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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 13 July, 2022

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Assange doco to screen in Byron

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Get Cirkus maxed-out this Friday, 3.30pm
at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.

Maximum circus fun

In 2020 a new show burst onto the NSW and Qld entertainment scenes. Dubbed Cirkus Maximas by its creators, the show had all the energy and excitement of a sold-out rock concert.

Formed on the Gold Coast a year earlier by four dedicated young acrobats in response to the decided lack of fun children’s shows around, it took north coast NSW and southeast Queensland by storm – completing 40 shows in three short months.

Then came COVID-19 and all work stopped. The break was however an opportunity to polish skills and introduce new material, and in early 2022 the show emerged ready for instalment number two in the Cirkus Maximas story.

The gang has been stripped back to three core members who promise 110 per cent every show with more energy, more audience participation and more fun – it’s the best show in town.

In July Cirkus Maximas are on the road again, and everyone is welcome to the show – the audience can take photos, meet the gang after the show, but best of all you can laugh along with its 55 minutes of fast-paced fun for all ages.

Get Cirkus maxed-out this Friday, 3.30pm at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.


The Australian Pink Versus Gaga, is a spectacular, feature-packed show.

P!nk Vs Gaga in Ballina

The Australian Pink Show is excited to announce the ultimate ‘rock versus pop’ show, Pink Versus Gaga!  Australia’s best and most spectacular tribute show.

P!nk; with countless top ten singles, sold out tours and record breaking attendances, without doubt, P!nk is the most popular and dazzling rock goddess of the international music scene.

Gaga; having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles, Gaga is among the best-selling musicians of all time. Known as the Queen of Pop, Gaga is sure to amaze!

The Australian Pink Versus Gaga, is a spectacular, feature-packed show with multiple costume changes and two stunning performers.

Friday, 8.30pm at the Ballina RSL.

Kalidad weave a deep web of sound this Sunday 4pm at the Hotel Brunswick.

Kallidad at the Bruns

Kallidad is Spanish guitar magic with rock ’n’ roll energy to create a once-in-a-lifetime sound that has seen the group tour across Europe, Asia and Oceania. The trio’s notorious white face paint masks their identities, shifting the focus to a musical style that is alive, intense, emotional and powerful. Kallidad’s music is all instrumental – no lyrics are necessary to feel the energy and passion behind the music. Booming percussion and shredded nylon string guitars weave a deep web of sound that always leaves audiences breathless and begging for more!

Sunday 4pm at the Hotel Brunswick.

Rapper-on-the-rise Tasman Keith have been added to the Splendour lineup.

Last minute news for Splendour 

There has been a lineup change for the 2022 event as Splendour has received word that, sadly, Surfaces, Mako Road and Adrian Eagle are no longer able to make it to the festival. In light of this, irrepressible Fremantle five piece, Pond, and rapper-on-the-rise Tasman Keith have been added to the lineup!

Also, the final sale of a limited number of pre-loved tickets to Splendour are available to purchase now, so don’t miss out. This is going to be a weekend you will want to be part of! Snap these up now before it’s too late.

Plus, grab your vehicle passes and bus tickets before the event. July 22–24. Splendour is the Festival of 2022. International Artists. Extremely limited tix.

Visit: splendourinthegrass.com
or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

Lez Zeppelin! All girls, all Zeppelin is coming to get you Saturday 23 July at the Mullum Ex-Services Club.

Lez Zeppelin all girls

The all girls, all Zeppelin band are back – bigger, better, sexier and A LOT LOUDER!

Formed in 2004, Lez Zeppelin is the longest running and most successful Led Zeppelin tribute band in the world with Steph Panes, recognised as the best female rock guitarist on Earth and Leesa Squyres as the number one female rock drummer. Add to that Marlain Angelides on vocals, who oozes the sexuality of Robert Plant with her soaring vocals and high energy performance, and completing the group is musical prodigy Joan Chew, who crosses between the bass and keyboards seamlessly. 

It’s no wonder New York Rock magazine SPIN called them ‘The most powerful all-female band in rock history’ and The Guardian called them ‘The best tribute band in the world’.

Lez Zeppelin! All girls, all Zeppelin is coming to get you, and if you think this is a gimmick you are very mistaken – fifteen years sending audiences into a frenzy around the globe attests to that.

Get yourself some Zeppelin on Saturday 23 July at the Mullum Ex-Services Club.

Blues-country-soul with a huge voice and great lyrics, Matty Rogers and his band play Saturday at the Rails.

Matty at the Rails

This heartfelt storyteller writes and performs from the depths of his soul, and once you start to listen, he will make you feel like he is singing about you and your life.

Pure, raw, human emotion pours out of his lyrics and performance, earning him awards for both vocal performance and song writing.

It is hard to box Matty, but think blues-country-soul with a huge voice and great lyrics and you’re in the ballpark!

Check out Matty Rogers and his band on Saturday at the Rails.

Loose Content play this Sunday at the WED Festival.

World Environment Day Festival

Caldera Environment Centre will be hosting their annual World Environment Day Festival – WEDfest, this Sunday in Murwillumbah.

This year’s festival has a full program of live music and performance as well as speakers on the theme of: ‘Only One Earth.’

There’s a full program of entertainment, including Byron Indie band Loose Content, as well as Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George from Tijuana Cartel, and the sublime sounds of Luna Junction.

There’ll be stalls representing a range of environmental groups as well as delicious food and drinks. 

There’s plenty for the whole family with circus acts, First Nations dancers, Gypsy folk music and jazz. 

Head to Murwillumbah, it’s not that far, and spend a day in the beautiful Knox Park from 10–3pm on Sunday.

Come From Away runs at HOTA until 31 July.

Remarkable and true story

Have you heard the true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them all? Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. 

Now showing at HOTA, Home of the Arts, Come From Away tells this remarkable story in a breathtaking new musical written by Tony® and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony® winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Olivier Award winner, Kelly Devine. 

Come From Away runs at HOTA until 31 July.
Visit hota.com.au.

Band of Frequencies play Sunday, 4.30pm at the Beach Hotel.

Band of Frequencies in Byron

One of Australia’s premier roots bands, Band of Frequencies draw their influences from a vast spectrum of blues, rock, reggae, soul, and psychedelic genres. Their signature blend comes from years of live experimentation, constantly pushing their influences into the creative fires to see what melts, what explodes and what merges. They have now successfully forged a bond of elements that ignites the band’s natural chemistry, represents their coastal roots and strikes a chord with music lovers around the globe. 

Sunday, 4.30pm at the Beach Hotel.

They’re back at the Con

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium, with help of Bennett Constructions and other local trades, is fast approaching the completion of Stage One of the flood resilient refit of their heritage building. Community Music tuition programs will recommence from Monday 25 July in the newly refitted teaching studios on the first floor. 

Chair of the NRC Board, Jenny Dowell said the Board and Management are proud of the flood resilient refit and are committed to coming back better and stronger than ever before.

Executive Director of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Anita Bellman, said the Conservatorium is an important part of the Lismore and Northern Rivers community. ‘We are proud and eager to be welcoming you back into our building. We can’t wait to get back to serving our community from our home in the heart of the Lismore CBD.’


You can see Buzz and his friends at Ballina Fair Cinemas this week.

Lightyears behind

Ever wondered about Buzz Lightyear’s past? What was it that made him think he was a hero? Lightyear is the story of Buzz, who is a space ranger in Star Command. After being marooned on a habitable planet with his commanding officer and best friend, Alisha Hawthorne, and his crew and new recruit, Featheringhamstan, they are forced to retreat to their exploration vessel after discovering that the planet hosts hostile lifeforms. Buzz damages the vessel during the retreat, forcing the crew to evacuate in order to conduct repairs and continue their journey – and the adventure begins…

You can see Buzz and his friends at Ballina Fair Cinemas this week.

Falling for Figaro is on daily at the Palace Cinema Byron Bay.

Falling for Figaro

Millie Cantwell (Danielle Macdonald), is an American fund manager, who realises one day that her life-long dream is to become an opera singer. Quitting her job and moving away from her boyfriend, she travels to Scotland where she eventually becomes an opera singer following intense vocal training from former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop, played by the incredibly wonderful Joanna Lumley and fierce competition from other opera singers.

Falling for Figaro is on daily at the Palace Cinema Byron Bay.

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