Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 2 June, 2020

Mandy, happy to be back at The Big Gig

Big Gig at Ballina RSL is back!

After two months in iso Mandy Nolan is chomping at the bit to get back up on the Big Gig stage. With social distancing in place, and numbers limited to 50, this will give her most dedicated fans the chance to get back in the room and off bloody Zoom! Mandy will be presenting a full hour of Nolan at her finest – with the two-months of downtime having given her ample opportunity to craft some new gear that she’s keen to try on the Big Gig crowd! While many have been sorting out their sock drawer, Nolan has been busy – you might have seen her narrating the segment about Dustyesky on Australian Story earlier this week? She has run an online comedy course for women, and every two weeks she’s been popping up on the Ballina RSL Facebook page for a 15-minute download! The wait is over! The laughs are back on! Show is at 8pm, 25 June, and even though it’s still free, you will need a ticket; go to to get yours – it’s strictly limited to 50 – so get yours now!

Get yer PJ’s on for dancing


The Community Event of the Year 2020. PAJAMAS #3 presents a live DJ mix and stream; featuring Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut and Dale Stephen. There’s a prize for the best dressed – in your jammies – so put a photo on the Cunning Stunts Facebook page, or on their Pajamas Event page – get on and chat with the Cunning Stunts Community, turn up the music, and dance with your friends and family at home!

Saturday 6pm–9pm. Free. The event will be streamed live at

Music is back at the Beachy

Beachy Music

Live music is back on at the Beachy this week! Everyone’s favourite beachfront hotel has its beer flowing and the doors are open. Get out and support your local businesses and musicians; this Saturday catch Sarah Grant at 1pm, the fabulous Jon J Bradley at 4.30pm, and Ragga Jump Trio at 8pm.

Macadamia Castle-upgraded and refurbished and open for business.

The Macca Castle is open

Macadamia Castle has reopened! The Animal Park and Café Macca are now open seven days a week from 9am–4pm.

During lockdown they upgraded the building and the grounds, replacing the 20-year-old medieval paintings on the outside of the building with images from their Animal Park – so it’s like a whole new park! They have also extended the expiry date for existing passes to the Animal Park by 70 days!

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