Sydney’s country pop trio Victoria Avenue have firmly established themselves as a fresh country pop act to keep an eye out for. Like all ambitious young artists, the girls have their sights firmly set on bringing their fun brand of country pop to a wider national audience. Since an early age, music and performance have been pumping through their veins, delivering a passion to their craft that is undeniable. Launched in 2014 at the Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF), Victoria Avenue left their signature cheeky sound of modern country style on country music fans and industry alike. The independently strong and playful trio wear their hearts on their sleeves, always giving and authentic performance while reaching for the sky. ‘We have been given the opportunity by fans to do what we love, what we believe we were born to do: sing! We are absolutely going to make the most of it. We have set our sights high and want to capture the imagination of music fans everywhere.’ They play Ballina RSL at 8.30pm on Friday.
Wild for the Groove
Get ready for an afternoon of groove at the Hotel Brunswick this Sunday. Kicking in at 4pm is superstar DJ Mia Paris spinning head to head with Groovelands sound system, aka Ben Walsh. Fat Bulkan beats and global grooves. Mia Paris is a Sydney-based music producer and DJ with distinctive approach to electronic music. She is a total character, who has played the world over with her unique, diverse and eclectic mix of beat-driven music.
In case you didn’t know, Wild Marmalade are the original didgeridoo-and-drum band. They have played the world over many times; the Byron Shire is home for these leaders in the field of contemporary didgeridoo dance music. Later in the year the band is set to tour Europe, playing on the main stage of the BOOM Festival in Portugal among other epic shows. Tokyo is the next overseas destination where the trio will play the largest club in Japan. It’s going to be epic. Wild Marmalade create fresh original dance music every time. No songs, no arrangements, just free-play improvisation. This is an outdoor concert with two sets: 5.30pm and 7pm. Mia Paris kicks in at 4pm. Come on down and celebrate. Break up your lazy Sunday with some moving molecular action. It’s a Yes moment. Wild Marmalade with Paul George – supported by DJ Mia Paris and Groovelands Sound System. This Sunday at 4pm at Hotel Brunswick.
Get ready to Glo
GLO Dance kicks off 2016 with one GLO’s favourite bands, Tijuana Cartel, bringing their infectious gypsy caravan blend of flamenco guitars and super-funky beats.
Since playing GLO in the early days Tijuana Cartel have shot to national and international fame with their genre-defying dancefloor sound and mystifying virtuoso guitar playing. On stage is where the band’s collective musical spirit is really given the chance to run wild. Joined by Sheila Finke on percussion and Eamon Dilworth on trumpet.
The night also features fresh DJ set from Byron Shire favourite DJ POB. So be ready to dance every bone in your body. Friday at Uki Hall. Chai, cakes and herbal elixirs available. 8pm
Tix at www.GLOdance.com.
Jimmy goes down the Bolt Hole
Jimmy Dowling is a song-slinger who’s worked around the world on land and sea. His ballads and singing could be the love children of sea shanties and jazz standards. Don Walker called him ‘original and authentic’. Jimmy plays the Bolt Hole as part of their Smokehouse Sundays this Sunday at 6pm.
Cunning Stunts at the Billi
Raising more than $2,500 for local charities in the first three months of operation, Cunning Stunts brings the community together in an all-inclusive way, while raising much-needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities. Building momentum in dancers and donations, this fourth event is fundraising for Mullumbimby Women’s Resource Service, helping support women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence. Headline act Stephen Allkins brings more than four decades’ experience in moving bodies on the dancefloor. He was a true pioneer of dance music in Sydney, playing the very first disco clubs and warehouse parties circa 1978. Stephen was one of the first Australian DJs to program RAGE on the ABC. You will get to hear him play a very special extended set at the Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event on Sunday. The afternoon will also feature DJ sets by Crucial D, Slinky, Captain Kaine and Lord Sut. 2–9pm at the Billinudgel Hotel on Sunday.
Palm Sunday with St Andrew’s Choir
St Andrew’s Choir, Lismore, is the longest, continuously running church choir in the northern rivers. Warren Whitney directs the choir and has been organist at St Andrew’s for the last 50 years. As he is also the music director, he selects the repertoire, which spans approximately 400 years of music. The choir regularly performs throughout the region, especially at Easter and Christmas, with music that is meditative and reflective as befits the season leading up to Good Friday and Easter. The setting of words and music relate the journey through the most dramatic part of the church year, the events leading up to, and the crucifixion, of Jesus. The music includes choir settings of some old favourites such as Stainer’s God So Loved the World and Mozart’s Ave Verum along with excerpts from JS Bach’s St Luke Passion and Handel’s Messiah. Congregational hymns are also on the program. Palm Sunday (this Sunday) at 2pm, St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina.
Call for young songwriters
The annual Lismore Young Songwriter of the Year competition is an opportunity for regional young songwriters to showcase their songwriting and performance talents with a finalists’ performance and awards night being held during Youth Week in April.
‘We have seen some incredible talent emerge from this competition,’ say organisers Deb Hall, NRSDC, and Tanya Jackson, Headspace. ‘This is a great opportunity for young songwriters to showcase their talents and expose their creativity to the world. The finalists will be performing their songs at the Awards night as a round-up and celebration of their achievements.’ Entry is open to all northern rivers residents aged 12–25 years. To enter the competition, submit your entry in MP3 format with lyrics attached as a Word document, artist photo and bio to [email protected].
For more information phone Deb Hall on 6620 1800 or like us on Facebook at Lismore Young Songwriters or go to https://lismoreyoungsongwriter.wordpress.com/about/.
Music in the forest
Electric Forest presents the Autumn Equinox Festival 2016 Cyber Tribal Gathering at Kohinur Hall, Upper Main Arm this Friday.
The first local electronic music event on the 2016 calendar, the Autumn Equinox Festival 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.
Featuring Webber, a multi-talented DJ/promoter/social-gathering specialist, Webber from Byron Bay has widely entertained in his performances and parties across the country. Locally his influence speaks loudly as resident of La La Land for seven years; his consistency and creative movement behind the decks is held in high regard with Byron’s music scene and visitors alike. DJ Magu is no stranger to Electric Forest events or Kohinur Hall and is back again by popular demand. Magu has been spinning tunes all over the far north coast underground party and festival scene since the dawning of the new millennium. His sets create a flavoursome and moody vibe that always seem to produce a vibrant dance floor experience. Miles Jackson is Byron’s best-kept secret.
After starting collecting vinyl in 1986 he became a regular DJ at Brisbane’s Afro Carib Club the following year.
A move to the Melbourne underground techno scene in 1990, including Earthcore and Rainbow Serpent, led to a transition to techno and Detroit house in 1994 and gigs at major events including many years at Earthcore and Rainbow Serpent festivals, including a set on the legends’ stage at Earthcore’s recent 20th anniversary festival.
DJ Jade Seibre’s passion for electronic music began in Melbourne, after going to a warehouse party at Victoria docklands. He was amazed at the transformation of an industrial space, and felt connected with the hypnotic soundscapes.
Jade has played at festivals such as Andromeda, Earthcore and Rainbow Serpent. After moving to Byron Bay, he became a resident DJ with a techno crew who were originally based in Japan. This gave him the great opportunity to play with some of Japan’s best DJs.
Kohinur Hall, Friday at 6pm $25.
Alchemy with Vox Caldera
Come and be carried away by the combination of beautiful voices and authentic baroque instruments, followed by a feast of fine food. Vox Caldera is twenty velvety voices directed by much-acclaimed pianist, composer and conductor Nicholas Routley, who moved to the northern rivers in 2009 after retiring from his post as associate professor in music at the University of Sydney. He was founder director of the Sydney Chamber Choir for thirty years. The Alchemy ensemble is directed by outstanding musician Bridget Crouch, who has had lessons from the best in Europe since the age of four and who currently performs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Bridget plays baroque violins and viola, along with Margaret Connolley and Margaret Caley. Belinda Mainwaring is on baroque cello.
Sunday at the Bangalow A&I Hall at 3pm. $100 concert and dinner ($90 members); $35 ($30 members, $15 children) concert only. Bookings essential.
The boys from Sunrose will be playing their first headline show at the Hotel Great Northern this Friday to promote the release of their single Strange Behaviour.
Local Byron Bay acts Chesta Hedron and Lotus Ship are set to kick of the night of free entertainment, setting the psychedelic stage for Sunrose from 9pm.
Strange Behaviour was recorded and mixed at Meridian Receiver Studio and sent over the pond to be mastered at Abbey Road. The song is a five-minute time warp blending heavy riffs and catchy melodies into an outro that submerges you underwater then leaves you imploding in space. With the introduction of a fourth member playing keys, adding to the already mystic equation, a liquid light show projection will transport listeners to another dimension.