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Surf films make a splash at Byron Bay Film Festival

Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.

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What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Great waves on offer for the Evans Head Malibu Classic

The 30th annual Evans Head Malibu Classic was run last weekend with clean one metre-plus waves on offer right...

Mullum biz petition for road improvements

A petition from Mullumbimby industrial estate business owners will be tabled at the upcoming September 29 meeting, which calls on Council to upgrade pothole ridden Manns Road.

Police pursuit after ute and motorbike stolen

NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Alstonville takes out top tier of the Oceania Cup

The Oceania Cup delivered exciting and close football for the 19 teams that competed across last weekend at the...

See Skunkhour this Saturday at The Northern, Byron Bay.

By the early ’90s the golden days of live Australian music had subsided into a burnt out landscape of corporate pop and encroaching pokies. Yet, on the outskirts, change was signalled by the emergence of grunge, the rise of rave culture, and the first jolts of homegrown hip hop. Skunkhour emerged from this time playing a unique brand of alternative funk, blending elements of new wave and hip hop, with the melodic vocals and freeform rapping of brothers Aya and Del Larkin taking centre stage. Audiences immediately connected with the band and their rise through the Australian music landscape was meteoric. Their storied, self-titled debut was followed by the gold selling Feed in 1994, including the iconic track ‘Up to Our Necks’. Today Skunkhour share their brand new single ‘Blue’, from their forthcoming EP – their first release since The Go in 2001, and announce a national tour in celebration.

Skunkhour have been reunited and playing shows since 2009, with calls from fans to create new material having gone unanswered, until now. The world recently ‘pausing’ lit the fire, and a three-day studio session was booked, in which the band jammed together like the old days to create four new tracks. ‘Blue’ kicks off with drums, hard slapping funk bass by bassist Dean Sutherland and snappy era-appropriate guitar chunks. When MC Del’s verse kicks in, and the track opens up to a spacious four to the floor chorus with Aya’s distinctive vocals, there’s no other band this could be except Skunkhour.

From their early conjuring of alchemic grooves in a Kings Cross nightclub, to blitzing main stages in front of massive festival crowds, Skunkhour’s sound is one that resonates to this day. 

See them this Saturday at The Northern, Byron Bay.

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