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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

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The no-dam business case

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Byron’s shame

On Thursday, Brandon Saul was being interviewed on BayFM. He is coordinating funding for the Fletcher Street centre for...

Editorial – More Byron Shire council candidate Q&A!

Where do candidates stand on disused railways and pay parking? Are they to the left of Chairman Mao Zedong, or the right of Genghis Khan?

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about...

Response to Ian Cohen and Paul Jones

I am proud to be running as Labor’s mayoral candidate for Byron Shire, with a great team that comes...

Laurel Lodge open for community housing

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) has officially opened 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation known as Laurel Lodge.

Howl & Moan owner Mario Fraietta with some of the local musicians set to perform at Falls Fest this year. The record shop is located at 4/103 Jonson Street in Byron. Photo Jeff Dawson

A Byron record shop will be curating a dedicated stage for local acts at this year’s Falls Festival, to be held at North Parklands in Yelgun over New Year.

Howl & Moan owner Mario Fraietta says bands performing will vary from psychedelic rock and grunge to extreme metal, hardcore punk and experimental noise. The lineup includes Miniskirt, Stoker, Captain Squidlicker and Hobo Magic.

Fraietta says the Tuesday night ‘Wolf’s Den’ sessions at the store have become very popular in musical circles nationwide, with opportunities to perform in the store usually occurring on a three-month waiting list. 

Read our full interview with Mario Fraietta here.

Falls Festival kicks off on Monday (December 31). Gates open for campers from Saturday (December 29).


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