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September 21, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 11 August, 2021

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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Other News

Cartoon of the week – 15 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.

Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

Thank you Mayor Lyon

Thank you, Mayor Lyon for highlighting the risks in having visiting film crew, real estate speculators and the like...

Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Phil and Tilley

Phil and Tilley

Phil and Tilley started playing music together in 2008 in the form of a five piece folk/rock outfit, and in the autumn of 2012, decided to part ways with the project and start writing together as a duo. Surrounded by the New Forest (UK), an ancient woodland situated on the southern coast of England, the self-taught musicians began experimenting with ambient sounds which opened new doors for their songwriting. 

In 2016, Phil and Tilley arrived in Byron Bay with little more than their instruments, a few clothes and a tent. In order to pay for food, busking on the streets became a necessity, until they began to establish themselves in local bars, cafes and farmers markets. Two years later they are now playing over 250 gigs a year throughout Australia, gaining a rapidly increasing fan base. Their troubadour philosophy of being on the road as much as they can and playing shows wherever there’s a stage, has helped them gain airplay just about everywhere. 

Phil and Tilley can be seen Tuesday, from 8am, at the New Brighton Farmer’s Market.


Cheynne Murphey is at the New Brighton Farmers Market on Tuesday.

A heartfelt, folk-rock singer-songwriter

Another lucky day for punters is the Mullumbimby Farmers Market, this Friday, Cheynne Murphy is on the bill, and at the New Brighton Farmers Market on Tuesday from 8am.

Cheynne Murphy is a folk-rock singer-songwriter from northern NSW. With no musical training, he discovered his voice and ‘three chords and the truth’ at the end of a university marketing degree. His heartfelt music is inspired by the idea of sitting around campfires, singing songs with nothing but acoustic guitars, a few friends, and the crackle of a fire. Cheynne is a song-writing journey man, sharing his Irish folk-roots – he is showcasing new material at select gigs. See all the latest updates on www.cheynnemurphy.com.


Brunswick Valley School of Dance, just one schools who will miss the Lismore Eisteddfod.

2021 Lismore Eisteddfod cancelled

One of the highlights of the year for local performers is the Lismore Eisteddfod, hosted by the Lismore Musical Festival Society (LMFS). Established in 1908, the aim of the Lismore Eisteddfod is to encourage children and adults of amateur status in the performing arts to further their skills by providing them with the space to have their work tested by skillful, qualified adjudicators. 

Each year more that 4,000 amateur performers are involved through dance studios, schools, individual students of various teachers in piano, woodwind, string, brass, vocal, dance, spoken word, school choirs, bands, choral speech and creative class work. Competitor ages range from four to 50 plus years.

But this year, owing to Government restrictions implemented to control the spread of COVID-19, all suitable venues have been closed to the Society, therefore, sadly, they are unable to host the 2021 Lismore Eisteddfod. As a result they have had to cancel all scheduled competitions in their 109th Eisteddfod.

Organisers say all competitors will receive a refund of their entry fee, minus the processing fee. They ask that performers bear with them as they work through refund arrangements. ‘We are devastated,’ said LMFS representative Yvonne Stevenson. ‘We’re sure everyone associated with the Lismore Eisteddfod will also feel the disappointment and loss that comes with a second year of cancellation. We offer our sincere thanks for your support. We are hoping for better things in 2022.’

Fore more info visit the Lismore Eisteddfod website: lismoreeisteddfod.com.au


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Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.