Their live music pulls your event TOGETHER!

The Big Bang are a group of successful, experienced, professional and talented musicians who will create the PERFECT EVENT EXPERIENCE for you and your guests!

Their combined experience bridges across decades, including many hundreds of weddings, corporate functions, outdoor events and concerts. Their venue appearances and residencies set standards for musicianship that few can follow. The ongoing successes and high demand for The Big Bang are a reflection of the skill, proficiency and dedication of the group. They offer you quality from start to finish; exemplary musicianship, superb presentation, detailed organisation and state of the art sound production. All the ingredients necessary to create exactly the right atmosphere at your venue or special occasion!

The Big Bang bring you quality music in an affordable and versatile format. They′re versatile enough to go with your event’s flow; quiet enough to remain in the background when required, talented enough to make you go “wow!”, and expert enough to get even the most reluctant dancers on their feet! The Big Bang repertoire spans many eras and musical styles: Smooth Jazz (mingle dine or chill) Acoustic Contemporary (new sounds, ‘cruisy’ listening) Rock: Classic, Retro (party favourites from 5 decades) Awesome Dance Music (just try sitting still!) Ask us how The Big Bang can tailor a program especially for your event. For example their musicians can also be available for the wedding service and other musical interludes throughout your big day. The Big Bang is available as a three piece (keyboard, guitar, male & female vocals) or as a four piece with the addition of saxophone and congas – versatility plus, for different size rooms, audiences and budgets!

The Musicians:

Steve Cowley: Steve is the last word in live guitar players in Newcastle and the Hunter. From TV session musician to stalwart of the Sydney scene, from there to hard rocking Newcastle institution, to jazz aficionado or country music award winner, Steve has done it all. As musical director of The Big Bang he uses his virtuosity and experience to guide and lead his colleagues. Steve’s flamenco, Latin, jazz, rock and funk guitar playing are the centre-piece of the amazing sound.

Carrie Holstein: Our resident Diva first came to notice for east coast audiences in the ‘funkadelic’ retro outfit Ultimate Freak Out, since then Carrie has moved from success to success in a number of high profile rock and dance line-ups in Sydney and Newcastle. Carrie’s upbeat stage presence, awesome vocals and natural feel for dance music will have you captivated, won over and dancing along.

Samantha Wong: There’s nothing cooler than a great sax player, except of course our great sax player! Sam made her name in over-the-top Sydney brass outfit The Hornstars. Now a confirmed Novacastrian, she adds the extra colour, movement and texture to the sound. Sam plays flute, several sorts of saxophone, percussion and even dabbles in the ‘dark art’ of disco congas.

James Brigden: Touring NSW as a keyboard player and backing singer in several hard-working covers bands, he only really moved to the front of the stage in the 90’s when he settled in Newcastle and started working as a solo, piano-man style performer. James now has residencies all over the Newcastle and Hunter region and has worked the Sydney corporate function scene as well. He has a well earned identity as the ‘party piano guy’ from his work in seedy (and some nice) bars.

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“Everyone thought The Big Bang were fantastic„.again! It was a great night. They played a lot of new songs which I really enjoyed. I had blisters on my feet from non-stop dancing„thatês always a good sign!”

– Deanne Apostolou | Hippocrates Greek Ball | Saturday 25th May 2013

“The Big Bang were perfect. Well received, laid back and totally on point. I haven’t been to a ball where just about all the guests danced or danced so much! It was a terrific night!”

– Kim Simpson & Cary Lee | Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance Annual Fundraising Ball | Friday May 3rd 2013

“The band was fantastic, I have had so many compliments and they have all asked that we book the Big Bang again for 2013!
On the night we had some last minute changes and the band were very flexible and accommodating. We actually had to move the awards side of things along as there was so much dancing early on that we wanted the formalities over and the partying to continue!”

– Alex Goss | Corporate Gala Awards Dinner | Wednesday 20th February, 2013

“The band absolutely made our night. Absolutely everyone commented how fabulous they were, even my 80 year old grandmother was the first on the dance floor and the last off.”

– Carolyn Nichols | Wedding Reception | Saturday 9th February, 2013

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Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Hurt So Good – John Cougar
Paper In Fire – John Cougar
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
Bitch – Meredith Brooks
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
Lay Your Hands – Reef
My Sharona – The Kinks
Blister In The sun – The Violent Femmes
Im Outa Love – Anastacia
Its My Life – Bon Jovi
Pretty Vegas – INXS


Three AM – Matchbox 20
Opportunity – Pete Murray
Bad Influece – Pink
Into The Night – Santana
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crowe
Green Limousine – The Badloves
One Headlight – The Wallflowers
Soul Sister – Train
Im Yours – Jason Mraz
Dreams – Jewel
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Who The Hell Are You – Maddison Avenue
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Buses And Trains – Batchelor Girl
Steal My Kisses – Ben Harper
Lazy Song – Bruno mars
Time After Time – Cindi Lauper
Mercy – Duffy
Sweet About Me – Gabriella Cilmi
Stay The Night – James Blunt


Alice In Wonderland – Jazz Standard
Evil Ways – Santana
Black Coffee – Jazz Standard
Smooth – Santana
Call Me – Jazz Standard
Message To My Girl – Split Enz
Sway – Jazz Standard
Watermelon Man – Standard
The Girl from Ipanema – Jazz Standard
Do It Again – Steely Dan
Crush – Jennife Paige
Hotel California – The Eagles
Feelin Alright – Joe Cocker
Bright Side Of The Road – Van Morrison
Always With Me – Joe Satriani
Moondance – Van Morrison
Sunday Morning – Maroon Five
Black Velvet – Allanah Myles
Classical Gas – Mason Williams
Aint No Sunshine When Hes Gone – Bill Withers
Sing It Back – Moloko
Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart
Rome Wasnt Built ina Day – Moorcheeba
The Favourite – Directions In Groove
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Missing – Everything But The Girl
Late in the Evening – Paul Simon
Easy Like Sunday Morning – Faith No More
Smooth Operator – Sade
Youre Beautiful – James Blunt
Stop – Sam Brown


Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain
Murder On The Dance Floor – Sophie Bexter
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Love Shack – The B 52s
Underneath The Radar – Underworld
I Got A Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Funky Town – Pseudo Echo
Hey Baby – DJ Sami
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce
Let Me Entertain You – Robbie Williams
Little Less Conversation – Elvis Remix
Wild West – Escape Club
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Blame It On The Boogie – Jackson Five
Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Thats The Way – KC Sunshine Band
Celebration – KC Sunshine Band
Movin On Up – M People
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
I Love The Nightlife – Alicia Bridges
Lady Marmalade – Moulin Rouge Version
Knock On Wood – Amy Stewart
Kiss – Prince Jones


Just 17 – The Beatles
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
RockêNêRoll Music – The Beatles
Too Many Times – Mental as Anything
Everybody – The Blues Bros.
Come Said The Boy – Mondo Rock
Do You Love Me – The Blues Bros.
Wild Nights – Morrison Mellancamp
Mustang Sally – The Commitments
Cherry – Neil Diamond
Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Love Her Madly – The Doors
To Her Door – Paul Kelly
Iêm A Believer – The Monkees
Shake Your Tailfeather – Ray Charles
Nutbush City Limits – Tina Turner
Black Magic Woman – Santana
Bown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Mrs Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Lover Lover – Sonia Dada
Midnight Hour – Wilson Picket
Rockin All Over The World – Status Quo
Chain of Fools – Wilson Picket
Stuck In The Middle – Steelers Wheel
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Long Way To The Top – ACDC
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Old Time RockêNêRoll – Bob Seger
Summer Of 69 – Bryan Adams
Saturday Night – Cat Stevens
Khesanh – Cold Chisel
Suzie Q – Credence Clearwater Revival
Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
Walk Of Life – Dire Straits
Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Heavens Door – Dylan Clapton
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
Dont Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Walkin By Myself – Gary Moore
Shake It Baby – Jerry Lee Lewis

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