Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning April 14, 2020

Stukulele, Miss Amber and Rod Coe streaming into your lounge room on Thursday night.

Uke Night this Thursday

Miss Amber and Stukulele will be streaming Uke Night live from their living room with special guests Rod Coe on U Bass, and Daughter Rosie, this Thursday from 6.30pm.

Tune in at or and strum‘n’sing along with a cheerful selection of fun tunes. The songbook will be available to download via, otherwise Stu will share his songbook on the screen. There will be a lesson at the start for newbies. If you would like to make a donation to help keep these nights coming follow the link:

Be part of the online dance class, Move It, with Philip Channels – photo by Katie Holmes

You Got To Move It!

Cost: FREE for a limited time.

One of the crucial survival techniques during our lockdown is exercise. It’s a great way to connect, have fun and get fit at the same time.

Move It – Live Online, is the love child and new initiative of Rosebank residents Philip Channells (Creative Director / Producer) and Sean Campbell (Projects, Communication and Production Manager) from Dance Integrated Australia. It’s an hour long, post-disco, post-ballet, post-aerobics dance fitness fun class suitable for anyone, of any age, who wants to kick off the blues and exercise in the safety of their own home, workplace or wherever they’re bunkered down during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The online dance classes originated from a request by a couple of members of the Marvell Hall Committee. It started off with a small group of people coming together to do a Silent Disco exercise class, once a week with the original teacher, Tess Eckert leading the class. Then, Tess went on holiday and Philip took the lead. It became so popular there were more people attending than there were headsets available. ‘It was all about having fun and not taking myself, or each other, so seriously,’ he said. ‘That was the recipe for success.’

Extraordinary times require extra-ordinary measures. Philip and Sean are some of the millions of people who’ve lost all their income from all the gigs and casual work they would do to survive. ‘We needed to do something to keep ourselves sane and active so we thought, can we try to offer these classes online? How would that even work? Sean literally taught himself to be a broadcaster in two weeks, and our living room has never looked so sparkly clean; it’s a win win for everyone. We get to have a nice tidy place to isolate ourselves in, and everyone else gets to sweat it out on their own floors and have a giggle in the privacy of their own home,’ said Philip.

Originally from Birmingham, UK, Sean moved to the Northern Rivers region with Philip in 2013 after spending three years living in Adelaide together. ‘Rosebank is not the busiest place in the world, and it doesn’t have great phone reception, or internet connection, so it’s a bit of a gamble as to whether we can get online at all some days here,’ he said. ‘Other than that, I’m loving the isolation – because I’m becoming really tech savvy.’

Move It – Live Online is so much fun, and ever so camp! Philip brings footy socks and sweatbands back into dance-at-home fashion. You don’t need much space – about the same as a regular class. To join a class, all you have to do is email: [email protected] and request to join. Then Philip and Sean will send you a link, which you can use on your phone, tablet, laptop, or sync to your TV.


Byron’s Enviro Friendly Flight Board, Best of the Best!

A Byron Bay start-up is making waves in the international design and innovation world with their electric hydrofoil (eFoil). I didn’t even know what a hydrofoil was until I saw some dude hovering above the ocean. I thought one of my mushroom trips from 20 years back had re-activated. But no, it’s a thing – an eFoil that carves like a snowboard, and gives the sensation of flying over the water – and best of all, you don’t need wind or waves. It’s some sort of voodoo – and it looks incredible. Our local Fliteboard has won the ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020.

This is the top distinction in the competition, and one of the most respected awards in the world. It is granted for ground-breaking design, and goes to the best products in a category.

Fliteboard Founder and CEO, David Trewern, believes the electric powered hydrofoil will usher in a new category of environmentally friendly watercraft. ‘Our goal is to help accelerate the shift towards more environmentally friendly marine craft. Like the first Tesla Roadster, Fliteboard captures attention, and proves technology and concepts that can then be more widely adopted for other marine craft in the future.’ Mr Trewern said.‘We also want our customers to have fun. Fliteboarding feels like flying, providing a whisper quiet, virtually emission free ride, whether cruising leisurely, or racing at speeds of up to 45km/h without leaving a wake or pollution trail.’ Each part of the assembly has been specifically chosen, and purposely designed.

From June, Fliteboard will be on display at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, which is among the top eight museums of design in the world!

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