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Festivals return to the North Coast

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Festivals return to the North Coast

Festivals return to the North Coast

By Christine Tondorf

THE biggest Northern Rivers event since the pandemic started was held in Nimbin over the weekend – MardiGrass.
Organisers say a crowd of about 2500 attended the protest festival, which calls for the reform of Australia’s cannabis laws.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the size of the crowd had exceeded organisers’ expectations.
“It was a beautiful, peaceful protest,” Mr Balderstone said.

MardiGrass, which began 28 years ago, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year it took place just four weeks after the NSW Health Minster signed a public health order stopping Byron Bay’s Bluesfest from proceeding.

“It was pretty nerve racking the last few weeks,” Mr Balderstone said.

“We had lots of talks with police and health and council, but we got the green light.”

Festivals return to the North CoastMr Balderstone said in previous years MardiGrass attracted up to 10,000 people but this year the crowd was capped at 3000 due to Covid regulations.
Lismore City Council public health officer Cameron Smith said MardiGrass organisers had been happy to put together a Covid plan for an outdoor event, which included QR code registering.
“The organisers were very receptive to council’s suggestions because they wanted a positive successful event to go ahead, and we wanted everyone to go home healthy and safe. We don’t want anything to happen in the region which might impact other events as they come back online.”

Upcoming festivals planned for the Northern Rivers include the Mullumbimby Renew Fest (May 7 -9), the Byron Comedy Fest (May 13-16) and the Northern Rivers Crystal and Craft Festival (June 12 -14). The Falls Festival and the Byron Bay Writers Festival are also on track to be held in winter.
The NSW Labor Opposition is lobbying the State Government to offer financial support to Bluesfest. Shadow Minister for Music John Graham said a business interruption fund was needed for festival organisers to confidently plan large-scale events without risking huge losses.

Mr Balderstone said the only downside to MardiGrass was the number of police drug testing sites set up around the town, with many people charged with drug offences.
This complaint was echoed by Greens NSW Upper House members Cate Faehrmann and David Shoebridge.
“Dozens of police are targeting every car driving into MardiGrass with random roadside drug testing,” Ms Faehrmann wrote on social media.
“What a stupid pointless waste of public money just to ruin innocent lives.”

Mr Shoebridge wrote, “Nimbin during MardiGrass is a safe supporting and positive community. It’s also grossly over policed, especially on the road in and out with squads of police and multiple police vans at every entry.”
Former Lismore magistrate David Heilpern said both Ms Faehrmann and Mr Shoebridge were also drug tested by police over the weekend.

“Clearly the police are trying to shut MardiGrass down by using the road traffic laws to deter people from coming,” Mr Heilpern said.
“It is not a road safety operation – it is a prohibition agenda.

“I’m sure the real criminals of the Northern Rivers were delighted that huge police resources were thrown into this victimless crime.
“A ring of testing vehicles surrounded Nimbin for the weekend. What a waste of resources.
“There is absolutely no evidence that drug detection testing leads to less road trauma.”

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BYRON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021 SOLD OUT!

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BYRON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021 SOLD OUT!

BYRON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021 SOLD OUT!

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ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES +

BYRON BAY’S FIRST MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

 

Organisers of Byron Music Festival 2021 are excited to announce the inaugural community music festival has SOLD OUT.

“This demonstrates the need in the community for live music and how much people want events like this,” said Festival Director, Nick Sergi.

“I am so grateful for how many people have backed us and supported our dream to bring a grass-roots, community focused music event back into Byron town. We’ve worked really hard to bring it to life in the most challenging of circumstances and we’re so excited to share it with everyone”.

There will not be tickets available at the gate.

Part of the excitement around Byron Music Festival 2021 is not only it being the first major music festival to be held in Byron Bay since COVID-19, stakeholders and the wider community have come on board from far and wide to celebrate the ethos the festival is upholding, and organisers’ commitment to environmental sustainability, local focus, and accessibility.

“We’re determined to be as aligned with the original ethos of what Byron Bay is famous for – celebrating community, culture, and nature,” said Operations Manager, Monique Hartman.

“We’ve made every effort to instil that in every area of the event, from our commitment to minimising our environmental footprint, partnering with local businesses, people, and groups, and highlighting the connecting power of music – we certainly cannot be confused for being just another festival. There is real meaning and heart behind this. We want to do good for our industry and community”.

Byron Music Festival 2021 has partnered with environmental consultant Earthed Consulting, who are developing a robust Environmental Impact Report for the festival that is striving for zero waste and carbon neutrality amongst more.

 

“We are enthusiastic to be working alongside Byron Music Festival 2021 to help make the festival sustainable and be a leader in this space,” said co-founder Jen Kyna in a recent statement.

“We will calculate greenhouse gas emissions, enabling the event to be carbon negative, having a net positive impact on CO2 levels. Carbon credits will be procured so the festival will not only have a positive impact on the community and local artists, but also on the surrounding environment”.

 

BMF2021 has a strict No Plastic Policy on site – a rule that extends to crew and artists. In an Australian first, Blue Sky Beverages have specially branded reusable aluminium water bottles for the music festival, which can be purchased and refilled at special water stations throughout the site.

Celebrated local eco-warriors the Byron Rangers are enthusiastically partnering with BMF2021 to help patrons participate in making the event clean and green, by reducing litter, protecting the nearby dunes from access by the general public, and a volunteer lead beach clean-up event on the Sunday morning after the festival.

“Byron Rangers brings like-minded people together, inspiring the community to take action and care for our environment as custodians,” said Byron Ranger Founder and CEO, Dean Steele-Bennett.

“Rangers focus on Keeping Byron Beautiful. Byron Music Festival 2021 is committed to this vision, and we are proud to be event partners”.

The community clean up will be another way the festival shows its commitment to not only leaving the festival site clean, but the surrounding areas better than before.

Byron Rangers and BMF2021, along with event partners Byron Accom, are calling on the community to join them for the clean up on Sunday 10am at Dening Park. Anyone interested in assisting can register via www.byronrangers.com

The culminating event of the festival weekend is Byron Bay’s first Music Industry Conference on Sunday 20 June at Byron Theatre, where the public can join some of our most celebrated, experienced, and knowledgeable artists and industry professionals in profound conversations around why music is important to us all. Tickets are selling fast and available at www.byronmusicfestival.com.au

 

Byron Music Festival 2021 is proudly presented by Byron Music, and supported by Arts Northern Rivers, Create NSW, Byron Bay Brewery, The Beach Hotel, Lifecykel, McGrath Real Estate, Byon Accom, Roland, Cole Clark, Earthed Consulting, JD Property Group, Calbria Wines, Husk Distlers, Gigl, Scenstr, Bay Fm, Thrifty, Byron Rangers, Harley Graham Architects, Byronbay.com, Simmos, Sovereign Accounting, Woody’s Surf Shack, The Great Northern Hotel, Frank & Joy, The Secret Garden, The General Store, Eat Drink Catering, Wormald, Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce, Destination Byron, Byron Bay Exotic Plants, and many wonderful people in the community.

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PAUL KELLY SELLS OUT REGIONAL TOUR – NEXT STOP BLUESFEST SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2021

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PAUL KELLY SELLS OUT REGIONAL TOUR – NEXT STOP BLUESFEST  SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2021

That means the only way to catch Paul Kelly in the months ahead will be at Bluesfest, where he and his full band headline on Saturday 2nd October.
And with demand for the Bluesfest 4-day October Edition running pretty hot too don’t leave it too long to decide. After all, waiting for you is an aaaaamazing ‘all-aussie’ lineup, superb food and drink, wonderful Byron Bay beaches and hinterland, and beautiful spring weather.
What’s not to love … so head over to our Bluesfest website now
Paul Kelly is a dear friend of Bluesfest and never fails to bring a special performance to the Bluesfest stage. After all, who can forget his 2015 appearance – when he brought an ensemble of the most-talented musicians to Bluesfest to perform ‘The Merri Sessions’ – an absolute show-stopper!
With 27 studio albums, film scores, co-writes, and side projects his body of work is virtually bottomless and genre-defying as Paul Kelly is one of those rare artists to spin a long career out of a hunger to explore new directions, from the tender songcraft of Post to the hard-edged rock’n’roll of Gossip, to country and folk, bluegrass (see Smoke, Foggy Highway) and the soul revue of The Merri Soul Sessions.
He has been coming to Bluesfest since 1999 and returns in October for his 8th appearance.
He’s shared the stage with the who’s who of Australian musical talent – and every performance is special. We are super-excited to see our ‘national treasure’ Paul Kelly back on the Bluesfest stage this October.
Joining Paul on the Saturday lineup will be co-headliner Tash Sultana, and festival favourites Kasey Chambers, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Ziggy Alberts, The Angels, Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks, Chain, The Black Sorrows, Jeff Lang, Fiona Boyes, Ash Grunwald, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mama Kin Spender, Nathan Cavaleri, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Pacey, King & Doley, Pierce Brothers and discovery artists ROSHANI, Lambros. And Electrik Lemonade.
Come and join Paul Kelly and his full band when he headlines Saturday 2nd October.

Bluesfest : The October Edition will take place over 4 days from Friday 1st October to Monday 4th October 2021 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.
All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via Moshtix.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49 is out today as usual it is available from all Newsagents, leading Service Stations, General Stores and Woolworths Supermarkets from Coffs Harbour to Southport and as far west as Tenterfield, every town in the northern rivers. A very full 80 pages to read on these rainy and cold days ahead with over 32 pages of local news, 4 page lift out TV Guide, 2 pages of puzzles, 7-8 pages of local sports, 7 page of Rural news, 4 pages of Local Entertainment, trades and professional services, funerals, community news and events and a special 7 Pages on Lismore’s the Star Court Theatre 100 year Anniversary. This is a brilliant edition and all of our readers will absolutely love it from page 1 to page 80. Only $2. But HURRY as last weeks edition 48 sold out all copies within 3 days.

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