The Gurge at the Beach
Getting ready to take to the stage at the Beach Hotel for the Byron Bay Surf Festival, Ben Ely from Regurgitator says, ‘Dropping in on a wave is a similar feeling of excitement you get as when you are about to launch into writing a new song or starting a new painting. You just don’t know where it will take you or what is going to happen. Sometimes you wipe out and fuck up and sometimes you may find yourself rewarded with a great experience. It’s what keeps you going back for more – the excitement of the unknown, to push yourself to be a better person, catching bigger and better waves, hopefully landing every ride.’
The social conscience of the festival is something that the Gurge support too. ‘Given the state of society, environment and climate. we hope upcoming generations across the world take the time and make the effort to consider the realities of injustice right across the board and manifest more inclusive attitudes and overall awareness to make a stand against archaic and non-progressive approaches that we are currently laden with, and in turn help make the world a better place for all.’ A great sentiment and a shared attitude of the Byron Bay Surf Festival too, who are really excited to have these guys on board.
Regurgitator’s stock in trade is artistically reinventing music. Drawing on a vast range of influences they wittily put the pieces back together in an avalanche of sounds and songs, more pop than the Beastie Boys, less obscure than Primus.
Their music is abstract expressionism for the ears, combining industrial sounds, funk, hip-hop, synth pop, and disco and making the most of effects and samples. But that’s not the only way these guys affect people and instigate change. Regurgitator are known for having a deep social conscience and standing up for what’s right.
Their many lyrical ideas reflect a discomfort with the current government, state of the environment and our place as human beings in this world. Regurgitator plays the Beach Hotel on Friday from 9pm.
Victor Ruiz on Deck
One of the most popular techno acts on the planet, this Brazilian superstar makes his way to the Byron Brewery this week for his first NSW show! He will be performing with local acts Taya, ZigMon, Jimmy D, Martin Bale, Loopbass and 3 Days Deep. Limited tix so don’t miss out seeing Brazil’s premier techno producer live! Thursday at the Byron Brewery at 5pm.
Full Croon Rising
Miss Amber and Stukulele are back at Club Mullum on Thursday from 6.30 with a tribute to the great crooners. Expect tunes made famous by Old Blue Eyes, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Col, The Carpenters and heaps more. Always a great night’s entertainment and you can strum your uke and sing along or just enjoy the loving vibes. Come on Monday nights to the Mullum Uke Club in the Ex-Services to learn and practise the tunes. Join the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for the monthly songbook. Entry Adult $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50.
Million Stars on the Rise for Mick McHugh
Mick McHugh has patiently waited for his moment, and it seems that finally the moment has arrived with the arrival of his beautiful and sensitive new album A Million Stars.
Indie folk artist Mick McHugh crowdfunded his debut studio album, and thanks to fans who believe in him to the tune of $19k Mick has produced something wonderful. 2017 was a whirlwind year for the northern NSW singer/songwriter, performing to sold-out audiences after picking up three coveted support slots with Aria Award-winning indie-pop darling Amy Shark, as well as an east coast tour with Irish folksinger/songwriter Damien Dempsey.
The release of his first single Not in Kansas Anymore (co-written with Goanna’s Shane Howard) saw McHugh win Best Music Video award at the 2017 NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards, the prize resulting in a day’s recording in Pete Murray’s Kicks Iron studio. And he topped the year off by signing a digital distribution deal with ABC Music.
Mick’s biggest achievement, however, is set to be in 2018 with the release of his debut studio album A Million Stars on Friday 16 February 2018. The Dubliner will kick off his 2018 touring with a Byron CD launch at Jaspers Corner in Federal village on Friday 2 March. If 2017 is anything to go by, McHugh is one to watch in 2018.
Support on the night by Jessie Vintila (Lucky Wonders) | Tix: Pre-sale $12 / Door $15 | www.mickmchugh.com
Acres of electronic music!
It’s not very often you see multiple international headliners, supported by our northern rivers best local talent all under one roof for your Sunday sesh but that’s exactly what’s heading this way Sunday at the Byron Bay Brewery, across two stages! Featuring an array of delicious food and beverage offerings for the hungry and thirsty partygoer. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available as well as thirst-quenching cocktails.
Décor by DreamTime.Fx who have years of experience in creating stunning visuals. Electronic dance music legends Infected Mushroom will be performing a classics DJ set.
Twice ranked amongst the world’s 10 Best DJs by DJ magazine and with more than 14 million hits on YouTube and a #8 position on the Billboard charts, the Israel-bred, LA-based duo Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have created one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world of dance music. Following the success of Infected’s 2009 album The Legend of the Black Shawarma, Erez and Duvdev delivered their most multi-faceted electronic album to date with Army of Mushrooms in 2012 on Dim Mak Records. More recently, the duo released CVII, a long-awaited sequel to their critically acclaimed 2003 album Converting Vegetarians.
Adoring fans continue to congregate en masse for Infected Mushroom. Their jaw-dropping live DJ performances never fail to impress with psychedelic visuals, their trademark enigmatic vocals, hypnotic arrangements, and psy-trippy synthetic rhythms.
Infected Mushroom continues to sell out shows around the globe and all walks of life gather in attendance for the same reason: to experience the world’s greatest psy-trance band of the decade.
Festival of Elizabeth!
The Brunswick Picture House takes you on a journey into the classics!
To celebrate the 80th birthday of The Grand Dame of Choir Elizabeth Swain, a 20-member choir accompanied by an 8-piece chamber orchestra will perform Henry Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art followed by a pop-up reworked rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.
Local and Sydney musicians are joining together to perform Come Ye Sons of Art – an elegant and restrained, cultured and refined piece of music written by Henry Purcell for the birthday of Queen Mary, way back in 1694.
After supper, there will be a complete change of mood as the cast presents a modern re-telling of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.
Both performances will be accompanied by a small orchestra, conducted by Elizabeth herself, with choir and soloists including many well loved locals: Kathryn Walker, Andrew Swain, Mark Swivel, Sara Saint Saens, Melinda Reed and Ashley Gittens, as well as well-known performers (and former students of Elizabeth) Tobias Cole (counter tenor), and Meredith O’Reilly (musical theatre performer and producer).
The final song is likely to raise the roof of the Picture House as local choirs join in from the audience for the grand finale.
Tickets are limited, and on sale now Brunswick Picture House | Saturday 5.30pm www.brunswickpicturehouse.com
Loveys in the air
A five-piece multi-instrumental originals band known for its humour and sassiness, The Loveys perform a special one-off concert rich in their unique style bringing you a hit list of Loveys’ favourites. Their storytelling is showcased by fabulous harmonies, exciting arrangements, unusual percussion, and ravishing style. The stories, shared from the heart, about real-life experiences, captivate audiences. Their repertoire features the joys, the struggles, the ordinary little things in daily life – finding the perfect cup of organic coffee, digging deep to get through the day, relationships, wayward lovers, children, and moral dilemmas.
Adult $25 | Concession $20
Busking in your Genes
The Genes are like that quiet, intelligent guy who doesn’t say much, but when he does speak you just have to listen.
Set for release though Rubber Records, their new album Dead Street Light is out Friday and features standout tracks like It Ain’t Worth It, The Red Room, Girls B, The Side of the Road and Godfathers Lament. The Genes began their musical journey busking in Queen St Mall in Brisbane in 1990. They progressed to pubs, clubs and halls, playing around Australia with bands such as Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Baby Animals, The Cruel Sea, Yothu Yindi and a host of others. Twenty-seven years later they are about to release their 12th album: Dead Street Light.
The Genes will embark on a busking tour from Noosa to Bells Beach, busking in Byron at 8pm this Friday, the day of their album release!
Kangaroo Moon at Stokers
This Saturday sees the much-loved Kangaroo Moon play Stokers Siding Hall.
The Kangaroo Moon musical tapestry is woven from many strands. Elements of world, rock, folk and dance, with acoustic and electronic influences, run through a funky, psychedelic, heart-lifting wall of sound. Trancey, dancey and richly melodic, their sounds unite the body and soul in deep, joyful psychedelia and elemental dance.
Kangaroo Moon are well travelled troubadours, having toured extensively throughout Australia and Europe over the past three decades. They’ve played the legendary Glastonbury and Womad festivals several times, as well as Australia’s Woodford and National Folk Festival. Along the way they’ve recorded a swag of albums, the sound evolving and growing in tune with their constant striving for originality in a business thriving with talent.
Three of the original core – Mark Robson, Matt Ledgar and Elliet Mackrell – are on this tour. Inspiring and evocative, Kangaroo Moon’s Celtic-Aboriginal /Aussie roots meet in rhythm with the spiralling speeds of our millennial inheritance, their sheer commitment and skill inspiring audiences to fly.
This gig should not be missed. Cafe with food available.
Starting at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 pre-booked (phone Maya on 0420 357 726).