BYRON: Our Favourite Places to Listen to Live Music

ACCORDING TO BELINDA KIRKWOOD, ONE PART OF THE DYNAMIC DUO BEHIND MULTI-AWARD WINNING BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT, CAFE AND COCKTAIL HOT-SPOT, BEACH BYRON BAY, "THERE'S SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT BYRON BAY AND THE CALIBRE OF BANDS IT ATTRACTS THAT INCLUDE SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE GOOD PLAYING, FROM THE BIG ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVALS TO THE MANY LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN THE AREA. AND WE COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

Just around the corner is the 30th anniversary of Bluesfest which kicks off on April 18 and will see more than 200 performances from 85 acts across 7 stages as part of its 5 day music extravaganza, celebrating the very best of Blues & Roots music.   From small beginnings it’s developed into the foremost destination festival in the country, with extra high 5’s for being a safe, fun, family-friendly event.  This year the headline acts include Jack Johnson, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper, Paul Kelly, The Saboteurs, Hozier, Davis Gray, Ray LaMontange, Julia Stone, Norah Jones, Kasey Chambers, Gary Clark Jr, Tommy Emmanuel, Allen Stone, Larkin Poe and more.

 

If you’re a late starter for the Festival, maybe it’s time to marry a few days of great music with an unforgettable beach holiday staying in the sophisticated luxury of The Bower. A bit of pampering, a gourmet platter, a float around our stunning round pool at days end, chillaxing and reflecting on a day of great sounds.  Then a mouth-watering brekkie from The Byron General Store - right next door - before you’re on the courtesy bus heading back to the 120 acre Tyagarah Farm which plays host to more than 100 food and market stalls, licensed bars, beer gardens and lots of family-friendly entertainment as well as the main event – the music!  Sounds good to us!

But if you’re not festival-ing,  there’s live music all year round in Byron and according to our wonderful local in our Local’s Guides to Byron series, here are the hottest places to listen to it:

Mel Carrero (Spell Designs) | The Rails, The Beach Hotel or of course, Bluesfest, Splendour and Falls Festival.

Danielle McEwan (Tigmi Trading) | Blues, Falls, Splendour - you name it we have the best music offering in the country - hands down.

Katie Elliot (Wild Goat Events and Toast the Sun) | The Rails or Back Room in The Northern.

Karissa Dalton (The Lane) | There’s always great live music at most of the pubs in Byron, or the Treehouse.

Mel Gubbin (Avenue Twenty Two) |The Brunswick Heads Pub.

Luciana Rose (HMUA to the stars) | doesn’t really go to pubs or music venues any more but loves listening to her Spotify playlist when she’s driving in her car.