What’s on at the Weekend

The weekend has rolled around once again, and if you’re not heading up to the Gold Coast to check out the Quiksilver Pro then there are still plenty of things going on right here in Byron Bay!

The Byron Bay Film Festival kicks off in style this Friday night at the Byron Community Centre with the Gala Opening Night party – with canapés, cocktails and the sensational opening night movie – When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen-Ra and the Theremin. The film follows the life of the eccentric and enigmatic Iranian refugee Armen-Ra who taught himself to play the theremin – apparently the most difficult instrument to master in the world.

If you’d rather dance, Frothing on Fridays once again hits the Ginger Pig – with resident DJs HA!YES! and Ant On Leaf, $10 cocktails and $5 Coopers all night and great music!

Or for live music – Caravana Sun are playing at the Beachy, Garrett Kato at the Northern, Mike Scala at the Rails, and Boom Faya reggae and stand-up comedy at Buddha Bar.

On Saturday the infamous Byron Vibes party returns to the Buddha Bar – with amazing local musicians playing a live jam session, Funmaker silent disco, interactive art installations from Artwomb, face painting and VJs. Entry is $10 and that includes a free drink!

Elsewhere on Saturday – the brilliant Tijuana Cartel are playing at the Northern – Tijuana Cartel are a Queensland electronic band – a mix of breaks, trip hop, broken beat and world music! Tickets are $25 and doors open at 9pm.

Also on Saturday – Discrow are at the Beachy, The Strands at the Rails, Meow at the Ginger Pig and Chad Wilkins launching his album at Kulchajam.

The Byron Community Market is on this Sunday from 10am, with live music, artisan stalls and lots of delicious fresh food!

Also The Rails are holding a Writers at the Rails event with Frank Khouri and Christine Strelan from 2pm; and for live music and Sunday sessions this week try Chris Mallory at the Northern, Bypass from 6.30pm at the Rails, Rod Murray Duo at St Elmos, Wild Marmalade at the Brunswick Hotel…

Or for a truly amazing Sunday session – OKA are playing at the Beach Hotel from 4.30pm – this ‘Australian earth music’ band from the Sunshine Coast combines electronic didgeridoo with reggae-dub, roots, jazz, house and world music – don’t miss this free gig!

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