The Brewery, Byron Bay | Friday | 7pm | FREE
Byron Bay indie-rockers PLTS (pronounced ‘Pilots’) have just released their long-awaited new EP Lonely Leaves, and to celebrate they are playing a home show at the Byron Brewery this Friday. So what about their new EP? Well, across the seven tracks of Lonely Leaves there is an overarching theme of nostalgia, each song reflecting on growth and loss, bringing closure after a tumultuous year. Anthemic and straddling the realm of mature indie and stadium rock, sheer velocity is the driving force resulting in the band’s most personal, exciting record to date. The sound is raw and less restrained than their previous releases; however, it continues their penchant for soaring vocals and exhilarating riffs, interjected with undiluted southern-rock guitar tones.
Music Careers Symposium
Southern Cross University, Lismore Campus, D Block | 9am–3pm | Friday 16 August | Free (bookings essential)
Telling your parents you want to work in the music industry used to be cause for alarm, with exclamations of ‘What have I done wrong?’, ‘Why can’t I have a lawyer?’ This outdated belief that a career in the music industry is unrealistic or a narrow pathway is just one of the misconceptions about an industry that provides up to nine per cent of Australia’s annual GDP.
According to Music Australia live contemporary music industry generates revenues of $1.5–$2 billion annually. So far from being an unrealistic career, working in the music industry, whether onstage, in production, in the studio, in media, or in event creation or music management is a pathway to a dynamic career where hundreds of choices and opportunities are available. Southern Cross University has long been an industry leader, creating and innovating educational pathways that best support careers in music.
To facilitate conversation and information around the changes and opportunities presented by the music industry Southern Cross University will be presenting a Music Careers Symposium at the Lismore Campus on Friday 16 August from 9am till 3pm.
The symposium is open to everyone and features musicians, creatives, academics, festival and arts directors, and media specialists sharing their knowledge in this one-day think tank that redefines what it means to be a contemporary musician.
Southern Cross Uni, Lismore. 9am–3pm. Free session but bookings are essential: eventbrite.com.au/e/63545607623.
Mullumbimby Ex-Services | Friday 12 July | 8pm | $20/25
Fresh from Paris, Hetty Kate is thrilled to return to Australia to perform with guitarist James Sherlock, bassist Thierry Fossemalle, and drummer Dave Sanders at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club Friday 12 July, performing a swinging selection of classics and curios from her travels and most recent albums. Enjoy songs from the Great American Songbook and French chanson, alongside popular classics that you know and love.
Described as having ‘a stage presence, only matched by the clarity in her voice’ by James Morrison, Hetty is often lauded for her ‘natural musicality’, pure tone, and impeccable timing, making her one of the most sought-after jazz artists by audiences and musicians alike.
Last year was Hetty’s first time to play in Mullum and she’s pumped about coming back to play with our world-class local musos. In fact she’s tempted to stash them in her luggage and smuggle them back to Paris.
Hetty Kate is returning to Mullum Ex-Services Club 12 July. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available online for $20 from www.clubmullum.com or $25 on the door. 8pm start.