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Weekend Roundup May 1

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Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

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Greenhouse emissions increase by 40 per cent

The Global Nitrous Oxide (N₂O) Budget, released today, reveals anthropogenic (human-induced) N₂O emissions have increased by 40 per cent in the past four decades, with the period between 2020-2022 showing an accelerated rate of growth. 

Interview with Nicki Parrott

After three decades of touring and performing in the US, Europe and Japan, acclaimed jazz musician Nicki Parrott is making a triumphant return to her homeland, bringing with her a new album Feelin’ Groovy – that pays homage to the iconic sounds of the sixties and draws inspiration from the carefree lifestyle of her new home in the Byron Shire.

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

No public housing in Labor’s $10b housing fund 

Federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has told The Echo she expects successful projects from the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) will be announced in the coming months. 

Bringing the ‘Funky Bus’ to town

Louey Howell and the Funkatu Collective are an original psychedelic, bush funk band who combine an eclectic fusion of reggae, soul, ska and hip-hop into a delightfully delicious explosion of funky goodness guaranteed to get your booty shakin’.


In the Wake of their Heart

The northern rivers is known for birthing talent that spreads onto the national and world stages and Byron Bay hardcore/metal band In Hearts Wake are on that track. They have announced a special hometown album launch show for their new album Earthwalker.

Last month In Hearts Wake announced the new album and their partnership with Carbon Neutral that has allowed them to plant a native tree for every copy of the album pre-ordered, in the hope of restoring and preserving the natural beauty of our environment.

In line with the band’s ecological ethos, every ticket purchased for the show will result in a native Australia biodiverse tree being planted in conjunction with the Earthwalker Carbon Neutral campaign.

The all-ages event will take place on Friday 2 May at the Youth Activity Centre, an iconic and intimate venue where the group played their first shows back in 2006.

Lending support are a string of solid local bands: Shackles, whose debut LP Forced To Regress is out now. Also on the lineup are Deceiver and As Chaos Falls.

Tickets will be limited and will be available at the door only for $10.

Doors 6pm. This is an all-ages drug-and-alcohol-free event.

Neil_Murray_DSC9072Neil Murray Brings Thunder & Rain

With a career spanning three decades, one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, Neil Murray, returns to the area to perform an intimate solo concert this weekend. This year he has a new album Bring Thunder & Rain, the twelfth release of his solo career.

From being a founding member of the Warumpi Band in the 1980s to an influential singer/songwriter of national significance, Neil has released a string of unique albums and is an APRA Song of the Year award recipient for penning the iconic My Island Home. He is also the writer of such classics as Blackfella Whitefella, Good Light in Broome, Native Born, Long Grass Band, Lights of Hay and many others.

Neil will introduce new songs from his latest release as well as renditions of well-known songs from his back catalogue. Support for the evening is Jimmy Dowling.

Don’t miss this engaging and fascinating performer, whose songs shine like so many rare gems hard won in an arduous journey through the nation’s conscience. Bangalow Bowling Club, Friday 2 May, 7.30pm.

Cornerstone Roots

Fuelled by passion for music and performance while combining the classic with the new, super roots band from Raglan, NZ, Cornerstone Roots brings the full vibes to 2014, featuring new tracks and new presence. This band believes in pushing the boundaries of the genre to make new contributions to music. Experience this harmonious live in the We Love To Create Music tour at the Byron Bay Brewery on Friday.

Andy-Burke-IMG_9446From Ireland to Byron

Andy Burke is an original singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist from the heart of the west coast of Ireland. Andy has been playing pubs, clubs, and hotels, and had been in numerous bands over his 20-year music career.

His main influences include Neil Young, Bonnie Prince Billy, Beastie Boys, Bob Marley and early 70s rock. Andy’s got two albums recorded and his latest offering, Red Little Swift, was recorded in the hills of Mullumbimby last year.

Andy uses a Gibson J50 guitar accompanied by foot stomp and harmonica and, when needed, a loop station. His live gigs are always entertaining and lively. Come along and get in the groove with this Irish rocker on Monday at the Rails from 6.30pm.

Rub in the Hot Dub

The Hot Dub Time Machine phenomenon has well and truly hit Australian shores. On the back of sellout European tours and momentous feature performances for the Falls Festival and Sydney/Adelaide/Perth and Hobart festivals, the world’s first time-travelling dance party is set to hit every corner of the country this autumn with a much-anticipated club tour.

Hot Dub Time Machine is an audiovisual, boogie-powered journey through music history, starting in the 50s and rocking all the way back to 2014. Hot Dub Time Machine channels dance-floor energy into time travel, creating a funk-filled adventure from 60s rock, through 70s disco, 80s cheese, 90s mayhem, and naughties party debauchery!

Hot Dub Time Machine was the undisputed highlight of recent Sydney, Perth and Adelaide festival sold-out runs. Two-storey-tall screens, confetti cannons and balloon drops are just a taste of what to expect as the ‘best party ever’ hits town

Get into the Dub this Saturday at the Beach Hotel.

Tribute-to-Dan---Vocalist-Sarah-and-Drummer-Shay--Tribute to Dan

A special night in the memory of Dan Morgan. Dan, a gifted musician and SCU student, died seven years to the day. Some of Dan’s closest friends are coming together to celebrate in the only way they know how. Playing a mix of soulful blues and groove, they will also share one or two of Dan’s original compositions. Tuesday 6 May at the Platinum Lounge at the Lismore Workers Club from 7.30pm.


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