The Big Frack Up
Local musicians band together to show their support for the anti-CSG/Lock the Gate cause by running a 12-hour fundraiser this Saturday.
Featuring our own soul mamma diva of Byron Bay, Lisa Hunt, headlining an awesome lineup of local dance bands and fabulous performers including the Hottentots, Free Like Me, Dub Collective, the Camel Tones, the Swamp Catz, De Mudda Funkas, The Shooflys, Weatherless, The Year of the Deer, No Frills Twins, Guy Kachel, Luke Vassella, Deidi Vine, Fiona Ryan, Meg & Mookx, Joselia Morris and many more!
There will also be a public address system set up specifically for this purpose in the ‘Byron Domain’ Speakers Tent. Express how you feel personally about all the environmental disasters and social issues facing us right now, such as CSG, climate change, attacks on the Barrier Reef, forests and wildlife.
Also addresses from guest speakers from Lock the Gate and other environmental groups, who will be answering the question ‘What CAN we do?’
If you would like to be part of this international global movement then bring your cameras and film and photograph this event including your own personal interviews with friends and family and then post on all social media with the messages from this event.
Entry is by donation, so bring a pillow, picnic blanket and umbrella for shade. If needed, paid camping is available.
From 10am till 10pm at Red Devil football field in Byron on Saturday.
Broadfoot at Bruns
This Saturday from 7.30pm Broadfoot return to the outdoor splendour of the Hotel Brunswick. On display will be many songs from Broadfoot’s upcoming album, as well as songs from previous ones.
Throw in a popular dance cover or three and the recipe is there for a great musical night out – worth a lot more than the price of admission – free.
Prince of Coorabell Hall
Fresh from performing with Mista Savona and Randy Valentine at WOMADelaide, Prince Alla will be bringing his raw roots reggae vibe to the Byron Shire.
Keith Blake (aka Prince Alla) was born in Jamaica and began his career with the Leaders vocal group during 1967–68. As Prince Alla he recorded well-known roots classics including Sun Is Shining, Lot’s Wife and Bucket Bottom. Prince Alla continues to be in demand with roots producers to this day, including collaborations with Jah Shaka and Australia’s very own Mista Savona.
With a great lineup of local support acts including Solidarity Sound plus Jaminglish, Mista Savona, Lloyd (UK Sound System), 4’ 20” Sound and Crucial D, this promises to be a night for reggae and dub heads to remember.
Expect full sound-system vibes and plenty of bass; be prepared to move your hips and wind your waist!
Join us at Coorabell Hall, Friday from 7pm. Tickets are $20 and are available from www.kupromotions.com.au/?p=1562.
Songwriting with Oils
Legendary Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst is taking to the stage in Southern Cross University’s Studio One29 for the first APRA Songwriters’ Workshop of 2015, at the Lismore campus on Thursday 19 March.
The APRA Songwriters’ Workshop series has been developed to give students of the university’s contemporary music program insights into the music industry.
Rob is probably best known for his incredible performances as Midnight Oil’s drummer, yet he has written or co-written many of the band’s best-loved songs; a musical legacy which has thrown the spotlight on important issues from Indigenous land rights through to nuclear disarmament, youth homelessness and asbestos-related diseases.
He is also a published author and magazine contributor. Late last year, Rob released his first album-length solo offering, The Sun Becomes the Sea, a collection of songs, some personal and some focused on issues that concern him, such as The Truth Walks Slowly, a true story of a sixth-generation Queensland cattle farmer forced to fight when the beauty and solitude of his pristine property is threatened by a gas-mining company.
The APRA Songwriters’ Workshops are presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the university’s School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Held in the school’s state-of-the-art Studio One29 in the Contemporary Music Building (D block) from 2pm till 4pm Thursday 19 March.
This special workshop with Rob Hirst will be open to the public, with no cost to attend.
Local indie rock band Vernas Keep are back at the Northern this Friday night to promote the launch of their second single Bones and Arrows, which is the title track of their soon-to-be-released debut EP. This is their first show since Falls Festival and the first show of an east coast mini-tour starting in their home town.
They dropped an amazing set at Falls, which further cemented their growing reputation as a must-see band. It’s rare that you find a band you’d rate as one of the standout sets at a festival, topping headliners and even international acts. But to find an act that completely surpasses all expectations and leaves you wanting more is something special.
Catch them at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
Visions Collide for Dubarray
Australia’s underground live electronic musical juggernauts Dubarray release their new single Depth of Perception, a deep tribal house track showcasing the band’s signature flavour of ambient euphoric vocal hooks, spearheaded with a massive tribal undertone.
The track was one of the first to evolve from the writing process for the new album Visions Collide, yet remained the unique.
Dubarray deliver their latest at the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.