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Live Music in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 16 October, 2019

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Woman assaults police – Bangalow

Police say that a woman resisted arrest and assaulted two officers yesterday in Bangalow.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

PM’s vaccine

Martin Bail, Federal On 4 February, 2021 ABC News reported, albeit briefly, that the PM will ‘for the record’ be...

Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Kim Churchill at The Brewery

Kim Churchill with Nick Cunningham + Luke Morris

 Byron Bay Brewery  |  Friday 18 October  |  8pm |  $25-$30

A traveller as much as an artist, Kim Churchill has lived on the road for years, but it was no longer enough just to pass through; for Kim it was time to show that world in his songs. After The Sun, is the warm, loping first single from a new project; where each song taps into the people and environments of some of his favourite parts of the world. The project is Kim showing the value of a new way of thinking, of writing… of living. ‘I now understand the effect that the whole process of travelling has on the way I write songs, and on the way I create,’ he says – explaining that he travelled this time intending to experience emotional responses to a constantly changing environment, and to allow that to seep into his creative process; which he says has been the most liberating part of the last year of writing.

Kim Churchill, Friday, 8pm at Byron Bay Brewery with Nick Cunningham + Luke Morris. 

Madison Kat at The Beachy on Friday

Madison Kat

Beach Hotel  |  Friday  |  9pm

Established in 1968, Madison Kat are continuing a strong musical tradition that was forged through generations. The boys thrive on edgy live performance, throwing out a soundwall of grooves, harmonies and effects.

Always freshening their extensive cover-track repertoire with their own style of musicality, they are now also introducing their own material into the set. The boys are pumped about getting their new tunes out there, to let everybody know what the next phase of the band is all about.

Sharing the night with the audience is what they do; their visual energy and crowd involvement is always entertaining and shows in the crowd’s responses at gigs and in their loyal following. They are a down-to-earth group of guys, each with individual personality and no one player taking the spotlight. Madison Kat front time and time again, with the proof at the end of an enjoyable night!

Katch them Friday, 9pm at the Beach Hotel.

Slowly, Slowly at The Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday

Slowly, Slowly

Byron Bay Brewery  |  Saturday  | 7pm  

After premiering on triple j’s Good Nights, Slowly Slowly are officially lifting the lid on their latest earworm, Creature Of Habit Pt. 2. It follows the romping success of their recent single Jellyfish, which launched into immediate high-rotation support from triple j, and a sold-out single tour. Built on the soaring choruses and vivid lyricism that have defined the Melbourne favourites with every output, Creature Of Habit Pt. 2 continues Slowly Slowly’s reign as one of the most intriguing and endearing punk rock acts in the country.

Slowly Slowly, 7pm Saturday at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Harry James Angus, one of the big names at Music in the Valley this year

Music In The Valley Festival

Upper Main Arm School | 12-6pm  |  Sunday  |  Fundraiser

The annual Music In The Valley Festival is a fundraiser for the Upper Main Arm School. The 2019 MITV festival features Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire), Bunny Racket, Áine Tyrrell and a Kids’ Disco by The Cassettes. The free event includes Lego World, pony rides, jumping castles, sideshow alley, craft and circus workshops, delicious food and a licensed bar.

Get some valley music into you on Sunday, 12 till 6pm at Main Arm Upper Public School.

It’s Gettin’ Hot with Kolombo


Byron Bay Brewery  | Sunday  | 12pm

Having mastered the art of modern production, Belgium’s Olivier Grégoire has become one of the world’s most renowned dance-music artists, with a bevy of high-profile releases under his various pseudonyms. You may know him as Kolombo, the house-player with a discography that charts esteemed imprints like Kompakt, Turbo, Diynamic, Noir Music, Suara, Snatch!, Sweat and most recently Dirtybird, with the hit summer 2018 single It’s Gettin’ Hot. Though he’s also made waves as the LouLou Players with his partner Jerome. Together they’ve toured the world, and launched the LouLou Records imprint; a house label with several releases from Kolombo and the Players.

Kolombo, 12pm Sunday at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Community festivities in Federal

The Federal Park Party

Federal Park  | Saturday October 19  | noon to 9pm  |  Fundraiser

The Federal Park Party, in the hinterland village of Federal, is a celebration of the vibrant community life in the hills above Byron.

This gathering has taken place for 18 years with people coming from far and wide to experience the event. Highlights include a silent disco, the busking comp, games and fabulous food.  

This year the popular Dog Show also returns, at around 4pm, with prizes for best dressed, special talents and more. Great music is provided by guest bands and DJs and will continue as the sun goes down. Everyone is welcome to come along, enjoy the food, meet friends and have a dance to the beats. This is a free community event and a highlight on the Byron Hinterland calendar.

The Federal Park Party in the hinterland village of Federal will take place on Saturday October 19 from noon to 9pm.


The Ticker tour with the List Idiots

Pist Idiots

The Hotel Great Northern  | Saturday  |   8pm  |  $26

In celebration of their soon to be released EP Ticker and their first ever physical release, Pist Idiots will be doing a lap around the country playing their biggest rock shows to date. The Ticker tour will see the band hit major cities as well as a handful of regional zones including Byron Bay. Go to a show or else!

Saturday 8pm at The Hotel Great Northern

What a guy

Guy Kachel

Beach Hotel  | Tuesday  |  8pm  |  FREE

Guy Kachel had an idyllic entrée of the world of music. Born in Tamworth, he was raised on the banks of the Peel River. His paternal grandfather, an itinerant harmonica duellist, gave him his first guitar at 15, and Lawrie Minson coaxed him through the rudiments of guitar and transplanted a love for hillbilly guitar-picking and the music of such southern-rock stalwarts as the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

The strains of country, rock and blues mingled in Guy’s increasingly accomplished craft. Embellished by tours across the vast outback, it matured into the style of country blues exemplified by greats like John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell and Lowell George from Little Feat. The harmonica playing of his grandfather also resurfaced and became a feature of his act.

You can catch him Tuesday 8pm at the Beach Hotel.

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