There’s something mad about Mullum
Combine award-winning Australian bush poet – Ray Essery, the Mullumbimby bloke – and member of the Naked Poets, international multi-award-winning country music artist Clelia Adams and Byron Bay’s Calypso Cowgirl, Kathryn Jones, add Gold Guitar winner Steve Passfield, and you get an interactive comedy-filled show of mayhem, music and shenanigans. The Mad Mullum Mob specialises in giving the audience a quality show that is reminiscent of the great variety shows of yesteryear. Special guests Bruce the Biker & La De Dah and Bushnut & Butterfly.
At Brunswick Bowlo on Saturday at 7pm. Bookings 6685 1328.
Grenadiers: maximum volume
Catch the Grenadiers at the Hotel Great Northern this Friday. Grenadiers seemingly came from nowhere earlier this year when they dropped one of the best punk rock albums of the year. Immediately capturing the attention of Triple J, the first single and title track Summer was added to high rotation, with the album then going on to secure the much sought-after Triple J Feature Album. Since then things have really taken off for the band, scoring the national support for British India, performing at the Clipsal 500 alongside the legendary Cold Chisel, and snagging a spot on Bigsound 2015.
Catch this Adelaide punk trio on the Byron leg of their tour.
A chip off the old Jock
A life spent travelling the world can be the catalyst for a great story.
Jock Barnes is a professional surfer, musician and songwriter who has collected a world of inspiration to create original lyrical content and original re-workings of his musical influences of acoustic blues, rock and pop. With a blend of covers spanning from Jimi Hendrix to Bernard Fanning, Ray Charles to Johnny Diesel and his own original tunes, Jock’s live performance has a way of engaging an audience and is one not to be missed. At Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm.
Electric Forest presents the Spring Equinox Cyber Tribal Gathering at Kohinur Hall, Upper Main Arm, on Friday 18 September. The third local electronic music event on the 2015 calendar, the Spring Equinox Cyber Tribal Gathering has evolved over many years into one of Byron’s best-kept secrets.
With a stellar lineup of local and interstate DJs this event is not to be missed. Electric Forest events create a unique festival atmosphere where self-expression, freedom and personal journeys can meld into a positive life-affirming experience through dance within a world-class immersive multimedia environment. Electric Forest has been creating cutting-edge electronic music events since 1996 and is the longest-running dance-music production hub in the Byron region.
The forest is growing into the new millennium with the highest possible production values and the latest dancefloor-friendly tunes for the discerning electronic dance-music freak. They select some of the region’s best known and talented DJs, who know how to keep a dance floor pumping, and add to the mix powerful visionary artforms in multiple media to create a unique experience.
Featured DJs are She J, Pob, Scott Freedman, and lighting and projections from Crystal Grid. Tix are $25 at the door or $20 presale. Vegetarian solstice feast catered for by Vego Gone Troppo from 7pm. Limited earlybird tickets will be available at www.facebook.com/ElectricForestProductions.
Rocking out at the YAC!
This Friday Byron Shire’s only youth music venue the YACROCKCAFE at the Byron YAC presents the Bare Bones and A Ghost Orchestra Spring Tour 2015. Bare Bones are excited to be returning to Byron Bay, accompanied by riffers from other misters, A Ghost Orchestra, Promises, Caulfield and Wild Heart. With a huge start to 2015 playing main stage at Soundwave in Sydney, and supporting international heavyweights Every Time I Die, Norma Jean and Funeral For A Friend, Bare Bones are now poised to lay the haymakers into the east coast of Australia this September, promoting their newest single White Knuckles, Black Tar. A Ghost Orchestra will be fiercer than a summer cyclone when they roll through Byron Bay this Friday night. Doors open at 6pm. Five bands and free entry!
Win a Mullum Music Fest gold pass
Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) is pursuing and promoting a renewable-energy future for the region. They want your ideas and community feedback. Complete the survey at corem.org.au to be in the draw to win a Mullum Music Fest gold pass!
For more info about COREM and to be part of the community power movement to help decarbonise, democratise and decentralise our electricity network, visit the website and the COREM Facebook page.
Getting the Vibe
Island Vibe is back. This is the 10th birthday for this fast-evolving festival that is proving to be one of the most unforgettable and impressive reggae roots and bass lineups – with music lovers and music players all gathering on the majestic shores of Minjerribah Stradbroke Island.
In true old Jamaican style, the dub dome with be back, mashing up dub, reggae, and dancehall with a mad crew of guest selectas! Featured artists are Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Natiruts (Brazil), Mungo’s Hifi (UK), Hugo & Treats, Kingfisha, Katia Demeester, The Seven uPs, Kooyeh, Zennith, Loa, Sun Salute, Felicity Lawless and more!
For more info about this 30 Oct–1 Nov event, go to islandvibe.com.au.