The local reggae collective have taken Byron by storm with their ever-growing and -glowing Byron event, now over two stages: the Brewery’s open-air beergarden and the Brewery’s Band Room simultaneously!
Get ready to absorb some of the fattest beats available on the east coast, delivered by the The 4’ 20” Sound from Byron Bay with new special guests every week, a sound-system crew with live band, singers and MCs blazing selections of original vintage roots, jungle, dub and drum ’n’ bass. Monday from 8pm at the Byron Brewery. Free at start, $5 from 9pm.
The Jam Factory with Byron Vibes
Byron Vibes is about celebrating and showcasing the incredible musical and artistic talent in the Byron Shire. As a collective of musicians and artists combined with our love of music, art and philosophy, we point towards a much broader vision.
Through the celebration of local music, arts and culture, the intention is to encourage others to shine. Byron Vibes has emerged over recent years through the collaboration of a large range of local artists. Having run numerous events during this time, they released their first compilation album under their own independent label Constellation Records, representing the music of 18 local artists.
The next event features multiple stages showcasing headline acts and artists such as Wandering Eyes, Tristan Omeara, Simon Wright, Katia Demeester, Luke Ferguson, Future Elders and Lady Writer. The infamous and renowned jam stage will be in full swing, offering punters the chance to get onstage and play. Featuring an acoustic stage, Funmaker Silent disco, VJ Luminaya (live projections), fire twirling, arts, and 600–700 guests. Crafts market stalls, face painting / body art and much more.
Saturday, Boxing Day, at Byron Brewery from 2pm.
A spot of bizarre gardening
Australia’s newest boutique electronic music festival returns for its second year, bigger, greener and crazier than ever thanks to Byron’s hottest party collective, Essential Intentions. Held 1.5 hours out of our nation’s most-loved holiday destination there is no better place to spend one of the best summer weekends of the year with good weather, good friend and incredible music.
This year organisers have taken it to the next level and gone all out with a lineup of the most exciting artists from around the world, who will be performing across two stages over three days, inside the deep forest where positive people and world-class music blossom into a magical place that is the Bizarre Garden. Headliners are an all-star cast from across Europe, Catz N Dogz (Poland), DJ W!ld (France), Be Svendsen (Germany), German Brigante (Spain) and an Australian lineup from all around the country.
Bizarre Garden takes root over 5–7 February 2016, with music, camping and more. Tix $70. For ticket and location info go to bizarregardenfestival.com.
Groove on Sunday
Significant Others, a well-respected Sydney house and techno crew, is hosting a brand-new weekly Sunday event at the Byron Bay Brewery showcasing local and interstate DJs from around Australia.
Expect to hear quality house and techno music by the hand of resident DJs LeOCh and Magu plus weekly guest DJs. Come experience it for yourself.
Groove is free entry every Sunday from 3pm till 10pm at the Byron Bay Brewery.
Cumming to Lismore
Award-winning actor, best-selling author and Broadway star Alan Cumming will join Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell in opening the annual Tropical Fruits Festival on New Years Eve in Lismore. Cumming is on his way to the rainbow region to perform his hit show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at NORPA at Lismore City Hall this Tuesday and Wednesday and will stay on to open the festival the following day.
Alan Cumming (OBE) is a Scottish actor, author and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. He has just finished filming the latest instalment of the TV series The Good Wife, in which he plays a charismatic political campaign manager Eli Gold. His bestselling 2014 autobiography Not My Father’s Son tells the emotional story of the brutal relationship with his abusive father when he was growing up and the later discoveries he made when filming the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?
A campaigner for LGBT rights, Cumming has also been awarded for his contribution toward eliminating homophobia. His first performance at NORPA at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday 29 December will be preceded by a free community party, the end point for the annual Tropical Fruits street parade through Lismore’s CBD.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, NORPA at Lismore City Hall, 8pm. Tickets: $66. Bookings: 1300 066 772 www.norpa.org.au. Tropical Fruits Festival and www.tropicalfruits.org.au
Friday 1 January. Ticket price: $35.
Powerful, conscious Blue King Brown frontwoman Nattali Rize has embarked on an epic new solo project, collaborating with cutting-edge producers Notis – heavyweight rockers out of Jamaica. The result – Nattali Rize & Notis – will blow your mind, from pumping tuff riddims to soft sweet melodies. Nattali moved to Jamaica in 2014 to develop the project, and for the first time the six-piece all-Jamaican band, fronted by Nattali, is hitting Australian shores. The epic live show brings two worlds together in a highly charged, progressive reggae crossover experience. Not to be missed!
‘This is the first incarnation of my solo works. It’s been a powerful journey, something unique, and I’m excited to bring the project to Australia for the very first time!’ says Nattali.
In 2014 Nattali, following her intuition, packed up her Australian life and made the move to Jamaica to develop this first-of-its-kind project. The prominent Australian artist, backed by her all-Jamaican band, then burst onto the US scene over the North American summer 2015. They completed a hugely successful run that included major festival performances and a national run of shows in June/July with Michael Franti & Spearhead (USA), followed by a support tour with Katchafire (NZ). The band’s highly acclaimed debut EP, entitled NEW ERA FREQUENCY, dropped in August 2015.
Dubbed ‘One of the nation’s most refreshing voices’ by Rolling Stone, Nattali Rize imbues the global consciousness and energy of reggae with a distinct lyricism and vocal prowess. One very special show at the Hotel Brunswick Sunday 3 January. Tickets & info: nattalirize.com.
Cunning Stunts for charity
Cunning Stunts will bring together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for awesome local charities that tirelessly devote themselves to supporting and helping northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life. Their assortment of highly experienced, internationally renowned and diverse local DJs will be playing deep and blissed-out balearic beats, delicious dubs, left-field excursions, oddball disco and killer obscurities. Dropping the quality records they personally love that they rarely get the chance to play out.
Nudge Nudge Wink Wink are FREE, family friendly events with face painting for the kids. Fundraising at the events will see 100 per cent of all profits to be donated to local well-deserving charities with their gig on Sunday at The Billinudgel raising money for The House with No Steps. 3–9pm.
The Black Sorrow of New Years Day
In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly successful album Certified Blue added to the 50th anniversary by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade.
Album number 45 for Camilleri and number 17 for The Black Sorrows, Certified Blue peaked at No 2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and finished at No 5 for the year after 40 weeks. In the Australian Blues and Roots Chart the album peaked at No 1: quite an achievement for an independent release.
The Black Sorrows play the Ballina RSL on New Years Day.