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September 26, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond, for the week beginning 24 August 2021

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New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

NSW Farmers want to plant foods to get their hands off ‘meat’

NSW Farmers are calling for clarification of the vocabulary for alternative proteins and they have submitted a motion to the Senate Standing Committee to review the use of meat vocabulary on plant-based products.

Vale Aunty Dulcie Nicholls 21.10.29 – 19.09.21

There is deep sadness in the community at the passing of Arakwal elder and matriarch, Dulcie Joan Nicholls, nee Kay, who was a proud Bundjalung woman born on Country at Tallow Creek, Byron Bay, October 21, 1929.

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow...

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

Sara Tindley, making music and working the farm

Supporting Artists During Lockdown

By Eve Jeffery

One of the first things I realised when I first moved to the Far North Coast, is that most people in the area have more than one job, and definitely most artists do – and it goes beyond actresses working at cafes while waiting for their big break. It’s more permanent than that.

People like local singer, Sara Tindley, who is also a farmer. Comedian, Vanessa Larry Mitchell, also trains support workers in the disability sector, and there are many others who use the income from their ‘other’ work to keep them going when things get a little slow – it helps keep them on the road, in the studio, and creating merch’.

One musician I asked said his ‘day’ job was several streams of income from part time contract work and investing. He said if his work life was a relationship status on Facebook, it would say ‘It’s complicated’.

So what happens when your career is cancelled by a pandemic? Three times in the last two weeks I have had to go to our gig guide list and wipe at least 50 shows from the list. It was heartbreaking to press, and keep on pressing, delete.

Performers work really hard – it’s not all Keef and Mick sitting around sipping expensive bourbon and smiling at photographers through cigarette smoke. During pandemic life, even some of the biggest names struggle. Bob Dylan has pretty much been on the road for 32 years. The Never Ending Tour started in 1988 and ended in 2020 because of COVID. Now Bob might not need the cash, but the band does. The roadies, tour managers, venue and catering staff, equipment sellers and the T-shirt printers – they all need the money.

What can fans do? In 2021 we have a little thing called the internet – you don’t even need to leave your chair, let alone leave your home. You can shop for music and merchandise online, and there are also plenty of entertainment options from local artists and businesses on the world wide web.

People give online concerts, and they’re dirt cheap. Shows like the upcoming one with Kitty Flanagan, Akmal and Mandy Nolan who are putting their Regent show Political Animals: Question Time online; there is a broad spectrum of artists who are performing live tunes on social media for free, a kind of digital busking.

So help a brother or sister out – remember performing artists next time you head to the interweb to shop for yourself or for gifts.


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