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Cinema: Poor Things

With so many shades of Frankenstein, and featuring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Ramy Youssef, Poor Things is set in Victorian London. Medical student Max McCandles (Youssef) becomes an assistant to the eccentric surgeon Dr Godwin ‘God’ Baxter (Dafoe) and falls in love with Godwin’s ward, Bella (Stone), a childlike young woman…

Interview with Hayley Grace

Hayley Grace’s response to post-flood PTSD, was to look at life and healing in a different way, then come through the other side writing about it – her new single ‘Mary Jane’ is the result. Hayley and The Bay Collective, a raucous seven-piece big band – featuring a full horn section, guitar, bass, keys and percussion – will launch the song this week and play some shows to get it out there. Seven spoke to Hayley on the weekend to get her POV on The Bay Collective and recovery.

The Light of Loving Kindness

‘May the light of the sun and moon of loving kindness and compassion permeate the entire world forever more, dispelling the darkness of the suffering of beings, and filling space with peace and happiness’ – Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche.

Pushing Up the Tempo

Paving her way in the music scene, Yazmin has played alongside some of the biggest artists in the world at venues throughout Australia, Bali and the UK. She has spent her time in the industry supporting the likes of Kaskade, Futuristic Polar Bears, Savage, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, Joel Fletcher, Hilton Caswell and many more!

A True Pioneer in Deep House

Embark on a musical journey with Osunlade, a true pioneer in deep house and nu-jazz, as he graces the stage at The Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on March 9 for a three-hour extended set.

They got the Dojo Rise

Adam Blesing, Sean Dedrick and Anthony Sherwood are Dojo Rise – forging their own unique footprint in the music industry, with their uplifting south coast sound; an eclectic fusion of reggae/dub, pop and indie soul.

Interview with Tim Finn

Regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, New Zealand native Tim Finn continues to embrace the true definition of a renaissance man while fuelling an all-inclusive, creative fire that constantly drives him onwards and upwards. Having established himself in the early 1970s as a founding member of art-pop-rock pioneers Split Enz and later as a member of the internationally successful band Crowded House (alongside brother Neil), Finn has penned some of the most treasured songs in contemporary music.

The warm sounds of Ino

Originally from NZ, Ino Pio has been proud to call the Northern Rivers home for the last decade or so. When visiting Byron Bay you will be sure to see him playing at venues in the Shire. Ino warms the sounds of acoustic excellence, with his one-man-band show, looping up all your favourites, from top-40 to new renditions or old, Ino will get you grooving for any occasion.

Soothing vocals

Animal Ventura is the brainchild of Brazilian-born, Byron Bay-based singer-songwriter Fernando Aragones. His last release ‘All The Love We Knew’ is a soulful blend of coastal-folk, with a pulsing drumbeat and simple yet elegant guitar riffs – all topped by Fernando’s signature soothing vocals and meaningful lyrics.

The Secret Fantasies Tour

The Sydney Hotshots will be performing at the Ballina RSL on Friday, February 23 and they want to see you! The lads are back to...

Hayley Grace, something special

Hayley Grace is a multi-talented, Australian singer/songwriter with that something special. Her soulful, unmistakable sound and her energetic live shows with looping guitar, vocals, beat boxing and percussion are an explosion of funk, reggae, soul, RnB and trip-hop. Hayley had a very colourful and musical childhood growing up on the east coast of Australia, and started performing live by age 15.

It’s Faaaaaaaaaaaaat Albert

Fat Albert is essentially a cover band who have branched out into original music that feels right to play, coming straight from the balls and soul of Rock’n’Roll! In the past few years, notching up over 1,000 live shows, the boys have done supports, played alongside, and shared the stage with many local and international acts, such as: Coolio, Wolfmother, The Beautiful Girls, Amity Affliction, (The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin), The Screaming Jets, Choirboys, The Radiators, The Feelers, Gasoline Inc, Marshall and the Fro, Dallas Frasca, and Oh Mercy.

He’s a sharp one

Akmal, renowned for his sharp wit, returns to the stage with a daring twist: performing nude to the delight of thousands. Despite competition from a diverse comedy scene, his show promises hilarity and honesty, drawing on his Arabic roots and immigrant experiences.

The Stormin’ Barnes

Barnes Storm pays homage to Jimmy Barnes with uncanny accuracy and respect, delivering a high-energy performance that leaves audiences craving more. Led by frontman Scott Bedford, the band captures Barnes’ essence, ensuring a memorable experience for fans.

Flickerfest back in Mullum

The annual Flickerfest and iQ Inc three-day festival of short films is at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from Thursday, February 29 to Saturday, March 2.

Cinema: Priscilla – her story

In 1959, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu was living with her family in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, where her father was stationed in the US military. At a party on the base Priscilla meets 24-year-old renowned singer Elvis Presley, who has been drafted into the military at the peak of his fame

Interview with Dr Stephen Bright on psychedelic-assisted therapy

A discussion will be held at the Byron Theatre next Tuesday where a panel of experts will talk about the future of psychedelic-assisted therapy in Australia

Credo for the people

Composer, arts activist, and founder of Pianos for the People, Yantra de Vilder, is bringing a free concert –  CREDO, a multi-arts performance – to Kohinur Hall on Saturday, 17 Ferbruary.

Celebrating Dee Dee

On Saturday, Dee Dee Lavell’s Celebration of Life concert will be held at the Courthouse Hotel.

They’re hot and they’re back

Look out ladies, the hunks from Sydney Hotshots are back to sizzle and seduce for one night only with a brand-new killer show.

A journey from crisis to hope

LiMBOLAND is a poignant amalgam of true stories from around the country portraying the impact of natural disasters and the power of community when times get hard.

Bangalow Film Festival’s fourth season

World-class films with small-town charm? You got it – the Bangalow Film Festival is taking over from March 7 to 16.

Interview with Roshani Priddis

What is striking about Bluesfest is the amount of incredible talent in one small space of time – although we all love to see them, it’s not just about wheeling out the ‘old favourites’, it’s about curating a lineup of incredibly talented an creative people.

Fifth Bluesfest artist announcement

Bluesfest’s fifth artist announcement sees Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, supergroup Infectious Grooves, Katie Melua and The Waifs add weight to the already hefty lineup. 

The ultimate vinyl affair 

Celebrating the achievement of crossing the milestone of donating over $400,000 and helping 38 local charities since December 2015, Cunning Stunts will bring back their all-vinyl affair when scintillating guest DJs join the Cunning Stunts residents to heat up the Shed at February’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink: The Ultimate Party with a Conscience!

Twilight Japanese pop-up picnic and dance

Byron Taiko is hosting Tribal Dance, a twilight Japanese pop-up picnic dinner and live music event in Lennox Head. This will be a wholly interactive experience at Lake Ainsworth Sports & Rec Centre on Saturday.

Cinema: Wonka

https://youtu.be/otNh9bTjXWg?si=cIRWV-n9VC5aDslO If you are old enough you’ll remember Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the...

Luku Ngärra: The Law of the Land 

A free event will be held at Byron Theatre on the evening of Survival Day to celebrate the launch of Yolŋu Elder Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra’s Truth-Telling Together education movement.

The hot, steamy, wet antidote

Hot steamy days and wet nights… yep, it’s been a Bruns summer all right – and the Brunswick Picture House crew have got the antidote for you – they have started a jam-packed January with a superstar comedy program and the biggest names in showbiz, plus the mother of them all is back!

Country and western’s Crockett

The country and western superstar returns to Australia after his mind-blowing sold-out shows here in early 2023. The Man from Waco, Charley Crockett, will deliver a scorching night of country classics – oozing Americana and drenched in timeless classic tales. Charley’s neo-traditional country swagger lassos the listener into dreamlike nostalgic westerns of wandering, whiskey, and the wild, wild west. Look out Byron Bay – he’s on his way!

Stand Up for Yourself

Mandy Nolan loves teaching people how to perform stand up comedy. She’s taught over 2,000 people already with the most successful being Emmy award...

Hola amigos!

Team Mahico are excited to announce The Green Room as the venue for the 27 January long weekend ‘day festival’; the Mahico Garden Festival! Mahico felt it was time to bring the familia to a new expanded location that can hold and support a growing community.

Holiday ballet in Byron

Byron Ballet holiday classes will kick start new inspirations for local dancers. Special senior guests include former principal dancers Maree White and Micheal Braun along with the dynamic contemporary guest Stuart Hugger. 

It’s lemon, it’s chicken, it’s tasty

It’s 2024! And what better way to celebrate than with a traditional Lemon Chicken gig at the Courthouse.

David plays masterpieces in Byron

David Helfgott will showcase his extraordinary talent with a program featuring Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 Appassionata, Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso, and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor.

Sing it out!

We all know someone, or have ourselves experienced depression, anxiety, loneliness. We’ve all experienced the feelings of disconnect whilst living through covid. Indeed, perhaps it is because of this extreme and un-natural isolation that we have truly come to value the importance of human connection.

Way too much fun at the Southwall

From country roots, Mark Heazlett brings a world-class vocal performance to his own and his favourite contemporary tunes. Steeped in blues improvisation, Toby Andrews’...

Time to go? The costly impact of climate change on the housing hip pocket

Jennifer Woods had lived in Wagga Wagga her whole life, a single parent of four children, a social worker and no stranger to what life on a floodplain might throw the way of anyone living there: the town has learnt to cope with floods – 60 have been registered since Federation.

More than 80 new Tweed Hospital jobs

The Northern NSW Local Health District is advertising more than 80 full time equivalent roles at the new Tweed Valley Hospital, due to open in mid-May. 

Silence broken on gender pay gaps

The exposure of the gender pay gaps in large Australian organisations is a turning point for gender equality, but more must be done to hold employers to account, says a University of South Australia researcher.

Sleepbus service opens in Ballina

Sleepbus, the innovative solution for rough sleepers, has opened in Ballina after relocating from Byron Bay.