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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

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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Splendour in the Grass is a proud partner and supporter of Your Choice, working to create a safer and more enjoyable live gathering environment for everyone.
 

5 best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns

From almond croissants and sausage rolls to a good loaf of crusty sourdough, everybody has a favourite bakery treat.

The Byron Shire is home to a whole host of incredible bakeries serving up classic Australian baked goods right the way through to French pastries. So, we asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite in the region as part of our ongoing Best of Byron series, and the results are in.

Here are the five best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns (in alphabetical order).

Bruns Bakery

Situated in Brunswick Heads, a small holiday village about 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, Bruns Bakery is a much-loved local favourite. Serving up a range of cakes, pies, pastries, and sandwiches – as well as excellent coffee – Bruns Bakery combines old-world charm (the building has housed a bakery since 1950!) with seriously delicious baked goods crafted daily on-site. You can even watch the magic happen by peering into the theatre kitchen.

Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen

A family owned and operated business since 1982, Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen is a true staple. Offering a whole range of classic bakery treats – think scones, old-school slices, and traditional pies – the team behind Hot Bread Kitchen continue to use their own, tried-and-true, original recipes.

L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie

If you’ve ever been to Byron Bay, chances are you’ve walked past the L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie window display, stopping to stare at the colourful, too-pretty-to-eat collection of traditional pastries and cakes. With a delicious range of fruit flans, lemon tarts, strawberry mousse cakes, almond croissants, and more, L'ultime is a slice of France in the heart of Byron Bay.

Scratch Patisserie

In Mullumbimby, a short, scenic 25-minute drive from Byron Bay, you’ll find Scratch Patisserie. Established in 2010, Scratch began by selling specialty cakes, tarts, and fresh pastries at the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Farmers Markets. Now with a shopfront of their own and a team of traditional bakers and pastry chefs, Scratch continues creating delectable bakery treats all made from scratch.

Suffolk Bakery

The perfect place to grab your morning coffee and a tasty breakfast treat, Suffolk Bakery is a locally owned and operated business serving up fresh, made-on-site baked goods loved by locals and visitors alike. With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, this gem of a bakery truly has it all. Pop in on a Saturday and enjoy live music performed by local talents.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

5 best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay

Celebrate an occasion or kick back and relax with your special someone. Byron Bay is home to countless restaurants and eateries, but which are best for a romantic dinner?

We asked our Facebook fans to share where they wine and dine their loved one in the Byron region, and the results are in.

Here are the top five restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay (in alphabetical order).

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.

Perched above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. is a must-visit on any trip to the area. Committed to serving simple, honest food and drink, The Balcony is a perfect place to unwind or celebrate.

Cosy couches, tables for two, and tasty shared treats – not to mention their extensive cocktail menu – make The Balcony one of the best spots for a romantic meal.

Beach Byron Bay

What’s more romantic than panoramic beach views? Beach Byron Bay offers spectacular al fresco dining with a near unbeatable beachside backdrop. Forget eye contact – gaze out on Byron’s Julian Rocks, Clarkes Beach, and The Pass.

The fine-dining menu reflects the coastal landscape. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible. Ideal for breakfast, long lunches, or dinner under the stars, Beach Byron Bay is perfect for a special occasion.

Fig Tree Restaurant

Situated just off the beaten track, about an 11-minute drive from Byron’s township, is the striking Fig Tree Restaurant.

Long famed for its expert use of seasonal local produce – much of which is sourced from the restaurant’s garden – this unique eatery is located in an original farmhouse framed by an old fig tree.

Jonsons Restaurant Bar

Quality, farmers market-sourced ingredients is what allows the chefs at Jonsons Restaurant Bar to produce a delightful array of Italian-inspired dishes and one-of-a-kind drinks.

Choose from one of many charming spaces throughout the restaurant: the side street, plush indoor hub, cosy deck, garden, and bar window.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar serves up contemporary Spanish tapas dishes perfect to share with that special someone. The innovative, ever-changing menu is inspired by the region’s fresh and flavoursome produce.

Plus, with more than 100, carefully curated bottles of wine, St. Elmo offers one of the finest culinary experiences in their relaxed yet intimate dining room.  

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 2019

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport, to "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world". The dress code motto is "bare as you dare".

The 2020 Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride event details - click here

The Byron Bay event is on at 3pm Sunday 10 March 2019. (The Nimbin event is Saturday 9 March and the Lismore event is on Sunday morning.)

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay. Ride commences at 3pm.

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'. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

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.

Learn more about the Byron Bay event at their Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride Facebook Page.
Learn more about the  World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki

BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL 20-24 FEBRUARY 2019

Save the date. The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. Kicking off Wednesday 20th February 2019 in Australia’s much-loved beach town, it’s time for some super surfing fun, chock full of sustainability, music, art, surf and culture. Wow. Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets – now at twilight, Surf Legends Lounge, live music at the Beach Hotel and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos Beach. Meet this year’s epic line up of special guests including surfing World Champions, female leaders, inspiring musicians, photographers and artists. Get ready. It’s going to be fun.

We were stoked with last year’s turnout, and this year we have planned for something even better! Kicking off this year, McTavish presents a short film and photo exhibition by surfing World Champion and special guest Tom Carroll. Thursday the creative vibes continue with a National Photography Competition at McTavish Outpost. Grab a bevvy and enjoy live beats, with entrant work showcased and winners selected by Byron Bay photographers Craig Parry and Ming Nomchong.

Thursday’s line up continues with Surf Legends Lounge at Byron Bay Community Centre, hosted by Vaughan Blakey, former Editor of Surfing World Magazine. Special guests include Rasta and Mark Occhilupo, sharing their views on hot surf topics including sustainability, boards, fins, surf culture and the future of our industry.

Friday injects a little bit of female power into this year’s line up with The Women’s Panel at the Beach Hotel. Special guests include 7 x World Champion Steph Gilmore, 2 x World Champion Lisa Anderson and 2 x Longboard World Champion Kelia Moniz. Saturday, we welcome back the morning Beach Clean-Up hosted by Clean Coast Collective, Surf Art Markets and live music at the Beach Hotel. Sunday, we sign off another year with Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos beach including the inaugural festival party wave, and a big Festival Wrap Up Party at the Beachy.

BBSF presents four days of the latest in alternative and creative surf culture, with a clear path towards reducing environmental impact and connecting our community through fun, educational and allinclusive surf events. The festival continues to work towards becoming a zero-waste event, with the exclusion of single-use plastics and every event monitored by Waste Free Byron. 

Founded in 2010, the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a non-competitive event with a focus on surf culture, highlighting creativity, innovation, environment and sustainability.

The 4-day event is a fusion of 'Surf Culture Now'. With over 8 free and ticketed events, become immersed in surf sessions, surf shaping, design, art, music, film, fashion and yoga, while having fun and caring for the environment.

 

 

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is proudly an “Ocean Friendly” event aiming to set a clear path towards reducing environmental and community impacts of surfing contests. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. For more information please visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au, Follow Byron Bay Surf Festival on socials or sign up to the newsletter for all updates and info. 

Looking back at Falls Festival 2018/19

The sixth annual Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron has come to an end, and what a colourful festival it was. 17,000 revellers – including 15,000 campers – enjoyed clear, sunny weather at the North Byron Parklands over the three days (a welcome change from last festival’s downpours). Dressed to impress, crowds experienced a dynamic range of musical acts, art installations and performances, clubs and DJs, food, and more.

The spectacular amphitheatre, known as the Valley Stage, came to life with highlight acts including Hilltop Hoods, DMAs, and US hip-hop sensation Anderson.Paak. As anticipated, festival favourite King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard had punters dancing, jumping, and crowd surfing, while Toto had everyone singing along to their hit ‘Africa’.

The smaller Howl & Moan tent showcased the heavier sounds of local rock bands, and the Jack Daniel’s Barrel House gave revellers a chance to get a closer look at the musicians at work. The Vaccines's performance in the Barrel House was a highlight for us.  

It was more than music that made this year’s festival. The ‘La Henge’ arts area showcased a life-size replica of Stone Henge made from cardboard. And, a jovial battle between cavepeople, sabretooth tigers, and a giant woolly mammoth went down on early New Year’s Eve, which was a hilarious spectacle to witness. The coloured cows were swarmed by festival-goers looking to get the perfect Falls photo.

After three full days and 40,000 steps, we were exhausted. But, we already can’t wait to do it all again next New Years.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay

Turn the page on 2019 and ring in the new year Byron style. Grab a friend or two, a partner, new or old and hit the town to experience one or more of the special events. New Year Eve Byron Bay 2019 has something for everyone.

This byronbay.com NYE guide was last updated 24 Nov 2019.

Byron Shire Council's 'Soul Street 2019' New Year's Eve, 4pm - midnight

Byron Bay’s unique New Year’s Eve street party will be open from 4pm – midnight. The centre of town will be filled with market stalls, food vendors, face painter’s, four stages, numerous bands, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, and children’s activities. Soul Street New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay will be a fun, safe, community-driven, alcohol-free event! Soul Street is a Byron Council initiative.

Falls Festival, 31 Dec '19 - 2 Jan '20 at North Byron Parklands

Falls Music & Arts Festival is a multi-day music festival held annually over the New Year's Eve and January period. The festival hosts contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms. The 2019/20 event features HALSEY (ONLY AUS SHOW), VAMPIRE WEEKENDDISCLOSURE, PLAYBOI CARTI, TASH SULTANA, PEKING DUK, OF MONSTERS AND MEN, PNAU, LEWIS CAPALDI, MILKY CHANCE, JOHN FARNHAMBANKS, and much more.. Full details and tickets available at their website fallsfestival.com/byron-bay.

NYE with Claptone, Rebūke plus more - Byron Bay Brewery

Bring in 2020 at Byron Bay Brewery with a huge lineup of electronic acts across two stages 

First artist announcement.
Claptone (afternoon set) | Rebūke 
2pm - 2am | Byron Bay Brewery | Dec 31  
Only tickets purchased through Oztix will be accepted. 18+ 

NYE 2019 - Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Groove into the New Year perched above the hustle and bustle of the streets in Byron Bay, with the perfect view to say goodbye to the year 2019

Party from dusk till dawn with our dance floor stomping until 2 am, the countdown will be on and whether it’s a New Year’s kiss, dance or hug, fun will be ensured at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Tickets are $125 per person with seating’s at 8, 8.30 or 9 pm and available for 18+ only. If you’re in town with the family, kids are always welcome here on our Balcony. Join us for an early dinner from 4- 7pm.

Welcome in 2020 at Beach Byron Bay

Raise a glass and celebrate New Year’s Eve at Beach Byron Bay.

7pm – 1am
Bubbles on arrival
Three-course menu
Live music by J-Tones
$130 per person

NYE at Fish Heads, Main Beach Byron Bay

Welcome in 2020 by the beach while enjoying a 3 course menu and a glass of Mumm champagne on arrival. Exclusive use of table until 1 AM

SHARED ENTREE
Chilled seafood platter: smoked ocean trout with dill cream, coffin bay oysters, bugs and prawns with housemade cocktail sauce.

YOUR CHOICE OF MAIN
Catch of the day, Lamb cutlets or Vegetarian option

CHOICE OF DESSERT
Chocolate cheescake, Passionfruit semifreddo or Seasonal fruit tart

$110 pp

Funk Soul Disco NYE Party - Beach Hotel Byron Bay

Live entertainment from DJ Shimmy Disco & Madison Kat.

Full details + tickets available at Oztix.

Cosmo Ritmo x Locura NYE: Cut Copy DJs + Jono Ma (Jagwar Ma)

Few acts can conjure nostalgia, euphoria, elation and epiphany like Cut Copy. Joining the lineup for the evening is of course the head shaman of Locura, Jono -Jagwar- Ma + Cosmo Ritmo collective along side DJs Oli Wright and Benjamas.

7 PM – 3 AM. Secure a spot, order your presale tickets.

New Years Eve at Loft!

Positioned high above Jonson Street, watch the festivities below as you spend the evening enjoying delicious food, drinks and the ultimate Byron vibe. Party with us until 2am with live DJs!

Fully-inclusive package starts at 7pm until midnight and will have you sipping the night away while grazing on share style snacking menu right through to the countdown.

18+ only event. Tickets available online.

A Casablanca New Years Eve 2020 - The Mez Club

Bring in 2020 with class, style and fun! Enjoy an open bar from 8pm through to midnight including beer, wine, Champagne, a Champagne Toast and canapés. Casablanca themed dress up is highly encouraged and DJ playing till late!

Book your tickets online.

 

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Summer market schedule: Byron, Bangalow, Bruns & more

Summer’s here, school’s nearly out, the weather is hot, and the water is warm. The festive season in the Byron Shire brings with it a whole host of specialty markets and events.

Here’s an overview of the region’s summer market schedule.

Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Markets are held on both the first and third Sunday of the month in December and January at the Butler Street reserve. So, this summer, the markets will be held on:

  • 2 December 2018
  • 16 December 2018
  • 6 January 2019
  • 20 January 2019

The Byron Twilight Markets

The weekly Byron Twilight Market is held in the centre of town and showcases local artisans and musical talent.

When: Saturdays, 4pm – 9pm (until April 2019)

Where: Railway Park, Byron Bay

The Byron Beachside Markets

Held annually in January, Easter, July, and the September/October long weekend, the Byron Beachside Markets stretch along the picturesque Main Beach Foreshore.

When: Wednesday, 2 January 2019, 8am – 4pm

Where: Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay

The Byron Flea Market

The Byron Flea Market is Australia’s only youth-focused market and takes place year-round.

When: Every second Saturday of the month, 8am - 2pm

Where: The Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

A Day in the Bay

A Day in the Bay is Byron’s newest market. The event represents a collaboration between local brands to bring a family-friendly, Byron-focused market to the region.

The market will feature a collective of food trucks, beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, children’s entertainment, live music, and more.

Entry is $5 with all proceeds to be donated to a local not-for-profit and charity.

When: Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12pm – 10pm

Where: Red Devils Park

Bangalow

The Bangalow Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month at the Bangalow Showgrounds. This summer, the markets will take place on:

  • 23 December 2018
  • 27 January 2019

The Bangalow Designers' Market

The Bangalow Designers’ Market is committed to promoting design in the Byron Shire and showcases local fashion labels, artisans, arts and crafts, food, and music.

When: Saturday, 8 December 2018, 8am – 3pm

Where: Bangalow Public School, Bangalow

Brunswick Heads

The Brunswick Heads Markets are held on the first Saturday of the month. This summer, the Bruns Markets will take place on:

  • 1 December 2018
  • 5 January 2019

The Brunswick Christmas Twilight Markets

The annual Brunswick Twilight Markets bring together local creators to showcase their very best during the Christmas season.

When: Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 3pm – 9pm

Where: Banner Park, Brunswick Heads

Mullumbimby

The Mullumbimby Markets are held on the third Saturday on the month. This summer, the Mullum Markets will take place on:

  • 15 December 2018
  • 19 January 2018

The Mullum Twilight Market

The Mullum Twilight Market is a family-friendly picnic meets market event featuring delicious food, artisan stalls, vintage wares, and live music.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, 3pm – 9pm

Where: The Mullum Leagues Club, Mullumbimby

Surrounding towns and villages

Outside of the Byron Shire, regional towns and villages host community markets year-round. Here’s a reminder of their schedules:

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