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Sitting at lunch with a friend the other day I noticed a bloke sitting at a table opposite us. He was conspicuously trying to look inconspicuous with a plain black T-shirt, sunglasses and a cap. My friend leant across and whispered ‘I think that’s Matt Damon’. I had a longer look. I couldn’t really tell. He was only a few metres away and I’ve never watched that many Matt Damon films so it was hard to do a positive ID but he certainly could have been Matt Damon.

I found myself staring at him a bit more intensely, not because I cared whether or not it was Matt Damon but because I couldn’t really remember what Matt Damon actually looked like. It’s been a long time since Good Will Hunting, the last Matt Damon film I watched. He’s no longer a blond fringed maths genius. Now Matt Damon, if it is Matt Damon looks more like some sort of jet fighter from top gun. He looks a bit like Orson Wells actually. Young Orson Wells. Not old Orson. Old Orson is dead. Maybe I should ask if he’s Orson Wells. I’m certainly not going to ask him if he is Matt Damon. That would be weird. If I were Matt Damon and I was having lunch I wouldn’t want people asking me if I were Matt Damon. Especially if I were Matt Damon. Because if you ask someone that and they answer yes, there’s really no where else for the conversation to go except for me to say ‘I haven’t seen many of your movies’ and then slink back to my table to keep staring at him from time to time awkwardly waving and doing that goofy smile thing. That must be the hardest thing about being Matt Damon – people suddenly realising that you are Matt Damon and then wanting a photo, or just to tell you that you are Matt Damon. I get the feeling he knows. I bet there are days where he would like not to be Matt Damon. It must make doing ordinary things really stressful. Because you being ordinary is weird for other people. You are supposed to be doing extraordinary things like being in space or killing people. I mean if I were at the movies and Matt Damon came on screen I’m not surprised. I don’t lean over to my friend and whisper ‘I think that’s Matt Damon’. But if Matt Damon turns up in front of me at the supermarket then I’m like, Hey that’s Matt Damon. I think he shops. I’m at the shops all the time. No-one is surprised, nor do they ask me questions like ‘are you Matt Damon?’ I had a 2-word walk-on in a feature film recently and heaps of people contacted me on Facebook because they said in the middle of the movie they shouted out ‘that’s Mandy Nolan’. For a minute I knew what it was like to be Matt Damon. I’ve heard Matt Damon has moved here. Or spends time here. I hope he enjoys it. I think we’re pretty okay at conducting ourselves relatively normally and pretending we don’t know he’s Matt Damon. But we do. I’ve seen posts on social media. Stuff about him doing incredible stuff like crossing the road. I mean who would think Matt Damon crosses the road! Or has lunch! Matt Damon spotting is becoming a bit like Whale Watching around here. In fact I’ve seen Matt three times this year already and haven’t seen one whale. It’s weird seeing famous people. I’m not impressed that they’re famous, I’ve met lots of famous people. Although it’s hard to have a natural conversation when you know stuff about someone from the media and you’re just this boring fucker who’s biggest claim to fame is seeing Matt Damon have lunch. Seeing famous people can be tricky because sometimes you don’t realise they’re famous – there’s just this strange familiarity you get when you see someone you think you know and you start talking because their face is S-O-O familiar you think it’s a family friend. What is their name? And then you go, oh no, it’s not a long-lost friend, or acquaintance from the past, it’s Nicole Kidman. No wonder she’s being so bloody frosty. I did that once to Nicole and then after ‘hello …I said ‘sorry I thought you were someone else.’ Actually I thought she was Matt Damon.

Stemming from their roots of a beach oriented lifestyle, Adam and Pat have manifested into a unique two-piece who claim a sound that is The Ruiins. With the use of captivating riffs, heart-filled vocals, and a foot-tapping beat, residing on the Gold Coast they have grown into a local icon. Great Northern | 9pm | Friday June 15 | Free

ROCK MEETS FLAMENCO AT THE BREWERY Honing their craft as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound, which fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a rock ’n’ roll mentality. Malcura create music for the soul; it’s a feeling as much as it is a sound. Their show is alive with spirit, weaving through intricate arrangements with virtuoso musicianship and gusto. Malcura have performed alongside the likes of Tijuana Cartel, Tash Sultana, The Pierce Brothers, Clowns, Kenta Hayashi (Japan), and Dallas Frasca; and even joined Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela on stage at the Palais Theatre for an unexpected guest appearance that was met with a standing ovation. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity served as the inspiration behind the trio’s single Palais and its stunning cinematic music video, which was filmed inside the Palais Theatre. The much-anticipated second album from Malcura is currently in production and appears set to attract the attention of music fans across the globe. The band ensures it will be even more textured, daring and infectious than their first. Catch Malcura at Byron Bay Brewery, for a free show this Saturday, from 7pm.

A CAREER IN RUIINS The Ruiins is a collaboration of raw blues and vintage rock enriched by powerful vocals and a touch of character bringing life to each song. The brother-like duo, Adam Dooker and Pat Sugden, hail from the New South Wales Mid North Coast and have graced audiences the length of the east coast.

WHERE THE SUN DOES SHINE Sunrose are a four-piece band, based in the hills of Byron Bay, who create timeless psychedelic rock/pop. A sound bathed in sunshine and salt water, with melodies that take you day dreaming through the clouds and grooves that you can’t help but move to. Sunrose recreate their lifestyle of ocean and nature into a sonic swirl of haunting vocals, grooved out rhythms and harmonic undulations swimming in vibrato and delay. Great Northern 9pm, Saturday June 16. Free Entry

JORDAN’S ROCK AND ROOTS Jordan McRobbie is a rock and roots performer from Fremantle who is quickly becoming known for his virtuosic ability on the 12-and 6-stringed guitars. Jordan hit the ground running in the early stages of his career, taking out the gong for Blues/Roots Song of the Year at the WAM Awards, as well as supported high profile acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop and Mat McHugh and performed sets at The Woodford, Nannup and Fairbridge music festivals. Showcasing his dynamic songwriting, strong vocals and intricate finger-style guitar work, along with his explosive rhythm section featuring Scott ‘Mister’ Kociuruba on drums and Katie J White on bass, Jordan McRobbie and Wayfarer’s performances have had audiences around the country in awe. Jordan McRobbie Band | Byron Brewery | 7pm | Friday Jun 15












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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.01 – June 13, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.01 – June 13, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.