Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning April 22, 2020

The Buckleys are going to be taking their virtual tour to you straight from their living room!

Byron Buckleys take on the world! 

Hailing from Byron Bay, The Buckleys launched their first North American Virtual Tour, on Saturday, 4 April, reaching over 370,000 fans over four ‘virtual tour dates.’ The Buckleys are going to be taking their virtual tour to South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, criss-crossing the globe with their final show streaming across Australia and New Zealand… all done from their living room in Byron Bay!

Adapting his long-time experience launching tours, albums, and films, Petrol Records head, CM Murphy worked in conjunction with their U.S. label, UMe, and Live Nation. The Buckleys recreate the personalised ‘live’ experience during this time of social distancing.

Catch The Buckleys,  Live From Home,  at 6pm AEST on Thursday, 30 April. For more info, and to watch the virtual concert, visit

Together Alone at The Quad


With the current coronavirus outbreak forcing all public gatherings to halt, and galleries and public arts spaces to close,  we have witnessed the cancellation of all art fairs, festivals, gatherings, markets and community celebrations. The Quad, and Lismore Regional Gallery, have launched a project called Together//Alone exploring ways to creatively respond to adversity while supporting Northern Rivers artists, many of whom are facing serious income loss.

They are offering paid opportunities for Northern Rivers’ artists – across all art forms – to develop a creative concept over a two-week at-home ‘residency’, which must includes a component that can be communicated via a digital platform. Applying artists do not need to present fully formed and completed works, the emphasis is on the creative process and ‘connection’. 

A minimum of five artists will be selected to participate in the first project. Works will be shared via The Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery’s websites, and social media channels. 

Happy Place

George still calls Cuba home

Being separated from your significant other during the COVID-19 lockdown presents particular emotional challenges, but for comedian George Smilovici – his significant other isn’t a person, it’s a country: Cuba. Going back to the country of his birth has been transformative for George, who calls it his happy place.

It was this sense of belonging that saw George –  a nationally recognised, and lauded comedian – take a completely different direction; one more in line with his pianist father. He stopped telling jokes and started playing music.

His first album, Cuban Takeout can be heard on Spotify and other music platforms.

Barefoot Law is keeping people informed about laws and regulations during COVID-19

Barefoot on Covid

In these quickly changing times, Barefoot Law is keeping people informed about the legal implications of laws and regulations brought in during COVID-19.

‘There’s plenty of landlords who are being great and negotiating reduced rent – and some have issued eviction notices and panicked. The other issues we are seeing are around JobKeeper – some employers are using it to do what they shouldn’t. JobKeeper assumes everyone keeps working. We have had a few casuals ask about the legality of moving from 10 hours per week to 25 for example. That’s not a reasonable change. There are also issues with family law in the lockdown, with co-parenting becoming tricky in some cases. ‘Consent orders still apply’, says Mark.  

If people have legal questions they can go to the website: or barefoot law on Facebook.

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