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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

Byron Comedy Fest

The inaugural Byron Comedy Fest will take place at a sparkling Byron Surf Club May 17-19.

With Kids Workshops, Family Shows, Comedy Burlesque, Comedy Debate and a world class Stand Up Comedy Program, there is a weekend packed with things to do.

Brookie’s Gin Cocktails, Stone & Wood beers and great local food means you can hang out, take in a show or 3 and enjoy the best space in town.

Kath & Kim stars Glenn Robbins and Peter Rowsthorn join Spicks and Specks regular Dave O’Neil on Friday Night for a HUGE kick off.

Dave Thornton from the Project is so, so funny and he is joined by 2 of the hottest women in Stand Up: Mel Buttle (Hughesy we have a problem) and Nikki Britton (Melb Intl Comedy Gala). This is a super Saturday Night.

UK funny men Bob Franklin (The Jimeoin Show), Dan Willis & Jeff Green are old hands at Stand Up and join us as the warm up gigs both Friday and Saturday nights. The Best of British seriously never let the crowd down!

Joel Salom the international man of circus is fresh from Melbourne Int’l Comedy Festival and bringing eric the old electric dog and allen the new electric dog in to perform his NEW Show: Talking Dogs

The wonderful and lovable Denise Scott will be our Sunday morning big hearted, brainy and brilliantly funny brekkie show.

Mandy Nolan, Greg Sullivan, Jonathan Atherton, Lindsay Webb, Dusty Rich and Ellen Briggs will battle out if WOMEN RULE THE WORLD in the Comedy Debate Closer... which may spell mayhem!

Byron Bay Comedy Festival 17-19 May 2019

Byron Bay Surf Club

Full details and tickets at www.byroncomedyfest.com.

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
 
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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.
 

Easter / Autumn school holiday activities for kids in Byron Bay

The Easter long weekend and autumn school holidays are a popular time for families to visit. On top of all the usual things to do in Byron Bay, there's a whole host of school age activities to enjoy. We've put together a list to help make these Easter school holidays in Byron fun for the whole family.

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children's entertainment.

Tickets and further information at www.bluesfest.com.au

Palace Byron Bay (opening 4 April)

Palace Byron Bay offers the full entertainment experience, showcasing a mix of quality blockbusters, international and Australian art-house films as well as its renowned film festivals. Nine cinemas, luxurious handcrafted seats, combined with state of the art digital projection and sound technology, enhance the pleasure and excitement of the movie-going experience like never before.

Session times and further information at www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/palace-byron-bay/

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Circus Arts Byron Bay offers a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, free balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and a kids play space.

Plus, these school holidays Circus Arts and Ninja Play Byron Bay bring you the regions only Ninja Warrior classes for kids, available for 1/2 day and full day students.

Full detail and bookings at circusarts.com.au/activities/byron-bay-school-holiday-programs/

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.

Full details and bookings available at www.skateboardschool.com.au

Farm Kids

Cows, flowers, bees, chickens, pigs and more... Farm Kids inspires and educates children through programs about where food comes from and introduces them to concepts like paddock rotation for the animals, the importance of pollination, organic farming, crops, healthy soil, composting and other ethical farming practices. 

There are a range of kids workshops being run throughout these school holidays. Full details and bookings available at thefarm.com.au/kids-workshops

Stone & Wood opens new Byron Bay brewery to summer crowds

Since opening in mid-December, Stone & Wood’s brewery has served over 12,000 beer paddles to thirsty Northern Rivers locals and Byron Bay visitors alike.

Visitors can now enjoy beer tastings, brewery tours and a bite to eat at the brewery’s recently opened, new brewery in the Arts & Industrial estate. 

After 12 months of construction, the local independent brewery has opened its brewery doors to welcome patrons to the 1,160-metre-squared brewery complete with 31 brewing tanks, a canteen, tasting room and plenty of space to hang out, catch up and enjoy a tasting paddle. 

Tasting room manager Cale Watts said the new space is for people to experience Stone & Wood’s spiritual home. 

“The purpose-built brewery brings everything back under one roof – the brewery, tasting room and office space for our team”, Mr Watts said. “We want people to feel like they can drop in, slow down and relax over a beer, and be a part of it all. Whether it’s for a tour, a tasting or a bite to eat, it is an inclusive, family friendly space dedicated to beer education.”

Besides hopping on one of the three daily tours, visitors can taste Stone & Wood’s core range of ‘year-round’ beers, a rotating range of experimental Pilot Batch beers and limited one-off beers from Stone & Wood’s Counter Culture range, launching mid-March. 

Over the past five years, Stone & Wood has raised over $750,000 through its Community Program. With a dollar from each paddle now additionally going to their not-for-profit inGrained Foundation, they’re excited by the potential of what these funds can do for their community. 

The new brewery’s opening lined up with Stone & Wood’s 10-year anniversary, for which they launched their flagship beer, Pacific Ale, in cans for the first time. Additionally, once the office spaces are complete in March, the building will bring together employees from all different departments – from brewing and tours, to finance and marketing – under the one roof.  

The Stone & Wood Tasting Room team welcome locals and visitors to the Byron Bay brewery at 100 Centennial Circuit between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 12.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information or to book a brewery tour, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au
 

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. 

Summer holiday activities for kids in Byron Bay

The summer school holidays are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family time in Byron Bay. On top of the beaches and parks to explore, a number of Byron businesses host school age activities. We've put together a list to help make these summer school holidays memorable for the whole family.

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Circus Arts Byron Bay offers a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, free balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and a kids play space. Plus, the regions only Ninja Warrior classes for kids (available as an add-on to the 1/2 day and full day programs).

Full details and bookings available at www.circusarts.com.au.

KIDS Stand Up Comedy

Class Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th & 15th of January.

Course is facilitated by Mandy with professional comedians as special guest teachers!

Students will gain valuable confidence public speaking, and skills in seeing humour in challenging situations as well as they will learn the science of creating a joke out of observations and experiences. Includes a 1:1 comedy material writing session creating their own comedy routine for their graduation performance.

Full details and bookings available at www.mandynolan.com.au.

Farm Kids

Farm Kids inspires and educates children through programs about where food comes from and introduces them to concepts like paddock rotation for the animals, the importance of pollination, organic farming, crops, healthy soil, composting and other ethical farming practices. 

Children can meet up close our heritage black pigs and watch them in their natural surroundings and be amongst our chickens whilst enjoying some of the best things in life, sunshine and fresh air. 

Full details and bookings available at www.thefarm.com.au.

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.

Full details and bookings available at www.skateboardschool.com.au.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay

Celebrations for New Years Eve 2018 in and around Byron Bay, include a family friendly street party in the centre of town, a variety of live music and themed party's in the larger venues, or a full blown music festival featuring artists such as Juice World, Interpol, Toto and more.

Plus - being Australia's most esterly point, Byron Bay will be the first to see the sun in 2019. You can join the First Sun celebrations at 5.15am on 1 January 2019 up at Cape Byron Lighthouse. 

Byron Shire Council's 'Soul Street 2018' New Year's Eve, 4pm - midnight

Soul Street is Byron Bay’s New Years Eve family-friendly street party. With Jonson St closed off, it becomes the colourful hub of this interactive town gathering. From 4pm – midnight, together we will see out the old year and bring in the new one as we celebrate the magic of our wonderful Byron community. There will be cabaret, music, dance, kids play zones, comedy, food stalls, DJs, henna, tarot, circus and the list goes on. Learn more at www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Falls Festival, 31 Dec - 2 Jan 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 2018/19 event features ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · JUICE WRLD · INTERPOL · TOTO and more. Full details and tickets available at their website fallsfestival.com/byron-bay.

NYE | Byron Bay Brewery, 12pm - 2am

See multiple Band and DJ headliners supported by our best local talent all under one roof, across two stages during the day and into the night. Food. Beverages. Visual Arts. Music and heaps more... 

Full details + tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.au

Beach Hotel Byron Bay presents PARADISE FOUND NYE PARTY!  7.30pm til late 

Food stalls, cocktail bars, DJ's and live acts. Dress code: Paradise

La bOum live + DJ's Longtime, My Happy Place & Fonzaius

Full details + tickets available at oztix.com.au

NYE Beachside Pool Party, 6pm - 1 am hosted by Fishheads

Bring in the New Year at Byron's only premier BEACHSIDE POOL PARTY with live music by Northern Rivers BIGGEST LIVE BAND - SOULD!

Full details + tickets available at www.trybooking.com
 

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/

 

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