Bang on a Can All-Stars
HOTA | Thursday 30 August | 7.30pm | $26-48
All the way from New York and known worldwide as some of the best contemporary musicians, the Bang on a Can All-Stars formed in 1992 and are recognised for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity. With a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right.
Performing exclusively in Melbourne and Sydney and at HOTA, Home of the Arts Gold Coast. hota.com.au
Byron Brewery | Saturday 18 August |8pm | $34.70
Off the back of an arena tour with Harry Styles and headline festival spots at Mountain Sounds, Castaway and Golden Plains, the beloved Sydney rock outfit The Preatures make their way to the Byron Brewery this Saturday. The band will showcase favourites from their latest album Girlhood, including their most recent single Magick, and bring the hits from their debut album Blue Planet Eyes. They are joined by support, Triple J favourite Ali Barter.
Drill Hall, Mullumbimby | Sat 25 August | 6.30pm | $12 – $15
Don’t miss Bethanie Jolly’s homecoming when she launches her debut album Woo me from my sleep alongside a painting series she has created. Joining Bethany in support on the night are Peter Hunt and Chris Mallory.
Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Bangalow Showgrounds / A&I Hall | 17-18 August | $68 – 88
The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival returns to the northern rivers with a celebration of authentic local food, music and old-time entertainment, held in the heart of the Byron hinterland this Friday and Saturday at the iconic Bangalow A&I Hall and the Showgrounds.
Artists appearing on the festival’s main stage in 2018 include returning crowd favourite The Mid North. They combine the spirit of old-time roots music, the energy of the new young string bands, and the musicianship of bluegrass.
Also on the main stage, and back by popular demand, are The Original Cartridge Family, named for their breezy, sunshine-filled hillbilly songs of death, and for their strong affiliation with public radio, firearms and printing. Smith & Friends, Sofiella & the Handsome Husbands and Shelley’s Murder Boys also promise to entertain BBQ & Bluegrass-loving patrons. The Picker’s Competition is also on again and is open to all skill levels [guitar/banjo/mandolin/fiddle], and has $250 in prizemoney up for grabs. The festival kicks off at the A&I Hall on Friday with the legendary Old-Time Variety Show. This is a jam-packed night of entertainment with a vaudevillian flavour in a raucous adults-only timeslot.
Unscripted and adventurous, expect the unexpected! Hosted by our wayward son Rusty ‘Danny’ Rich of the Original Cartridge Family (one funny bugger!), the night promises to be a delight for the festival’s performing artists and patrons alike.
With a first prize of $1,500 for the BBQ Cook-Off, this is sure to be one tasty weekend. So come and enjoy what has been hailed as ‘the worst vegetarian festival’. Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is a not-for-profit community event that has raised more than $159,000 since 2014 for regional arts and cultural initiatives, of which the arts-in-schools program is a primary beneficiary. The festival aims to raise another $25,000 for local schools this year and calls on regional primary schools to register to participate now.
Children under 18 free. Includes one free tasting plate. Additional plates $10. Tix: www.bbqbluegrass.com.au