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Live Music in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning Oct 31, 2018

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Emily Lubitz, lead singer from TinPan Orange sings at Music in the Valley

Music in the Valley – Emily Lubitz, Poppy Galactic & The Beat, Main Arm students!

Main Arm Public School | Friday | 4pm | FREE

Upper Main Arm Public School’s Music in the Valley is celebrating its fifth birthday with an impressive lineup for 2018

Headlining the event on 2 November is Emily Lubitz, lead singer of Melbourne indie band TinPan Orange. Most famous for singing the Dumb Ways to Die song for an advertising campaign that went viral, Emily will delight students by including this in her set.

Poppy Galactic and The Beat – an electronic, dance music duo – will create super fun music to entertain kids big and small. Tiffany Richmond and Terepai Richmond Rodriguez mix beat heavy rhythms with galactic, electronic hooks that will get the place jumping.

Main Arm Students are sure to impress when they showcase their musical talent including school choirs and the fabulous school band, Beetles. Local musos can join in the fun by performing on the Main Arm Busking stage and Mullumbimby High School’s band, Ratmongers will keep us entertained later in the night.

With free entry, the event will kick off at 4pm with the Teddy Bears Singalong hosted by PlayTunes. There will also be craft activities, sideshow alley, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, bouncing castle, a petting zoo, Spaghetti Circus and delicious food as well as a licensed bar on offer.

This is the school’s biggest fundraiser with money being used to fund sporting and arts programs for all students.

Jo Man Murphy

Rainbow Lightning Peace Concerts

Brunswick Picture House |Saturday 7pm & Sunday 2pm | $10-30

Come and join some amazing musicians for a weekend of music workshops, storytelling and live performance at Rainbow Lightning, a weekend of Peace Concerts at the Brunswick Picture House.

Saturday Night’s Opening Night Gala, with respect to the Bundjalung Nation and all our elders from all our nations, will feature performers Tasha Zappala, Andrea Kirwin, Benny,  Monkey and the Fish, Ray & Kerryn, and Joe Man Murphy.

Sunday’s All-Ages Concert will feature some of the best new local and international artists including Andrea Kirwin, Monkey and the Fish, Jamie Ashforth and Elysia Seraphine.

Rainbow Lightning is a show for Peace and the world premier of their World Peace Tour, and features artists from around the globe.

Saturday Adult $30 | Concession $25 | Child $20 | Family of 4 $80. Sunday Adult $20 | Concession $15 | Child $10 | Family of 4 $40. Tickets at brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

Billinudgel Hotel | Sunday | 2–9.30pm | $25

This Sunday’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event sees funds being donated to local not-for-profit The S.H.I.F.T. Project Byron, which is a short-term educational transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The acronym SHIFT stands for Sustainable; Holistic; Integrative; Focused; Transition. The key objective of SHIFT is to provide a supportive and stable environment where program participants can make their own personal SHIFT from disadvantage to empowerment.

So what’s going down at the Nudge? Shifting into first gear DJ Mr Ha making his Nudge Nudge debut with his dope beats and eclectic treats. Scottish born and now a Byron Bay-based DJ, he has played over 400 shows, yet this will be his first in the Nudge Nudge Wink Wink shed!

Also on deck is Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen, who will be manually driving dancers into transformative turns as they rev things up with their incredible skills and long lasting beats curated to shift us all into a positive state.

Closing set is by DJ Phil Smart, celebrating his 30 years in the industry at the 30th Nudge Nudge Wink Wink!

To ensure you get advance notification of ticket sales, sign up to their e-newsletter here – www.cunningstunts.com.au/subscribe/. Grab a ticket to the party this weekend. Tix $25 on cunningstunts.com.au.

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Byron Falls Festival | Byron Parklands | 31 Dec – 2 Jan

Like a cold ice-cream on a perfect summer day, Falls Festival are sprinkling a little sugar on their already sweet 2018 / 2019 lineup, scattering 100s and 1000s and popping a Flake into the party with the announcement of new national and international drawcards!

Joining the travelling road show at all Falls stops will be buzzing Chicago-based rapper Juice WRLD with his massive tune Lucid Dreams and fresh album WRLD On Drugs, which dropped last Friday! Grime kingpin Dizzee Rascal with hits Dance Wiv Me, Bonkers and Holiday and former MS MR frontwoman and transformative pop genius LPX. Electro legends Cut Copy will light up dancefloors on east coast shows only.  

Falls Byron will also welcome the girls from Little May; be serenaded by local busking breakout Garett Kato; and get down to a set from notorious Blue Mountains party-starters Hermitude (DJ set).

With Lorne already sold out, it’s time to get your skates on – grab your ticket now and lock in your plans to kick off 2019 in style. Tix for Falls Byron 31 Dec till 2 Jan on sale at fallsfestival.com.

Mike Vee’s sings John Farnham

Whispering Jack Tribute Show

Ballina RSL |Saturday | 8pm | $20

Mike Vee has an uncanny resemblance to John Farnham, the tone of his voice and his outgoing nature are so much like the real thing that people often ask him ‘Are you related?’ – a comment that is humbling to Mike, but at the same time grants recognition and credit to his own performance.

With Whispering Jack, Mike took the advice of his singing coach Lindsay Field and added his own interpretation to a lot of the material, so that instead of just comparing the two versions, people actually get a chance to acknowledge Mike’s own true ability as one of Australia’s finest voices.

He is at the Ballina RSL on Saturday at 8pm.

Tix $20 at the club or www.ballinarsl.com.au.

10 top Picks for Mullum Music

For a boutique festival Mullum Music Festival sure packs a lot into one little town. With more than 90 acts performing across 14 different venues, as well as markets, pop-ups and street performances, Mullum Music Festival is an adventure with new delights to discover at every turn. Festival director Glenn Wright provides one possible map of 10 things to do on your Mullum Festival magical mystery tour.


1. Mullum Farmers Markets from 8am. Relax under the shade of the beautiful fig trees, enjoy a free concert by Shelly Brown and the Fortunate Souls and eavesdrop on the ABC North Coast outside broadcast where festival acts drop by for interviews and acoustic performances.

2. Don’t miss Melbourne’s newest future soul and RnB artist KAIIT, who blew the music industry away at Big Sound recently. See her now when you can still get up close!

Friday 6.30pm, Civic Hall

3. Friday night massive at the high school with North African ‘Sultan of Shred’ Bombino followed by Afro-Caribbean dub maestro Mad Professor.

Friday from 8.45pm at the High school.

4. Get on the dancefloor with Thando and Osaka Monourail serving up the funk and soul at the Civic Hall, or festival patrons Husky playing a full band set across the road at The Village Vanguard. Friday from 9.15pm at Civic Hall and Vanguard


5. Stretch into your Saturday morning with yoga at 8am and then head to one of many musical pop-ups around town with festival artists performing at The Other Joint, The Mullum Saturday Markets, Lulu’s cafe, Scratch Patisserie and Santos Cafe Bar.

6. Make sure you catch mesmerising electro-folk duo Saint Sister, direct from Ireland. They’ve performed Glastonbury and The Great Escape in UK and were the find of SXSW. Hauntingly beautiful and destined to be international stars.

Sat 7.30pm Civic Hall

7. Discover the Festival Club at Diner 55 and kick back with Melbourne funksters Sunnyside, vocal trio Mrs Miyagi, and the soulful roots and blues of the Wanderers.


8. Join the Street Parade! Take over the streets with The Mullum Street Parade Band, The Cassettes, Dustyesky, Spaghetti Circus, Roundabout Theatre and spot the festival headliners playing in the parade.

Sunday – parade starts at The Council Chambers at 11am.

9. Deep soul, gospel and ‘sacred steel’ blues direct from the USA (along with help from Backsliders Dom Turner) with The Turner Brown Band. This is the real deal and captivating.

Sunday 3pm High School

10. Sunday evening is party time. By this stage you’ll truly be in the Mullum vibe and who knows where you’ll end up? Celebrate the last day of your festival floating between performances by Gordi, Lior, Gabrielle Cohen, Caiti Baker and the amazing reggae / world beats of Mike Love – or choose your own adventure!

Mullum Music Festival 15–18 Nov – program and ticket info at mullummusicfestival.com.

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