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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

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron Bay International Fashion Festival, an event that celebrates the thriving Byron fashion scene. Attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of forward-thinking fashion, music, and performance.  

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival will bring together talented designers from around the world. Showcasing both local talent, emerging brands, and global successes, the festival’s runway shows will cover swimwear, activewear, resort and casual wear, eveningwear, and lingerie.

In 2018, more than 20 designers will present collections at this boutique event, including Lahana Swim, Vale, Love Revolution, Helan Grant, Jenny Jazz, Niki Teljega, Styelle Bikinis, SASHED, Wild Barra, Miau Swimwear, and more.

Clothing will be brought to life by some of the country’s leading runway models. With a backdrop of edgy techno tracks and choreographed lighting, the catwalk shows become an artistic fashion spectacle.

Between runway shows, attendees can catch over 30 of latest award-winning fashion short films created by acclaimed directors and producers. The extensive film program adds depth to the festival, giving guests an insight into the fashion world.

A series of cutting-edge dance performances will complement the runway features and film program. Combining body art, fashion, design, and dance, these unique performances were commissioned by the Fashion Festival, giving designers the opportunity to collaborate with traditional dance companies.

Finally, an exciting all-female lineup of model DJs will set the scene and kick-start the party. Enjoy a fresh mix of contemporary tunes in the courtyard area and Festival bar from the early afternoon until the “Rock the Runway cocktail party finishes at midnight. 

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is an opportunity for industry leaders, emerging designers, established brands, influencers, bloggers, buyers, and fashion enthusiasts to network, discover new trends, and make their mark on the booming Byron fashion scene.

Learn more and buy tickets at bbiff.com.au

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 Re-Cap

The Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 (29 March to 2 April) has come to an end, and what a festival it was. Despite a little wet weather over the long weekend, the world-class musical talent and showmanship, friendly crowds, and colourful festival vibes surpassed expectations.

In true Bluesfest tradition, the festival kicked-off on Thursday with a downpour. Although the mud didn’t dampen the festival spirit, we were all grateful to see blue skies and spectacular sunsets on Sunday and Monday.

This year’s line-up was packed full of incredible artists. Our favourite was Eric Gales, the virtuoso guitarist, who we saw for all three performances last year and all three performances this year. Watching such a master musician play up-close was mind-blowing.

Some performances were truly heart-wrenching. Blues musician Walter Trout – accompanied by his son on guitar – paid tribute to the stranger who saved his life by donating their liver. The crowd went wild as the set ended, and Walter broke down in tears.

Darren Hart of Harts played a killer set before hinting at his retirement and smashing his beloved guitar.

Other highlights included Canned Heat, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Gomez.

We also ran into Michael Franti walking among the crowd, singing, and taking selfies with his fans.

As always, the food at Bluesfest was an experience in itself. The coffee tent was a great place for a much-needed rest, and the Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts – the longer the line, the better the doughnut tastes – did not disappoint.

Finally, the vibrant market stalls, kids’ activities, circus performers, dancers, and polite and considerate crowds made the festival a real pleasure to attend. We cannot wait to see what Bluesfest has in store next year for its 30th anniversary.

Looking back at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

Despite some less-than-perfect weather, the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival (February 22 – 25, 2018) was a huge success. Over the four days, Byron Bay played host to a number of inspiring surf, art, film, and music events, each celebrating the inclusive spirit of surf culture.

Image by Elliot Kirkwood

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is unique among other surf events across the country. “BBSF has a non-competitive approach to surf events,” said the festival’s Creative Director, James McMillan. “We have a focus on culture, art and environment.”

Without the pressure of competition, surfers are free to express themselves in the water. This year, the beloved Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions and the new FreeRadical Surf Experiments invited surfers of all levels to have a bit of fun.

Image by Kane Skennar

“I was high as a kite after the Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions on Sunday,” said McMillan. “It was a really amazing day with so many stoked and smiling people, both surfers, non-surfers, families, kids and the oldest surfer in Byron Dr Bob even dropped by. The surf sessions on Sunday are about fun [which] creates a totally different and inclusive vibe to all who participate.”

Image by Alex T Roberts

The celebration of surf culture continued out of the water. The always-popular Surf Art Market drew a crowd on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. A curated collection of ethical and environmental vendors put their unique wares on display, drawing attention to the importance of sustainability in surfing. “Giving these companies an opportunity to show and sell their products educates and brings focused awareness to the public,” said McMillan.

In addition, festival-goers were treated to an incredible surf art exhibition at the Lone Goat Gallery, live music at the iconic Beach Hotel, and the crowd-favourite Sunset Cinema, which began with a traditional Welcome to Country by the local Arakwal People.

Image by Raffaella Creative

“Many surfers are creative, surfing is a very creative expression,” said McMillan, commenting on the many imaginative manifestations of surf culture on display at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival.

“Every time a wave comes in you never know exactly how it is going to play out. You paddle, jump to your feet and start co-creating with Mother Nature as you weave your way along the swell... It all feels amazing. The feelings and emotions from surfing stir a certain thing inside many surfers and this sparks creativity in many different ways.”

With its beautiful beaches, creative spirit, and laid-back attitude, Byron Bay was – once again – the perfect backdrop to one of the most progressive surf events in the country. “[The area] is open and accepting of alternate thinking, arts, and activities,” commented McMillan. “The Byron Bay Surf Festival easily fits in and sends people home smiling.”

We look forward to seeing what the Byron Bay Surf Festival serves up next year.

Learn more at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

The Byron and Beyond 2018 Accommodation Guide

Discover the best of beautiful Byron Bay and surrounding towns and villages with the 2018 Byron and Beyond guides. Both the annual What’s On and Accommodation Guides are packed full of inspiring editorial content and informative business and event details, all alongside striking visuals.

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is Byron Bay’s official printed guide. Discover uniquely Byron activities, tours, and attractions in Byron Bay’s township and surrounding areas. Learn more about Byron’s beaches, check out the ever-growing list of Byron’s gourmet eateries, and find out more about watching whales during migration season.

Plus, this year’s magazine offers seven maps, which you can use to navigate the Byron Shire and beyond.

The What’s On Visitor Guide is distributed to over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Or, read online.

Alongside the What’s On Visitor Guide, Byron and Beyond publish an Accommodation Guide, which includes information about Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

In addition to the curated editorial content, you’ll find a range of practical information about transport, food, and an accommodation directory that covers the Byron Shire and surrounding regions.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia. And like the What’s On Guide, it’s available to read online.

For anyone visiting the Byron Bay region, a flick through these popular guides is a must.

Learn more and read these guides at byronandbeyond.com

Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy

After the success of Start Stuff: Festival of the Cosmos, festival organiser Dylan O’Donnell has confirmed that space-themed event will return - under moonless skies - to Byron Bay on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of July, 2018.

Star Stuff II will feature three internationally renowned speakers: Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today; Amy Shira Teitel, space historian and host of the Vintage Space YouTube channel; and Geoff Notkin, star expert as seen on the popular TV show, Meterorite Men.

Held at the Elements of Byron Resort, Start Stuff II will boast a range of space and science related talks and activities. Weather permitting, festival-goers can engage in solar and night-time astronomy.

In addition, they will be treated to several back-to-back keynote talks from industry experts. Speakers include Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne/ABC), Dr David Malin (AAO), Dr Cathal O’Connell (Cosmos Magazine), comet discover Terry Lovejoy, John Sarkissian (CSIRO), Greg Quicke aka “Space Gandalf,” and Gilmour Space Technologies and local astronomer Dylan O’Donnell.

What’s more, high-tech astronomy equipment will be exhibited by suppliers. While this exhibition is open to the general public, ticket-holders will get the VIP treatment: giveaways, a movie screening, a luxurious dinner, the Fraser Cain speech, and entry to win a Celestron Evolution 6 complete telescope package.

Designed to encourage interest in astronomy, space, and STEM industries, Star Stuff is a privately funded festival. Last year, proceeds funded a small observatory for Wiley Park Girls School in western Sydney.

Not to be confused with astrology, Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy is set to be an inspiring, educational, and out-of-this-world event.

Learn more at www.starstuff.com.au

World Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay 2018

Join a group of like-minded individuals for a scenic bike ride around beautiful Byron Bay on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 3pm. The catch? The ride is clothing-optional.

Every year in March, thousands of ‘biketivists’ from over 70 countries around the globe take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.

The event promotes a number of worthy causes. First, it advocates for bike-friendly towns and cities that protect the safety of riders, walkers, and drivers. The nude cyclists draw attention to the unique dangers riders face on the roads and footpaths on a day-to-day basis.

Second, the World Naked Bike Ride protests against the use of harmful, unsustainable fossil fuels that damage the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

And third, the spectacle ignites discussions on body image and body acceptance. The clothing-optional dress code calls for both riders and on-lookers to celebrate imperfections, practice body positivity, and embrace our natural state of being.

Have a bit of fun and promote a number of great causes this year at the 2018 World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay on Sunday, March 11. Meet at 2.30pm at the Railway Station in Byron Bay, before setting off on a liberating ride around stunning Byron Bay at 3pm. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. If you’re not keen on revealing all, you can still join in the fun. The dress code encourages you to come along ‘as bare as you dare.’

Learn more about the fantastic World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki

The Byron Bay Spirit Festival 2018

Nourish your Spirit at the 2018 Byron Spirit Festival 20-22nd April 2018:  Over 60 workshops and panels on yoga, music, dance, healing, creative arts, sustainability, and various cultural activities. Byron Spirit Festival is an opportunity to check out of your every-day and choose your own spiritual adventure in the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay. 

Use promo code 'byronbaycom18' for 10% off your ticket. Plus, 5% of your ticket will also go to Byron Spirit Festival's partner charity ‘A Sound Life’ giving yoga, singing, meditation to underprivileged people.

With more than 70 workshops and cultural ceremonies to attend – ranging from yoga and free dance, to sound healing and live music – festival-goers are encouraged to choose their own spiritual adventure.

This year, the Spirit Festival is moving from counter-culture hub Mullumbimby to the sleek Cavanbah Centre and Elements of Byron Resort. 

The festival may have a new home, but the line-up is as inspirational as ever. Highlights include Sacred Earth, Amaru Pumak Kuntur, and Temple Step Project’s Benjamin Last. Check out the line-up.

For explorers seeking to celebrate life in a healthy, natural, and judgement-free environment, the Spirit Festival offers a space for reflection, peace, and experimentation.

Learn more about the festival, and buy tickets at spiritfestival.com.au

Byron Bay's Most Popular Social Posts of 2017

Social media gives us more ways to highlight the region to all the people who love Byron.

Here are byronbay.com's most popular Facebook posts from each month in 2017 - a great snap shot / re-cap of the year. Please enjoy.

 

January, Circus Arts Byron Bay posted a video of their flying trapeze near the Beach in Byron Bay.

 

February, The Australian newspaper posted a nice little clip of dolphins surfing the local beaches.

 

March, our Byron Insider blog post on the World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay was hugely popular.

 

April, visiting photographer Remi Bedora captured this perfect shot of The Pass.

 

May, traveler with the Instagram name my_endless_summer posted this classic sunset over Belongil clip.

 

June, there are always plenty of buskers in Byron. Tom Banks took this short video.

 

July, whale season with Migaloo the white whale story featured in the regional newspaper The Norther Star.

 

August, a clear winters day at the beach captured by local riephiniji.

 

September, time-lapse moon-rise over the lighthouse by local photographer Rod Evens. This was our most popular post of 2017!

 

October, local shop Barefoot Blvd was quick to capture some heavy rain on Lawson Street.

 

November, Buzfeed Mates highlighted the popular Crystal Castle in this fun video clip.

 

December, drone footage of some summer fun in the surf by visiting interior designer derlot.

 

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