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New coercive control laws explained at Lennox Head tonight

With new coercive control laws coming into effect on July 1, Greens candidate for Richmond, Mandy Nolan will hold community forums – along with other speakers – in Lennox Head and Mullumbimby, during July and August.

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Who knew Bluesfest veteran Ben Harper spent his early life in awe of blues legend Charlie Musselwhite? Ben and Charlie bonded doing session work for John Lee and have been fans of each other ever since.

But who would’ve guessed that it was Bluesfest that actually brought them together for the first time some 17 years ago? Now Bluesfest will again bring them together – on stage this year.

Bluesfest announced today the two will play together on day one of the festival Thursday March 28. On Good Friday, Ben Harper will also perform solo.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble says, ‘I was there the year Harper begged an introduction to his idol at Bluesfest 1996. Despite the difference in age and background, the two hit it off immediately. This is a show you simply cannot miss.

‘There are so many performances this year that are going to move you deeply, and this will be one of many.’

Other highlights also announced today include: a second Manu Chao show on Easter Sunday; two-time Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band; Melbourne indie heart-throbs Skipping Girl Vinegar; 25-year-old American soul sensation Allen Stone; boogie blues and soul strummer Shaun Kirk; blues/roots/rock singer/songwriter Genevieve Chadwick; and last year’s Busking Comp winners Brother Fox.


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