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REBEL GIRLS WOT SING Rebel Rebel Girls Choir is a singing group for girls between the ages of eight and 12 who really love to sing. The choir is called Rebel Rebel because they are a resilient and powerful group of girls who are learning to say what they want and need to say through singing and song. Directed by Janet Swain, the group sings a wide variety of songs from simple folk songs and rounds to pop and more challenging contemporary music. Girls are given opportunities to sing solos and arrange some of the songs by themselves, while also developing a bond with other likeminded girls. The group is made up of girls from five different local schools including homeschool, and they look forward to catching up with their singing friends at the end of each week. The choir meets on Friday afternoons from 4pm till 5pm during the school terms, at St Thomas’s Anglican Church, 21 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads, and the cost is $120 for an 8-week term. Contact Janet for more information by email on



The story of an unlikely friendship. Alisa Piper and Tony Doherty have an unlikely friendship and their new book The Attachment is all about that. Friends of the Libraries Byron Shire and the Byron Writers Festival present the two friends and writers launching their new book, The Attachment: Letters from a most unlikely friendship. The circumstances of the start of their friendship were serendipitous. Ailsa Piper wrote a book called Sinning across Spain, a travel journal of her 1,200km walk of the Camino Mozarabe (from Granada to Galicia) as a pilgrim carrying the sins of others. Monsignor Tony Doherty has worked as a priest and educator in Sydney for more than 50 years. He has also walked some of the Camino and was interested to read the book Ailsa had written. Afterwards he wrote her an email to say how much he had enjoyed her book. And thus began an extraordinary collection of correspondence between these two unlikely friends. Ailsa and Tony are in conversation at the Moller Pavilion in Bangalow on Thursday 2 August at 2pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Bangalow Newsagency or online at the

Comedian Mandy Nolan presents two of Australia’s leading rock’n’roll comedians: Jackie Loeb and Dave Eastgate, together for one supercharged double bill that showcases not one but TWO feature comics! Jackie comes direct from LA where she now lives. Back in 2016 she scored the coveted MO Award for Comedian of the Year – one of Australia’s highest accolades for comedians. You might remember Jackie from Full Frontal, or on the the US Last Comic Standing, where she was a finalist in their international competition. While in LA, Jackie realised her dream of being on a sitcom with a role on NBC’s Superstore! She was award the Best Comedy Show at the LA Fringe Festival and arrives amongst glowing reviews of what reviewers have called ‘mini-masterpieces’. Her musical comedy leaves audiences with sore sides but hugely impressed. You see Jackie has a voice that sits up there with the likes of Adele – huge, magnificent and awe inspiring. When she sings I Who am Nothing she literally blows toupees off bald men. Spiders fly free from their webs. Sydney-based Dave Eastgate is an actor, standup comedian, writer and musician. In 2017 he starred in the ABC/ BBC/Comedy Central US smash hit Ronnie Chieng: International Student, and was nominated for a Logie award for his portrayal of a cancer patient in Channel 9’s critically acclaimed drama series Doctor Doctor. In 2015, Dave

starred alongside his comedy idols, Glenn Robbins, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley and Jane Turner in the Comedy Channel’s flagship sketch-comedy series Open Slather. The series ran for 20 episodes and featured Dave in sketches alongside UFC Champ Ronda Rousey and Grammy Award winner Sting. In 2012 Dave shared the stage with Academy Award winner Robin Williams during his Australian tour and considers it a career highlight. Other highlights include playing sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2012, and performing at the UK’s biggest heavy metal festival Download in 2012. In addition to this Dave has supported touring international comics such as Arj Barker, Rich Fulcher, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross and Ross Noble.Dave has appeared as a standup comedian on Channel 9’s Mornings, SBS’s The Full Brazilian, Channel 10’s Thursday Night Live and the Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Just for Laughs at The Sydney Opera House. Dave has truly cemented himself as one of the best live comedy acts in the country. It’s this reputation that landed him gigs as the audience warm-up for Big Brother, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and The Voice. Comedy that Rocks – Monday 13 August at the Mullumbimby ExServices at 8pm. Doors at 7pm. Tix are $20/25. Available at the club or


NORPA and The Quad present Wonderbabes By Kate McDowell

THU 2 – SAT 4 AUGUST, 7PM Performances at The Quad 110 Magellan Street, Lismore TICKETS | 1300 066 772

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Splendour in the Grass 2018 welcomed music, crowds, and queues. Lots and lots of queues. There were queues for the toilet, queues for the Byron Bay Organic Donuts, queues for the buses, and queues in the carpark. People queued for more than one-and-ahalf hours in the carpark! I think half of the time we don’t even understand what we’re queuing for – we Splendour-goers just really adore queueing! In saying this, the queues were sometimes awesome. My favourite queue of the festival is that halfhour wait between acts, where you’re so excited for the next act that you feel physically sick. Or that could’ve been the dodgy burrito you ate. Who knows? For me, the waiting period between Angus and Julia Stone and Khalid was my favourite. Standing in the mosh pit of the amphitheatre, everyone was united through our collective anticipation and excitement. Khalid, a 20-year-old singer and songwriter from El Paso, America, lit up the Yelgun Valley with his contagious energy and melodic tunes. A 10/10.

Something Splendour continually impresses me with is its ability to combine young, local talent with international megastars. We become witnesses to talent of all kinds, from young 16-year-old Franki Kaneur’s soothing indiepop originals all the way to Triple J Hottest 100 2017 winner Kendrick Lamar and his gigantic rapping hits. Young and local talent is able to recognise how close success is to them. As with hard work and determination, they could one day get that ultra-delicious, successproving 10.45pm time slot at the Amphitheatre stage. All in all, Splendour in the Grass never fails to disappoint. The musical talent this year was phenomenal and I already cannot wait for the first queue of the next festival season; the local presales. Youth Dance to Hit Hole in One Being a child of the Blue Light Disco era, Karla Akehurst, along with the immense support of Mike Williams from the Mullumbimby Golf Club, is providing an opportunity for our teens to feel their enjoyment, 3D social connections and entertainment is of importance too.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.07 – July 25, 2018  

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

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.07 – July 25, 2018  

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