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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 December, 2021

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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

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Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Can artificial intelligence be used for beach safety?

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Death wish

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Public housing forum/doco May 16

A documentary exploring the devastating impacts of losing one’s home owing to the privatisation and demolition of public housing assets will be screened May 16 at the Palace Cinema.

2022 flood & DAs

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The Feramones

Get your Feramones ready for 2022

Byron Bay’s very own supergroup, The Feramones, are coming to Ballina RSL for New Year’s Eve so put your dancing shoes on!

The Feramones were first conceived in the 1990s in London when 10CC guitarist Rick Fenn was asked to assemble a band of top shelf London session musicians for the Children with Leukaemia Charity Ball at the Park Lane Hilton. The concept was, and it remains today, to perform tried and tested classics from the ’70s and ’80s that never fail to keep the dance floor busy.

In 2000 Rick and fellow UK guitarist and Feramones regular, Alan Limbrick, established their homes in Byron Bay. When another Feramones veteran, Alan Park (keyboardist and musical director for Sir Cliff Richard) joined the boys in Byron, the nucleus for a more permanent lineup was established.

The Feramones will be joined by support, Late for Woodstock, for the big 2021 send off.

Friday 31 December. Doors: 8pm. Show: 9pm.

For more info or tickets, visit: ballinarsl.com.au.

Russell Morris

Russell Morris: The Real Thing

Aria Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling artist, King of Pop, Australian Icon! These are just a few thoughts that come to mind when describing Aussie legend Russell Morris.

Shooting to fame in the middle ’60s with Somebody’s Image , Morris had a string of hits including ‘Hush’ and the Bob Dylan classic ‘Baby Blue.

In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released The Real Thing, Australia’s only true psychedelic #1 hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day.

Following that, Morris penned breakthrough hits such as; ‘Sweet Sweet Love’, ‘Wings of an Eagle’, ‘Rachel, Part 3 into Paper Walls’, ‘The Girl That I Love’ and many, many more…

Constantly in demand, Morris stills tours nationally throughout the year as well as appearances internationally.

In 2012 Morris released Sharkmouth a collection of tunes written about Australian historical characters.

Sharkmouth reached #1 position on the iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues Radio Charts, and won Morris the 2013 ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots album.

In 2019 Morris released another new album produced by Nick DiDia and Bernard Fanning.

After five decades on the road, an album can almost write itself. It might arrive in the space of a few months, fully formed in vision and texture in the mind of the vigilant creator. But it takes a rare combination of talent and circumstances to realise that vision as vividly as Black and Blue Heart .

In 2021, Morris joined Rick Springfield and formed The Morris Springfield Project. The Morris Springfield Project released Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz in October, which debuted at number 34 on the ARIA Charts.

In 2022, Morris is on the road and he is playing the Ballina RSL – a show not to be missed and a great way to get your year on the right track.

Russell Morris and Band, plus Ash Perrow. Ballina RSL, 8pm Friday, 7 January, 2022. For more info or tickets, visit: ballinarsl.com.au.

Isabella Rossellini. Pompeii Sin City. Photo by Daniele Cruciani

Byron Theatre: Back on the Map

With the NSW Roadmap ending, Byron Theatre is excited to present an incredible lineup of live events in January at the theatre following the festive holiday season.

On Thursday 13 Jan at 7pm, join a collaborative performance project between three artists from complementary disciplines. Liquidelic showcases the vibrant spark that occurs when these three complimentary mediums collide. It is common for audience members to be moved to tears during the show that has been described as powerful colour-therapy.

On Friday 14 Jan at 7.30pm revel in the sounds of Bandaluzia Flamenco! Led by ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist Damian Wright, Bandaluzia will present a spectacular new show that showcases contemporary flamenco dance and music whilst displaying the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition.

The recently founded Regional Venue Collective is very excited to bring you their inaugural collaborative music event on Saturday 15 Jan at 7.30pm. Wild Thyme – The Other Side of Song Tour is an exciting meeting between three of regional Australia’s most talented and captivating female artists. 

Byron Theatre’s next Art On Screen film is Pompeii: Sin City on Wednesday 19 Jan at 2pm. A cinematic journey through one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Leading us along its cobbled streets is the extraordinary narrator: Isabella Rossellini. Directed by Pappi Corsicato, discover the secrets, the stories, and the masterpieces between eros and myth.

Meninas da Lua presents Orishás – an Afro-Brazilian odyssey of rhythm, dance and culture on Friday 21 Jan at 7pm. Meninas da Lua is a cultural development project created with the main purpose to break cultural barriers and promote feminine empowerment among women from diverse linguistic backgrounds. 

Byron Theatre presents an ENCORE screening of National Theatre Live’s No Man’s Land on Saturday 22 Jan at 11.30am, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart leading the cast in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic.

Then, in the evening, on Saturday 22 Jan at 7.30pm, Garage Entertainment presents their next adventure film, screening The Desert Said Dance followed by a Live Q&A with the director and producers; hosted by Robbie Warden of The Good Ride Club.

The famous Byron Supper Club returns to the Byron Theatre on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 Jan. Be sure not to miss this ultimate immersive cabaret experience, with spectacular theatrical performances by Australia’s top musical theatre artists. Uniquely staged in the round, audiences are taken into an immersive experience full of surprise and delight at every turn.

For more information of tickets, visit: byroncentre.com.au.

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