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25th Ocean Swim Classic

The 25th Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic & Westpac Mini Swim, presented by the Byron Bay Winter Whales on Sunday 6th May 2012.

The Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic was first held in 1988 and has been running annually ever since. Starting out with a very small number of ocean swimmers, "swimming for charity", the Winter Whales Ocean Swim has now over 1700 regular participants and the numbers continue to rise every year.

A choice of two swims - The Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic and the shorter Westpac Mini Swim, both finishing at Main Bach Byron Bay. Both swims are along a buoyed course with ample water safety provided.

For further information, visit; www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au

Splendour in the Grass 2012 Event Poster

Dr Sketchys Anti-Art School Event Poster

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.

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

The Evolution of Light!

Celebrate the official launch of local artist and designer Asaf's latest designs, Luminary Light Sculptures! Zakay Glass Creations are celebrating his NEW collection of works and Zakay Glass Creations NEW website.

The Luminary series of lighting sculptures, are the result of Asaf Zakay's passion for capturing light for today and tomorrow. This collection of Luminary glass creations provides an ambience of feeling and timeless beauty.

Join Zakay Glass for live music, refreshments and some amazing Luminary light sculptures.

Friday 2nd December 5:30 til late!
Visit www.zakayglasscreations.com for further information.

Byron Arts Classic : Entry Form

'bringing art to the community and the community to art'

An exciting community art exhibition which showcases the diverse range of artwork from North Coast visual artists. The Byron Community Centre is transformed from top to bottom as it is filled with over 340 artworks from emerging and established visual artists. The Arts Classic aims to showcase the area's gifted artisans to the local community and to the many visitors from around the globe A capacity 500 people attended last year's opening and thousands came to view the artworks over the following 5 days. The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich 6-day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts.

Online entry's now open, visit Arts Classic Online Entry Form now.

Byron Arts Classic exhibition is open Friday 6 January – Wednesday 11 January at the Byron Community Centre

Byron Spirit Festival : Poster

Invigorate body, mind and soul at the 2012 Byron Spirit Festival.

For further information & tickets, visit; www.spiritfestival.com.au

Byron Latin Fiesta : Poster

4 - 6 November, Byron Bay

For more information visit; www.byronlatinfiesta.com

The Music Warehouse : Launch Party

The Official Launch Party Of The Opening Of The Music Warehouse
Saturday 15 October. from 8pm
3/10 Wollongbar Street, Byron Bay, Australia 2481

Byron Bays premier underground showcase music venue, a place for locals and their guests to come together, share, socialise and check out the amazing talent of The Bay.
A MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE + AWESOME AUDIO VISUAL SHOWCASE
Local Line up includes;

  • 8pm - ALTOWAVE : Chilled House ( Dj Set )
  • 9pm - ZAHLU AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF SOUND : Rock, Groove, Roots
  • 10pm - WUAYAKILLA : Upbeat Pop Rock
  • 12pm - THE DIRTY DROPOUTS : Progressive House, Trance
  • Lights and Visuals by Kelidascopic Chris
The bands will be recorded live and the evening videoed so come and be apart of history.

We are asking for a donation of $15.00 at the door to assist in paying the production team for their services so we can continue to hold more events in the future for the community and create a ongoing platform for artists to perform.

For further information visit; www.facebook.com/themusicwarehouse.

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