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Espresso Martini Festival

The Espresso Martini Festival is back and bigger than ever, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. are celebrating their love for Espresso Martinis once again however this time for the entire month October.

For years Balcony Bar & Oyster Co has been known as the best place in town to grab a drink with friends. The cocktail list is extensive, the wine list is exquisite, the beers are fresh, local and on tap but above all else, the espresso martinis are always flowing and only $12 each from 9:30pm. If you were around the bay at a similar time last year you may remember a festival dedicated to all those Espresso Martini lovers abroad. In just two weeks 2,200 Espresso Martinis were sold going through a whopping 70kg of coffee. Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. love their coffee in a martini glass so much that this year Espresso Fest will be grinding for the whole month of October.

A specialty cocktail menu has been carefully crafted by their expert cocktail masters featuring flavours like

Pop Your Cherry
Cherry Brandy, Cerene De Cacao, cold brew coffee and of course the much loved Cherry Ripe garnish

Bounty Hunter
1800 Coconut Tequila, Crème De Cacao, Espressocello & cold brew coffee.

Kentuck y Cold Brew
Woodford reserve, peach liqueur, cold brew coffee and orange bitters

The Nutty Professor
Disaronno, Frangelico, cold brew coffee & Cracked hazelnuts with a salted caramel rim.

Bam Bam Espresso
Bam Bam Spiced Rum, Licor 43, Triple Sec, cold brew coffee & cinnamon.

The Golden Slipper
Don Julio Anejo, Cafe Patron, cold brew, agave and a gold rim

Yum! Now for the purists simply looking for a classic espresso martini, they’ve got you covered at just $12 all day every day, plus if you have a local member’s card, the price of espresso martinis will be just $10 after 9.30pm.

If the excitement of specialty espresso martinis isn’t enough to get you keen, one dollar from every full price espresso martini sold will be donated to the incredible charity Save the Bees Australia. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. Bees pollinate 70 of around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. A world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population. Bee the cure and get alongside us to save these little yet important creatures. To find out about this very worthy cause, head to www.beethecure.com.au or to book yourself a table to celebrate espresso fest head to www.balcony.com.au.

September / October School Holidays in Byron

On top of all the family fun Byron is known for, there are plenty of options for kid specific entertainment, activities and programs. 

WHAT: Picture House Storytelling: Martin Killips reading “Dances with Hippos”
WHEN: 3 October
WHERE: Brunswick Picture House
COST: Single Adult Free | 2 Adults $10 | Child $8 | Group of 4 $24
Full Day | Single Adult Free | 2 Adults $20 | Child $16 | Group of 4 $36
WEBSITE: brunswickpicturehouse.com/event/picture-house-storytelling-martin-killips-reading-dances-hippos/

WHAT: Dandyman: For the Love of it
WHEN: 4, 5, 6 October,
WHERE: Brunswick Picture House
COST: Adult $16 | Concession $14 | Child $12 | Family of 4 $48
WEBSITE: brunswickpicturehouse.com/event/dandyman-for-love-of/

WHAT: Annie JR. presented by Bright Lights Performance School
WHEN: Saturday 29th September at 2pm and 6.30pm & Sunday 30th September at 2pm.
WHERE: Byron Theatre
COST: Adult $25 | Child under 18 $15 | Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $60
WEBSITE: www.byroncentre.com.au/event/annie-jr-presented-bright-lights-performance-school/

WHAT: Children’s African Drum and Dance Workshop presented by Gabriel Otu
WHEN: October School Holiday sessions – Wednesday, 3rd and Friday, 5th October
WHERE: Byron Theatre
COST: Single $22 | Group of 2 or 3 $20 ea. | Family of 4 $70 | Suitable for ages 2+
WEBSITE: www.byroncentre.com.au/event/childrens-african-drum-dance-workshop-presented-gabriel-otu-6/

WHAT: Bunny Racket – Keep on Rockin’! presented by Bunny Racket
WHEN: October 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Byron Theatre
COST: All tickets $20
WEBSITE: www.byroncentre.com.au/event/bunny-racket-keep-on-rocking-presented-by-bunny-racket/

WHAT: Imaginitis starring Shorty Brown presented by Shorty Brown
WHEN: 2 School Holiday shows!!!! Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 October….
WHERE: Byron Theatre
COST: Full $15 | Family of 4 (2 Adults + 2 Children) $45 | Ages 3 - 8 years
WEBSITE: www.byroncentre.com.au/event/imaginitis-starring-shorty-brown-presented-by-shorty-brown/

WHAT: October Holiday Workshop Show presented by Bright Lights Performance School
WHEN: October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Byron Theatre
COST: Adult $5 | Family $20 | Available at the door
WEBSITE: www.byroncentre.com.au/event/october-holiday-workshop-show-presented-bright-lights-performance-school-2/

WHAT: Farm Kids School Holiday Program
WHEN: September 25Th to October 12Th
WHERE: The Farm Byron Bay
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au/whatson/

WHAT: Circus Arts School Holiday Program
WHEN: September/October 2018
WHERE: Circus Arts Byron Bay
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.circusarts.com.au/activities/school-holidays-in-byron-bay/

WHAT: Skateboarding Day Camp or Skatepark Tour
WHEN: 2, 3, 4 October and 9, 10, 11 October
WHERE: Byron Bay Skateboard School
COST: $80/$100
WEBSITE: www.skateboardschool.com.au/daycamp

WHAT: Circus Workshops
WHEN: 9, 10, 11 October
WHERE: Spaghetti Circus Mullumbimby
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.spaghetticircus.com/holiday-workshops/

WHAT: Brunswick Bush School Holiday Program
WHEN: 1 – 12 October
WHERE: Brunswick Bush School, Brunswick Heads
COST: Various
WEBSITE: brunsbushschool.com.au/index.php/2-brunsbushschool/48-holiday-program

WHAT: School Holiday Kids Hand Building Clay Workshop
WHEN: 3 and 10 October
WHERE: The Clay Barn, Bangalow
COST: $75
WEBSITE: www.theclaybarn.com.au/shop/school-holiday-kids-workshop

WHAT: Enjoy Byron's many beaches 
WHEN: Everyday
WHERE: The Clay Barn, Bangalow
COST: FREE (paid parking in some areas)
WEBSITE: www.byron-bay.com/beaches/

 

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.

The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Fri-Sat 17-18th August 2018, Bangalow A&I Hall and Showgrounds - Buy Tickets

Great local food and quality musicianship in a fun family day out raising funds for local Arts & Culture

Friday 17th - Old Time Variety Show - 6pm till 10pm at the A&I Hall - delicious barbecue and great bluegrass

On Friday night, the day before the Festival, once again we’re holding an oldtime music and comedy variety show at the A&I Hall. (MA15+) This show was an absolute a hoot last year with rave reviews. It’s not to be missed with over 70 artists entertaining you all evening long and great barbecue available for purchase. All artists are volunteers and all proceeds go back into our Original Music Artists Bursaries. With limited seating, it’s sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets soon. For most punters, this was the highlight of the Festival last year. A very special night out.

Saturday 18th - BBQ & Bluegrass Festival - 10am till 5pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds - family friendly event, barbecue competition, bluegrass on the main stage, Kids Games $2, Tasting Plates $10.

Chicken 10am – Ribs 11am – Pork 12pm – Beef 1pm – Whole Hog 1:30pm

Barbecue! Slow-cooked, smokey goodness with a cold one from the craft beer bar! Join us in Bangalow for the Firebrand BBQ Cook-off on Friday and Saturday 17-18th August. Great music and games for the kids, it's an epic family day out! Over 50 teams competing for the Grand Champion $1500 prize, and you get to taste the meat in support of our charities!

Visit the festival website for more information and tickets www.bbqbluegrass.com.au and follow them on on Facebook www.facebook.com/bbqblue.

School Holiday Fun for Families in Byron Bay

The school holidays are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family time in Byron Bay. As well as relaxing it’s a good idea to have some special activities planned to keep little hands and minds occupied. If you’re looking for some school holiday fun for families, read on. We’ve compiled a list of attractions and activities to satisfy all ages that will make these school holidays memorable for the whole family!

Circus Arts

Give the kids an experience they will never forget at Circus Arts Byron Bay. Whether your child is an absolute beginner or an experienced acrobat Circus Arts offers an amazing School Holiday Program to suit all ages and skill levels. Activities range from circus skills, flying trapeze, balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and kids play space. The school holiday program runs throughout the QLD and NSW school holidays. 

Farm Kids at The Farm

Let the kids get their hands dirty and learn from a real working farm. The Farm runs exciting programs aimed at teaching kids about topics such as where food comes from, paddock rotation, pollination, organic and ethical farming and much more. There’s also plenty of opportunity for the children to get up close and interact with the pigs and chickens. Workshops run all year round and they also have a School Holiday Program.

Cape Byron Walking Track

There’s something magical and mysterious about a lighthouse when you’re a child. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you head up The Cape Byron Walking Track to the Lighthouse. The track is not considered stroller friendly in some areas, as there are steep hills and lots of steps. However you can access the track at numerous points along the boardwalk that are flat. All the information you need can be found at the National Parks Cape Byron Walking Track page. There are also tours of the Cape that are suitable for children 5yrs and over.

Byron Markets

If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun for you and the kids the Byron Bay market hits all the right spots. Delicious food, unique local shopping, great entertainment and a relaxing environment. There are a number of different markets on throughout the year as well as the regular monthly market so make sure you check which markets are on before you head out. The Byron Market provides special entertainment such as puppet shows and jumping castles during the school holidays.

Whale Watching

What greater way to inspire awe in our children than with the wonder of seeing a whale in its natural environment. Between May and November each year the majestic Humpback whale migrates north from their southern feeding grounds towards the tropics to breed and give birth. Byron Bay is the east coasts most easterly point so the whales pass by very close to the shore making Byron Bay a premier whale watching location. All you have to do is sit back and watch or there are numerous whale-watching tours available.

Byron KidzKlub

KidzKlub aims to provide kids with so much fun and entertainment they won’t want to leave! KidzKlub runs their school holiday program at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Activities include art and craft, kits, toys and games. Children can play freely or join in the structured art sessions facilitated by fully trained staff.

Horse Riding

Kids love horses. There’s just no denying it. Byron Bay offers some amazing horse riding experiences including beach rides and trail rides. Most equestrian centres will cater for all ages and skill levels. So saddle up and make your kids dream come true these school holidays!

Main Beach Byron Bay

There is no better natural playground for a child than the beach and in Byron Bay you are spoilt for choice. Take your pick from any of the spectacular Byron Bay beaches and the kids will be entertained for hours.

Byron Bay Skateboard School

Did you know that your child could go to Skate Camp? How awesome. The Byron Bay Skateboard School offers Warehouse Day Camps and Skate park Tours during the school holidays as well as private and afterschool lessons during the school year. Founder and instructor Flavio Biehl is passionate about passing on the positive, creative and unique skateboarding lifestyle to his students.

Pighouse Flicks Cinema

Your kids might be a worried about the name but rest assured there are no pigs at this cool cinema. Pighouse Flicks is an independent family run cinema that boasts the latest technology and custom made lounge style seating. A really fun and different cinema experience for the kids during the holidays.

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

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.

Falls Festival 2017/18 Wrap Up

From December 31, 2017 until January 2, 2018, North Byron Parklands was transformed into a colourful, glitter-filled celebration of all things music. Despite a few showers, the 5th Falls Music and Arts Festival was a huge success.


Image by Paul Smith

This year, Falls welcomed a capacity crowd of 25,000 festival-goers, 20,000 of which camped on-site.

With a killer mix of local, national, and international artists, punters were spoilt for choice. This year’s highlights included Flume (who bought in the New Year), Dune Rats (who, as always, put on a hilarious show), Darryl Braithwaite, Run the Jewels, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, and more.


Image by Joseph Mayers

After the hot weather on Sunday (with a brief afternoon shower) and Monday, the serious downpour on Tuesday didn't dampen spirits. Festival goers embraced the wet weather; some covered their carefully curated outfits with ponchos, while others happily dived into the mud.

Thankfully, the weather was warm and sunny on Wednesday, January 3, as campers packed up and left the festival site. All campers were able to successfully depart before 12pm.

In addition to the incredible line-up, Falls offered comedy, silent discos, DJs, art installations, swimming pools, beach volley ball, makeovers, unique market stands, delicious food, and much more.


Image by Paul Smith

We’ll see you again next year, Falls!

2018 Starlight Festival

Have a Byron Bay experience, discover your light and reconnect with your true essence at the Starlight Festival.

Join us for a festival of awakening and a celebration of infinite connection. This annual festival captures the essence of Byron Bay with a space for sharing information a bringing together of a community of like minded people. Starlight Festival is a diverse event, with live music, chanting, workshops and Yoga. It is the perfect opportunity to ignite your soul and celebrate conscious living.

The event attracts people of all ages and is a family friendly event. With renowned practitioners and specialists across a variety of fields including massage, yoga, natural products, beauty, sustainable goods, soulful food and healing. The Starlight Festival also offers connection with practitioners of ancient shamanic wisdom, soulful sound journeys and psychic knowledge.

Join us at the Byron Bay Starlight Festival in Bangalow from January 4th to 7th 2018 for four days of spiritual growth, enlightenment and expanding consciousness.

A&I Hall Bangalow
Jan 4th-7th 2018 
www.starlightfestival.com.au

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