Hotel Great Northern | Friday from 8.30pm | FREE
I don’t know what this band are on, but they’re clearly enjoying it. They tell me they were forged in the throes of a boredom attack on Waterfall Road. They describe their interests as; destroying beautiful things, creating beautiful things, Bison vodka, gin and tonic, delicious scotch, dissolving into the universe, being grateful, love, dusty foot philosophy, the word ‘is’, patting dogs, and the sun. And they would like you to know that Haeata Meihana, aka The Black Wattle, inspired and elicited a throwback to the ritualistic song and dance of yore. Full of smoke, fire, ash, whirling rhythmic movement, they say; where music is a tool to connect and caress, to reach a trance state and experience truth, oneness and clarity. Where music aids your ascension through multiple caves on a spiritual journey to another realm – waves and waves and waves of noise – an ode to the mystics and shamans and freaks, who each took their journey their way. Belligerant Goat too shall take theirs, their way – and their way is füç4!ng loud! Bringing you a melodic, melancholy, mystical and malignant message of friendship, Friday 8.30pm at the Hotel Great Northern.
Belligerent Goat at the Hotel Great Northern
Friday from 8.30pm
Curious about the Cosmic Osmosis?
Billinudgel Hotel | Saturday 4pm | $25 – $35
March yourself into their house in the shed for auditory treats, as Cunning Stunts seduce your feet with two new guest DJs joining the resident crew to dial up the heat.
Movin’ Marty Nichols has lived and breathed arse-shaking funky tech for over 30 years. He is a true ‘cult’ DJ who has played pretty much every great club in the land, and overseas, and supported many of the greats. Every set is a journey through luscious, uplifting, vocal house – putting a smile on your face and a strut to your butt! Join him on the Curious dance floor for his first time rocking the shed.
Also joining the line up for his first time is Sharks Lloyd, a versatile UK DJ now based in Australia. Sharks started DJing at 14 years old and he has built his career in the UK and Europe with the evolution of house music. Sharks has a reputation for pleasing crowds in any time-slot, owing to his years of experience, and true love of music – we can’t wait for him to shred in the shed!
Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut and Dale Stephen will spin the spectrums of audible goodness from house to Balearic to disco, and all that beats in between. Their heart-opening tracks and impeccable selections always get you moving and grooving, tapping and spinning, smiling and grinning – from start to finish at every gig they play. Make sure you’ve been to the cobbler – because these DJs of dance goodness bring the heat to the soles of your shoes and feet!
Cosmic Osmosis is a melting pot of electronic stew, global grooves, dubby disco, and heart-opening house.
In line with all conscious activities that Cunning Stunts represent, a percentage of the cumulative profits from this Curious event will be donated to local charities; adding to the total of $316,635 that has been donated since their inception. The December 2019 Curious event alone raised $6,600 for the NSW Rural Fire Service North Coast Team.
Expect the unexpected; joy, diversity, love and community equal Cosmic Osmosis!
Curious, Billinudgel Hotel, Saturday 4pm
SASH sesh in Byron
Byron Brewery | Saturday from 4pm | $15 – $20
A cracking debut by SASH left Byron frothing harder than a grommy after their first barrel. Like the waves, SASH’s first Byron party was absolutely pumping.
The SASH crew are loading up the Kombi and packing the boards, and more records, for their return. Road trippin’ they’ve got two SASH residents with Byron affiliations; Majestic Marley and Big Papa Pot, joining Chieftan Wallace once again. Local sound shaman and pit dweller Dan Zina joins Rabbit Taxi for the ride. Favourite purple sound strain, Funktion One will keep you floating on the basslines through the day, and well into the night.
Dance in the warm embrace of the Byron Bay Brewery’s sunlit open-air courtyard, known as The Terrace, with the indoor room invoking the slow and steady blues of The Den. Leave the Birkenstocks at home, put on your favourite dancing shoes and join us for SASH – Round 2.
SASH, Byron Brewery, Saturday from 4pm.
Transport active music from San Mei
Hotel Great Northern | Saturday from 8pm | FREE
San Mei, aka Emily Hamilton began her musical journey at the keys of her family piano – a consequence of love inspired by her dad’s favourite Beatles records and his penchant for classic ’60s pop.
San Mei is enamored with the transporting and active nature of her music; her guitar heavy, delay written, dreamy pop explores the hyper-blaze of existence and the intricacies of the between.
Family and home have always been integral to Hamilton’s creative process. The daughter of Chinese-Malaysian and New Zealand born parents, her family immigrated to Australia at an early age. Her parents, resilient and sacrificial, nurtured and encouraged her creatively, instilling in her a gift that she would lean on heavily to help diffuse and navigate the chaos of growing up and forging her identity. Using art as therapy, her songs became a conduit for escape, and to shoulder the loss of her mother. Armed with just a mini keyboard and a MacBook – San Mei was born.
San Mei, Hotel Great Northern, Saturday from 8pm.
Afends For Equality
Byron Brewery | Sunday 3pm | $15
This International Women’s Day, Afends are teaming up for equality with mates at Byron Bay Brewery to give you an evening of live music, raffles, specially made drinks and more.
Afends are proud to be donating 100% of ticket sales to the Women’s Resource Service, a local not-for-profit aiming to empower and assist women affected by family and domestic violence – a major issue facing Australia and the world.
Afends for Equality is a total take-over of the Brewery with a lineup of female-powered bands including; Hayley Mary, Velvet Flowers, Seaside, Bed Club, Perve Endings, and The Flowers.
Afends For Equality, Byron Brewery, Sunday 3pm.
Getting your utes on
Brooklet | Sunday 4pm | Adults $20, FREE for kids
Come one, come all, to a music and comedy bushfire fun-raiser, Tunes On Utes! An afternoon family-friendly you-beaut concert will be played atop a couple of utes backed together, on a private property in Brooklet. They’re aiming to raise $5,000 for the bushfire rehabilitation effort in Rappville/Busbys Flat – all proceeds from the event will be distributed via Our Two Hands, a charity based in Casino.
The event will feature Dylan Arnot and the Nightcap Shakedown, The Button Collective, Joel Salom, Sofiella and The Handsome Husbands and Tim Stokes. There will be Crusta Woodfired Pizza and facepainting. No alcohol will be served at the event, but you’re welcome to BYO. Bring a blanket and relax on the grass. Wet weather backup plan will be a local hall.
Tunes on Utes, Brooklet, Sunday 4pm.