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Live Review: Falls Festival 2013 – Byron Bay – Festival Wrap Up

Review by Merinda O’Brien / Jose Eduardo Cruz
The final day of the first ever Falls Festival Byron Bay came with the sadness that this great event was coming to an end. Today once again had a massive line-up to cherish and delight. Whilst the numbers did significantly reduce throughout the week, today was nevertheless just as busy, but with a bit more room to dance.

Bunkering down at the main stage once again we captured the tail end of Bombino’s set which was pumping and we only wished could have caught the entire performance. Emma Louise was brilliant and the stage backdrop added an amazing feel to her sound. This brought Solange on the stage, who just happens to be Beyonce’s younger sister. She brought a lot of flare and left no doubt as to how talented her entire family is.
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Live Review: Falls Festival 2013 – Byron Bay – Day 2 Wrap

Review and photos by Merinda O’Brien / Jose Eduardo Cruz
FF1328-MIt was surprisingly quiet driving into Falls Festival this afternoon, but understandable given last night’s massive party. New Years’ day brought a more subdued and chilled out crowd but Falls Festival did not disappoint delivering yet another sensational line up to celebrate the first day of 2014.

Johnny Marr was a small treat to the few that were present at the main stage. It was such an honour to have caught the Smith’s guitarist perform solo in Australia. There is no denying that The Rubens were a crowd pleaser. Their vocalist treated the crowd with his honest and deeply emotive voice and much to his surprise everyone sang along with him. With a tinge of Tame Impala to their sound this Aussie band from Menangle NSW, was rewarded by an appreciate crowd. Yeah I know, you are asking where Menangle is. It is in Inland NSW with only 350 inhabitants which makes The Rubens even more remarkable.
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Falls Festival 2013 – Byron Bay – Day 1 Wrap

Review by Merinda O’Brien / Jose Eduardo Cruz
FF13 The inaugural edition of Falls Festival, Byron Bay, launched in the midst of the stunning North Byron Parklands. The parklands, particularly the natural amphitheater in which the main stage is set, are a befitting setting for a festival that has always provided excellent music amongst nature. No doubt Byron Bay has captured the essence and sprit of the festival formerly held in only Lorne and Marion Bay.

Given the heat waves that have been hitting Northern NSW over the last couple of weeks; the crowds in mid afternoon were still very timid. It took British duo, The Correspondents, to begin to warm up the crowd in anticipation for the new year. Their trade mark British sound and high energy immediately enticed a sizable contingent of revelers to the front of the stage.
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Review: Boomerang Festival 2013 – Day 3 Wrap

Review by Wanda Hill
Photo Credit: Julius C Montes
Boomerang Festival was a huge success and will be back next year for sure. The big smiles on punters faces and huge cheers at the closing ceremony yesterday, said it all. Festival organisers affirmed that they had indeed done well, everyone had a great time and that plans are already in the pipeline for next year’s event.

Being the last opportunity to spend the day with the Billinudgel Weavers and make a basket from Lomandra leaves I escaped the heat in their tent and wove the funky sounds of Slip on Stereo and Tjupurru into my basket under the weavers excellent tuition.
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Review: Boomerang Festival 2013 – Day 2 Wrap

Review by Wanda Hill
Photo Credit: Julius C Montes
Festivals are such a great way to build community and nurture understanding. Boomerang is doing this in style with a stellar line up of musicians, speakers, artists and craftspeople. The festival site came alive with activity yesterday as people of all ages enjoyed the entertainment and took part in workshops and discussions. It is such a lovely feeling to sit down with complete strangers and take part in an activity like basket weaving or woodcarving. Before long, people are laughing, making friends as well as learning new skills or discovering hidden talents.

A look around the festival is a picture of life at its best, groups of kids playing football together, families sharing food, friends who haven’t seen each other for years discovering each other in the crowd. That magic feeling of people bonding over shared ideas was alive in the air. Ignited by inspiring words from wise elder Dr Gondarra, and eloquently expressed in music and lyrics by Xavier Rudd.
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Review: Boomerang Festival 2013 – Day 1 Wrap

Review by Wanda Hill
Boomerang Festival took its maiden voyage onto the Australian festival scene yesterday at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm near Byron Bay. Boomerang is the brainchild of Rhoda Roberts who started the very successful Dreaming Festival at Woodfordia. Peter Noble (Bluesfest producer) was very proud and excited to welcome Boomerang to the home of the Byron Bay Bluesfest last night during the opening ceremony.

The ceremony started with a heartfelt welcome to country from the Arakwal peoples of Byron Bay area and progressed to involve many of the dancers performing over the weekend including the very spectacular Malu Kiai Mura Buai dance group from the Torres Strait Islands with their elaborate headdresses made of feathers, and the famous Chooky Dancers who bring a touch of humour to everything they do.
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Review: Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 3 Wrap

Day three of Bluesfest.

Perhaps it’s the selective memory but it never ceases to amaze me how quickly one forgets the shear stamina and commitment five day festivals demand – let alone one with six stages and a line-up like this.

Herein lies the crux of the Bluesfest punter’s dilemma – how to choose between the likes of Iggy Pop and Robert Plant; Status Quo and the Beasts of Bourbon; the Dropkick Murphys and Taj Mahal, not to mention Santana and Wanda Jackson; Ben Harper and Chris Isaak; the Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading; Wilco and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra…

Bottom line? Decisiveness is the key. Where there’s no guts there’s no glory. Wavering between stages will only break you down faster and leave you with a gnawing sense of what might have been against a potential epiphany at a consecrated altar of live rock and roll.
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Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1,000 – Wrap-Up

Bathurst certainly lived up to its reputation as Australia’s greatest race with Jamie Whincup and David Reynolds battling to the chequered flag in a classic Holden versus Ford battle on Mt Panorama.

Over the last 15 laps of the 161-lap race, Whincup and Reynolds raced nose to tail as Reynolds tried everything to pass Whincup. On a few occasions he almost drew level, their battle captivating the record crowd with some of the hardest, and most entertaining racing seen in the 50-year history of the race.

Whincup, (Holden) held off Reynolds (Ford) to win by .3 second after 1,000 kilometres of intense racing with Whincup’s teammate Craig Lowndes finishing 3rd.

Rick and Todd Kelly showed impressive speed, getting the two Jack Daniel’s Racing Commodores well into the top ten on several occasions throughout the day.
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