free

There is also an all you can eat breakfast buffet from 8am – 11am.

Adults – $29.50pp
Children (4-10) – $10
Kids under 4 – Free

Bookings essential, call (02) 4229 6895
Visit themeatery.com.au