May will be music month for Murwillumbah when the Live and Local Tweed program swings into action.
The program aims to increase live music performance opportunities and support audience and sector development.
As part of Live and Local Tweed, there will be a free micro-festival held over three consecutive Saturdays – 7, 14 and 21 May – with local artists playing at selected venues in Murwillumbah.
The music will be on between 10.30am and 1.45pm, with four local venues hosting gigs each Saturday.
The gigs will be small in scale; primarily solo and duo performances that are unplugged and low key to fit in with venue ambience.
Artists will be paid for their performances and there will be no cost to the venues for participating in the program.
Council’s Cultural Planner Dave Burgener said he was looking forward to the festival. ‘The live music sector has been one of the hardest-hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic and then copped another setback with the devastating floods of February and March,’ said Mr Burgener.
‘The micro-festival connects musicians with venues, activates new spaces for performance and showcases some of the awesome musicians in the Tweed.
Participating venues include Sunnyside Shopping Centre, Keith Murwillumbah, Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed River House, Wollumbin Dreaming, Pulp Fiction and Johnny Franco’s.
Artists performing during the micro fest include Blakboi, Phil & Tiley, Jamie Ashforth, Melissa Black, Murray Kyle, JB & the MMS quartet, Jerome Williams and One Of Us Is Lying, with more artists to be announced.
Live and Local Tweed is presented by Tweed Shire Council in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS, supported by Music NSW.
Griffith University is also onboard providing research and analysis of the program.
For more on the project, go to Your Say Tweed Live and Local Tweed.