Byron Surf Festival
Byron Brewery | 14–16 Feb
The Byron Surf Festival has decided to run all of its indoor events in the one venue this year, with the Byron Brewery playing host to talk sessions, bands, and films. This will make it the hub of the festival with punters able to go from event to event in just moments. Heading the rock stage are Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, delivering their signature powerful sprawling rock’n’roll. Somehow you can still feel the vibes of night-long jam sessions, belting out worksite frustrations, and the almost romantic memory of the neighbouring rat trash mansion. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets jump on stage at Byron Bay Brewery band room to close BBSF 2020 with support from local legends The Violent Monks and 100!! Also performing are super fun time rock’n’rollers Goons of Doom, the charismatic Didirri, Cupid & The Stupids, Fiona Franklin, The Violent Monks, and Wash and Tay Oskee.
The BBSF runs 14–16 February with tickets from eventbrite.com.au
Singing for Your Soul
Marvell Hall, Byron Bay | Friday | 4–6pm
Did you know that group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out? If you are hankering to laugh, move, and sing your way through 2020, now is your chance to check out Big Sing.
Local singer, teacher, and performer with The Mighty Loveys, Janet Swain, is offering a two-hour workshop this Friday, 4–6pm, at Marvell Hall in Byron Bay.
Participants will learn vocal warm-ups, fun exercises, simple chants, improvisation and circle singing, lullabies and rounds, as well as deepening their connection with their own authentic voice. Through sighing, yawning, laughing, and deep breathing, combined with the practice of deep inner and outer listening, they discover ways of using singing as a simple and extremely effective way to de-stress, enrich, and enliven their lives. Participants love the freedom of the Big Sing format – the connections that are made, the laughter, the effect that the harmonies have on everyone, and the magic of singing together in a circle.
The two-hour workshop is also a chance for people to check out if Big Sing is for them before signing up for regular weekly classes in Brunswick Heads, Kingscliff, or Byron Bay. Janet Swain’s Big Sing – Own Your Voice classes started at Brunswick Picture House in 2018, and have grown in popularity, so much that Janet has started a Big Sing in Kingscliff, and this year will start a regular pre-dinner Big Sing at the wonderful Marvell Hall in Byron Bay on Friday afternoons 5–6pm. Janet also runs the slightly more formal Bowlo Community Choir with Adrian Williams Brett from Dustyesky Choir, on Monday nights at the Brunswick Heads Bowlo.
Regular Big Sing classes resume on Monday 13 January at 9.30am in Brunswick Heads, Thursday 30 January at 10.30am in Kingscliff, and Friday 31 January at 5pm, at Marvell Hall in Byron Bay.
Billinudgel Hotel | Saturday | 4pm – 11pm
DJs and live musicians are creating Cosmic Osmosis – Curious, an extraordinary night, from the team behind Nudge Nudge Wink Wink. Curious is a chance to stimulate your new year and celebrate Cunning Stunts’ 2020 inaugural lineup with DJs Phil Perry (Full Circle, UK), Dale Stephen, Lord Sut, and Lux Velada.
She J, of Tijuana Cartel, who has collaborated with Ash Grunwald and Deya Dova, is providing her live percussion repertoire of Afro rhythms, electronica, deep house, and tech house to invigorate your dance experience in the best-sounding shed in the southern hemisphere!
Illuminate and rejuvenate as you experience incredible selections and epic shed-rocking sets that take punters soaring to the stars.
Closing the inaugural set of Curious’s 2020 events, with a blend of house sound sensations guaranteed to make you gyrate, is Leftfield’s first UK tour DJ, Phil Perry! Phil is the creator of the infamous London Sunday session Full Circle.
Phil’s creation became the stomping ground for house and techno’s biggest DJs, playing to a loved-up crowd, who included clubland’s most influential movers and shakers: Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Andy Weatherall, Terry Farley, and many more all graced the decks at Full Circle.
A melting pot of electronic stew, global grooves, dubby disco, and heart-opening house. A Saturday evening service – each first Saturday of the month, curated for dancers and conscious party people to unite, connect with community, and celebrate together consciously.
Saturday 4pm – 11pm at the Billinudgel Hotel – it’s an 18-plus event. Tix at cunningstunts.com.au
Turn it Up Tuesdays
Brunswick Picture House | 6pm–9pm | $20/18 with kids $15 and Family of 4 $60
At the Brunswick Picture House Tuesdays are like Saturdays, so for three consecutive Tuesdays in January the Picture House introduces Turn It Up Tuesdays! It’s a shameless dance party playing all the shameless classics.
The dancefloor is all yours as we bring in some very cool guest DJs…
What better way to enjoy those gorgeous January Bruns nights than letting loose, getting down for a boogie, and escaping into the rhythm with delectable tunes.
So dance like EVERYBODY is watching… and you’ll be sure to see us on the dancefloor as well, all at Turn It Up Tuesdays! 6pm–9pm. $20/18 with kids $15 and family of 4 $60. Tix on brunswickpicturehouse.com