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God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

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God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets
God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streets

You may have days in the pandemic when you feel like you’re living through an apocalypse, but the Netflix series being made in the Northern Rivers – God’s Favorite Idiot – does include one, plus a lake of fire.

The production last week was shooting in the streets of Alstonville. Left-hand-drive cars with Californian number plates were trucked into the quiet town.

God’s Favorite Idiot films in Alstonville’s streetsThe series has also filmed at various Lismore locations including the museum, art gallery quad and the base hospital. A $10 million grant from the Federal Government’s $540 million Location Incentive program helped lure the production to the region.

The 16-episode series follows mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (American actor Ben Falcone) who finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (Melissa McCarthy) at the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God.

Ms McCarthy, aged 50, also recently starred in Nine Perfect Strangers, shot in the Byron hinterland. The comedian rose to fame in the Hangover and Bridesmaid movies.

Falcone and McCarthy, a husband-and-wife team, said in a statement: “To have the opportunity to safely film our show in a beautiful country like Australia is a dream come true. We love this country, and the talented people who live and work here. A special thank you to Chris, Luke, and Liam Hemsworth for volunteering to carry us to and from work with their wonderful powerful arms.”

More than 300 local cast and crew are reported to be employed on the production, and more than $74 million injected into the economy. Netflix has also promised to engage around 1,000 local businesses.

However, some Alstonville locals have reported an increase in traffic and noise in streets close to the showground, where the production is based.

Ballina Mayor David Wright supports the Netflix’s production, but has pointed out that local councils had limited power to prevent filming in their shires.

“Some people think there should have been a DA [Development Application] for this, but it’s exempt development from state government – because state government encourages filming so we can’t stop it,” Mr Wright said.

 

 

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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 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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