Byron Guitar Festival
Byron Bay Brewery | Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October | $50-90
Byron Bay Guitar Festival director Nick Sergi is passionate about making sure women guitarists feature on his lineup.
‘Looking at history there are not many women celebrated for their guitar playing. Countless women have been and are brilliant players, but just not recognised for it. Guitar has traditionally been seen as a man’s instrument. If you Google ‘100 Best guitarists of all time’, I think there are only two women on that list, which is ridiculous. If our festival can be a platform, however small, to help shift that perception and change the conversation a bit, then I’m very happy to do that,’ he says.
BBGF is proud to present on this year’s lineup, a diverse array of female representation across several genres including Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks, Minnie Marks, Legs Electric, Tullara, When Hawk Met Sparrow, and performers from Byron Bay High School (still to be announced).
Find out more at byronbayguitarfestival.com
Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby | Friday | 8pm | $5 at the door
Valiant Charger has re-tuned and is smashing it out of the garage as part of a full lineup of LIVE music coming to Mullumbimby this week.
Born from the base of Chincogan, this eclectic group is pulling back the covers on all the great songs you heard from the backseat. Recharged. Morphed.
Raw, highly skilled, energy packed… it’s a PunkPopOzRock Confusion not to be missed.
They are a five-piece powerhouse. Paddy Mac the frontman is a quirky entertainer with a voice that has you thinking he’s Bon Scott and Shirley Bassey’s love child.
Joining them on the bill is the area’s newest punk-post-punk band The Joltz. Solo performances by locals StrumDaddy and DALLAS round out a night of individual expression.
Out of Range
Sphinx Rock Cafe, Mt Burrell | Sunday 2 Sept | 12-3pm | FREE
Out of Range will be playing at Sphinx Rock Cafe, Mt Burrell, for Fathers Day, 12–3pm. They have just released a new video, ahead of their sets at Nimbin Roots Festival and Mullum Festival.
Check it out at https://youtu.be/YrfzDRPilzo
Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Friday | 7.30pm | $35–38
The Byron Theatre plays host to a very special show this Friday, sharing the journey to the Tiwi Islands with Mamanta – a moving performance honouring the past and celebrating the future. Building on their international touring acclaim, B2M (Bathurst to Melville) are embarking on their first major national tour. This seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands will showcase their unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound in a new performance that reveals the full breadth of Tiwi culture and identity! In an historic show of support from the Tiwi elders, B2M have permission to use traditional Tiwi chants and blend them with modern musical elements. Combined with vivid multimedia imagery of contemporary arts and cultural practices, Mamanta brings the Tiwi Islands to life.
Dirty Channel Duo
The Rails | Thursday | 7pm | Free
The Dirty Channel Duo return to The Rails this Thursday and Evans Head Illawong Saturday night for a performance of different genres from slick Dobro slide guitar with some grooving percussive drums to acoustic Flamenco with Latin rhythms and other genres in between.
The Dirty Channel name originated from the warm dirty sound setting of a guittar amplifier, which, mixed with a 1930s Dobro that was found floating in the bilge of a fishing trawler gives them their unique sounds.
Mullumbimby Ex-Services | Thursday | 6.30pm | $15 | $2.50 kids
Miss Amber and Stukulele will be presenting two sets of hits from the 80s. Expect some new-wave pop hits and a power ballad or two from artists like Madonna, Billy Idol, The Cars, Martha and the Muffins, Bowie, Kim Wilde and even Flock of Seagulls. Dress up and party like its 198-something. Guest vocalists Ash Bell and daughter Rose Eadie.
Mullum Music Festival’s Youth Mentorship Program
Mullum Music Festival’s Youth Mentorship Program, now in its 9th year, pairs up young emerging artists under 19 years of age with established artists on the festival lineup to help them on their way.
The selected young artists from each category (Band, Singer Songwriter, Vocal, Under 15 years) each receive a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute performance at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage, and a weekend pass to the festival.
This year’s mentors are Lior (Singer/Songwriter category), Husky (Band category), Shelly Brown (Vocal category) and William Crighton (Under 15 years category).
Past successes of Mullum’s Youth Mentorship Program include previous participants Parcels, who have relocated to Berlin and have collaborated with Daft Punk; TORA, who now spend most of their year touring internationally, and singer/songwriter Merryn Jeann, now living and working in Paris and collaborating with French producer Mome.
Applications are now open for the 2018 Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program. Applications close 26 October 2018. APPLY at www.mullummusicfestival.com
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