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In the wake of the cancellation of Bluesfest 2021, the inaugural Byron Music Festival’s first artist announcement has just been released, featuring a 100% Byron Bay and north coast line-up.

Acts will include; Wolfmother, Hayley Mary, Kyle Lionhart, The Sudeman, Tijuana Cartel, Bobby Alu, Drop Legs, Wharves, The Oogars, Mylee Grace, The Buckleys, Family Jordan, Narli, Kimmy, Nidala, Sophie Ozard and Loose Content, with more artists to come.

BMF Programming Manager Alain De Carne said, ‘We’re so proud to be showcasing local music at Byron Music Festival. We really wanted to celebrate the diversity of the Northern Rivers music scene by featuring renowned and emerging artists that cross all genres and styles – from rock, to hip hop and everything in between.’

Festival organisers said their goal is to spark the resurgence in the local live entertainment scene, showcasing iconic and emerging artists, as well as hosting a robust music industry conference program that ignites a public conversation about the importance, power, and positivity of music for all.

Hayley Mary. Photo Jesse Lizotte.

The new festival has been conceptualised and produced by Byron Music Proprietor and passionate local Nick Sergi, with a prodigious ambition for uncertain times.

Organisers say they have experienced enthusiastic support, not just from artists and industry, but from a wide variety of businesses and community members who see this is as a fabulous opportunity for the Northern Rivers.

Peter Wood, Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers, said ‘Arts Northern Rivers is more than thrilled to be supporting the Byron Music Festival.

‘With the music sector particularly impacted by the COVID19 health crisis, projects like these are an essential part of the creative recovery process supporting our musicians and rebuilding audiences – make sure you get along to it to show your support’.

BMF artist Steve Banks from The Sidemen said, ‘It is an ambitious project in these troubled times but I feel there’s a tangible light at the end of the tunnel. I commend BMF’s courage and creativity.’

CBD to come alive

From 18-20 June 2021, the Byron Bay CBD will come alive with multiple live music performances, a youth music showcase, local business activations, markets, and a music industry conference and speaking program.

Events will be held at Denning Park, Byron Youth Centre, The Beach Hotel, Byron Theatre, and The Great Northern Hotel with various entry costs ranging from free entry to ‘modest ticket prices’.

BMF is working together with the charities Support Act, Byron Youth Services and Be Happy Music Club as well as a growing number of partners and supporters.

For more information and ticket sales, check out: www.byronmusicfestival.com.au.


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