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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

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.

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.

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