Following the success of the first Elsewhere event, which featured Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey headlining an intimate night of music in the unique space of Nobby’s Lighthouse, the second instalment of the boutique festival series will be held in, of all places, Maitland Gaol.
Dubbed The Lock-Up and held on Saturday October the 10th, the second instalment of Elsewhere will feature performances from folk favourite Josh Pyke, Australian rock trio The Basics, the vocal talents of Thelma Plum, as well as appearances from Hayden Calnin, The Soorleys, and De’May.
As The Maitland Mercury reports, there will also be beverages available courtesy of the Six String Brewing Co. bar and the Express Can Bar. Meanwhile, you and your fellow inmates can grab your grits when food is served in The Mess Hall. To celebrate the new music festival in a jail we’ve complied a list of musicians who will know exactly how you feel as they’ve all been locked up at some time in their lives. Check it out – and if you wanna join, be sure to grab tickets to The Lock-Up.
This one isn't really astray or rock/ pop star excess, but it's pretty strange. When Barry White was a young boy 16-17 (reports differ) he was busted and jailed for four month for stealing $30,000 worth of tyres, yep tyres. The best bit of this story though is he credited the punishment with helping him straighter his life out an focus his efforts and energies on music.
The Stone Roses front man had just embarked upon what was to be a successful solo career when he was convicted of using threatening behaviour towards a British Airways stewardess on a flight from Paris to Manchester in 1998. Brown argued he had only been joking when he threatened to ‘chop off her hands’ but the judge didn’t find it funny, sentencing him to four months jail.
In 2010, rapper Lili Wayne released his eighth album I Am Not a Human Being while behind bars. The rapper and record executive was serving an eight month sentence after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon. The album was Lil Wayne's second US number-one album and the first studio album to reach the top slot while the artist was in jail since the release of Tupac's Me Against the World in 1995.
Jimi Hendrix was locked up as a youngster after being nabbed joyriding in a stolen car. The judge gave the then 17 year old Hendrix the option of going to jail or joining the army. Hendrix went on to be a paratrooper in the US Army before leaving to become a rock star.
The Man In Black was banged up a number of times for various alcohol and drug related offences over his career, but interestingly, his most infamous prison stint saw him arriving of his own free will. He recorded one of the greatest albums ever – Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison playing a live show for inmates of the California jail.
It’s not just the bad boys of rock n’ roll ending up behind bars – the girls have it down pat too. ‘Lil Kim was busted for marijuana possession in 1996, but it was when she was convicted of conspiracy and perjury – lying to a Federal jury – in 2001 over a drive by shooting in New York City that she was banged up for 10 months in a Philadelphia Jail.
The Rolling Stones front man was arrested at band mate Keith Richard’s mansion, Redlands, in Surrey in the UK in 1967 when his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull was involved in the infamous Mars Bar Incident. Mick was arrested for possessing some illegal Italian diet pills and banged up in Brixton Prison, which he described as "not much worse than a motel room in Minnesota".
Paul McCartney was busted for possession of eight ounces of weed at Tokyo Airport in 1980. The Japanese took a very dim view of rock stars carrying such amounts of the green stuff on them and Macca spent nine days in the clink, forcing Wings to cancel their tour.
The Libertines and Babyshambles front man has been in and out of courts over the last few years for various drug offences, but it was breaking in to his Libertines band mate Carl Barat’s flat and burgling it in 2003 that saw him serve two months in jail.
Rick James, who once played in a band called the Mynah Birds with Neil Young, went a bit nuts with his fondness of the ‘ol Columbian marching powder in the 80s and 90s, living up to his infamous saying ‘Cocaine is one hell of a drug.’ The ‘Superfreak’ singer was banged up in jail in 1993 for almost three years after an incident in which he and his wife Tanya Hijazi kidnapped a 26 year old woman and viciously assaulted her.
Sid just about takes the cake for the ultimate rock n’ roll jailbird. The Sex Pistols was banged up at Rykers Island prison in New York City for almost two months on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon in December 1978. On his release on bail on the 1st of February 1979, Sid promptly fatally overdosed on heroin.
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The Motley Crüe drummer was convicted of assaulting his then wife and sex tape co-star Pamela Anderson in 1999 and sentenced to four months in the clink.