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August 16, 2022

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 June, 2022

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Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

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West Ballina locals concerned about new flood risk

A large group of West Ballina residents are alarmed about a DA which has been submitted to Ballina Shire Council by the Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon Drive. The proposal, for a STEM and Digital Technology Centre, is planned for a well-known flood-prone area which previously acted as part of a large retention pond.

Bullet Train

A former and unlucky assassin codenamed ‘Ladybug’ is determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs...

Flat Earth Byron councillors

In face of the facts, an approval of the development application (DA) for a basement car park in Brunswick...

Recognition for Brunswick SLSC volunteers

Five national medals presented on behalf of Governor General David Hurley were some of the awards given to Brunswick...

Out of the Blue Adventures wins Tourism Hero Award

A local whale watching and eco-tourism business has been announced as one of the region's Local Tourism Heroes at a gala dinner co-hosted by Destination North Coast.

Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley footballers keep pressuring opposition Lennox Football Club

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC met up again with a much tougher Lennox FC in the Far North Coast...

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Nimbin Art at Long Last

The Nimbin Art Fair is on again after many postponements owing to covid and the floods. Hosted by Nimbin Artists Gallery, a not-for-profit organisation supporting local creatives, the Fair allows you to see the whole gamut of creative art from the vibrant arts community that is Nimbin and its surrounds.

Northern NSW is billed as Australia’s arts and festivals capital, abundant in music, fab food, performance, and visual arts. An integral part of this cultural circuit are small shows that support locals, Nimbin Artists Gallery has been providing support for local artists for many years.

Proceeds for art sales are primarily distributed to the artists. Nimbin Artists Gallery retains a small percentage and this money is used locally, for example, for an annual grant to Nimbin Central School, and funds are also given to support local art initiatives.

Works from local – but nationally renowned – artists, through to emerging practitioners, will be on view. There will be something to love for all, be they seasoned collectors or first-time art buyers.

Buying art and buying local helps
keep our arts community alive.

Nimbin Art Fair, Winter 2022, 2–17 July.
Visit The Nimbin School of Arts:
Open Daily 10am–5pm at 47 Cullen St, Nimbin.

* Please note the best routes to Nimbin at present are via Murwillumbah, via Lismore, or via Kyogle.
Phone 6689 1444. 


Kit Esuruoso and Genna Chanelle Hayes star in Akoni.

Local premiere of Akoni 

You are invited to a very special local premiere event of Australian Nigerian award-winning feature film, Akoni. 

Akoni follows the journey of a Nigerian refugee who becomes homeless while struggling to integrate into Australian society, until a young Australian woman opens up her home, and ultimately her heart, to him. 

The film was single-handedly written, directed and produced by an exceptional young Australian talent and filmmaking rising star Genna Chanelle Hayes – who traversed three continents over three years to create her debut feature film, which she also stars in, alongside award-winning British Nigerian actor, Kit Esuruoso.   

Come along for a pre-screening mingling from 5.30pm, featuring a Media Board and Guest Speakers (yet to be announced). Akoni will screen from 6.30pm, followed by a Q&A with Genna Chanelle Hayes. Then, join Genna afterwards for a post-film drink and conversation.

Thursday 7 July from 5.30pm.
Tickets on sale now: byrontheatre.com


Nudge Nudge DJ Stephen Allkins on the decks this weekend.

nUdGe nUdGe WiNk WiNk 

Cunning Stunts bring you another party-with-a-conscience at the July Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event at the Billinudgel Hotel.

Two Sydney DJ legends will have you dancing in the best sounding shed in the southern hemisphere – Stephen Allkins and Abel El Toro will join resident DJs: Dale Stephen and Lord Sut (Solar Love Machine – BayFM).

Cunning Stunts will continue to donate a cumulative percentage of profits to local charities through the season – you have helped raise $356k+ so far, helping 29 charities.

Get your Nudge on this Saturday from 4pm at the Billinudgel Hotel. 

Tickets and info here.


Bombaclock Reggae provide the good vibes at the Verandah every Sunday.

Live Sunday Sesh in Byron 

There’s a sneaky Sunday sesh with live music at Crystalbrook Byron’s Verandah every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Join in for drinks, snacks and good vibes with Bombaclock Reggae.

What better way to follow a morning of discovery and delight in Byron Bay than to decompress and relax on our breezy, shaded Verandah, cocktail in hand – with views of the glittering swimming pool and rainforest beyond, the Verandah is the perfect place to start – or end – your evening. In winter, the space warms up on crisp coastal nights with outdoor heaters and cosy blankets.

Serving a laid-back lunch, afternoon snacks and some of the best seafood in Byron Bay, why not pull up a chair and christen it as your own. Snack on the finest local produce with a menu of native rock oysters, crispy fish tacos, salt and pepper squid and fresh peel and eat prawns.

Verandah is the perfect combination of poolside hangout, leisurely lunch spot and Byron Bay cocktail bar, blissfully surrounded by subtropical rainforest at Crystralbrook Byron. Resort guests, locals and Byron Bay visitors welcome. Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.


Bandaluzia is back with a spectacular new show led by ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist Damian Wright. Just one of the great gigs on at Byron Centre in July.

There is an incredible lineup of events for the month of July at Byron Theatre.

REBEL is a fun and exciting show suitable for all ages and features a live soundtrack of well-selected Bowie songs, which are complemented by stunning circus acts. Each circus performer doubles as a musician, demonstrating excellence in both arenas. The band is led by charismatic performer and singer Stewart Reeve, who looks and sounds just like Bowie himself, and one who would make Bowie proud. His brightly coloured and sparkling Bowie-inspired costuming caps off this visual and aural feast.

One night only in Byron! Friday 1 July, at 8pm. Book tickets before it sells out!

Parenting: How hard boiled can it be? As seen on ABC Kids TV, The Beanies are live on stage at Byron Theatre these school holidays on Tuesday 5 July from 10.30am. The Beanies EGG-Straordinary Day! is full of crazy antics, sneaky robbers, and VERY silly jokes – this show is  recommended for the whole family.

Also on 5 July at 6.30pm is the 15th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Night. This event showcases the most inspiring Aboriginal storytelling to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022. This year’s theme is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’.

The next National Theatre Live brings us Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in the title role of Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power; Henry V, on Wednesday 6 July at 11am.

The Surf Film Archive presents two excellent surf film events on Saturday 16 July. At 1pm, come and enjoy A Winter’s Tale screened publicly for the first time in nearly 50 years. This epic 1974 film by Phil Sheppard is one of Australia’s greatest surf films. Then at 6pm, don’t miss That was Then, This is Now accompanied by Headland in full seven-piece band mode, bringing this remarkable and never-before-seen footage to life.

Without Camille Pissarro, there would be no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the Father of Impressionism. This Exhibition on Screen film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist. Art lovers won’t want to miss this next one; Wednesday 20 July, at 2pm.

On Friday 22 July 7.30pm, Bandaluzia is back with a spectacular new show led by ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist Damian Wright. It features popular contemporary flamenco dance and music, whilst displaying the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition.

Abba Re-Bjorn and The Ultimate Bee Gees shows have joined forces for a one-off disco night in a showcase spectacular on Saturday 23 July at 8pm. Expect five decades of super hits from ABBA and The Bee Gees in one high octane show. The last show in 2021 was a sell-out event that had the audience up and dancing in the aisles.

Back by popular demand is Dancing in the Shadows of Motown – a ten-piece powerhouse band featuring internationally renowned singers and musicians who faithfully recreate the dynamic live performances of Motown Legends on Friday 29 July at 8pm.

Finally on Saturday 30 July at 2pm we welcome back the annual Top Dog Film Festival 2022, where you can celebrate the canine connection, through this carefully curated selection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people. Then, later on Saturday at 7pm, stick around and get inspired for life at the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour, showcasing stories of female courage, grit, determination and a sense of adventure in the great outdoors.

For tickets and info visit byroncentre.com.au


Zach’s live sets fuse the elements of controllerism, finger drumming, and DJing into one.

Mad Zach at Coorabell

Street Level Byron Bay Presents Mad Zach, Supported by Hypnotech, 3rdeye & Z.I.V at Coorabell Hall on Friday

Mad Zach combines sonic influences from hip-hop, glitch, dnb, and dub and trap, yet still remains unique in his own right. His most recent EP, Quantum Shock, features collaborations with G Jones and Sayer, as well as remixes from Bleep Bloop, Amp Live, Conrank, and Pixelord. He has also produced for bass labels such as Saturate Records and Robox Neotech.

Zach’s live sets fuse the elements of controllerism, finger drumming, and DJing into one. He is strongly endorsed by production tech companies Native Instruments and Ableton, and his performance videos for them and predominant DJ blog, DJ Tech Tools, have garnered millions of views across the world.

Co-owner and content manager of curated audio and Addictech Records, Hypnotech has direct access to the upfront music of leading labels and artists in the international underground community. Focusing on booty warping bass-heavy dancefloor transmissions, dedication to cultivating the finest in electronic music is obvious in every set. With unlimited access to thousands of the world’s best labels, performances contain a broad palette and a diverse taste of the sounds of the future in combination with classics, original productions, remixes and collaborations. For undiluted holotropic audio transmissions, you need to look no further.

3rdeye is a Byron Bay-based producer and multi-instrumentalist. 3rdeye has released tracks on many top bass-music labels including Muti Music, Area Recordings, Subtitles, Apollo Records, Subway and Gradient Audio. His deep, emotive and powerful sound has garnered international DJ support from top selectors.

Food by Cactus Ninjas.
Friday 5pm to 12am at Coorabell Hall. 
Third-release tickets are on sale now.
Tickets through Fb: Street Level Presents Mad Zach.


The Rise of Gru showing every day at Ballina Fair Cinemas.

For the little and big kids

Ballina Fair Cinemas is screening the next Minions adventure with The Rise of Gru, in which a young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader – the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance – Wild Knuckles himself – and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.


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