The Festival of the Stone, named after the Stone & Wood Stone beer (a wood-fired porter, brewed with the aid of a hot rock), was a pretty cool, laidback affair last time I went. Lots of people, food trucks, dancing, and also a family-friendly tent for the young kids that actually looked really fun. As they say, it’s kind of like a big neighbourhood party, with a portion of each ticket sale supporting the community through their inGrained Foundation charity, for which nominations recently closed.
After missing last year owing to COVID-19, the festival is back again, on Saturday 5 June. Bundjalung Indigenous, hip hop MC, JK-47 is the headline act and tickets are available on Eventbrite (see stoneandwood.com).
Organisers say, ‘JK-47 will be joined by a line-up bursting with locals. Indie-pop crew Seaside, underground DJ Casimir, musical misfits The Hombres, funk outfit The Booty Affair, Club Raiders DJs and other local DJs are all locked in, with more acts to be announced shortly.
‘Hailing from the Northern Rivers, JK-47 first came to the nation’s attention in 2020 when material from his debut album, Made For This, saw him named as one of triple j Unearthed’s best artists to come through that year. Recently, his Like A Version cover of 2Pac’s ‘Changes’ lit up triple j’s switchboard and cemented his place as one of the country’s most exciting new hip hop talents.’