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Live Music in the Byron Shire and beyond for the Week beginning 31 July, 2019

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Daisy Brains at the Hotel Great Northern

Daisy Brains

Hotel Great Northern  |  Saturday  |  9pm  |  Free

Hailing from the overcrowded shores of Mermaid Beach on the Goldy comes an exciting new four-piece: Daisy Brains. Daisy Brains follows in the path of greats such as The Vines, Wolf Alice, and Cage the Elephant in effortlessly mixing grungy flavours and dreamy breakdowns with plenty of soaring melodies and shout-along hooks that leave the listener wanting more.

After years of writing material, frontman Jarryd Inns called upon close friends Ellie Hopley, Luke Jones, and Lucas Dawson, all bringing their own ideas and flavours to the mix of how rock’n’roll should sound. Daisy Brains was born in March 2018, and has said since then they have had no intention of slowing down. They have hit the ground running in 2019 with the release of their first single off their debut EP Feel Alive with an east coast tour to boot. They are now on their second release Sunshine and are hitting the Hotel Great Northern with supports Tully John & Liza Jane and The Shivvs this Saturday at 9pm.

Hotel Great Northern Saturday 9pm. Free entry.


Fedrocks: Sofiella and The Handsome Husbands

Fedrocks 19, Illumination

Jasper Corner  |  Saturday 17 August  |  6.30pm  |  $25

The major fundraising event to assist with the continued maintenance of the community space that is Jasper Corner, Federal, and in particular a new feature window for the front of the old church, will this year be a major music gig titled: Fedrocks 19, Illumination.

The event will feature Sofiella & The Handsome Husbands, a 5-piece concocted through a mutual penchant for banjo twang and good whiskey. Their music swings between sweet harmony-heavy front-porch folk and foot-stompin’ hillbilly barn-burners.

Sofiella Watt and the original Husband (Huckleberry Jim) formed their musical alliance during a rum-soaked, swashbuckling existence on a remote Pacific island in the Tasman Sea. The acquisition of banjos then led them down the old-timey trail to the mountains of Nelson, BC, Canada. A few years of rambling around and touring with their 5-piece outfit, The Huckleberry Bandits, carried the release of Sofiella’s third EP, which garnered a Kootenay Music Award for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act.

After supporting the likes of esteemed Canadian folksinger, Old Man Luedeke, and sharing the bill with bands such as Elliott Brood and Ozomatli, their wandering ways have found roots on a sleepy hill in the Byron Shire. Sofiella & The Handsome Husbands will be packing the van with banjos, washboard, guitars, double bass, viola, and drums and coming to Fedrocks 19, Illumination.

They even will also feature Jesse Morris & The Shakedown, plus DJ POB. There’ll be a licensed bar and a delicious dinner from our chef Cam of Forage and Graze fame. Jasper Corner, Saturday 17 August, 6.30pm. Tickets, available at the door, are $25.


Sibusile Xaba from South Africa at Mullum Fest

Mullum Music Festival

Mullumbimby  |  14 till 17 November

There is Something About Mullum. And there’s definitely something about Mullum Music Festival. Now in its 12th year, everyone’s favourite little festival is getting ready to roll out the green carpet for the extraordinary mix of international, national, and local artists, playing stages, walking the streets, and dancing in halls over the four best days on the Mullum calendar.

The festival has established a reputation for presenting interesting and diverse lineups that showcase emerging and career musicians. Festival director Glenn Wright has a knack for picking acts like Tash Sultana right before they go ballistic. Those concerts are some of the most memorable. 2019 sees Mullum Music Fest double down on their commitment to create another stunning lineup.

So here’s a little taster of the first 13 acts before the full August lineup release!

Chilean Nano Stern, from South Africa Sibusile Xaba, the Aria-nominated Mojo Juju, Lucie Thorne, Emma Donovan and The PutBacks, Allensworth, Z-Star Trinity, Joe Pug, Sunnyside, Thando, Ruby Boots, The Wilson Pickers, and Alysha Brilla over four days, 12 venues and over 200 performances.

The 12th annual Mullum Music Festival from 14 till 17 November, is a family-friendly event that takes over the streets, cafes, and halls of Mullumbimby.

Tickets now on sale at www.mullummusicfestival.com


Mood Swing and Chevy Bass at Island Vibe

Island Vibe

Stradbroke island  |  24–27 October

Australia’s #1 celebration of reggae, roots, and bass music, the Island Vibe Festival is back for episode 14!

Held annually at stunning Home Beach on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Island Vibe is also rated one of the world’s top eco-events.

Island Vibe is committed to delivering a program that reflects the diversity and richness of the musical community across the globe, spanning the best in reggae, soul, dub, world, jungle, folk, hip-hop, and bass music.

The first wave of performers included over 80 acts and now the second lineup announcement is here.

Hot off the press: London’s Albert Hall-rocking Havana Meets Kingston SoundSystem featuring Solis and Brenda Navarette (Cuba), bass producer Monkey Marc featuring an all-star entourage with Rider Shafique (UK), Jamacian rapper Fiyah Roiall (JA), and champion turntablist DJ Wasabi.

From around Australia there is the undisputed local party starters Mood Swing & Chevy Bass, Melbourne’s Ganga Giri, the master of the didgeridoo and djembe, Queensland’s ska massive The Sunny Coast RudeBoys round out an already vibing first lineup! Byron Bay’s Brazilian-born reggae star Kimmy, surf ska lords Drop Legs, Jamilla with her fresh nu-soul feels all the way from Perth, and Lady Banton add to the femme all-stars this year with her infectious rhythms. Many more to be announced soon!

Island Vibe is held on the weekend of 24–27 October. Click here for more info.


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