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The 2018 Byron Bay Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival runs from October 12-21 at the Byron Community Centre and venues in Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah. The BBFF2018 program and tickets – including 6, 10 or 20-ticket flexi-passes – can be booked online at BBFF.com.au.

The full program for the Byron Bay Film Festival is now available online, introducing a stellar showcase of over 155 films, including 21 documentaries, 15 dramatic features, 20 music videos and 68 shorts as well as an extensive selection of Virtual Reality experiences.

Chosen from nearly 1000 submitted works, the selection reflects the progressive, relaxed, yet engaged ethos of the idyllic coastal town, where surfing, the environment, music, art, health and social activism are key concerns of everyday life.
 
This year the span reaches from the surf off Sierra Leone to the limpid waters of Hawaii’s Kauai Island, from the smoggy bustle of downtown Manila to the infinitely clear and silent skies that dominate the night in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
 
Absorbing documentaries explore the hidden world of the internet’s “content moderators”, the ever expanding role of Artificial Intelligence in our lives, two very different ground-breaking Japanese artists, young Buddhist monks, and how dogs can help us to lead saner lives. The late Rob Stewart’s courageous inquiry into the horrific shark finning industry has particular relevance for the North Coast.
 
Local and talented young Australian documentary filmmakers are prominent alongside their international peers, with stimulating studies of men’s mental health, obsessive pop fandom, the importance of Aboriginal culture, and the crisis in the Kimberley – and the Latrobe Valley.
 
A standout film is Dying to Live from Frackman director Richard Todd, which looks searchingly at Australians’ seeming reluctance to donate their organs for transplant.
 
There are also Australian-made dramas showing that will launch their directors, writers and actors onto the world stage, although some, such as the creator of Jirga, Benjamin Gilmour, are there already, following the film’s sensational reception at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. The Byron screening is a sneak preview before Jirga has its theatrical release, and will be presented in person by Gilmour – now a Byron Shire resident.
 
Other dramas range from dark and almost surreal comedies from Latvia and Iran, romances blossoming within war zones (and an abattoir), and adventures from the Arctic to the south of France. A supernatural thriller, The School, is another product of a Byron Shire team. 


 
The festival also has what is perhaps Australia’s most comprehensive offering of virtual and augmented reality experiences on offer, plus workshops, panels, parties, and even a breath work meditation with visual accompaniment.
 
It’s a 10-day extravaganza of entertainment, learning and fun –Byron Bay’s most colourful and glamorous cultural event – and everyone is invited. Visit the website www.bbff.com.au and their Facebook Page for further details and tickets.

The Mullum Music Festival

From humble beginnings, the picturesque village of Mullumbimby has hosted the Mullum Music Festival (MMF) since its inception in 2008.

Nestled amongst the surrounding mountains in the Byron Bay hinterland, this diverse community of just over 3000 people has embraced this very different type of music event. The last decade has seen more than 600 world-class artists and thousands of people make their way to the festival, not bad for a little festival that started on the night of the electrical storm of the decade.

"The street parade kicks off the final day of a festival which shares a Shire with some of the country's biggest. Bluesfest, Splendour In The Grass and Falls all run around here, but it's Mullum Fest which is truly the jewel in this area's crown."- Rolling Stone

Over the past decade Mullum Music Festival has evolved into one of the most successful boutique festivals in the country, proving small isn't just beautiful, it's also economically & environmental sustainable.

No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a ‘No hassle’ festival. A festival where artists and performers mingle, where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents, and instead of driving hours to park in a field and trudge on site, patrons become enmeshed in the spirit of a vibrant village.

“It’s a great feeling returning to the usually sleepy township of Mullumbimby … It’s a beautiful, restful place any time you drop by, but you know that for one weekend a year it’s transformed into a vibrant mecca of music and community, and during that window there’s no better place to be.” - The Music

The town’s array of boutique performance spaces, cafés, parks, buses and streets are filled with some of the world’s finest international musicians alongside the regions incredibly diverse and talented artists.

"It’s not just about one act, but rather all the performers. Mullum Festival is about the experience. Everyone knows that. It’s all about the people. All of the people. Everyday People!” says Festival Director Glenn Wright

The 2018 event takes place November 15-18, for full details and tickets visit www.mullummusicfestival.com.

Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk

SEPT 28TH - 2ND OCT 2018 

Over 50 nationally recognised artists installing works in the unique landscape of Brunswick Heads N.S.W.

The 'Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk' invites nationally recognised artists to present works from the popular to the conceptually demanding.

Providing much needed opportunities for regional artists to engage with community and offer workshops and mentoring by interstate and local artists across different regions and states.

Visitors can engage with a range of sculptures and participate in art and environment workshops, guided tours and information from local environment groups such as Byron Bird Buddies, Landcare and Dune Care specialists.

Connecting Artists and Community through sculpture in the environment where all 'play a part & all like to play'. Workshops with artists, students and community, learn more at www.brunswicknaturesculpturewalk.com

World Indigenous Leaders Converge at Byron Bay for Global Healing

UNITY EARTH presents “Fields of Healing: A Journey of Awakening”
BYRON BAY, NOVEMBER 24-25, 2018: 

  • An historic convergence of local and global Indigenous leaders joining artists, activists, musicians and healers for the inaugural “Fields of Healing” event at North Byron Parklands.
  • Legendary Eskimo Shaman from Greenland, Uncle Angaangaq to visit Australia for the first time 
  • Grammy Nominated Reggae Star Rocky Dawuni and other acclaimed international Artists coming to support the event
  • Hereditary Dakota Chief and Global Unity Activist Chief Phil Lane Junior’s first visit to Australia
  • Dr. Mindahi Bastida, Director for the Original Caretakers Program at the Center for Earth Ethics, returns to Australia for Fields of Healing
  • Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the momentous occasion of the Return to Country of Mungo Man. Indigenous people from the Lake Mungo descendants coming to Byron offering ceremony and songs for healing
  • UNITY EARTH is partnering with local indigenous community and other grassroots community organisations
  • Sam Cook, an indigenous Australian woman with a global profile and track record of event management is Event Director for Fields of Healing

A truly historic gathering, Fields of Healing, is to be held at North Byron Parklands, on the 24th and 25th November 2018. The event will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic “Convergence of Healing”. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place.  UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative. The inaugural event Fields of Healing is delighted to also feature outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY® nominated Rocky Dawuni. Rocky was recently appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment. Local artists including Áine Tyrrell and Dane Kennedy are also performing.  

Uncle Angaangaq from Greenland has been travelling the world since 1975 raising the alarm to the global community about climate change and the melting of the Big Ice in this homeland. 

He says “my father told me to never go anywhere without being invited and I am so happy to be invited and accept that invitation, I’ve never been to Australia, I’ve never had a chance to visit you, you are my family, I will come with an open heart. Most importantly I will come with peace in my heart.”

Chief Phil Lane Jr, founder of Four Worlds International Institute has been a global activist working on peace, human unity and reconciliation for decades but like Uncle Angaangaq has never before been to Australia. Uncle Phil who believes that “Fields of Healing, is part of the fulfilment of Indigenous Prophecies everywhere on Mother Earth” is being accompanied by his Dakoda “Koda” (spiritual brother) Darcy Demas. Chief Phil says “both myself and my Koda Darcy Demas are so looking forward to visiting our relatives in Australia for Fields of Healing in November.  We are fulfilling a journey my beloved father always talked about. He said they have very good horses in Australia”. 

Of further historic importance, the event will also mark the one-year anniversary of the deeply historic Return to Country of Mungo Man in November 2017. This profound healing moment when the ancient remains of Mungo Man, a 42 000 years old human ancestor, were returned to his country in the Willandra Lakes Region of New South Wales, marks an important moment for Australia’s waking up and growing up. Representatives of the Indigenous group associated with Lake Mungo will attend Fields of Healing, continuing the important healing journey of this Ancestral Spirit. 

Dr Mindahi C. Bastida Munoz is a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi Peoples of Mexico and Director for the Original Caretakers Program at the Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr Bastida was one of the international dignitaries at the Mungo Man Return to County commemorations in 2017 and is delighted to be returning To Australia for Fields of Healing, saying: 

“After attending the historic ceremonies of Return to Country of Mungo Man last November in Mildura, I am excited to be returning to Australia for Fields of Healing in Byron Bay. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections with aboriginal peoples and our aboriginal brothers and sisters from ancestral Australia. Also for the healing and balancing Mother Earth through ritual ceremonies in Australia’s Sacred Sites”. 

North Byron Parklands is a stunningly beautiful 660-acre cultural arts and music events venue. It is country which has deep significance for the local Aboriginal groups the Minyungbal and Arakwal people.

The two-day gathering is designed as both a “gathering” and a “retreat” offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. Sam Cook is the Creative Director, herself an indigenous Australian and highly credentialed Festival director with decades of experience utilising the Arts as a force for healing and cultural expression. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along. It is a not for profit event. Unity Earth invite all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event. Early bird tickets are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

Unity Earth Background
Unity Earth is a worldwide collective dedicated to promoting intercultural harmony, healing, and transformation through music, events and by weaving stories together into larger inclusive narratives. Unity Earth was a convenor and sponsor of the Return to Country Festival commemorating Mungo Man’s homecoming in 2017 as well as U Day Festival in Ethiopia in 2018. U Day Festival is planned for India in 2019 and Jerusalem in 2020. 

Byron Writers Festival 2018 re-cap

The Byron Writers Festival 2018 (August 3-5) is now over. And, with over 150 sessions featuring more than 140 writers from Australia and abroad, the three-day event was entertaining, inspirational, and thought-provoking.

Over 12,000 festival-goers were treated to perfect weather all weekend long. In the late winter sunlight, the site’s many sculptures and rainbow flags create a vibrant yet laid-back atmosphere. Plus, the on-site food and coffee were sensational, especially when enjoyed picnic-style by the water.   

The diverse range of sessions, performances, and panel discusses celebrated story-telling in all its forms, from the political to the poetic and everything in between.

We can’t wait to see what next year’s festival will offer.

Crowds on the move

Christine Milne in conversation with Margaret Throsoy

Anxiety: is it just me? with Mat Haig and Sarah Wilson

One of the many sculptures dotted throughout the festival site 

Lunch time at the Byron Writers Festival

Frontier Wars discussion with Tom Keneally

Oliver Phommavanh during the Kids Big Day Out

Enjoying the winter sun

Learning from the resident poet

Captivated audiences

#byronwf2018 - see you next year!

 

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Re-Cap

Splendour in the Grass 2018 (20 – 22 July) is done and dusted, and what a fantastic festival it was. All 35,000 festival-goers were treated to perfect weather – clear, warm days and cool nights – and a jam-packed line-up of local, national, and international artists.

The site itself looked more colourful and dynamic than ever, complete with new flags, performers, art installations, and punters dressed-up and decked-out in true Splendour form. 

Alongside the music, we enjoyed the science tent, forum discussions, the comedy tent, the craft tent, and the family-friendly Little Splendour. There truly was something for everyone. Our favourites were Henry Rollins in discussion in the forum and Aunty Donna’s comedy set.

As always, there was plenty of food to indulge in-between sets.

Finally, our musical highlights. 

Photo: Stills in Time

Photo: Jess Gleeson

On Friday, we caught Murray from The Wiggles with DZ Deathrays, who played a few songs including an AC/DC cover. Lorde was the headliner, and she put on a great show.

Photo: Stills in Time

Saturday highlights include Franz Ferdinand, an old favourite, and Lil Xan.

Photo: Jess Gleeson

On Sunday, we watched Ball Park Music in the GW McLennan tent. We’d only seen them in the amphitheatre previously, and it was great to catch them up close on the smaller stage. And headliner Kendrick put on a killer performance – the crowd loved it.

Photo: Ian laidlaw

We can’t wait to see what next year has in stall. Thanks, Splendour in the Grass!

The Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop is now serving Coffee!

The Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop is now serving coffee!

Find us at the corner of Ewingsdale Rd and Bayshore Dr in Byron, on the main road into town, and grab a FREE cookie bite of your choice with any coffee purchase!

Proudly serving locally roasted Zentvelds Coffee.

Byron Bay Industrial Estate: 
Unit 1, Ozigo Complex, Corner Ewingsdale Rd & Bayshore Drive, 
Byron Bay NSW 2481 

Tel: 02 6685 6925

(BP station, at the entrance of the Arts & Industry Estate) 

Store is open 7 days a week, from 10am - 6pm.

Byron Writers Festival Announces Full Program

Byron Writers Festival 2018 (3-5 August) has announced a thrilling program featuring 140 writers, thinkers and commentators who will converge in Byron Bay for Australia’s largest regional literary event. The three day 2018 Festival of panels and conversations will unfold across six stages at the stunning beachside Festival site, and will be complemented by diverse writers’ workshops and evening feature events in Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region.

Photo by Kurt Petersen

‘The Byron Writers Festival program seeks to inspire, engage and cultivate conversations between our writer guests and avid audiences,’ said Festival Director, Edwina Johnson. ‘This year the stories in our program will take us from the wilds of New Zealand to North Korea, Tuscany and back home to near-by Goonengerry. We traverse much territory including anxiety, crime, the Frontier Wars, the Anthropocene, science, comedy, immigration, the wellness industry, and poetry. We explore music, whales and romance and debate whether reading can make you happier. Writers will nominate the books that changed them, and will examine how to shape life into story. For three days we celebrate emerging writers and literary giants from near and far.’

2018 Highlights

Local Authors  

Many exceptional writers living in the Northern Rivers will be featured at this year’s Festival including literary luminary Robert Drewe who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of the Sea at the Festival, Jessie Cole author of the acclaimed and heartbreaking memoir Staying, and Southern Cross University Lecturer Gregory Smith who came Out of the Forest after spending more than 10 years surviving in near total isolation in the forest of Goonengerry.   

They join Sixty Seconds novelist Jesse Blackadder, debut novelist Jarrah Dundler who has caught the attention of the literary world with his devastating portrait of youth, rage and tenderness in Hey Brother, and untiring advocate for gun control and children’s rights Walter Mikac. Also featured are contemporary women’s fiction writer Lisa Walker, award-winning climate scientist and writer Joelle Gergis, Fergus & Delilah children’s authors Míša Alexander and Erin Knutt and Emma and Tom Lane who will release a book later in the year about their experience of creating local enterprise, The Farm.                                                      

Locally based Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning and Women Like Uscomedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs will also bring music, laughter and delight to this year’s Festival.  

International Guests  

Among many esteemed guests travelling from across the globe to Byron Bay are best-selling UK authors Matt Haig and Hannah Richell, award-winning author of The Reader Bernhard Schlink (Germany) and celebrated poet and UK based broadcaster Lemn Sissay. They join inspirational Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood (The Netherlands), and North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee whose memoir The Girl with Seven Names is a global bestseller.

Fiction  

Just some of the highlight Australian writers include Tom Keneally, Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, Melissa Lucashenko with her much anticipated new novel Too Much Lip, award-winning novelists Josephine Wilson and Steven Carroll, and debut novelist Future D. Fidel. Crime lovers will be delighted with a line-up that includes Candice Fox, Dervla McTiernan and Jane Harper whose book The Dry has been requisitioned by Reese Witherspoon’s film production company. Matters of the heart are covered with romance best-sellers Rachael Johns, Victoria Purman and Christine Wells.  

Inspiring True Stories  

The 2018 Byron Writers Festival will reverberate with inspiring, heartbreaking and hopeful real-life stories from young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), Bri Lee whose recently released memoir Eggshell Skull tells of her journey through the Australian legal system as a survivor of sexual assault and Danger Music author Eddie Ayres whose travels through Afghanistan teaching the cello to children led to a self-discovery almost too hard to bear.   

Also sharing the stories we need to hear are Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis (Power of Hope), Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited). Beloved broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kári Gíslason transporting us on a Viking journey to the edge of world.  

Politics and Society  

Byron Writers Festival will bring together a formidable contingent of inspirational and outspoken women in politics including Tanya Plibersek, Jacqui Lambie, Christine Milne, Australia’s first federal female parliamentarian of Muslim faith Anne Aly and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs who will deliver the annual Thea Astley Address.  

Expect more debate, discussion and revelations with foreign correspondent Peter Greste(Freeing Peter), who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail, former Cabinet and Foreign Minister Gareth Evans (Incorrigible Optimist), Warren Mundine (Black + White: Race, Politics and Changing Australia), Clive Hamilton (Silent Invasion), Louise Milligan (Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell) and Professor Jenny Hocking (The Dismissal Dossier) in conversation with Kerry O’Brien.   

Environment & Science  

Distinguished guests at the forefront of contemporary discussions about science, technology and the state of our planet include Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, leading science writer Elizabeth Finkel, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and The Coal Truth author David Ritter, and regenerative farmer Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler. Marine biologist, pioneering researcher and mother of two daughters raised at sea Micheline Jenner will tell us all about The Secret Life of Whales.  

Art, Music & Comedy  

Acclaimed Australian visual artist Tracey Moffatt will deliver a talk about her artistic practice while You Am I front man and Detours memoirist Tim Rogers and Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning will open up their songbooks.   

Kitty Flanagan comes clean about Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies, comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs perform the smash hit that inspired their book Women Like Us, The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen will tell us why Comedy is the most addictive thing you’ll ever do and Future Tense presenter Antony Funnell reveals his comedic side with So Far, So Good.

Poetry  

Lovers of poetry and spoken word will be delighted with a line-up that includes award-winning poet Shastra Deo with her first book The Agonist and 2017 Poetry Slam co-champion Jesse Oliver joining Lemn Sissay (UK), NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ). The Byron heat of 2018 Poetry Slam will also be held at Byron Bay Library.  

Children and Young Adults  

Kids Big Day Out on Festival Sunday with local MC Shep Huntly offers a jam-packed, fun-filled program for the whole family with a huge array of activities for kids of all ages. Ready to delight will be Oliver Phommavanh (Natural Born Loser and Thai-riffic!), Lian Tanner the best-selling author of children's fantasy adventure trilogy The Keepers, and Funny Kid for President author Matt Stanton amongst many others.

Locals Tickets  

This year Byron Writers Festival is looking after locals with $80 Sunday Locals Tickets, a saving of over $50. Available to residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas, tickets are only available for purchase from the Festival office in Byron Bay during weekday business hours (Level 1, 28 Jonson Street). Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. This is a limited release offer and will be available until sold out.

Feature Events  

The Festival has partnered with local arts organisations throughout the region to present an exciting range of Feature Events well worth an excursion, including live performances by Ailsa Piper and Kate McDowell in Lismore, Liane Moriarty in conversation at Lennox Head, and Draw Your Weapons author Sarah Sentilles from the UK at Art in the Pub in Mullumbimby.   

These events complement Feature Events taking place in Byron Bay including The Coal Truth: David Ritter in conversation with Dan Fitzgerald at the Beach Hotel and Peter Greste in conversation with Jane Hutcheon at the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa. Byron Theatre will feature The Saturday Paper’s Bedtime Stories with MC Tim Rogers as well as Richard Fidler in conversation with Lemn Sissay (Friday) and Sarah Krasnostein (Saturday). Patrons are advised to book early for these separately ticketed, in-demand events.

Byron Writers Festival 2018 will unfold from 3-5 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron resort. 
3-Day passes, 1-Day passes, Feature Events and Workshops are on sale now at byronwritersfestival.com (02) 6685 5115.

2018 WRITERS & PRESENTERS

Nicole Abadee, Michael Ableman, Alex Adsett, Míša Alexander, Ali Alizadeh, Manal al-Sharif, Anne Aly, Sarah Armstrong, Eddie Ayres, Sunil Badami, Tristan Bancks, Paul  Barclay, Caroline Baum, Tony Birch, Jesse Blackadder, Mark Brandi, Ellen Briggs, Ellen Broad, Phil Brown, Jane Camens, Steven Carroll, Kylie Chan, Jo Chandler, Anna Clark, Allan Clarke, Alan Close, Jessie Cole, Matthew Condon, Robin Cutler, Trent Dalton, Marele Day, Michelle de Kretser, Brigid Delaney, Richard Denniss, Shastra Deo, Ceridwen Dovey, Robert Drewe, Jarrah Dundler, Jill Eddington, Eskil Engdal, Gareth Evans, Bernard Fanning, Future D. Fidel, Richard Fidler, Elizabeth Finkel, Alan Finkel, Kitty Flanagan, Candice Fox, Phillip Frazer, Antony Funnell, Steven Gale, Joëlle Gergis, Carey Gillam, Moreno Giovannoni, Kári Gíslason, Peter Greste, Matt Haig, Clive Hamilton, Chris Hammer, Chris Hanley, Andrew Hansen, Jane Harper, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Ben Hobson, Jenny Hocking, Shep Huntly, Jane Hutcheon, Zacharey Jane, Micheline  Jenner, Rachael Johns, Lloyd Jones, Sarah Kanowski, Kon Karapanagiotidis, Delta Kay, Tom Keneally, Erin Knutt, Campbell Korff, Sarah Krasnostein, Laura Kroetsch, Jacqui Lambie, Miriam Lancewood, Emma & Tom Lane, Hyeonseo Lee, Bri Lee, Deborah Lee, Hans Lovejoy, Melissa Lucashenko, William MacNeil, Selina Tusitala Marsh , Charles Massy, Dervla McTiernan, Courtney Sina Meredith, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Walter Mikac, Barney & Kada Miller, Louise Milligan, Christine Milne, Rosemarie Milsom, Tracey Moffatt, Liane Moriarty, Warren Mundine, Mandy Nolan, Kerry O’Brien, Jesse Oliver, Mick O'Regan, Oliver Phommavanh, Ailsa Piper, Tanya Plibersek, Victoria Purman, Jennifer Rayner, Henry Reynolds, Hannah Richell, David Ritter, Jessica Roberts, Tim Rogers, Kjetil Saeter, Bernhard Schlink, Nathan Scolaro, Sarah Sentilles, Adam Shoemaker, Lemn Sissay, Gregory Smith, Matt Stanton, Adam Suckling, Lian Tanner, Margaret Throsby, Gillian Triggs, Elise Valmorbida, Lisa Walker, Christine Wells, Debbie Whitmont, Kate Wild, Michael Williams, Sarah  Wilson, Josephine Wilson, Chris Womersley, Bernard Zuel.

STONE & WOOD PREPARES FOR PRE-SALE TICKET RELEASE FOR UPCOMING FESTIVAL OF THE STONE

Join Stone & Wood for a night that celebrates community, live music, good food and the release of their 2018 Stone Beer, all while raising money for Big Scrub Landcare. 

Sign up on the festival website: www.festivalofthestone.com to be notified when pre-sale tickets come online for Festival of the Stone happening Saturday 9th June, 3 – 10pm (Queen’s Birthday long weekend, NSW) at Stone & Wood’s brewery in Byron Bay.

Come along and kick back as the sun sets and the beer flows. Enjoy live music and food truck cuisine with your friends and family at the annual event that celebrates the release of their dark winter seasonal ‘Stone Beer’. 

Stone & Wood will be pouring their beers from their iconic beer truck Clyde and the newest addition to the brewery’s fleet Trevor the Troopie . The first kegs of 2018 Stone Beer will be tapped and available until the tap runs dry. Brewed eight weeks earlier, the beer honours the ancient techniques of brewing. By adding wood fired stones to the kettle to rouse the boil, the malt characters are intensified, which contributes to the beer’s roasted caramel aroma that’s balanced with a warming, full bodied cocoa flavour… perfect for a cold winter’s night!

All profits from the beer sales and tickets will go directly to national not-for-profit Ingrained Foundation, a separate entity of Stone & Wood that was set up to extend upon the brewery’s community program, which to date has donated $630,000 to a long list of not for profit partners. Stone & Wood will donate $1 per h/l sold to the Ingrained Foundation which along with proceeds raised from events such as Festival of the Stone will be used to partner and support local charities to create progress in their communities.

This year the Ingrained Foundation will donate proceeds from Festival of the Stone to Big Scrub Landcare. The brewery works closely with this local charity who focuses on restoration and growth of the Northern Rivers Big Scrub Rainforest.

Shannon Greenfields from Big Scrub Landcare says of hearing the news “It is simply fantastic that we are able to partner with Stone & Wood for their Festival of Stone. We are so proud of the work the team do to help our charity and continue to show in the community”

Family friendly, the festival is about bringing the community together. There will be a kid’s area ‘Malt Disney’ with tunes for the kids to dance along to, as well as crafts and entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.

Tickets are $30 via Eventbrite (going off last year, there won’t be any on the door!) and transport to and from the brewery will be available. To guarantee your alert for ticket pre-sale, makes sure you sign up at www.festivalofthestone.com.

Splendour in the Grass 2018 lineup announcement

Splendour in the Grass 2018 (Fri 20, Sat 21 & Sun 22 July) is just around the corner. Drawing some of the biggest names in music to the North Byron Parklands, Splendour is one of the most popular festivals in the country.

Each year, festival-goers are spoilt for choice, with local talent and international superstars performing right here in the Byron Shire. From the smaller, more intimate tents, to the spectacular amphitheatre, Splendour sets the stage for some truly memorable acts.

In addition to the world-class music, Splendour gives artists a chance to showcase their work in colourful, often interactive works throughout the festival site. Lights, sculptures, and paintings bring the festival site to life.

Alongside the incredible arts and music, Splendour hosts a range of market stalls, circus performers, and exotic food vendors.

The 2018 line-up has dropped, and this year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever:

KENDRICK LAMAR • LORDE (ONLY AUS SHOW) • VAMPIRE WEEKEND (ONLY AUS SHOW) • KHALID (ONLY AUS SHOW) • THE WOMBATS • HILLTOP HOODS • CHVRCHES • MIGUEL • GIRL TALK (ONLY AUS SHOW) • ANGUS & JULIA STONE • GANG OF YOUTHS • FRANZ FERDINAND • MGMT • BEN HOWARD • DUNE RATS & FRIENDS • BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE • PNAU • JAMES BAY • THE AVALANCHES DJ SET • CHROMEO • DMA’S • BALL PARK MUSIC • HENRY ROLLINS (ONLY AUS SHOW) • SAFIA • THE JUNGLE GIANTS • LIL XAN • METHYL ETHEL • AMY SHARK • THE BRONX • OCEAN ALLEY • CARMADA BY L D R U & YAHTZEL • DZ DEATHRAYS • LORD HURON • MIDDLE KIDS • HOCKEY DAD • TOWKIO •CUB SPORT • TOUCH SENSITIVE • SAMPA THE GREAT • DEAN LEWIS • SKEGSS • ALBERT HAMMOND JR • MALLRAT • MARMOZETS • ALEX LAHEY • RITON & KAH-LO • JACK RIVER • SUPERORGANISM • ANNA LUNOE • LEWIS CAPALDI • ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS • ALEX THE ASTRONAUT • YUNGBLUD • CROOKED COLOURS • NINA LAS VEGAS • SOCCER MOMMY (ONLY AUS SHOW) • ELDERBROOK • ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER • TIM SWEENEY • STELLA DONNELLY • BULLY • BAKER BOY • WAFIA • NO MONO • WAAX • ANGIE MCMAHON • WEST THEBARTON • EVES KARYDAS • G FLIP • THE BABE RAINBOW • HAIKU HANDS • DIDIRRI • ALICE IVY • AMYL & THE SNIFFERS • ZIGGY RAMO • FANTASTIC MAN • LO’99 • HUMAN MOVEMENT • MANU CROOK$ • KASBO • MADAM X • ANDRAS ALTA • ARA KOUFAX • TWO PEOPLE • B WISE • MADE IN PARIS • JENSEN INTERCEPTOR • WOODES • TEISCHA • ANTONY & CLEOPATRA • MUTO • ELK ROAD • TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS

PLUS MIKE GURRIERI • LOVE DELUXE • LAUREN HANSOM • POOLCLVB • GODLANDS • NYXEN • EMMA STEVENSON • EBONY BOADU

Tickets are on sale Thursday, April 19, 9.00am sharp AEST moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

Learn more at splendourinthegrass.com

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