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New Years Eve 2015 – Live Music Roundup

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Take a Safari for New Years!

As 2015 comes to a close, people everywhere are scrambling for New Years Eve plans. You needn’t worry though, because Sunday Safari and Afends have made sure that this time around you bring in the New Year the right way. Following last year’s completely sold-out NYE event, the Byron Bay Brewery will once again play host to what will no doubt be one of the biggest parties of 2015. With a lineup so stacked you’ll be salivating, at the top of the list we will be graced with electronic power ballad kings, Panama. The three-piece live show keep good company on widely renowned label Future Classic, rubbing shoulders with artists such as Chet Faker, Cashmere Cat and Flume. Their tropical, feel-good music is taking the international stage by storm, with fans spanning from Berlin to Tokyo – and now, just for you, Byron Bay.

Joining them on the lineup is Juno Mars, aka Jono Ma of Jagwar Ma. A master of all things dance, Juno Mars recently supported Foals on their UK tour at the sold-out Wembley Stadium show. Helping us bring in the New Year will also be Byron local Mt Warning, whose new EP Petrified Heart is a cathartic, contagious sonic journey. As well as these guys, Nocturnal Tapes will be creating their wall of synth-heavy sound at the Brewery, ensuring you’re dancing until the early morning. Keeping the vibe balanced, WAXHEAD are also going to be there to fulfil all your surf rock needs, as well as Kit Bray on a vibing acoustic set. If this long list of stellar acts isn’t enough for you, keeping the party strong will be Taya, Rhys Bynon and, of course, the Safari DJs.

Tickets are available at sundaysafari.com.au, the Afends store and the Byron Bay Brewery.

Drunk Mums for NY

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Thelma Plum, performing at Byron’s Soul Street this New Years Eve
Thelma Plum, performing at Byron’s Soul Street this New Years Eve

Soul, Sun & lots of Plum

Byron Bay presents Soul Street again this New Years Eve, and will see closure of Jonson Street to traffic from The Rails all the way to Lawson St roundabout. The zone will be renamed Soul Street for the evening and will promote the Safe Summer in the Bay initiative created by the local council’s Summer Safety and Cultural Activities Committee. It’s an impressive lineup and features Thelma Plum, an Indigenous singer/songwriter from Delungra in NSW. Now based in Melbourne she’s a Triple J National Indigenous Music Awards comp winner, an Unearthed winner, and has also been nominated for a Deadly for most promising new talent. She is joined by Kyle Lionhart, Hoo8Hoo, Som De Calcada, Samba Blisstas, Tommy Franklin, Ilona Harker, Miss Renee Simone DJ, Roundabout Theatre acts, Billy Tempest Fire Dancers, Mobstars!!! flashmob dancers, Shaunti Light Show, Red Helium Balloon Girls, Hunter + Smoke, Tutti Frutti Circus, Shep Huntly Circus, Indego Gebbett, Megan Donnelly, Isis + Azura, Silent Disco and Romi Music plus more!

Bring the kids out from 4pm till late and venture through the heart of town, which will be full of artisan stalls, great food stalls, craft activities, face painters, circus acts, buskers and numerous local and national bands including performers onstage.

The early bird catches the first sun. Come and be part of our early-morning, family-friendly event at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, sponsored by Crystal Castle. Come and be a part of our sunrise meditation with a 5.30am sharp start. Concluding with the wonderful sounds of gongs as the first glimpse of the sun breaks through the skies. Following daybreak, there will be yoga, Hawaiian flying Tai Chi, and Written Intentions.

This is a way to celebrate the true spirit of Byron Bay – peaceful, happy, healthy and inclusive. You can partake in free yoga or tai chi while taking in the view.


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