on November 22nd, 2014

Music lovers unite! The 2014 Academy Showcase is coming to Byron Bay.

Poster Academy Showcase JPEG NRC Academy Showcase November 28Diploma and Certificate III students of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium have been diligent in the musical laboratory sculpting their original sounds and now the experiment is complete! Well almost, they just need an audience. So, go on give them some attention!

The repertoire is far from dull. You can expect to be politely assaulted by tunes influenced by Tame Impala, Johnny Cash, Art Pepper, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd. Impressive hey? And don’t let the word assaulted put you off, it won’t be like a punch in the face more like a beating over the head with a rainbow!

So come one come all you’re officially invited to this mega feast of music. We at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium are passionate about encouraging the unique expression of each individual’s creativity and nurturing the evolution of this art form. We’d love you to be part of it.

November 28, 7:30 pm

Byron Theatre

Adult $15/$12; Child $10

For more information visit the NRC Facebook Page and website nrcac.edu.au/event/academy-showcase-date/

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THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL are thrilled to announce two of music’s greatest dance-pop heavyweights, Australia’s own EMPIRE OF THE SUN and British ‘Bulletproof’ sensation LA ROUX will be stepping up to bring the fun after Royksopp and Robyn regrettably had to withdraw from their Australian tour due to personal family matters.

Falls in Love Credit Tao Jones tj 36 1024x698 New Acts at Falls Festival & Call Out for VolunteersTHE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL BYRON are also calling out for local volunteers to get involved in a 5 day ‘ART CAMP’ being held at Mullumbimby Showgrounds from Dec 15-19 to help create large scale puppets and parade floats for the festival. Participants will learn building and design skills under the direction of local artists Daniele Poidomane, Joey Ruigrok, Martin Pedder and Kellie O’Dempsey and then become part of the performance team for the parade on the 2nd Jan at Falls Festival. Each participant will receive a complimentary 4-day ticket to Falls Festival and be provided with meals during Art Camp.

Applicants who have a creative background in visual arts and/or physical performance will get the most out of the Art Camp.  Please send a short bio and a few sentences about why you would like to be part of this event to valley@roundabout.net.au by Monday Dec 1st.

More about Falls Village Art Camp and Fiesta:

The Village is an area within all Falls Music & Arts Festivals that showcases local performance, music, visual arts and workshops in a beautiful handmade environment. Each year The Village activities culminate with a massive Fiesta parade through the festival involving large-scale puppets and hundreds of patrons, many of whom have created their own costumes at workshops in The Village during the festival.

The Village at all Falls Festivals is co-ordinated by artistic director Ian Pidd. The Byron edition is curated by local artist and performer Valley Lipcer of Roundabout Theatre, drawing on a wealth of local talent that a uniquely north coast flavour to the creative oasis at the festival.

FALL FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR LOCALS:

NYE ‘Boogie Nights’ tickets ($99) are available to Byron Shire & south Tweed Shire residents throughhttp://byron.fallsfestival.com/locals (nb: direct link no www). Only the purchaser needs to be a local and can buy up to 4 tickets each. Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron is an 18+ event. Multi day passes have sold out.

CAR PASSES ON SALE NOW!

Anyone coming to Falls Byron in their own vehicle will require a pre-purchased Car Pass (Day Parking, Campers Car Pass, RV Parking Pass). This system has been introduced as an important measure to reduce the number of cars on the busy coastal roads and limit the number of cars onsite – creating more space and encouraging carpooling to the event.

Car passes can be purchased through the website at http://byron.fallsfestival.com.au/tickets

ABOUT THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2014:

A world-class line-up of music, comedy and arts in a relaxed festival environment. The coastal locations are beautiful and all camping is free.

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 LINEUP (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

AIRLING · ALISON WONDERLAND · ALT-J · ART OF SLEEPING · ASGEIR  · BADBADNOTGOOD · BENSON · BIG FRREDIA · THE BLACK LIPS · BLUEJUICE · CLIENT LIASION · CLOUD CONTROL · COLD WAR KIDS · DAN SULTAN · DMAs · FISHING · GLASS ANIMALS · JAGWAR MA · JOEY BADA$$ · JOHN BUTLER TRIO · JULIAN CASABLANCAS+ THE VOIDZ · KIM CHURCHILL · KINGSWOOD · THE KITE STRING TANGLE · KLP · MEGAN WASHINGTON ·MILKY CHANCE · MOSES GUNN COLLECTIVE · MOVEMENT ·  NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE · THE PRESETS · REMI · RUN THE JEWELS · SAFIA  · SALT N PEPA ·  SBTRKT · SPIDERBAIT · STICKY FINGERS · THE TEMPER TRAP · TENSNAKE · THELMA PLUM · TKAY MAIDZA ·

TODD TERJE (LIVE) · TYCHO · VANCE JOY

COMEDY: DAMIEN POWERS · DANIEL TOWNES · HARLEY BREEN · LUKE MCGREGOR · TOMMY DASSALO · URZILA CARLSON.

DJS: DJ FLETCH · DJ JACK SHIT · DJ KLEVAKUTZ · DJ WOODY PRESENTS ‘HIP HOP IS 40’ AV SHOW · PARKSIDE DJS · TWERKSHOPS · ZAN ROWE

BYRON NYE BOOGIE NIGHTS LINEUP (DEC 31): 

AIRLING · ALISON WONDERLAND · BADBADNOTGOOD · CLIENT LIASION · DJ FLETCH · DJ WOODY PRESENTS ‘HIP HOP IS 40’ AV SHOW · MOSES GUNN COLLECTIVE · SALT N PEPA · TWERKSHOPS.

EVENTS: 

Dec 28, 2014 to Jan 01, 2015 in Lorne, VIC (est. 1993) 18+ *sold out

Dec 29, 2014 to Jan 01, 2015 in Marion Bay, TAS (est. 2003) All ages

Dec 30, 2014 to Jan 03, 2015 in Byron Bay, NSW (est. 2013) 18+ event *only locals NYE tickets available

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It is with the greatest excitement and delight that we announce the launch of the deeply moving, often life-changing Music of the Plants experience at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.

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Music of the Plants is a form of expression, beauty and artistry like no other – a display of the innate intelligence of the plant kingdom.

After 40 years of research Damanhur was able to create a device that can read the biorhythms of plants and trees and transform these into beautiful sound ~ a device for the plant to use as an instrument.

“When the public first encounters a plant musician, they connect to nature in a way never imagined. The realization that plants and trees can actually produce music and interact in a unique and entertaining way is both moving and memorable for every audience.” said Tigrilla, Damanhur coordinator of Music of the Plants

“Contact with the intelligence of the plant world provides deeper insight into ourselves and the world around us. You will never forget the moment you are finally able to hear the invisible sounds of nature. It is a profound encounter that can only be truly understood once you have experienced it for yourself.”

Learn more about the Federation of Damanhur and more about the Music of the Plants in Toby King’s latest short video here…

Click here for more information about the Music of the Plants experience.

Join and share the event on Facebook with your friends.

Launching Saturday 29th November
& same time on Sunday 30th
~11:30am & 2:15pm~
Then continuing as a daily experience at 2:15pm

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The Byron Spirit Festival returns to Mullumbimby and surrounds for our 3rd gathering of local, regional and international spirited folk in a weekend of yoga, dance, tantra, music, ayurveda, ritual ceremony and celebration, healing, whole foods, conscious kids activities, healthy marketplace, and new surprises.

 The Byron Spirit Festival Returns March 20 22 2015Looking at this 3rd time event, co-founder Alex Grant says “After taking a year off in 2014, we’re truly coming back by popular demand. This grassroots gathering left a hole in the hearts of many! The fallow year enabled us to source some extraordinary teachers and performers that will enliven the spirits of all who join in Byron Spirit Festival in 2015.”

A very few of our upcoming guests include: Dr. Robert Svoboda, Jo Cobbett, Mark Whitwell, Clive Sheridan, Dena Kingsberg, Rose Baudin, Chad Wilkins, Gwyn Williams, Tahir Qawwal, Dustin Thomas, Simon Park, Mel Dobra, and many many more to be revealed in the coming weeks!

Tickets on sale now @ www.spiritfestival.com.au. Join our lively Facebook group!
Watch 2013 BSF on YouTube: http://youtu.be/55nkTBOjJLQ

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on November 17th, 2014

Alison Pearl Presents the 16th annual Summersong Music Camp from Jan 1723rd, at Lake Ainsworth Sport & Rec Centre in Lennox Heads.

 Summersong Music Camp January 2015This intensive music-making holiday is the rare chance to spend a week focussed solely on playing music and celebrating, while living oceanside and lakeside at the height of summer.  Designed for all levels of experience and ages 16 on up, the focus is on living music-making as a celebration of life and creating an ongoing musical community.

This year’s faculty includes:  Tony Backouse, Shelly Hughes, Greg Sheehan, Wayne Jury, Karl Farren, Luciano Mesiti, Jane Cornes, Kathryn Riding and Talya Rabinovitz.  They’ll be teaching daily classes in A Capella choral singing, vocal techniques and vocal jamming, Songwriting, Lyric Writing, percussion and body percussion, movement impro and relaxation, Band Lab, Guitar, piano.  The evenings are filled with faculty and student concerts, jam circles, celebrations and more.
Partial Youth Scholarships available for those ages 16 – 24.  Residential and non-residential places available.
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on November 16th, 2014

The Wash House Collective presents the Mullumbimby Pop-Up Gallery, open between November 17 and 30.

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Opening night: Thursday 20th of November

6 – 9 pm

59 Dalley Street Mullumbimby

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For the very first time in Australia, local metal everywhere in the country will unite for one single day/night. On 29 November 2014, promoters in 15 Australian cities are organizing their shows under the Metal United Down Under banner.

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This will be a MASSIVE DOUBLE FESTIVAL WEEKEND happening at the YAC on the weekend of Nov 29 & 30, to coincide with the Metal United Down Under events, happening all across Australia, bringing together the metal community, to unite and embrace the music that is part of their lives. On Saturday Nov 29 we will host the Metal United Down Unda – Byron Bay festival, then on Sunday 30th, the Which Way Festival.

As part of this special weekend, we will also hold a ‘Metal & Hardcore Band Merch & Collectables Swap Meet & market. We will encourage the bands playing to also bring their own band merchandise, t-shirts and clothing, CDs etc. Applications for stall holders will be available soon… stay tuned.

As part of the Which Way Festival, we will have workshops in the lead-in, including ‘event management’, ‘stage management’ & ‘sound production’ and will be creating a volunteer ‘festival crew’ to assist with planning and production and the actual event itself.

BOTH the Metal United Down Under – Byron Bay event and the Which Way Festival will be drug & alcohol-free events. These two youth music festivals will be held at the Byron Youth Activities Centre. Through a small entry fee ($10-$15), donations and raffle ticket-sales, it will raise much-needed funds for the YACROCKCAFE youth music program at the YAC on Friday nights, with all money raised being donated straight to BUDDI & Byron Youth Service, which is a not-for-profit oganisation. These festivals will feature young bands and musicians from the Byron Shire and across the Northern Rivers Region.

My Friend The Betrayer, Siv, Seabound (OFFICIAL), Fatem, Level H, Valhalla Mist, The Black Swamp, Evil Eye, Nescient, FLY AGARIC & Jamhog are the first bands to be announced for the Metal United Down Under – Byron Bay event…

Byron YAC – Saturday Nov 29 midday – 9pm – $10 entry

Camping is available at Belongil Fields, 394 Ewingsdale Road, for either $20 for an unpowered spot or $22 with power (go the power, so you can charge your phones!)

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/1456620344619452/

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Hardworking singer songwriter Dan Hannaford (Brunswick Heads, NSW) has won this year’s PLAY MULLUM AND FALLS FESTIVAL PROTEST SONG COMPETITION with his song ‘Payday’ which he describes as “a rally cry for working musicians and artists to unite around the world.

guy Anthem for the Working Artist Wins Play at Mullum Music Festival & Falls Festival‘Payday’ is a metaphor not only for what artists are owed financially, but a call for an appreciation of their value to a community and its culture.”

“Dan is an old fashioned working musician, playing his heart out up and down the coast anywhere that will take him. I’ve seen him win over rooms person by person with his songs that speak straight and clear about everyday concerns,” says one of competition judges and editor of Rhythms Magazine, Martin Jones.

“This song, Payday, is about getting paid what’s due for all the hard work we all put in, particularly musicians who have such a hard time making a living in this country. It’s brimming with barely contained anger, but it’s also upbeat – moving both physically and emotionally. And who can resist a good old solidarity anthem. ‘United We Stand’ indeed.”

Dan’s win will see him perform a set to the masses from the stages of this year’s Mullum Music Festival (Nov 20-23, Mullumbimby, NSW http://www.mullummusicfestival.com) and Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron (Dec 30 – Jan 3, Byron Bay, NSW http://byron.fallsfestival.com.au) Dan will also be featured in Australia’s Rhythms Magazine (www.rhythms.com.au). It’s a timely win for Dan who is just about to release his first single ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ and in 2015 release his album ‘I Cried Bullets’ which includes the song ’Payday’, recorded both in LA with producer David Raven and closer to home in Byron Bay with local producer Paul Pilsneniks (The Tea Party, Angus Stone)

More about Dan Hannaford at http://www.danhannaford.com

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BLUESFEST NOMINATED THREE YEARS IN A ROW FOR ‘INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR’ IN POLLSTAR AWARDS – IT’S A RECORD !!!

logo Byron Bay Bluesfest Nominated Three Years in a Row for International Music Festival of the YearBluesfest has been nominated for the THIRD year in a row in the Annual Pollstar Awards – the winner to be announced Feb 21 2015 in Nashville, USA.

Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble says:
“Bluesfest is honored to once again be nominated in this most prestigious of Industry Awards, short-listed and voted for by our peers. There are so many amazing Festivals all over the world these days, and to be nominated once was great, twice was amazing… and now three times in consecutive years … we are both honored and humbled by this announcement. In the 12 years this award has been running, we have now been nominated 5 times – no other Australian Festival has achieved this – and only a handful of festivals globally have been so honored !!

I would like to congratulate the other festivals nominated this year.

From the UK there is of course Glastonbury, and also the long-running Isle of Wight Festival. From Brazil, their very own take on the Lollapalooza Festival: from Switzerland comes the Paléo Festival Nyon (celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015 !!) and from Spain the beautiful Primavera Sound Festival, which has the most scenic and picturesque setting – ever … even rivaling the magical Woodfordia in Queensland. Belgium has two incredible festivals nominated – the massive Rock Werchter and the now gigantic ‘bucket list’ festival Tomorrowland. Congratulations to you all.

Glastonbury has taken this award on every occasion in which they were nominated – in the two other years it was also another UK festival that was successful.

With the spread of genres and countries represented here I sincerely hope that a country outside of the UK is successful -
and WHAT A FIRST IT WOULD BE IF BLUESFEST WAS SUCCESSFUL !!

Finally … I would like to pay tribute to all festivals – whatever genre they serve, wherever they are held – and whatever size they are, and their respective festival directors, curators and equally importantly, their staff. The staging of a festival is incredibly complex and to see so many not just exist, but grow year on year, and provide audiences with some of the greatest shows on earth – it makes me proud to count myself – and my incredible team – as part of this industry. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL.

May the best festival be victorious – but let’s hope its BLUESFEST !!!”

www.bluesfest.com.au

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VISITORS to the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up gallery in Kyogle this month will be the first to view locally made baskets inspired by the Mary Bundock collection that have been acquired by the National Museum Australia.

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Alongside works by ten of Kyogle’s most respected contemporary artists, works by local women from the Gulli-bal Living Culture group will be on display at the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up from 22 November – 4 December, which use the traditional Bundjalung basketmaking techniques found in the Mary Bundock collection.

In the late 18th Century Mary Bundock observed the Bundjalung people losing skills and knowledge with the impact of white settlement and so began collecting objects and recording family life and traditions. Bundock sent her collection to various Museums in Australia and overseas ensuring future generations had a connection with the past.

Today, the women of the Gulli-bal Living Culture group are using the Bundock collection to renew skills and reinterpret techniques in a modern context.

On Saturday 29 November women from the group will be at the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up gallery for a one off workshop to discuss the significance of the Mary Bundock collection and teach traditional basketmaking skills including knowledge of local plants, preparation and knotted netting techniques.

The Mary Bundock collection returns to Australia next year as part of the Encounters Project, a partnership between the Australian National Museum and the British Museum who are re-connecting objects in their collections with the communities from which they originated.

Two of the works, by Ben Radic and Lauren Jarrett, on display in the Pop Up shop have been acquired by the National Museum Australia and will form part of the ‘New Objects’ collection.

Bookings for the Bundock Basket Making workshop can be made on the Arts Northern Rivers website (artsnorthernrivers.com.au) or by calling them on 6628 8120

Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up

22 November – 4 December

129 Summerland Way

Kyogle

Morning Tea Launch

Saturday 22 November

11am – 12.30

Exhibiting artists: Jenny Kitchener – Printmaker; Michael Taylor – Painter; Gulli-bal Living Culture Group – Indigenous Basket making; Karma Phuntsok – Painter; Susie Marcroft – Ceramicist; Martin Gallagher – Painter; Wendy McGain – Painter; Ross Tamlin – Painter; Jill Runchiman – Photographer.

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