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June 18, 2024

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Stone & Wood’s 10th instalment of the Festival of the Stone is a celebration of music, community and ancient brewing tradition, to welcome winter to Byron Bay on Saturday. Byron locals and visitors will gather to take in a major line-up of music, tantalising tastes and the annual unveiling of the 2024 batch of Stone Beer, while raising much-needed funds for local homeless hub, Fletcher Street Cottage.

This event features singer-songwriter Dan Sultan whose trophy shelf holds an incredible seven ARIA Awards, alongside NIMA Awards, Top 5 ARIA-charting albums, and an ARIA-certified gold record. With countless sold-out headline shows in his wake, he’s also toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Midnight Oil and Vance Joy, and played Australia’s biggest festivals including Splendour in the Grass, BluesFest and Falls to name a few.

The Beddy Rays set is a carefully curated recipe involving all the right ingredients: heartfelt lyrics, huge hooks, mosh-worthy riffs and a lingering sense of comradery and good vibes that underpins everything they create. It’s seen them land plays on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and Hottest 100 Like a Versions of all time, an ARIA nomination for Breakthrough Artist and spots on festivals around the country.

Ultimate purveyors of ‘pub-pop’ goodness, The Beefs founded their musical haven in 2018 when frontman Sammy Smith decided to round up some talented mates and cook up a musical feast for the ages. In the kitchen of their tunes, you’ll find a dash of infectious pop melodies and a sprinkle of rock ‘n’ roll charm. With catchy hooks and relatable lyrics, voilà – you’ve got the signature sound of The Beefs.

Verge Collection balance classic pop sensibilities with working class poetry to channel the collective conscious of suburban Australian milennials. Ben Arnold’s songs have the ability to hoist you high to the point of chills and a stupid grin, before making you plummet just as quickly into an existential nosedive.

AKA Lui seamlessly fuses disco and psychedelia to create a sound that is uniquely his own. His debut single catapulted him into the spotlight, earning critical acclaim and over 2 million streams on Spotify alone.

Bursting with sun-soaked melodies and an electric live set it’s no surprise that Brisbane (Meanjin) indie-pop 5-piece Mid Drift have quickly become a crowd favourite in their hometown and are gaining a loyal fan base interstate.

Such a great line-up – this event kicks off on Saturday from 3pm to 10pm at Stone & Wood Brewery, 100 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate. Tickets are now on sale from http://stoneandwood.com.au/ and Eventbrite via the Stone & Wood website: eventbrite.com.au/e/festival-of-the-stone-2024-tickets-894987019267.


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Spanish Film Festival

It’s fiesta time as the 2024 HSBC Spanish Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas, prepares to set screens alight with a superb selection of the finest new films from Spain and Latin America. The festival’s largest lineup to date opens nationally in June at Palace Cinemas.

Byron Open Mic at Yulli’s

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Driven with soul

Under a different stage name Milo Green is an award-winning songwriter and musician who has supported iconic artists like Diesel, Dragon, Josh Pyke, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band) and more.

Exciting live act

One of Australia’s hottest slide guitarists, Adam Hole is one of the most exciting live acts on the circuit today.