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Video : A Day in Byron

Here's a great clip our facebook fan, Ricky, put together of a Day in Byron with his friends. It was a sunny day, they went to the Byron Bay markets - then had some fun in the surf.

From nearby Lennox Head, Ricky & his friends came to the markets on 1 April and had some fun bodyboarding & goofing off at the beach afterwords. Hope you enjoy the video.

Be sure to connect with Byron Bay on facebook.

2012 Byron Bay Film Festival

This is the year for Byron Bay International Film Festival. 16 World Premieres, 107 Australian Premiere’s, 191 films from 39 countries, a master class with Jack Thompson fresh from the set of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the latest film & a master class from surfing legend Jack McCoy, the Australian premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, a fundraiser screening of Paul Cox’s new film The Dinner Party, filmmakers flying in from around the globe.

For further information, ticket sales & festival programme, visit www.bbff.com.au

Splendour In The Grass In Byron for 2012 !

Yes that's right. Splendour In The Grass is planning to return to Byron Bay for the 2012 event.

The dates for the 2012 event are Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.

After two years at Woodfordia in Queensland, Splendour In The Grass organisers are currently working on taking Australia's premier winter music and arts festival back to where it all started, Belongil Fields in Byron Bay.

"Despite great efforts to have the festival at North Byron Parklands this year, we are yet to have a determination on the application." said Splendour Co-Producer Jessica Ducrou.

"In the meantime and after much consideration we are excited at the prospect of returning to the birth place of Splendour."

One of Australia's premier holiday locations, Byron Bay is internationally renowned for its beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and laid back culture.

Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham has welcomed Splendour back to Byron Bay for 2012.

"Splendour's home is Byron Bay and there is defined benefit that the festival delivers to the area, especially in winter, so it is a welcome return" said Mayor Barham

"Taking the event back to Byron Bay allows us to give our audience the true Splendour experience, a quality music and arts festival combined with that distinctive Byron culture." Ms Ducrou said.

"We'd like to thank Woodfordia and the very wonderful Bill Hauritz, Mayor Allan Sutherland and Moreton Bay Regional Council for welcoming us with open arms and hosting our event for the last two years."

Broken Stone Records ~ Roadshow Showcase

Byron Bay Brewery - Friday 10 February

Featuring Live Performances By: Sister Jane, Caitlin Park, Magnetic Heads, The Maple Trail

For tickets and further info, visit; roadshow.brokenstonerecords.com.

Musical Magic ~ Byron Spirit Festival

Feb 17, 18, 19, 2012 in Mullumbimby NSW

The inaugural Byron Spirit Festival will immerse participants in mesmeric, healing music throughout the weekend. In addition to the three evenings of concerts and dances, spontaneous and programmed kirtans, sound showers, chanting circles, and jams will take place in venues night and day.

From Sydney we welcome the rapturous rhythms of Edo & Jo and their eclectic live kirtan. Former Byronite Carmella Baynie is an award-winning composer and singer who's range of sacred music takes in renaissance, choral singing, and traditional forms from India and Africa. Bali-based Daphne Tse is the rare contemporary folk singer/songwriter who's source material is her spiritual practice. Mullum's own Lucknow Sankirtan has developed a unique voice, and their playful approach to chant circles reaches deeply into the heart. No previous experience necessary to fully experience these uplifting and healing sessions of devotional music.

Friday night's concert begins with a Welcome to Country by local indigenous elders, a blessing by Mother Maya, and a Greg Sheehan percussion circle (bring something to bang on!). Kevin James and Mel Dobra will lead the first kirtans of the festival, fresh from their hugely popular appearances at the Woodford Folk Festival, followed by Future Sound of Yoga. This Sydney-based duo have been taking their sensory and sacred live DJ dance event to festivals in Hong Kong, Bali and finally to Mullumbimby. The OKA boys will ensure no body is unmoved as they bring their electric Didj, pumping beats and message of love and harmony to the first night dance party.

On Saturday night, bring a cushion and settle in for a journey around the globe's top conscious musical forms. Composer, mulit-instrumentalist and true traveller through cultures is Mullum's own Yeshe. From a start in Germany to a life lived through music in Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia, Yeshe's multi-lingual songs performed on exotic instruments will mesmerize. Nomadic Voices blends Hebrew devotional songs, Middle Eastern, European, and North African melodies and rhythms to create moving traditional and original compositions. For the second half, Deva Premal & Miten, performing with Manose on basuri flute, and Denmark's Maneesh de Moor on piano, will share their songs and chants from twenty years on the road. And for the first time anywhere, they'll also perform two pieces with the Gyuto Monks.

Sunday's closing event mixes it up with a Healing Soundshower lead by Avishai Barnatan and his array of Tibetan Bowls, flutes, chimes, overtone singing and natural soundscapes. GLO Dance joins Byron Spirit Festival in presenting Deya Dova and her tribal world dance fusion, plus Earthdance founder Chris Deckker's DJ turn with global electro beats to insure our final gathering unites us all.

Tickets now on sale: www.spiritfestival.com.au

Backsliders in Byron Bay

Sat Jan 21st at Community Theatre in Byron Bay

Fans of blistering live blues and roots music take note: Australia's foremost, iconic blues and roots group Backsliders were nominated in the Roots category for the 25th Anniversary ARIA AWARDS, are playing in Byron on Saturday January 21.

Named by Doug Mulray in 2003 as "the best acoustic blues band in the country", and with an abundance of career awards including 'Band of the Year' (Rolling Stone), 'Best Live Australian Blues Act' (Blues on Air Magazine) and 'Blues Album of the Year' (Rhythms Magazine), Backsliders are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre: the 'delta-blues wall of sound'.

Live in concert, the band are a force to be reckoned with, fiercely blending an amped up authentic, original blues style, along with their evocative, unplugged 'deep south' acoustic delta blues mode. Backsliders feature guitarist/ vocalist, founding member and key songwriter Dom Turner plus drum and percussion virtuoso Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, The Break). The band have notched up 25 years experience serving up the finest, meanest acoustic-based blues, starting out before "blues and roots" was a well-known term in the Australian music industry.

The new 2011 Backsliders album, Starvation Box, will be released via Fuse Records on August 12, available in all good record stores and online. Recorded in another former Midnight Oil member Jim Moginie's studio, Oceanic Studios on Sydney's northern beaches, Starvation Box is an affectionate nod the band's past heroes containing five covers of past greats including Lead Belly, Robert Johnson and blues mandolin elder statesman and another key Backsliders influence, Yank Rachell.

The album title itself is based on the story that Lead Belly's father Wes used to call his son's guitar a starvation box, "coz you ain't gonna make no money outta that thing!" After Lead Belly's death, The Weavers went on to make a good income from his song "Goodnight, Irene", so his father was partly right.

Many of the album's original tracks follow the theme of paying tribute to musical heroes: "Failed Preacher Blues" is about the 'Father of the Delta Blues' Charlie Patton, for example, and"Bowie County" also mentions Lead Belly and the famous jail where he served time and escaped under an alias 'Walter Boyd'!

On this run of concerts, Dom Turner and Rob Hirst will play as a 3-piece, alternately joined by two of Australia's supreme and most creative harmonica players; the legendary Brod Smith(Dingoes, Brod Smith's Big Combo) and ARIA award-winning harmonica guru Ian Collard(Collard, Greens & Gravy). Each of these blues-harp masters colour the Backsliders sound with a fiery display of guts and melody – you never know who will play on each night – but you can be sure that both pack a punch.

Fans can expect to hear a mixture of classic favourites from the band's healthy back catalogue as well as the sublime cuts from Starvation Box. Make sure you come to a show and find out why the Sydney Morning Herald says "the Backsliders are the rarest of blues bands" and why Drum Media proclaims they deliver "contemporary roots music at its best!"

BACKSLIDERS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

FRI JAN 20 The SOUNDLOUNGE Currumbin Gold Coast, QLD
SAT JAN 21 COMMUNITY THEATRE Byron Bay, NSW

For all tickets go to www.gaynorcrawford.com

TRIP KICKS | NYE 2012 BYRON BAY

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Dr Sketchys Anti-Art School

Dr Sketchys Anti-Art School presents another unpredictable and wild night of Burlesque Life-Drawing and saucy performance at The Byron Bay Brewery on Tuesday November 15.

As always we have found some of the country's most exotic and tantalising models and alternative performers so the lucky art-monkeys and bohemians of Byron and beyond can draw them.

This month we thought it was time for some aerial spectacle, and to help with that is one of Australias most legendary and dynamic performers, the beautiful Miss Lena Marlene !! Lena is a master of just about any aerial or acrobatic style you can name, so shes going to thrill you with some death-defying and graceful posing high above the drunken heads of the excited crowd below.

And from Lenas 'Scoundrelles' School of Pole Dance and Burlesque is the exquisite Miss Lillian Lace in her DrSketchys debut!

Mae Wilde will be back in the saddle as our stunning and manic MC, so its going to be a classic night of Sketchy fun and frivolity.

Theres music, sketching, drinking, food, Burlesque, art, gorgeous models, prizes, sketching and madness. You don't want to miss it, so be there early for a good seat.

Doors open at 6.00pm, and the Sketching runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. If you're drawing, bring your own art materials. If not drawing, just bring some friends, grab a Martini, and sit back to enjoy the fun and glamour. Its an over 18s event!

Latin Party : Byron Latin Fiesta

Byron Latin Fiesta, 4-6 November 2011

For more information visit; www.byronlatinfiesta.com

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