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BLUESFEST 2023 – SECOND ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT – SIX MORE HUGE ARTISTS ADDED TO THE BILL!

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BLUESFEST 2023 – SECOND ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT – SIX MORE HUGE ARTISTS ADDED TO THE BILL!

PLUS! 1-DAY & 3-DAY TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, WED 5TH OF OCTOBER… KEEP AN EYE OUT ON EMAILS & BLUESFEST SOCIALS!

In just over 26 weeks, the 34th Annual Bluesfest’s gates will open for what they are promoting to be the most exciting Bluesfest ever.

With today’s artist announcement, they have now rolled out 47 artists on the already mammoth Bluesfest 2023 line-up. They have also reported continuing development of the festival site, to make for a game-changing festival experience over the Easter Long Weekend held in the Byron Shire, from Thursday 6 April – Monday 10 April 2023.

This morning, Bluesfest have announced The Doobie Brothers, bringing their 50th Anniversary Tour to the festival stage on closing night – Easter Monday, April 10. The band are still smashing attendance records, and rightly so with some of the classic line-up still performing today – Michael McDonald has re-joined the band, alongside Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, and John McFee. Their legion of fans will be able experience a coming together of what many may call “THE CLASSIC DOOBIE BROTHERS COMBINATION”.

Next on the line-up addition list is winner of the Americana Album of the year, Allison Russell, playing Bluesfest 2023 on Easter Saturday & Sunday.

Bluesfesters will also see Counting Crows (Easter Saturday), the forever unwavering on-stage-energy of Vintage Trouble (Good Friday & Easter Saturday), PLUS the mighty return of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St Paul & the Broken Bones (both performing on Opening Night of Bluesfest 2023 – Thu 6 April, and on Good Friday 7 April).

It’s going to be a Bluesfest to remember with some of the world’s finest contemporary and legendary Blues, Roots, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, World and Americana music artists… and more!

1-Day and 3-Day tickets will also go on sale today (soon after the artist announcement) at a special price which will only be available for a limited time before we increase to the standard price.
Camping for 1-Day & 3-Day festival goers will also be available to purchase next week!

Tickets are available to purchase through Moshtix www.bluesfest.com.au/tickets

Stand by for further announcements on two special satellite events happening in Melbourne and Perth, as well as side shows from some of this amazing line up.

Here’s the list of new artists on the Bluesfest 2023 bill!
[IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER]

ALLISON RUSSELL

COUNTING CROWS

DOOBIE BROTHERS, THE

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

VINTAGE TROUBLE

Joining the already announced line-up…
[IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER]

19-TWENTY | THE BARNESTORMERS | BETH HART [EXCLUSIVE] | THE BLACK SORROWS

BONNIE RAITT | BUDDY GUY | THE CAT EMPIRE | CHAIN

CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM | ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS | ERIC GALES [EXCLUSIVE]

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE | GANG OF YOUTHS | GREENSKY BLUEGRASS [EXCLUSIVE]

JACKSON BROWNE | JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT | JOE BONAMASSA [EXCLUSIVE]

JOE CAMILLERI PRESENTS A STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS OF THE BLUES

JON STEVENS | KALEO | KEB’ MO’ BAND | KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

LACHY DOLEY AND THE HORNS OF CONVICTION | LARKIN POE

LP | LUCINDA WILLIAMS | MARCUS KING

MAVIS STAPLES | MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD | NIKKI HILL [EXCLUSIVE]

ROBERT GLASPER | ROCKWIZ LIVE

THE SOUL REBELS & FRIENDS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TALIB KWELI • GZA • BIG FREEDIA

SOUTHERN AVENUE [EXCLUSIVE] | SPINIFEX GUM FEAT. MARLIYA

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES | TASH SULTANA | XAVIER RUDD

SNAPSHOT BIOS

ALLISON RUSSELL

Poet, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist – Allison Russell unpacks her
youth in searing detail on her tour de force debut Outside Child. She sings about deliverance and redemption, about the places, the people and realisations that helped her survive and claim her freedom.

“It’s an album of strength and affirmation, not victimization,” said The New York Times in their profile on Russell, and has named Outside Child the #2 Best Album of 2021.

Outside Child has received three Grammy award nominations in the Best Americana Album category, Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. In addition to her three Grammy nominations, Russell has been awarded Album of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Association Awards, four Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Polaris Music Prize and two Juno Awards. Russell is the first-ever Black artist to win a Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in Juno history.

COUNTING CROWS

Counting Crows have enchanted listeners worldwide for more than two decades with their intensely soulful and intricate take on timeless rock & roll. Exploding onto the music scene in 1993 with their multi-platinum breakout album, August and Everything After, the band has gone on to release seven studio albums, selling more than 20 million records worldwide, and is revered as one of the world’s most pre-eminent live touring rock bands.

In 2004, Counting Crows recorded the chart-topping “Accidently in Love” for the animated motion picture Shrek 2. The instant success of the track earned them an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 2005 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song, and a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Over the last 30 years, the masterful songwriting from front man Adam Duritz put the band at No.8 on Billboard Magazine’s 2021 “Greatest Of All Time: Adult Alternative 25th Anniversary Chart.” The band released their newest record, Butter Miracle, featuring hit single “Elevator Boots” in April of 2021.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

For over five decades, The Doobie Brothers have been known for delivering mind-blowing, roots based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll – all of which recently culminated in an induction into the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, selling more than 48 million albums, and winning four Grammy Awards, The Doobie Brothers continue to write and record new material and tour the world.

In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum, and 14 Gold albums. Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” In 2021, the band kicked off their 50th anniversary tour which reunited Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, and John McFee back on the road together for the first time in over 25 years. Catch them at Bluesfest 2023 on Easter Monday.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

It took Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats less than five years to become one of the most recognisable new forces in contemporary Rock ’n’ Roll. Since 2015, Rateliff has led his denim-clad, horn-flanked Night Sweats, supplying the zeal of a whiskey-chugging Pentecostal preacher to songs about this world’s shared woes. They’ve had hits, sure, but their combustible mix of soul and rock quickly cemented them as the rare generational band who balanced ecstatic live shows with engrossing and rich records.

To wit, is there any other modern act capable of revving up stadium crowds for The Rolling Stones while also appearing on Saturday Night Live and CMT Crossroads and at NPR’s Tiny Desk in short order?

When Rateliff returned from his pandemic-truncated solo tour in March 2020, he struggled with the same question that vexed so many of us then—what now? Fortunately, he returned to his Colorado homestead and penned a set of songs that synthesized his introspection with his anthemic inclinations. The result is The Future, the third Night Sweats album but the first to capture this octet’s true depth and breadth. An instant classic of 11 songs, the album presents something more sustainable, interesting, and indeed open—a songwriter and band growing into bigger questions and sounds, into a future that allows them to remain recognisable but be so much more compelling than some denim-clad caricature.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

A fever dream in sonic form, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ new album The Alien Coast represents the most adventurous and original output yet from an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-bred eight-piece—Paul Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone)—the band’s fourth full-length and first for ATO Records strays far from the time-bending soul of past work like their 2014 debut, arriving at a convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and unhinged, that sound makes for a majestic backdrop to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

“This album has some of the more strange musical ideas I’ve ever come up with, and I’m proud that we were all excited to swing for the fences and not really worry about getting too weird.”
With the release of The Alien Coast, one of St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ greatest ambitions is to provide their audience with the same sense of unbridled possibility and purposeful abandon they felt in making the album. “I hope the record takes people on a journey and tests their boundaries a bit,” says Janeway. “I’d love for it to be almost like a gateway drug, where it opens a door that people weren’t willing to open—or maybe weren’t even aware of—and through that they get to experience all these beautiful moments they never would’ve expected.”

VINTAGE TROUBLE

Since forming in 2010, Vintage Trouble have become Rock ‘n’ Roll’s best kept secret. Distilling swaggering rock, soulful blues, R&B grooves, and pop ambition into a bold and brash brew, the quartet—Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (bass), and Richard Danielson (drums) — have logged 3,000 shows across 30 countries on tour with divinities such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, and Bon Jovi, to name a few.

Along the way, Vintage Trouble performed on Later… with Jools Holland, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, David Letterman, Conan, The View, and The Tonight Showin addition to receiving acclaim from New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more.

They return to the Bluesfest stage in 2023 after their unforgettable performance in 2019! Catch them on Good Friday & Easter Saturday!

About Bluesfest Byron Bay

Bluesfest will take place over 5 days from Thursday 6th to Monday 10th April 2023 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

All 5-Day Season tickets, including festival entry, camping & add-ons, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.

Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival and has been recognised as one of the TOP 10 Festivals of the Decade by industry bible, Pollstar in 2021. From the humble beginnings in 1990 the festival now takes place at the beautiful Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), regularly attracting an audience of over 100,000. Located just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, Bluesfest is well situated and surrounded by the charming village of Mullumbimby and the beach towns of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. Best festival vibes ever!

 

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AACTA FESTIVAL 2024: AUSSIE SCREEN MAGIC WILL TAKE CENTRE STAGE ON THE GOLD COAST

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AACTA FESTIVAL 2024: AUSSIE SCREEN MAGIC WILL TAKE CENTRE STAGE ON THE GOLD COAST

 

By Sarah Waters

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the debut of the AACTA Festival, a four-day celebration of Australia’s vibrant screen industry, held at HOTA on the Gold Coast early next year from February 8 – 11.

The event promises an immersive experience for all, from industry professionals to film enthusiasts, school-leavers, families and aspiring creatives.

More than 70 events are on the festival program, giving members of the public an opportunity to go behind the scenes of their favourite films, meet their favourite stars, network with screen practitioners and learn more about Australia’s film, TV, gaming and music industry.

The AACTA Industry Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 8, followed by a day of industry events, masterclasses and creator discussions on Friday.

On Saturday, February 10, the AACTA Awards Ceremony will welcome all the stars on the red carpet.

The event will wrap up on Sunday, February 11, with an array of screenings, live music, kids’ events, acting workshops, meet-and-greets and more.

Sunday will also feature the Screen Careers Expo presented by Essential Screen Skills, running all day and offering pathways for anyone wanting to break into the industry.

Cinematic highlights include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Matrix; an animation deconstruction of international blockbuster Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, a deep dive into the stunt work from Mad Max: Fury Road and a showcase of the upcoming BINGE original series High Country, with Leah Purcell.

Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman), and producer Paul Currie will give audiences an exclusive look of their upcoming Australian film Better Man starring singer Robbie Williams.

Members of the public can get a rare glimpse into Australia’s world of film of film, TV, gaming and music at the AACTA Festival next year.

Members of the public can get a rare glimpse into Australia’s world of film of film, TV, gaming and music at the AACTA Festival next year.

Iconic Australian musician Russell Morris (The Real Thing) will take part in an exclusive in conversation with composer David Hirschfelder, and audiences can hear from Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid on the progress of the film franchise currently being shot in Queensland.

Many of Queensland’s top writers will attend and be showcased throughout the festival, including Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe, and Holly Ringland author of Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.

In addition to this, audiences can hear from writers Nick Earls, Lystra Rose, Mathew Condon, Richard Jameson, Tristan Michael Savage and Ben Hobson to name just a few.

The festival will host a series of Meet the Creators events, panel discussions with internationally renowned talent including directors Danny and Michael Philippou (Talk to Me), Warwick Thornton (The New Boy), and the team behind the hit TV show The Newsreader.

The Meet the Nominee panels offer a chance to hear from some of Australia’s biggest stars, producers, and directors, nominated for a prestigious AACTA Award.

The festival features a wide range of topical industry panels covering various aspects of the screen industry, from the future of AI and streaming to First Nations truth-telling and storytelling panels.

Also included are a range of online gaming ‘Let’s Play’ events, and an immersive art experience led by acclaimed painter, actor and musician Stan Yarramunua.

The kids’ events include Play School LIVE, kid’s acting workshops, face painting, live music and a very special appearance from Queensland’s beloved Bluey.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said AACTA Festival is a must-attend event for anyone who loves Australian film, television, music, gaming, art and pop culture.

“We are excited to present more than 70 events over four days celebrating the excellence of our industry,” Mr Trewhella said.

“From red carpet glamour to workshops and a special kids’ line-up, it’s an invitation for everyone to step into the magic of storytelling and creativity,” he said.

Screen Queensland CEO Jacqui Feeney said The AACTA Festival will bring leading local and national screen practitioners together on the Gold Coast – a renowned production and screen talent hub.

“Screen Queensland is proud to support the inaugural AACTA Festival and welcome aspiring filmmakers and audiences alike to also connect, learn and revel in this celebration of screen culture,” she said.

The AACTA Festival is now live.

For more information and to book tickets please visit aactafestival.com.

About AACTA

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) is a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at promoting, encouraging and celebrating screen excellence in Australia.

The Australian Academy is Australia’s only independent, member-based, national screen organisation that represents all differing screen crafts, from directors to producers, actors, writers, musicians and a vast number of members in below-the-line roles.

For over 60 years, the AACTA Awards (formerly the AFI Awards) have recognised and celebrated Australia’s highest achievements in film, television, documentary, short form and digital content.

 

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Local club to reopen after flood damage

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Local club to reopen after flood damage

 

Broadwater residents are gearing up for a very special Christmas this year with the official reopening and Christmas party at the Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club.

Like so many other buildings, the community owned club which is run by volunteers was submerged in the flood waters last February and March.

Photos from flood, stripped down to renovated - Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club

Photos from flood, stripped down to renovated

“We have seen flood water before but not to the extent of March 2022 which inundated the club to 1.2 metres through the two-storey clubhouse,” said vice president and treasurer, David Parker.

A major part of the community since 1957, it has been a long process to get the club  back on its feet.

“Progress has been slow due to securing any type of funding,” said Mr Parker.

“The assessment to rebuild what was lost in the club was $350,000.

Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club stripped for renovations.

Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club stripped for renovations.

“We had the Mountie group and a range of clubs in NSW help raise much needed funds and donate equipment for the kitchen, carpets, tables, mowers and a food van, along with money raised at a concert.”

The money raised was used to renovate the inside lounge area which is now complete and ready for the Christmas party on 16 December, 2023.

“The bar areas still needs a lot of work and at our last AGM, it was raised by members to become a pokie free club,” said Mr Parker.

“(We will) raise money to complete the works and turn the pokie area into a kids area with arcade games.”

The newly renovated Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club.

The newly renovated Broadwater Bowling & Recreation Club.

During 2022 the club did not lie dormant, however, as it opened its doors to be a meeting place and also support the community with free meals supplied by the club and others on a Thursday night.

“We also still supported the local school kids in representing their school at sporting events,” said Mr Parker.

“The future is looking great for our club and (we) look forward to the Friday night meals that all our locals have missed over the last two years.”

 

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Maria Heaton’s Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

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Maria Heaton’s Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

 

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Whether you’ve experienced her spectacular Annual Exhibition and Sale or not… December is the time of year Maria Heaton works toward all year!

“My work is always about the light” Maria says, “and this year is no different. I find light so fascinating! ”

Anyone who spends time with Maria soon realises that observing light and shadows is Maria’s constant occupation. “you cannot paint until you learn to see and observe tone and colour. I have taught many forms of art for over 35 years and sharing knowledge is rewarding ”

Maria Heaton

Maria was awarded Highly Commended, left at the Bentley Art Prize & the one on the right at the TURSA Art Prize.

A versatile artist with nearly 40 years of experience and experimentation under her belt, Maria Heaton explores the gift of light in her rich landscapes, seascapes and still life paintings.  Always inspired by her beautiful garden, Maria can be found painting vases of flowers backlit by the sun or early morning light filtering through the trees on a crisp autumn morning, the dappled light through rainforest trees beside the creek near her home or epic landscapes painted after her travels.

What began as a hobby in the early 80’s has become a lifestyle. Once a regular at local markets and then for 2 years Maria ran her own gallery. At one stage “i was holding 6 classes a week and painting and running the gallery. I got a little burnt out ” she says.

Most recently her achievements have been a second prize Highly Commended for a painting called “First Light in Tenterfield” at the 2023 Bentley Art Prize and a Highly Commended at the Tursa Art Prize in Lismore for a sunrise over the beach painting called “In the Moment ”

Maria Heaton Art Exhibition Promotion

The event runs on Sat 2nd & 3rd DEC and Sat 9th & 10th Dec . Visits during the week are also welcome by appointment. Ph 0438 867 564.

 

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