Rockin' the Puburbs winners to rock the Small Ballroom


All-girl band Rackett will rock The Small Ballroom on Thursday 29 March


The Small Ballroom at Islington is set to host emerging punk-rock quartet Rackett, after the band won an inaugural live music competition run by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW.


The fiery girl band took out the AHA’s Rockin’ the Puburbs band competition late last year and will play one special show in Newcastle on Thursday, 29 March 2018 as part of a NSW pub tour.


“The AHA is passionate about supporting both live music and live music venues and holding this competition allowed us to discover some incredibly talented musicians,” AHA Rockin’ the Puburbs spokesperson Nikki Taylor said.

“We were proud to offer a headline pub tour as part of the prize and finding a winner like Rackett says a great deal about the high-standard of music on offer in NSW.

“As an organisation we represent some of best live music venues in the state and it gives us a great deal of satisfaction to play a role in supporting home-grown talent such as this.”


Small Ballroom manager Paul Curtis said he was looking forward to hosting the band at his venue.


“We are thrilled to have Rackett play at The Small Ballroom as part of the tour,” Mr Curtis said.

“Newcastle has long been an epi-centre for live music and being able to showcase a fresh new band on the cusp of becoming a national act is really exciting.

“We have a fantastic venue here that is perfectly suited for live music and we can’t wait to welcome Rackett onto the stage in March.”


“Newcastle has long been an epi-centre for live music and being able to showcase a fresh new band on the cusp of becoming a national

act is really exciting..."



The timing of the win could not have been better for the band, with its new single Alive ready for release in synchronicity with the tour.


"We are so excited to take our latest track out on tour and working with the AHA NSW through Rockin' the Puburbs is giving us the opportunity to play in venues and reach audiences that we couldn't have on our own,” Rackett vocalist and guitarist Rebecca Callander said.

“Pubs and venues like The Small Ballroom in Newcastle are where so many Aussie's first experience live music and we're so excited for them to experience us.”

Rackett recently released their latest hit Alive


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