The legendary Cold Chisel has announced today that they will headline the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500 on Saturday, 25 November.

This show marks the first time Cold Chisel has played in Newcastle since their massive Light The Nitro tour back in 2011 (which remains the biggest grossing tour ever by an Australian-based band). 2015’s One Night Stand tour was unable to get to Newcastle so this announcement marks a special payback for Novocastrians.


Cold Chisel is one of Australia’s most revered rock outfits, with a history that spans forty years and a catalogue of songs and albums that have become part of the nation’s psyche. In the late ’70s, after the band had decamped from their birthplace in Adelaide and moved to Sydney, Newcastle became a second home for them. And of course their classic song Star Hotel was inspired by the riots that erupted in Newcastle when the famous band venue was shut down.

Newcastle has always been great to us,” says frontman Jimmy Barnes. “When we were starving in our early days, we would drive up there and fill rooms, long before we did anywhere else. We got to learn our trade playing to wild and appreciative crowds in full rooms there. If we owe anyplace anything, it’s Newcastle!”

Cold Chisel also revealed that their appearance at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will follow hot on the heels of a new and very special live album and film release, which is to be officially announced in upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned to the band’s socials or website for more information.