Music Roundup – February 4, 2016


Stomp along with the Swamp Stompers from 8pm at the Byron Brewery on Friday

Swampy and Stompy

The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of Lismore, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chili Peppers, while searing slide guitar, contrasting dual-lead vocals, catchy guitar riffs and dubstep-inspired didgeridoo soundscapes give this original blues-rock band an irresistible flavour combination that will leave you with an insatiable hunger for more.

The band is renowned for their incredibly high-energy live shows, with punters left in complete awe by the raw power and finesse displayed by this seemingly unstoppable guitar riff-driven beast. The Swamp Stompers have a ravenous hunger for touring and have been known to smash out a feeding-frenzy of more than sixty shows per year, all the while still studying their musical craft at university and finding time to create new musical morsels of magic to unleash on the world. The band has recently completed extensive west- and east-coast tours, while a 13-date national EP launch tour was undertaken early in 2015 in support of the brand-new six-track EP Stepping Stones. The lead single from the new EP, aptly titled Swamp Stomp Boogie, landed itself at a very respectable number six on the regional AirIT charts for the month of February 2015, sitting just behind artists such as Paul Kelly.

Stomp along from 8pm at the Byron Brewery on Friday, free entry.

Get your jam on

Byron Vibes is about celebrating and showcasing the incredible musical and artistic talent in the Byron Shire.

As a collective of musicians and artists, combined with our love of music, art and philosophy, we point towards a much broader vision.

Through our celebration of local music, arts and culture, our intention is to encourage others to shine.

We are creating a supportive foundation on which we wish to pave the way to a more inclusive and interactive world for which we believe there is great need.

Byron Vibes has emerged over recent years through the collaboration of a large range of local artists.

In March 2014 we released our first compilation album under our own independent label Constellation Records, representing the music of 18 local artists.

The next event features multiple stages showcasing headline acts and artists such as Pineapple Lazer, Zahlu & The Alchemists of Sound, Paul Adams, Miss Sally B and many more. The infamous and renowned jam stage will be in full swing, offering punters the chance to get onstage and play.

Get jamming from 3pm on Saturday at the Byron Brewery
– and it’s free!


Don’t miss The Samba-Blisstas Summer Session at The Rails Hotel this Sunday

Flaming Bongos – it’s the Samba-Blisstas!

Don’t miss The Samba-Blisstas Summer Session at The Rails Hotel this Sunday.

Thundering through in their wild whacky costumes and riotous red rhythms, this silly syncopated street troupe will leave you sweaty and screaming for more.

The Samba-Blisstas are a huge extravaganza of art on the move, based on the east coast of Australia.

This beat is inspired and modelled on the Brazilian form of samba street percussion. It originated in Perth, which now has the biggest samba movement in Australia. Paul Barrett moved to the east coast in 2003 and hasn’t stopped creating community samba teams since then.

Get ready to samba – and other beats – this Sunday at The Rails in Byron from 2pm.


LeOCh: Host and resident DJ of Significant Others every Sunday at The Byron Bay Brewery

It’s too Groove-y for words

Significant Others is hosting a brand-new weekly Sunday event at the Byron Bay Brewery showcasing local and interstate DJs from around Australia. 

Expect to hear quality house and techno music by the hand of resident DJs LeOCh and Magu + weekly guest DJs.

LeOCh: Host and resident DJ of Significant Others for more than three years at one of the most popular venues in Sydney, The Burdekin Hotel.

LeOCh have played alongside some of the best acts in the world during a residency at the Burdekin Hotel every Friday night for Significant Others and Saturday nights at Something Else (previously known as La Famiglia).

Magu: Second resident of Groove, one of the busiest and most respected DJs in Byron Bay. You’ll find Magu grooving beats every single weekend at some of the best events in the shire.

His music, a mixture of the finest house and techno that gets everybody on their dancing shoes. 

Come experience it for yourself. Groove is free entry every Sunday from 3pm till 10pm at The Byron Bay Brewery.

Reggae storm in Byron

The local reggae collective have taken Byron by storm with their ever-growing and -glowing Byron event, now over two stages, the Brewery’s open-air beergarden and the Brewery’s band room simultaneously!

Get ready to absorb some of the fattest beats available on the east coast, delivered by the The 4’20’ Sound from Byron Bay with new special guests every week, a sound system crew with live band, singers and MCs blazing selections of  original vintage roots, jungle, dub and drum ’n’ bass.

Get ready for the weekly Reggae Mondays – reggae mash-up with the crew who have been delivering the biggest dances in Byron since 2012!

Monday: 4’20’ sound. Free 8pm start, $5 from 9pm. (BG + BR)

649862-2dceb5ca-a5f8-11e3-94c1-d923b8b77352Spreading her wings

Kate Miller-Heidke has spent the last year spreading her wings into new creative fields – like composing and starring in the Helpmann-Award-winning opera The Rabbits, and filming her television acting debut in the musical mini-series The Divorce, and now she is keen to get back on the road to perform material of her own.

Among all this activity Kate has been busy working on material for a new album, and plans to share some of those songs with her fans. Audiences can also expect to experience a piece from her acclaimed musical The Rabbits, a new cover or two, plus songs from her most recent record O Vertigo! – hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a ‘career-best album’ – as well as earlier material from across her varied career.

See Kate on Thursday 11 February, 7.30pm at the Byron Theatre.

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