The inaugural Byron Music Festival (BMF) features an all Byron and North Coast line-up headlined by Wolfmother, Hayley Mary and Kyle Lionhart.
To take over the Byron Bay CBD 18-20 June, the BMF will feature live music performances, a youth music showcase, local business activations, markets, and a music industry conference and speaking programme.
Byron Music proprietor and passionate local Nick Sergi is the man behind BMF. "We want to bring the idea of a Byron music festival back into Byron itself," he says.
"I have been determined to make the event as accessible to as many in the community as possible, through location, ticket pricing, and programming.
"It's something that will attract visitors, yes, but it's hopefully an event the local community can enjoy and share together."
Alongside the aforementioned fabulous trio of headliners, other additions to the line-up include local bluesmen The Sidemen, live electronica-world music fusion band Tijuana Cartel, roots-reggae musician Bobby Alu, hip hop, reggae rockers Drop Legs, indie rockers from Lennox Heads Wharves and surf psych group The Oogars.
"We're so proud to be showcasing local music at Byron Music Festival," BMF Programming Manager Alain De Carne says.
"We really wanted to celebrate the diversity of the Northern Rivers music scene by featuring renowned and emerging artists that cross all genres and styles – from rock, to hip hop and everything in between."
BMF events will be held at Denning Park, Byron Youth Centre, The Beach Hotel, Byron Theatre, and The Great Northern Hotel.
"We've purposely chosen to hold the event in winter to inject activity into the CBD during a historically insecure time for local business," adds Nick. "This event will not only support local creatives, but local businesses as well."
BMF artist Steve Banks from The Sidemen is enthused about the event. "As a performer, the BMF is just about the perfect platform for what we do. Steve Banks and the Sidemen are dedicated to bringing quality live performance to this region particularly.
"Nick and his team at BMF have a vision: in my opinion, it is about promoting local talent (of which there's an abundance) and bringing in well-known and respected acts to a very music savvy and appreciative community.
"The cross-pollination in terms of talent and experience is invaluable. It is an ambitious project in these troubled times, but I feel there's a tangible light at the end of the tunnel. I commend BMF's courage and creativity and its commitment to keeping live music alive. I cannot countenance the alternative."
Some events are free entry, while others are ticketed. More information.2021 Byron Music Festival takes place 18-20 June.
Byron Music Festival 2021 Line-up
WolfmotherHayley MaryKyle LionhartThe SidemenTijuana CartelBobby AluDrop LegsWharvesThe OogarsMylee GraceThe BuckleysFamily JordanNarliKimmyNidalaSophie OzardLoose Content