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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.

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

Byron Bay’s markets to be temporarily relocated

Byron Bay’s popular monthly community market and the weekly farmers market are to be temporarily relocated for six months while the Byron bypass is being constructed.

Byron Community markets move to the beachfront from 4 August 2019.

Byron Farmers markets move to the Cavanbah Centre starting 11 July 2019.

Locals and visitors who love the markets are urged to continue the great tradition of their monthly poke around artisan stalls or doing their weekly shop and buying amazing produce.

“Our markets are great cultural icons of our community and amazing economic incubators and all Councillors are strong supporters of the markets and the fabulous  businesses that trade there,” Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said.

The operators of both markets have been working closely with Council for months, trying to find alternative sites for the markets.

“Staff and market operators have gone through an exhaustive process to find temporary sites, on either Council-managed or private land, that will accommodate stall holders and visitors and the beachfront and Cavanbah Centre are seen to be the most viable venues available,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Certainly there are constraints with the beachfront location for the community market with traffic a key consideration and this is one thing we will be monitoring closely.

“Similarly there are aspects of the Cavanbah Centre that aren’t perfect for the farmers market including the move away from the town centre.

“But when you balance the constraints with cancellation of the markets for six months this is the best option.

“Market stalls are businesses providing regular incomes for people and families, many of them locals, and to cancel the markets would have a huge impact on their livelihoods.

“Change is difficult for people but this is only short-term so I am hoping that local residents and regular market goers will make a conscious decision to continue to support the markets, and the stall holders, as they have done for years,” Mayor Richardson said.

”Keep supporting, keep loving our markets and keep the tradition of a great experience alive,” he said.

The markets will move back to the Butler Street Reserve in February 2020.

Byron Writers Festival 2019 Full Program announcement

Three days with story creators and idea makers at Australia's largest regional literary event.

Byron Writers Festival 2019 (2-4 August) has revealed a powerful and inspiring program featuring more than 140 Australian and international speakers spanning fiction, memoir, crime, environment, society, politics, poetry, art, comedy and music. Festival audiences can enjoy more than 120 different sessions over three days at Elements of Byron Resort as well as writers’ workshops, a program for children and satellite events in venues across the Northern Rivers region. 

 

“Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage and change,” says Festival Director Edwina Johnson. “Now in its 23rd year, Byron Writers Festival embraces audiences and authors from far and wide for three unforgettable days that celebrate the power of words and storytelling, creating lasting memories for all who attend.”
 
Fiction
Fiction lovers will be delighted with a line-up that includes celebrated writers Markus Zusak (Bridge of Clay), Gail Jones (The Death of Noah Glass), Toni Jordan (The Fragments) and Jock Serong (Preservation). The impressive roll-call of award-winning novelists continues with Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Dominic Smith (The Electric Hotel), Tony Birch (The White Girl ) and Tara June Winch (The Yield). Master crime writer Michael Robotham and one of Australia’s most successful authors Di Morrissey will also feature in conversations with ABC TV’s Jennifer Byrne.
 
International Guests
International guests include former anti-mafia prosecutor and one of Italy’s best-selling crime authors Gianrico Carofiglio, PEN international president and Gun Love author Jennifer Clement, former LA Times war correspondent and author of Women’s Work  Megan K. StackNew York Times best-selling author of Pachinko Min Jin Leeand Indian poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi. Kurdish-Iranian refugee and award-winning author of No Friend But The Mountains Behrouz Boochani will appear via live stream from Manus Island where he has been detained since 2013. 
 
Revered UK academic and philosopher A.C. Grayling will deliver the annual Thea Astley Address on the The Crisis of Democracy. UK scientist Julia Shaw will unlock the intricacies of criminal psychology with Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side, US writer and musician Claire L. Evans will reveal an untold tale of women who made the internet with Broad Band and one of the world’s foremost experts on forest fires Stephen Pyne will share his vast knowledge of fire and environmental history.
 
Politics and Commentary
Former Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd (The PM Years) headlines a notable line-up of politicians that includes Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young (En Garde), former Greens senator Scott Ludlam and former leader of the Australian Democrats and founding chair of Our Watch Natasha Stott Despoja (On Violence).
 
Writers and revered commentators Stan Grant (Australia Day and On Identity), Kerry O’Brien (Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir), Peter Greste (The First Casualty) and Leigh Sales (Any Ordinary Day) will unpack the politics of the day as well as discuss their own books. 
 
True Stories
The 2019 Festival will enthral audiences with inspiring real-life stories from former World Vision CEO Tim Costello (A Lot with a Little), Roman Quaedvlieg whose explosive memoir Tour de Force outlines his journey from street cop to Australian Border Force chief, Vicki Laveau-Harvie whose blackly funny memoir of a dysfunctional family The Erractics won the 2019 Stella Prize and Caro Llewellyn with her powerful story of a world shattered and a life remade (Diving Into Glass). 
 
Carly Findlay (Say Hello) will challenge assumptions about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance and Phil Brown (The Kowloon Kid) and Andrew Stafford (Something To Believe In) will reveal how music has shaped their lives. Award-winning investigative journalists Kate McClymont (Dead Man Walking) and Matthew Condon (The Night Dragon) will thrill with tales of betrayal and corruption in the crime underworld.  
 
Social Issues
Clementine Ford (Boys Will Be Boys), Ginger Gorman (Troll Hunting), John Marsden (The Art of Growing Up), Gabbie Stroud (Teacher), David Gillespie (Teen Brain), Ranjana Srivastava (A Better Death) and Benjamin Law (Growing Up Queer in Australia) will lead important conversations about the issues we face in contemporary life. The ABC’s Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski and journalist Tracey Spicer are among the many popular presenters on hand to expertly host inspiring and compelling conversations with Festival guests.


Environment & Science
Leading writer on climate change, palaeontologist and conservationist Tim Flannery will discuss the first 100 million years of European history. Bruce Pascoe (Young Dark Emu), Alice Gorman (Dr Space Junk vs The Universe) and filmmaker Damon Gameau (2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration) will consider environmental solutions. The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans will bring gastronomic passion and forensic research to the question of how to be an ethical carnivore while Sophie CunninghamHarry Sadler and Lisa-ann Gershwin and will talk trees, birds and jellyfish. At the angular end of the Festival the wonderful Eddie Woo will crunch numbers with Adam Spencer in a session called Amazing Mathematics.
 
Art, Comedy, TV and Music
Celebrated Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens will join Bundjalung artist and writer Bronwyn Bancroft to share stories embedded in landscape. Comedians Hung Le (The Crappiest Refugee) and Mandy Nolan (Women Like Us) will ponder whether everything is up for grabs in comedy and Lambs of God author Marele Day will trace the book’s journey from the page to a major television series about to screen on Foxtel.
 
Byron Bay’s love affair with surfing and music combine with bluesman Ash Grunwald discussing his first book Surf by Day, Jam by Night – a collection of candid interviews he did with15 of the world’s top surfer–musicians including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Johnson. On Sunday audiences will then get to raise their own voices in communal song with Shire Choir, a rousing Festival closer. 
 
Kids and Families
On Sunday, the Kids Big Day Out program is full of fun and creativity guaranteed to ignite the imaginations of children and young readers. On hand to entertain and delight are author and illustrator Alison LesterTony FlowersMorris GleitzmanJohn FlanaganMaxine Beneba ClarkeZoe and Georgia Norton Lodge and Isobelle Carmody among many others.
 
Satellite Events
The Festival has partnered with venues throughout the region to present an exciting range of Satellite Events including a literary breakfast with Clementine Ford at Harvest Newrybar, a performance with Ailsa Piper at Lismore Regional Gallery, conversations with Dominic Smith at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tim Costello at The Byron at Byron and Matthew Evans at the Beach Hotel, as well as the Byron heat of The Australian Poetry Slam at Byron Library.
 
Sunday Locals Tickets
Residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas can access special $80 Sunday Locals Tickets, supported by Stone & Wood. Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. Sunday Locals Tickets are a limited offer and will be available until sold out. Regular priced 3-Day and 1-Day Passes are also available.
 
Byron Writers Festival 2019 takes place 2-4 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron Resort. For the full program and tickets visit www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival.
 

Byron Writers Festival 2019
Festival Dates: 2-4 August 2019
www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival

 

2019 Writers and Presenters

Nicole Abadee, Sarah Armstrong, Amal Awad, Sunil Badami, Bronwyn Bancroft, Paul Barclay, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tony Birch, John Birmingham, Jesse Blackadder, Paul Bongiorno, Behrouz Boochani, Phil Brown, Jennifer Byrne, Barbara Carmichael, Isobelle Carmody, Gianrico Carofiglio, Gabrielle Chan, Melanie Cheng, Jennifer Clement, Matthew Condon, Maddison Connaughton, Tim Costello, Sophie Cunningham, Marele Day, Karla Dickens, Tishani Doshi, Jill Eddington, Sara El Sayed, Russell Eldridge, Claire L. Evans, Matthew Evans, Richard Fidler, Carly Findlay, John Flanagan, Tim Flannery, Tony Flowers, Clementine Ford, Karen Foxlee, Antony Funnell, Damon Gameau, Simi Genzuik, Lisa-ann Gershwin, David Gillespie, Morris Gleitzman, Alice Gorman, Ginger Gorman, Stan Grant, A.C. Grayling, Peter Greste, Ash Grunwald, Chris Hanley, Sarah Hanson-Young, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Jess Hill, Chloe Hooper, Shep Huntly, Daniel James, Zacharey Jane, Erik Jensen, Gail Jones, Toni Jordan, Sarah Kanowski, Samia Khatun, Sarah Lambert, Christina Larmer, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Benjamin Law, Hung Le, Angela Ledgerwood, Debbie Lee, Min Jin Lee, David Leser, Alison Lester, S.L. Lim, Caro Llewellyn, Zanni Louise, Melissa Lucashenko, Scott Ludlam, William MacNeil, Alex Mankiewicz, John Marsden, Kate McClymont, Phillipa McGuinness, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Rosemarie Milsom, Evelyn Ida Morris, Di Morrissey, Rick Morton, Sisonke Msimang, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Joanna Nell, Mandy Nolan, Georgia Norton Lodge, Zoë Norton Lodge, Patrick Nunn, Kerry O'Brien, Kristina Olsson, Mick O'Regan, Bruce Pascoe, Mark Pesce, Ailsa Piper, Helen Pitt, Stephen Pyne, Roman Quaedvlieg, Hannie Rayson, Michael Robotham, Kevin Rudd, Harry Saddler, Omar Sakr, Leigh Sales, Margot Saville, Julianne Schultz, Nathan Scolaro, Jock Serong, Julia Shaw, Joanne Shoebridge, Adam Shoemaker, Dominic Smith, Jeff Sparrow, Adam Spencer, Tracey Spicer, Ranjana Srivastava, Megan K. Stack, Andrew Stafford, David Stavanger, Jason Stephens, Natasha Stott Despoja, Gabbie Stroud, Adam Suckling, Mark Swivel, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Omid Tofighian, Barbara Toner, Kate Veitch, Michael Veitch, Don Watson, Peter Watt, Jessica White, Debbie Whitmont, Michael Williams, Geordie Williamson, Tara June Winch, Eddie Woo, Clare Wright, Nevo Zisin, Markus Zusak.

Stone & Wood’s 2019 Festival of the Stone

FESTIVAL OF THE STONE TO TAKEOVER STONE & WOOD’S NEW BREWERY ON JUNE LONG WEEKEND

As the first-ever event inside the space, Festival of the Stone 2019 will take over Stone & Wood’s new brewery in Byron Bay on Saturday 8 June from 3.00pm til 10.00pm with live bands, food trucks and fresh beer. 

As part of the independent brewery’s biggest annual beer and music festival fundraiser, Stone & Wood is soon to reveal an exciting music line-up, with bands like Kingswood, Polish Club, Last Dinosaurs and Tropical Zombie playing at past events. 

Opened in December 2018 with a greater capacity than the former brewery, the new Stone & Wood brewery and Tasting Room will accommodate the biggest Festival of the Stone to date, with food trucks, their Malt Disney kids’ area and beers pouring from their dedicated beer truck and Troopie, Clyde and Trevor. 

The Music

Melbourne-based songwriter Alex Lahey played an epic gig at last year’s Splendour in the Grass following her triple j Unearthed success, while her album I Love You Like A Brotherlanded on several ‘albums of the year’ lists around the country. Energetic, super fun and with a new album, The Best of Luck Club, under her belt, we’re stoked to welcome Alex to Festival of the Stone!

With her ethereal voice and funky neo-jazz electronica, artist and producer Alice Ivy has supported major international acts including Foster the People, Billie Eilish and Flight Facilities, and has performed at our favourite festivals around the country, including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Her dreamy tracks will set the ultimate backdrop to a starry festival night.

Local favourite soul queen Lisa Hunt – who’s worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Tina Arena and Macy Gray – will also light up the stage with her soaring vocals and funk and soul tracks. Once a closing act for Byron Bay Bluesfest, Lisa makes light work of pulling people onto the floor.

Also on the line-up is the 28-man ‘Russian’ choir from Mullumbimby, Dustyesky, who came together as a group with a love of vodka and Russian folk music, and later became a national Russian news story. Meanwhile, besides a few live DJs, there’ll be rock n’ roll for the young ones with the head-banging Bunny Racket.

Besides the music, we’ll have beer pouring from our beer truck Clyde and Troopie Trevor, food trucks Gunter’s Flammkuchen, Pocket Curries, Spice Pirate BBQ and Zicatela serving up delicious meals and our dedicated kids area Malt Disney complete with entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.
 

A family-friendly community event, last year the Festival raised $17,000 for Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit the inGrained Foundation, which it donated to Northern Rivers-based Big Scrub Landcare. This year, all event profits will again go to the inGrained Foundation for donation to a local charity, yet to be announced. 

General tickets go on sale Thursday 16 May at 9.00am ($45 +BF) through Eventbrite, which includes a tasting of Stone & Wood’s seasonal limited Stone Beer. Ticket sales contribute to the donation amount for the chosen local charity.

For Festival of the Stone news and updates, readers are encouraged to visit www.stoneandwood.com.au and check Stone & Wood’s socials

 

Bluesfest 2019, the Year of Artist Collaborations!

The artists sang their hearts out, the crowds went wild and there were happy festival vibes all around Over 100,000 revellers flocked to Byron Bay to get blown away by acts like Iggy PopTash Sultana, David Gray, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones and Ocean Alley.

“Our 30th was just wonderful’ said Peter Noble, Festival Director of Bluesfest who in their 30 years has become the most highly awarded festival in Australian show business history. He added “We tried some new things and it seems they really worked! Jack White’s The Saboteurs were absolutely brilliant. There were more great Australian artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Russell Morris, incomparable Kasey Chambers and more including original Australians Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Baker Boy, Mission Song, Mojo Juju and many more.

Our new artists playing the festival for the first time who have create a new home in Australia include Deva Mahal, Larkin Poe, the Marcus King Band, I’m With Her, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson East as well as Jack White with his band the Saboteurs, the incredible Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf and so many more delighted our audience. Of course, the headliners were loved and the return of both Ben Harper and Jack Johnson were major moments. The list is never ending. But I would like to take a moment to hail Melody Angel who is emerging as a bonafide star at Bluesfest and we expect to see major things for her, just like Lukas Nelson! Our audience is telling us what a great time they are having, and the truth is, we just want to do it all over again!”.

As we get ready to turn out the lights and switch off after a whopper 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Bluesfest team is truly amazed by the spirit and vibe the crowd and artists create in Byron Bay year on year. It really is something special. With a crowd of over 105,000 over the five-day event which celebrated its’ 30th Anniversary in great fashion like no other with numerous artist collaborations including Mavis Staple & Ben Harper, Kasey Chambers brought Ben Harper and the Veronicas on stage with her for her 30th.

Mavis Staples & Ben Harper’s performance on Saturday afternoon.
Kasey Chambers who brought on Ben Harper, The War & Treaty, Tommy Emmanuel and the Veronicas for special guest performances.
Ben Harper brought Kasey Chambers and Jack Johnson on stage.
Gary Clark Jr. brought Lukas Nelson and Marcus King on stage.
Lukas Nelson brought Leesa from Hussy Hicks on stage for their rendition of ‘Shallow’.
Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project brought Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Baker Boy, Mojo Juju and Indigenous dancers including Rako and Malu Kiai Mura Buai on stage with them for their Bluesfest performances.
Jack Johnson headlined Sunday night and brought Lukas Nelson, Gary Clark Jr. and Paula Fuga on stage for collaborations.
George Clinton ft. Parliament Funkadelic brought Little Steven on stage for their performance.
Colin Hay brought Chris Tamwoy on stage for his set at Bluesfest this year!
Melbourne Ska Orchestra got Allen Stone’s drummer, Jason Holt up for a solo.
RozkWiz brought on Casey Donovan & Ian Moss.

As always, the Boomerang Festival precinct was the heart and soul of Bluesfest and home to dozens of inspiring performances from artists including Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Dallas Woods, Benny Walker and many others. Not forgetting Baker Boy who drew crowds in their thousands to his performance on Friday afternoon. It ended on Sunday afternoon with a powerful Closing Ceremony with artists from across the festival coming together to perform dances, chants and traditional calls form the nations represented to celebrate the beauty and sacred power of First Nations people from Australia and across the world. Festival Director, Rhoda Roberts said “Boomerang had a spirit this year that resonated across the Bluesfest site, from the eclectic line up of First Nations music, to the dance, story and workshops. There truly was something for everyone”.

The Busking Competition was won by Gold Coast’s Electrik Lemonade. The merry band of funklords play a repertoire of Funk, Hip-Hop, Blues, Soul and Dance music, we’re stoked to see what they go on to do in the future. The annual Cystic Fibrosis guitar raffle raised over $60,000 on site with winners of the signed guitars being announced from the stage on Monday night.

Bluesfest in Numbers; Five days, five stages, 88 Artists, 150+ performances, Over 105,000 attendees.

For more information check out bluesfest.com.au

2019 Harvest Festival

The 2019 Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival is all about connecting people with real food on real farms. The Festival provides locals and visitors with an opportunity to sample fresh and beautifully prepared food by renowned local chefs, hear how it is grown and pay homage to our much loved local food producers!

In 2019 we’re excited to be expanding the Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival to a 12 day celebration – with an Opening Event at the soon-to-be opened Husk Distillers at North Tumbulgum, our inaugural Harvest Autumn Fair at the North Byron Parklands and the return of our Harvest Trail.

Between these key events, Northern Rivers Food members will be showcasing a series of local food tours, dinners and food experiences, from paddock to plate and seed to flower!

Highlights of the 2019 Harvest Festival include:

  • Opening Event – Husk Farm Distillery At North Tumbulgum – Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Farms & Foodies Bus Tour – Friday 26 April 2019
  • Northern Rivers Food Harvest Autumn Fair – North Byron Parklands – Saturday 27 April 2019
  • Breweries & Distilleries Bus Tour – Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Fundamentals Of Cheese-Making With Kat Harvey – Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Barrio’s Slinging Plates Dinner – Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Nelly Le Comte Food Photography And Social Media Workshop – Thursday 2 May 2019
  • The Spotted Pig’s Year Of The Pig Dinner – Friday 3 May 2019
  • Brookfarm Long Table Orchard Breakfast – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School’s Cooking Class – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Taverna Harvest Luncheon – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Open Table Cooking School’s Moroccan Banquet Cooking Class – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Bombay Cricketer’s Club Harvest Luncheon – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Harvest Market Day At Mavis’s Kitchen & Cabins – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Northern Rivers Food Harvest Trail – Across The Northern Rivers – Saturday 4 And Sunday 5 May 2019

 

The Harvest Festival is operated by Northern Rivers Food, a not for profit, industry body run by the people who are putting their heart and soul into marketing and developing food businesses from Grafton to Tweed. The Harvest Festival is the key fundraiser of Northern Rivers Food each year, all proceeds are directed back into NRF to be used to help promote and market the Northern Rivers food industry.

Further information and tickets avaiable at www.northernriversfood.org.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

The 19th annual Splendour in the Grass returns to its forever home at North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July, serving up one of the biggest and boldest music and arts moments to hit your calendar in 2019.

Look what we’re whippin’ up! Over 100 of the world’s most exciting, provocative and seminal musicians alongside a crew of revered homegrown talent will descend upon Splendour in the Grass to light up the Amphitheatre, Mix Up, GW McLennan and Tiny Dancer stages this winter. Rap royalty and hip-hop heavyweights collide with boundary breaking rockers, RnB bosses and psychedelic visionaries. You want it? Splendour’s team of 2019 has got it.
 
Take off into the Splendour universe and you’ll uncover so much more than music. A cosmos of cool, crazy and captivating adventures awaits you at North Byron Parklands…
 
Discover underground sounds and bass-heavy jams at THE TIPI FOREST! Play amongst the tipis and let the best purveyors of the drop keep you moving as psychedelic lightscapes transform the world around you.
 
Jump ship to THE GLOBAL VILLAGE, where you can sip on kombucha or spicey chai, foresee the future with a tarot card reading, indulge in a massage or limber up pre-mosh with a yoga class! Leave the passport at home but be sure to make your way to THE WORLD STAGE to hear diverse sounds from all corners of the globe.
 
Save your podcasts for the daily commute and instead hear from some of the most provocative and forward-thinking humans around at SPLENDOUR FORUM, which returns for another home run of inspiring and thought-provoking talks and panels in 2019. Then, take a load off at THE COMEDY CLUB, as some seriously sassy comedians serve you up a fresh bowl of LOLs each evening.
 
Flex the left side of your brain in THE SCIENCE TENT. Back for another explosive year in 2019, prepare to go full mad professor as you dive into a world of mind-blowing talks, revelations and experiments.
 
Relax and un-twine at SPLENDOUR IN THE CRAFT! Splendour’s home of hot glue guns and eco-glitter is back with a series of hands-on workshops where you can flex your makin’ muscles. Take some time out from the tunes to hang with some of Australia’s premier craft freedom fighters at a series unique making moments.
 
Just here for the snacks? Check out the three food halls dotted around the site, or The Truck Stop, where punters can rest up and enjoy a delectable array of street-style eats designed to satisfy any craving. Wanna get on the sauce? Whether you’re after a beer, a bloody Mary or a bubbly, there’s myriad watering holes dotted around the site to be discovered!
 
If you made it to Splendour 2018, you probably ‘grammed the shit out of Cool Shit’s inflatable Snoop Dogg Hot Dogs or got down and dirty with The Cleaners art installation. More boundary-bending SPLENDOUR ART is waiting to be uncovered this year, including the Amish Barn like you’ve never seen it before!
 
From the sandpit to the moshpit, Splendour in the Grass has the whole tribe sorted when it comes to living your best festival family life. LITTLE SPLENDOUR is the ultimate pint-sized festival playground, designed for the young and young at heart! There’s DJ Skool, workshops, rock climbing and dress ups galore and a babysitting service so you can catch a break! And when it’s time to hit the hay, The Meadow is the place to go! Splendour’s designated family friendly campground is tucked away from the rest of the campers so you won’t have Darren the wannabe DJ dropping bangers when you’re ready to hit the hay.

This year we have some exciting new ticketing options on offer that we hope will provide more flexibility around your Splendour experience. In line with other major music festivals around the globe, and to help make the festival accessible to as many music lovers as possible, Splendour punters will now be able to purchase tickets on a payment plan. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions before you purchase.
 
And if you’re up for living the high life then Splendour’s new VIP Village is going to be your festival home away from home. Check the website for more details about how to do Spendour 2019 in style!

When it’s time to recharge the battery, camping onsite is your ticket to the full Splendour experience and we have a variety of options available. The camping area closest to the event site is vehicle free but you can camp with your wheels in other areas. For the time being you only need to purchase your event and camping ticket. You’ll be able to choose where you want to park your rig when vehicle passes go on sale.
 
Onsite camping is available for up to 5 nights, with early entry into the campgrounds available from Wednesday 17 July, so bunk in for an easy and affordable way to experience Splendour. Travelling from afar and not keen to lug your tent? Pack light and book yourself into Flash Camp, Tent City or Byron Bay Camping Hire. Bringing the kids? The Meadow, our family friendly campground is the place for you!
 
If you’re being dropped off at the festival each day, please be sure to use the drop off points inside the venue only. Tweed Valley Way and the Pacific Highway are no-go zones, please be safe and stay off busy roads.
 
The 2019 Splendour app is now available to download or update. Head here for iPhone and Android.

Alright, alright. Get ready to spend your Splendour weekend with:
 
CHANCE THE RAPPER · TAME IMPALA · CHILDISH GAMBINO · SZA
FOALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN · JAMES BLAKE · SANTIGOLD (EXCLUSIVE) · THE LUMINEERS · THE STREETS · RUSS · WHAT SO NOT · COURTNEY BARNETT · WARPAINT · MYSTERY OZ ACT · MATT CORBY · WOLF ALICE · FRIENDLY FIRES · BROODS · DEAN LEWIS · FIDLAR · COSMO’S MIDNIGHT · MEG MAC · ZIGGY ALBERTS ·
HAYDEN JAMES · DAVE · DOPE LEMON · DERMOT KENNEDY · ALLDAY & FRIENDS · LITTLE SIMZ · THE RUBENS · MARIBOU STATE · WINSTON SURFSHIRT · TYCHO · POND · THE TESKEY BROTHERS · JACOB BANKS · WOLFMOTHER · TROPICAL F*CK STORM · KYLE HALL · LOCAL NATIVES · MANSIONAIR · ODETTE · RUBY FIELDS · MIKE SERVITO · LAST DINOSAURS · THELMA PLUM · TROPHY EYES · HARVEY SUTHERLAND (DJ SET) · K.FLAY · SAM FENDER · SLAVES (EXCLUSIVE) · PUB CHOIR · SEB WILDBLOOD ·
THE BETHS · SET MO · HATCHIE · HONNE · KWAME · THE NUDE PARTY · NATHAN MICAY · SLOWLY SLOWLY · PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS · KIAN · KENJI TAKIMI ·
DEAR SEATTLE · CHARLY BLISS · KAIIT · PHONY PPL · A SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS ·
THE MIDNIGHT · CHANNEL TRES · PIST IDIOTS · MORMOR · SUZANNE KRAFT · ERTHLINGS · TELEPHONES · MOANING LISA · THANDI PHOENIX · DJ NETT ·
WAX’O PARADISO · ANDY GARVEY · TYNE-JAMES ORGAN · LASTLINGS · MERVE · JENNIFER LOVELESS · NOISE IN MY HEAD · SKIN ON SKIN · REBEL YELL ·
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS. PLUS NINAJIRACHI · BODY PROMISE ·
DONALD’S HOUSE · CASUAL CONNECTION · DJ KLASIK · CLOSE COUNTERS (DJ SET) · MERPH · DAMEEEELA · LEX DELUXE

 
TICKETS ON SALE
9am sharp AEST on Thursday 11 April through moshtix.com.au  
or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2019 TICKET PRICES
3 Day Event Ticket - $415 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village 3 Day Event Ticket - $799 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Single Day Tickets - $185 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village Single Day Ticket - $349 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket - $135 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket – Family Campground - $135 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Green Offset - $3 per ticket
 
Visa Checkout, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal only. All prices include GST. 
All prices are stated and transactions processed in AUD.
 
#SITG2019 VISA PRESALE
Want access to the exclusive Visa #SITG2019 presale?
Head to visacheckout.com.au to register and set your alarm for 9am Wednesday 10 April! Plus, every #SITG2019 3 Day Event Ticket purchased using Visa Checkout goes into the draw to win a VIP Gold Pass upgrade!

TRANSPORT & VEHICLE PASSES
Shuttle services will run between surrounding locations including Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Kingscliff and North Byron Parklands.
 
To manage traffic and create a greener event, we will again be implementing a vehicle pass system that will encourage carpooling, please sign up to our newsletter and stay tuned to our website for more details.

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