Bourbon on Bruns
It’s been 25 years since Bourbon Street played its first gigs. Come along and celebrate the good old days of rock ’n’ roll at the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday from 4.30pm.
Jump aboard the trance juggernaut Further as it rumbles down the east coast. The engine room includes progressive trance heavyweight Tristan Boyle with international support acts Knobs (Italy), Evil Oil Man (UK) and Dirty Hippy (UK). Local artists Purple Hayes and Xenoscapes will help keep the wheels spinning.
Featuring state-of-the-art 3D projection mapping technology, a unique stage installation and incredible lights and laser show, this is more than just another gig; this is a psychedelic journey!
Byron Bay Brewery will be transformed into a psychedelic wonderland, complete with fire performances and LED hoopers. The man behind Further, Andrew Hawkes, is extremely excited to bring his dance party experience to these select east coast venues.
Friday from 4pm. $20/35 – The Byron Bay Brewery. Tickets $20 presale/$35 door or at eventbrite.com.au.
It’s all fair in love and techno
After last year’s one-off cracker, selling out in record time and carrying some serious vibe, Essential’s Techno Fair is upsized, returning with this killer lineup.
As only 500 tickets available, be sure to grab your ticket now and reserve your place for this special event that features headliner Aussie-born DJ, producer, label owner, journalist and radio personality Steve Ward. Over many years the Ward sound has evolved into a truly unmistakable blend of tough house grooves coupled with the power of techno and the euphoria of Detroit, a perfect package that has been proven to work on dance floors from London to Tokyo, Amsterdam to Ibiza. He is joined by Dylan Griffin, Storm, Rikki Newton, Lyndon Kidd, Webber, Zigamon, Sammy K and Twitch. Saturday at the Byron Brewery at 2pm. $20/30.
From Dirty Lucy to now
Nicole Brophy has an earthy voice and style compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams and La Roux. Stylistically it fits somewhere between alt-country with blues-inspired roots-based rock. In previous band Dirty Lucy, their highly acclaimed debut album Dark Green was released in 2003 and the follow-up mini-album Music, People Cities, Lights & Darkness was released in 2006 while touring relentlessly to every corner of the country over four years solid.
Dirty Lucy went on hiatus in mid-2007, and rising from the ashes of day jobs and vocal nodule operations Nicole joined the touring band of multi-ARIA-nominated performer Kate Miller-Heidke in February 2008 and hit the road again playing to thousands of people at festivals and theatres both here and overseas. After finishing up after an incredible four years of touring and performing with Kate Miller-Heidke, Nicole is refocused on making her own mark on the music world as a frontwoman of her own show. Powerful earthy vocals combined with soulful melodies, rawness and her gutsy blues/rock guitar style are making a lasting impression on the live music scene. She plays Club Lennox on Sunday.
As part of the Bangalow Music Festival, British comic, musician and conductor Rainer Hersch brings his hilarious hit one-man show to the Byron at Byron for a late afternoon tea with a difference. Combining Rainer’s long-established skills as a top-ranked comedian, his virtuosity as a pianist, and his fanaticism for the world’s most beautiful music, All Classical Music Explained is a witty hour-long journey through the world of classical music. Hersch has built up a considerable reputation as a broadcaster, devising and presenting many programs for Classic FM in the UK and the BBC. The Bangalow Music Festival returns to the region for its 14th year with a sensational lineup of superstar guest soloists, as well as the sublime Southern Cross Soloists. Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2015 as one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, Southern Cross Soloists are joined by legendary musicians Piers Lane, William Barton, Karin Schaupp and Daniel De Borah, who will all be making their first appearance at this unique chamber music festival set against the gorgeous backdrop of the lush countryside of northern NSW. Tickets are on sale now by going to www.southernxsoloists.com or by phoning 3844 7260.
For tickets to the The Byron at Byron event on Friday 14 August at 4pm, email [email protected] or call 6639 2105. Tickets are $75 and inclusive of afternoon tea and beverages.
You can rest on your Laurels when you know the Zodiac
Zodiac K is the newest cut from The Laurels’ upcoming second record and marks an exciting new direction in sound for the band, evolving yet maintaining The Laurels’ magic signature and sound we’ve all come to love. The band are also now joined by Jasper Fenton on drums; he also plays in the prestigious Decoder Ring.
Nicholas Allbrook, for all of you living under rocks, is the frontman of Pond, drummer for Peter Bibby, founding member of Mink Mussell Creek and former Tame Impala bass player and noisemaker with many more. In 2011, The Laurels released their first EP Mesozoic to widespread acclaim. In 2012 the band signed to Rice Is Nice, where they released their debut album Plains. The album was praised across the country, bagging an excess of Album of The Week awards and all-star reviews from radio, print and online everywhere. 2013 saw The Laurels venture on an incredibly successful USA tour including the esteemed Austin Psych Fest alongside the likes of Roky Ericson, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deerhunter and Clinic. They play the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
Fishing at the pub
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Chris Fisher began his musical journey at the folk clubs and music festivals of far north Queensland. With a swag of awards for original composition and vocals, including eight North Coast Entertainment Industry Dolphin awards, Chris is an established artist always pushing into new areas. Catch Chris at the Bangalow Hotel on Saturday.