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  • Thrashville music festivalYour photos

    Thrashville –Slightly Heavier - is proving a huge hit with music lovers. Check out your photos from Instagram.
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    Thrashville music festival | Your photos @fromthepit666: Welcome to Thrashville

    @shaunofthe_shred: #thrashville

    @newcastlelive: Horns in the air for #thrashville

    @killdirtyyouth: Cheers @dashvillemagpie / Thrashville 🍻 Was a killer gig! Get down here for @clownsband , @hardonsband & @cosmicpsychos !! #killdirtyyouth #thrashville #alternative #punkrock #grunge #musicfestival

    @jamespatrickphoto:Shredding in the Hunter #thrashville #FTPontour #skate #skateboard

    @stonelionsband: Thanks a bunch #thrashville 🤙🏼 We had a blast. Party time!

    @nozzlefinger: Going off #thrashville with #gritoris @dashvillemagpie #graffiti #colours #design #style

    @joeyk.d.y: Cheers @dashvillemagpie we had a great time and cant wait to do it again! @killdirtyyouth #killdirtyyouth #kdy #thrashville #deadinthesummer #tour #rocknroll #beers #fender #jaguar #fenderjaguar #beers #festival #alternative #grunge #grungegirl 📸🎞 @ahhdanielson

    @sindelism: ...and I'm a little sensitive about it, thanks very much #thrashville you jerks.

    @dashvillemagpie: Thrashville is absolutely crackalackin. Tickets on the gate til 6pm. $60. No six stitches. #thrashvillefest #Thrashville #dashville

    @tracyrab: #thrashville #punkrock #metal #punkfestival

    @newcastlelive: Live at #thrashville

    @killdirtyyouth: LETS DO IT THRASHVILLE 🍻🤘🏾 #killdirtyyouth #thrashville #musicfestival #alternative #punkrock #grunge

    @poisoncity: Today @clownsband hit #thrashvillefest in the Hunter Valley w/ @cosmicpsychos @hardonsband & more! Hit Clowns FB for tix/ info. 📷 @jodie.downie #clownsband #poisoncityrecords

    @dashvillemagpie:New Dashville beer. ... CRAWL!!! Summer ale. Bloody great drop. #dashville #thrashvillefest #crawlthebeer

    @beentheredronedthat: Thrashvile, live, loud & cool 📸📽🎸🎤 #thrashville #branxton #mymaitland #heavymetal #straya

    @joeyk.d.y: Bringin the rock to the hunter valley 🤘 #killdirtyyouth #kdy #rocknroll #thrashville #festival #punkrock #cheetahprint #grunge #fender #fenderjaguar

    @illshootya: thrashville , live, loud & cool 📸📽🎸🎤 #thrashville #branxton #mymaitland #heavymetal #straya

    @illshootya: n Beef Week @ Thrashville, go see 'em before ya die , live, loud & cool 📸📽🎸🎤 #thrashville #branxton #mymaitland #heavymetal #straya

    @phillipjayfried: @danstorkaudio @hannyjmusiccooksleykeith Just got here and real stoked already #thrashville

    @bearlyengineered_foz: #theaustralianbeefweekshow churning out the tunes at #thrashville

    illshootya On the cans @ Thrashville 📸📽🎸🎤 #thrashville #branxton #mymaitland #heavymetal #straya #straya #graffiti #graffitiart #streetart #streetartistry #australia

    @joeyk.d.y: Newcasle, we are drinkin at the Del getting ready to lay waste to the hammo tonight.

    @j.a.m_shots: @theneptunepowerfederation in all its glory on stage at #Thrashville #TheNeptunePowerFederation #Dashville #RockNRoll #musicphotography #SeeTheSound #livemusicphotography #livemusic #Festival #SlightlyHeavier #canon #JAMSHOTS #NightrainTV

    @j.a.m_shots: Jason Whalley of @theneptunepowerfederation at #Thrashville #TheNeptunePowerFederation #Festival #Dashville #musicphotography #livemusicphotography #livemusic #nMusic #Bass #FrenzalRhomb #SeeTheSound #JAMSHOTS #NightrainTV

    @cooksleykeith: IF YOUR NOT DUKIN', YA JOKIN' JANE DOE X DAISY DUKE 2K17 #thrashville #clownsband 📸 @danstorkaudio

    @j.a.m_shots: j.a.m_shots Steve Simmons and Craig Smith of Mischling tearing up the Thrashville stage yesterday. #Mischling #Thrashville #LocalMusic #nMusic #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #livemusicphotography #livemusic #musicphotography #bnw #Baw #JAMSHOTS #NightrainTV #canon #Tamron #metal #heavymetal #rocknroll Steve Simmons and Craig Smith of Mischling tearing up the Thrashville stage yesterday. #Mischling #Thrashville #LocalMusic #nMusic #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #livemusicphotography #livemusic #musicphotography #bnw #Baw #JAMSHOTS #NightrainTV #canon #Tamron #metal #heavymetal #rocknroll

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  • 2017 Chinan Open: Dan Evans given cold shoulder by Kevin Pietersen

    No time for tennis?: Kevin Pietersen Photo: Darrian TraynorDE palmed off by KP
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    Great Britain's Daniel Evans has caused somewhat of a stir at this year's Open. Not only has he taken out No. 7 seed Marin Cilic and local hope Bernard Tomic in back-to-back rounds, but he's also had run-ins with spectators and officials.

    But it seems the news hasn't reached former English cricket star Kevin Pietersen, who is still dominating in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars.

    Apparently KP, who was Evans' favourite cricketer growing up – didn't want to take a photo with the rising tennis star when stopped at Crown recently.

    "He didn't want me to have my picture with him. That was it. I think he was worse for wear. That was his excuse when he replied. Quite funny, isn't it, how things work out," Evans said when asked about the incident after his Tomic win.

    "He was my favourite cricketer until that point, genuinely was.

    "Yeah, it was a bad moment that was. It was so embarrassing, as well. He didn't even just say, 'No'. He handed me off, as well. I was nowhere near him either."

    Not a good look, KP.

    $19.99 discounted to ... 0

    Well, at least there is some good news for Evans. He might have been "handed" off by Pietersen, but he's found some support from a potential sponsor.

    Evans admitted early in the tournament that his sponsorship with sportswear giant Nike had expired, so he had been forced to buy his own shirts from UNIQLO for $19.99 each.

    Well, not any more.  "The company actually sent quite a lot to the locker room today. That was nice of them, yeah. There was no logo, so that was really nice of them as well. I've got quite a few now, and they were free," he smiled.

    Sir Andy's call

    Hot Shots queried the scheduling of world No. 1 Andy Murray, who was put on Melbourne Park's No. 3 court Hisense Arena for his third-round win over Sam Querry.

    But as it turns out, the recently knighted Murray made that decision all by himself.

    "I got asked if I wanted to play first on on Laver or later in the day on Hisense. It's a bit strange to play the last match, the second night match, then be scheduled to play first the next round. It kind of throws off your body clock a little bit. So I asked to play later in the day.

    "But it's a great court to play on. Great crowd. The stadium was full before we finished our warm-up on there today. Like 10:45 it was pretty much packed. Good, nice atmosphere."

    Who says Andy isn't positive?!

    Bernie feeling the pinch

    Bernard Tomic's press conferences never fail to surprise. The polarising Aussie is always good for a strange quote here or there, and his post match chat to journalists following his third round exit to Evans delivered.

    Roll the tape.

    "Well, yeah, it's my ninth n Open. I'm 24, which is tough to think. I feel like I'm 34. It's amazing, you know. I actually feel like I'm 34, but I'm 24. Nine n Opens. I can't believe it, as well. It's been a long nine years already. Another 10 to go. Jesus."

    Blasphemy aside, it's an interesting take from Bernie.

    Let's go back a few years, when Tomic was a baby-faced 17-year-old, who wasn't happy with his 2am finish against then world No. 14 Marin Cilic.

    "For the people, I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous," Tomic said.

    "Especially me, at my age, it's difficult."

    Too young then, too old now. We can't keep up.

  • China v Pakistan: Adam Zampa takes veiled swipe at Test selectors after being left out of India tour squad

    Leg-spinner Adam Zampa has taken a veiled swipe at Test selectors after his exclusion from the 16-man squad to tour the subcontinent next month in favour of international rookie Mitchell Swepson.
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    n selectors could find no room for last year's leading wicket taker in one-day international cricket, despite naming four spin bowlers in the squad with Swepson joining incumbent Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox duo Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar.

    Retired Test quick Geoff Lawson said earlier this week that he was surprised by Zampa's omission, while Melbourne Stars teammate Kevin Pietersen has also spoken this summer about how highly he rates the 24-year-old.

    Speaking ahead of Sunday's one-dayer against Pakistan at the SCG, which Zampa is expected to play in after sitting out the first three matches this series, the leg-spinner said he would have been suited to Indian conditions.

    "It's disappointing being seen as just a defensive option," Zampa said. "I thought that the defensive style of bowling usually works in those conditions and my experience over there could've helped.

    "There's not much you can really do about it, the selectors have gone for a more attacking option.

    "I've never actually been in the Test squad so the feedback you have to try and go and get yourself, obviously from the press conference with [chairman of selectors] Trevor Hohns.

    "Mitchell Swepson's a very good bowler. I've watched him throughout the BBL and it's going to be nice to have that healthy competition with him for however many years."

    At the time of Swepson's shock selection, Hohns said: "He's a wicket-taking leg-spinner. At the end of the day you've got to take wickets to win Test matches and given the opportunity we feel that he could play a part over there and if he doesn't he'll gain a lot from the experience from being there."

    Zampa's 30 one-day international wickets set the benchmark last year, and he also took five scalps at the Twenty20 World Cup in India.

    He averages 27.80 with the ball in one-day cricket and less than 18 in T20 internationals, but that blows out to 50.35 at first-class level where he plays for South as opposed to Swepson's 32.82 in the longer form for Queensland.

    "I've actually bowled really well the last couple of years in [Sheffield] Shield cricket," Zampa said.

    "It always helps when you've got guys taking wickets around you, like I have with [Chadd] Sayers, [Daniel] Worrall, [Joe] Mennie and [Kane] Richardson.

    "I'll keep playing my role within that team and then hopefully one day I get a crack. I'll still be concentrating on my strengths more than anything.

    "I'm looking forward to hopefully winning the Shield now with the Redbacks."

    leads the one-day series against Pakistan 2-1 following Thursday's seven-wicket win at the WACA, but selectors are yet to select a specialist spinner.

    That looks set to change on Sunday, which will give Zampa his chance on the big-turning SCG.

    Zampa was temporarily released by Cricket during the week to play for his Melbourne Stars in their Big Bash loss to the Brisbane Heat at the MCG. Should the Stars advance to the BBL final Zampa should be available again to boost their bowling stocks.

  • Tamworth Country Music Festival: The best of day 2 | Photos

    Tamworth Country Music Festival: The best of day 2 | Photos DAY TWO: Whip Cracker Nathan Griggs. Photo: Matt Bedford
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    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall and Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: The Broadcasters Hall and Fame and Hands of fame, Photo: Gareth Gardner

    DAY TWO: Tymain Coffey in Peel St on Saturday. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Artist Michael Fitch in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Fily Cuba performs in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Rob Dale shows off his craft in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Travis Wieck shows off his strong man skills in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Jared Lyell spray paints in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Miranda Denner is a stall holder in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Rob Dale shows off his craft in Peel St. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Contestants test their strength at the Strong Man competition. Photo: SImon McCarthy

    DAY TWO: Matthew Hancock and Lee Chapman at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Sue Andrew, Karen Brennan and Merren Diaz at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Barbara and Don Burgess with Jeff and Barbara Webb at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Lorrie and Kerry Turner. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO:Toby Weekes and Trish Kelly at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Joshua Buys, Nikita Fountain, Wayne and Carol Robinson with Lily Robinson. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Brett Bichard, April Dumandl, Rebecca Wyborn and Jay Cahill. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Deirdre Hoskins, Kerry Bateman and Gloria Eckel. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO:Ian and Heather Augett at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford.

    DAY TWO: Sue Beazley, Carol Lang and Treena Wyborn at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford

    DAY TWO: Debbie Boyce, Angel Baker and Sheryl Brownlee at the Longyard Hotel. Photo: Matt Bedford.

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