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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Tweed mayor and rail trail

Richard White, East Ballina I watched a Facebook video of Mayor, Chris Cherry, addressing a meeting, organised by the Northern...

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Stop motion animators needed

Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced digital animators with demonstrated experience...

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Bizarre-Garden-Where is the Bizarre Garden? How is is situated for camping – showers and access to water etc?

Bizarre Garden is 1.5 hours west of Byron Bay. This will remain a mystery until closer to the date.

There is adequate space and facilities for camping and there will be hot showers, drinking water, local food and clothing stalls, workshops, not to mention loads of fresh coconuts!

Who are Essential Intentions and what is their vision for the event?

Essential Intentions is an event company focused on good vibes and quality electronic music. The commercial EDM scene has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. We aim to provide patrons with something different. We showcase world-class forward-thinking house and techno artists from around the globe with local purveyors of the best sound, production and decor in the country creating a unique energy and visual enhancement that has helped put Byron Bay on the map as a hot spot within the Australian dance music community.

What is at the core of gatherings like this?

No bullshit. Just good times with good people.

What is a typical day like in the Bizarre Garden? I would love it if you could talk me through from a punter’s perspective!

Immerse yourself in the lush north coast forest where people leave the day-to-day schedule behind to connect and dance in a bizarre wonderland of positive vibes and fun-filled activities.

Tell me about the Headliners – who are you most excited about having on deck?

Where do I start! Headlining we have Polish house music legends Catz ’n’ Dogz, who are currently dominating worldwide and have just featured on Triple J’s mixup exclusives.

We also have internationals Oliver Koletzki, Niko Swchwind, DJ W!LD, German Brigante and Be Svendsen along with some of the best dance acts in the country including UONE, Thankyou City and Cassian.

What should people expect for Bizarre Garden?

The second coming of one of Australia’s most magical sessions into the green unknown. Camp, explore, express.

5–7 February 2016. For more info visit bizarregardenfestival.com


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