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MUSIC STARS JOIN NRMA NORTHERN RIVERS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Australian music royalty Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers have joined the NRMA for its Bright Futures Centenary road trip tour kick off on the Northern Rivers at the end of this month.

Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers will headline entertainment at the event on the Northern Rivers on the weekend of 29 February and again on 6 June in Parramatta.

In a move designed to encourage Australians to road trip to regional communities, the NRMA Centenary celebrations will feature five free family events across regional NSW and a final event in Sydney. The call to action has been further highlighted by recent bushfires and the ongoing drought.

The events will feature new ‘big things’ art, kids activities, food trucks, music, entertainment, local talks and much more including interactive installations, activities and games, with a focus on celebrating local flora and fauna and promoting local entertainment and art.

As well as Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers, the Northern Rivers event will showcase local acts including Pink Zinc and The Palm Wine Ambassadors while kids will love Bunny Racket, and Spaghetti Circus Inc. Food trucks will also be on site all weekend showcasing local businesses and producers.

For those wanting to get further involved in their local area, community groups will have pop-ups and talks scheduled throughout the weekend. Groups attending include Rainforest Rescue, Byron Bird Buddies, North Coast Regional Landcare Network, WIRES Northern Rivers, Zero Emissions Byron, Surfing NSW, Friends of the Koalas and COREM.

Families, Members and individuals can register to attend the free weekend-long festival at www.mynrma.com.au/tour. Details for the six festivals are:

  1. Northern Rivers North Byron Parklands 29 February - 1 March
  2. Tamworth Bicentennial Park 14-15 March
  3. Kiama Black Beach Reserve 4-5 April
  4. Wagga Wagga Apex Park 18-19 April
  5. Queanbeyan Showgrounds 2-3 May
  6. Parramatta Parramatta Park 6-7 June

NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund said the company’s Centenary road trip celebration was about showcasing the best the state had to offer and to encourage a boost in regional tourism.

“When the NRMA conceived its Bright Futures tour 12 months ago the idea was to use our Centenary as a platform to support regional areas affected by drought – nobody foresaw the devastating bushfire season that lay ahead,” Mr Lund said.

“The motivation behind these events is now more critical than ever. We want people to get in the car and join the NRMA for our road trips celebrations. Bring the family and while you’re there spend some money in the local communities.

“Crucially, we hope our Bright Futures tour will be the motivation for Australians to book a domestic holiday or go on a road trip this year and visit some of these remarkable destinations. These communities are fighting to rebuild. They need our help and the best way to support them is by booking a local holiday.” 

The 12th Annual Mullum Music Festival (2019)

2019 Mullum Music Festival, 14 Venues, over 80 Artists and a whole town full of music, arts and love... Throughout the township of Mullumbimby, NSW.

Stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. 

Plus street parade, workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

You can stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. This is an inclusive festival for everyone from 2 to 82.

Plus workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

14-17 November. Full detail, lineup, playing schedule and tickets available at www.mullummusicfestival.com.

Espresso Cocktail Festival at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Espresso Festival is back and we are losing our beans with excitement! Come and get edgy at The Balcony, celebrating all things espresso for the first two weeks of October. 

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will be shaking $12 Espresso Martini’s all day everyday and have a specialty espresso inspired cocktail menu available for all those keen to Espresso Yo’self!

Do you prefer your coffee in a martini glass? Well then get down here and brew it up with us on our Balcony.

1 - 15 October
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Cnr Jonson & Lawson Street Byron Bay

 

MORNING MOONSHINE
coffee infused bulleit bourbon, orange infused raw sugar syrup, cold brew coffee ice cube

IRISH AIRHEAD
jameson, demerara syrup, orange bitters, coffee, baileys foam

CAPTAIN MARSHMALLOW
marshmallow infused bam bam rum, butterscotch liqueur, coffee & cinnamon syrup

HONEYPOT FIZZ
vanilla infused vodka, carters coffee liqueur, honey syrup, cold brew coffee, honeycomb gelato

COCONUT CAPPUCCINO
coconut fat-washes vodka, licor 43, coconut sorbet, vanilla syrup, cold brew coffee, aquafaba

BLACK SWAN
grey goose vodka cold drip infused with rwandan single origin coffee, served as a martini with a lemon foam

NEW, one-day immersive Stone & Wood Brew Experience

There those who enjoy a good beer – and then there are those who want to dive head-first into beer education, history and brewing. It’s no surprise that many Stone & Wood drinkers sit within this second category!

Great news for you guys: you now have the opportunity to get your hands dirty behind the scenes at the Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay!

The Stone & Wood Brew Experience is an all-day immersion that invites those seeking a deeper understanding of beer and the brewing industry to an all-inclusive day of brewing a Stone & Wood all-year or one of our Pilot Batch beers.

With groups limited to four pax and guided by two Stone & Wood crew members, participants also enjoy a brewery tour, Cicerone-guided sensory training, tastings poured straight from the tank and casual information sessions on our story and approach to conscious business.

Besides the hands-on brewing activities, packages include transfer from Byron Bay CBD, breakfast, lunch at the brewery’s canteen, beers throughout the day and a pub crawl through Byron town, plus an exclusive merch pack when you finish up.

Priced at $350 per person, the Stone & Wood Brew Experience runs every fortnight.

Further detail + bookings via the website www.stoneandwood.com.au/spend-the-day-as-a-stone-wood-brewer/

2019 Sample Food Festival re-cap

Perfect spring weather for a full day sampling all the food, produce, markets, demos and entertainment at the annual Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds early September.

Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates. The 2019 Golden Fork awards went to Koobideh who took out the best $5 tasting plate for their Persian Meatballs and to Federal Doma Cafe who were awarded best $10 tasting plate for their Wood fire grilled lamb spareribs.

"The biggest thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Sample Food Festival such a wonderful day, our chefs creativity and skill, our passionate producers and stallholders, our phenomenal restaurants, our eager and curious guests, our talented artists, our knowledge sharing workshop facilitators, our talented & tireless entertainers, our friendly and diverse visitors, our kind and patient neighbours, our exceptional designers, our hardworking and supportive suppliers, our tireless team, our generous family and our beautiful friends. Thank you for spending your Saturday with us."

Rose Taylor, Sample Food Events

Next year Sample Food Festival is on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

Spring School Holidays in Byron

Making plans for the October School Holidays in Byron Bay (QLD 20 Sept - 8 Oct 2019 / NSW 30 Sept - 11 Oct 2019)? Spring is a beautiful time to come to Byron Bay and enjoy some bonding time outdoors as a family. And there is no shortage of exciting options to keep everyone happy and healthy these school holidays. Here’s a few suggestions.

Explore Nature

Get out on The Farm with the kids and learn some new skills by participating in one of the many workshops available during the school holidays. Get the kids moving and enjoying the sunshine by walking the Cape Byron Walking Trail. Don’t forget to look out for whales or even better get the kids up close and personal with the whales on a whale watching tour. Get back to nature at one of the many stunning bush walks and waterfalls around Byron. Another great option that kids will love is a workshop with Brunswick Bush School, held in Brunswick Heads. While in Brunswick, check out the very popular, Fairy Trail.

Get Active

Take advantage of the perfect Spring weather and get active outdoors. How about a surf lesson for the whole family or just a paddle in the water at any one of Byron Bay’s gorgeous beaches.  Another way to enjoy the Byron coastline is to go horse riding on the beach. If you prefer not to get wet, why not get the kids into a skateboarding workshop with Byron Bay Skate School or a Circus Arts class.

Enjoy the Show

The Byron Theatre and The Brunswick Picture House both host some entertaining shows especially for kids over the school holidays. No holiday is complete without seeing the latest kids movie on the big screen. Byron Bay is fortunate to have a beautiful new cinema right in town, head over to Palace Cinema to see what’s on these school holidays.

Family Friendly Accommodation

With all these amazing activities to experience, you need more than just one day to fit everything in. Plan to come for a few days or even a couple of weeks. There is plenty of family-friendly accommodation in and around Byron Bay.

FALLS FESTIVAL 2019/20 LINE-UP IS HERE!

As the clock explodes on #NYE2019 wrapping up this tumultuous, nameless decade and slingshotting us all into a brand new set of Roaring Twenties, there could be no better place to be than arm-in-arm with your best friends, surrounded by Australia’s vast natural beauty and tuned in to some of the world’s greatest music!

Falls Festival: ever changing, forever reliable and bringing you the best upcoming talent from around the globe, will once again provide exclusive access to this Antipodean Utopia, pulling together four of the year’s biggest outdoor parties in the stunning surrounds of Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle.

FALLS FESTIVAL 2019/20 
 
HALSEY (ONLY AUS SHOWS) • VAMPIRE WEEKEND • DISCLOSURE • PEKING DUK • OF MONSTERS AND MEN • PNAU • LEWIS CAPALDI • MILKY CHANCE • JOHN FARNHAM • BANKS (ONLY AUS SHOWS) • DOPE LEMON • VERA BLUE • YUNGBLUD • G FLIP • CROOKED COLOURS • PARCELS • THELMA PLUM • #1 DADS • WAAX • BAKER BOY • PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS • AMYL & THE SNIFFERS • THE JAPANESE HOUSE • PINK SWEAT$ • GOOD DOOGS • CXLOE • TOTTY
 
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS APPEARING AT
 
BYRON BAY: TASH SULTANA
LORNE: WHAT SO NOT
MARION BAY: WOLFMOTHER
FREMANTLE: MATT CORBY
 
+ LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Leading the charge in 2019/20 will be newly minted pop royalty and recent Rolling Stone cover megastar Halsey (for her only Australian shows!), NYC’s hugely important hit making heroes hot off the back of new album Father Of The Bride Vampire Weekend, English house icons Disclosure with their massive hits ‘Latch’, ‘Omen’ and latest banger ‘Talk’, plus super fun pop legends come stage slaying stars Peking Duk!

Add these huge names to a tectonic first announce which includes plenty more irresistible fruit, including those joyous Icelandic architects of anthem Of Monsters And Men, future hall of famers and festival masters Pnau with their slew of #1 dance-floor starters ‘Chameleon’, ‘Go Bang’ and ‘Changes’, multi-platinum British lung buster / heartbreaker fresh from his famous Glastonbury set Lewis Capaldi, smooth German hook guru’s Milky Chance and downright dazzling LA alt-pop Queen BANKS.

There’ll even be a special appearance from Whispering Jack himself as the one and only John Farnham shows us all a thing or two in his first appearance on Falls’ hallowed stages. Look for his rendition of ‘You’re The Voice’ to sit right next to Daryl Braithwaite’s 2017 performance of ‘Horses’ in the pantheon of magical Falls moments.

Also dropping in for single shows are Falls’ signature guests! Tash Sultana (appearing as our special guest in Byron Bay) will be showcasing the multi instrumental talents that have made her an international star; What So Not taking his humungous live show to Lorne; Matt Corby arriving on-stage fresh from the release of last year’s breathtaking Rainbow Valley and appearing on the Fremantle leg; popping up in Marion Bay – the crater creating riffs of the untouchable Wolfmother.

After introducing a beefed-up arts program last year which included all manner of performances, activations, installations and curiosities strewn throughout the sites of each stop, Falls will again level up in 2019/20. This year, as every year, organisers will expand in scope as they simultaneously narrow their focus to provide each punter with the best possible festival experience. From humble beginnings in Lorne 27 years ago, Falls has grown to become the absolute gold standard of Australian festivals. Thousands flock to famous coastal locations to enjoy a New Year’s filled with camping, nature, music and unforgettable memories.

Tickets on Sale 9am, Wednesday 14 August (VISA pre-sale Monday 12 August)
Full details via the website www.fallsfestival.com

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2019 Splendour in the Grass one of the biggest and best yet!

It was all blue skies, big tunes and huge vibes at Splendour in the Grass 2019 as North Byron Parklands played host to a gigantic bill of music, art, craft, food, discussion and debate over three epic days.

Childish Gambino, image Claudia Ciapocha

“What a huge weekend! We want to say thanks to our Splendour Community for their ongoing enthusiasm and love for the event. We also want to say a massive thanks to Hilltop Hoods and their whole team for heading to Byron at such short notice and turning the Amphitheatre into a huge sing-a-long on Sunday night. It’s the crowd that makes Splendour so special so big love to you all! We’ll see you in 2020 for our 20th anniversary!”

- Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco

The festival site is always fun to explore, interact with, watch and listen... with plenty of tasty food and drinks to try. My pick for the performance of the 2019 Splendour goes to Childish Gambino - a full amphitheatre loving every minute of it.

I'm already looking forward to what will be in store for us next year when Splendour celebrates it's 20th anniversary in 2020! 

Wolfmother, image Charly Hardy

 

Foals, image Ian Laidlaw

 

Courtney Barnett, image Charlie Hardy

 

Sunday sunset, image Claudia Ciapocha

 

What So Not, image Mitchell Lowe

2019 BYRON BAY GUITAR FESTIVAL LINE UP

FRENZAL RHOMB + HARTS + THE DELTA RIGGS + NATHAN CAVALERI + CHRIS TAMWOY and more!!!

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on​ Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019​ at the Byron Bay Brewery​ for its third year.

Headlining is Aussie punk-rock royalty Frenzal Rhomb, guitar hero protege ​Harts, and The Delta Riggs who will have their much anticipated third album​ released in September.

Byron Bay Brewery will be turned into a guitarists heaven with performances and seminars by Torres Strait’s ‘Magic Fingers,’ Chris Tamwoy,​ industry legend​ Peter Northcote, bluesman​ Claude Hay​and Australian guitar icon Nathan Cavaleri​ who makes his return to the stage on the back of his​ Demons album tour.

There is something for all music lovers from soul and funk band​ The Soul Movers, international supergroup -​ The Sidemen,​ as well as local favorites​ Marshall O’Kell & The Fro, Minnie Marks​ and many more! Sunday will kick off with​ Bunny Racket for the little rockers and scheduled is a long list of family activities, hosted by Murray Cook (The Soul Movers/The Wiggles).

Produced by​ Byron Music, the event features 25+ live performances on two stages, as well as a ​Guitar Market showcasing some amazing instruments and craftsmanship from the world’s favourite manufacturers and Australia’s finest luthiers. There will be ​workshops and seminars presented by artists and manufacturers on both days.

Festival Director​ Nick Sergi says “The guitar is alive and well! We are celebrating an instrument that has truly revolutionsed music for over a century! In the digital age of music, we are still seeing the guitar as the principle songwriting tool for a new generation of artists. This year we are returning bigger and better again, with a diverse lineup that recognises both the legends and the new wave of guitar heroes.”

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival has been successful in bringing to the local community an accessible event embraced by artist and audience alike. In the past the festival has presented acts including the late great Phil Emmanuel, Ash Grunwald, British India, Kevin Borich, Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks ​and has had a strong emphasis in recognising and showcasing emerging talent as Tash Wolf and Taj Farrant.
 
Byron Bay Guitar Festival is an all ages event, and supports the charity Be Happy ​Music Club​. 

Full 2019 line up:
Frenzal Rhomb | Harts | The Delta Riggs | Nathan Cavaleri | Chris Tamwoy | The Soul Movers | The Sidemen | Marshall O’Kell & The Fro | Claude Hay | Creek | Stoker | Minnie Marks | The Fergies | Peter Northcote | Majelen | Nicole Brophy | Brave Gulf | Fergo & The Burden | Sarah Koppen | Bart Stenhouse | Soren Carlbergg Blues Band | Ben Jansz | ​Bunny Racket |​ special guest Murray Cook

General festival and Ticketing info:

The 3rd​ Annual Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019 
Venue: Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay
Tickets at: ​https://www.byronbayguitarfestival.com/ On sale: Tuesday 3 July 2018 (10am)
Early bird tickets are $50 for one day or $90 for two days + BF - limited allocation. Children under 12 - $5 on (Sunday only with adult).
Saturday all ticket holders at full admission prices.
Tickets ON SALE NOW and available at www.byronbayguitarfestival.com
 

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

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