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Ewan James at The Nimbin Bush Theatre

Sun, Aug 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Free Entry. BYO. Kid Friendly.

Ewan James has a deep voice reminiscent of Tom Waits and Seasick Steve, and sings songs of the seas and earth with an understated gravelly air. Catch him on the outdoor stage in the gorgeous gardens by The Mulgum Creek. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open serving delicious locally sourced meals, award winning coffee and sweet treats.


Drumming for Beginners

Mon, Aug 21, 2017 6:00 PM


Salsa for All!

Wed, Aug 23, 2017 5:45 PM

Salsa Classes for all!

5.45pm Salsa Beginners. $10. 

6.30pm. Cha Cha Cha. All levels. $10.

7.15pm Salsa Moves. Intermediate $15.


For more details contact: Robert 0418 370 098 or Leyla 0429 053 088





Friday Night Movie - ESTEEM

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Fri, Aug 25, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $10.00

$10 Entry.

Australian filmmaker Peter Charles Downey takes us on a personal and cathartic journey of empowerment, redemption, and powerfully healing documentary cinema. Hurt people hurt people in return, it’s a pattern, and hurt people will hurt the earth. But just as the pain of an artist can lead to brilliant creativity, so too can the pain of the world lead us to esteem. With interviews and contributions from Subhana Barzaghi, Prof. Stuart Hill, John Seed, Carol Perry, Aladdin Jones, Elisabetta Faenza and Lenita Vangellis the film looks into the pain we feel for the state of the Planet we live on being polluted by our lifestyles and how this pain can be transformed through awareness into ESTEEM.

With live stream post show discussions with contributors to the film to be announced, this is an important film for those who feel despair at the state of the world and where we are going. The Pain can be a transformer for ourselves and for the Planet.








Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands - HEAT 2

Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:30 PM

HEAT TWO. Free Entry. All Ages.

Starring 

WIL MASSEY * LOOSE KICKERS *  MAJOR ARCANA & UNSUPERVISED

12.30PM  WIL MASSEY Alt-country-folk with an expressive lyrical bent.

1.15PM    LOOSE KICKERS - Like The White Stripes doing grunge

2PM         ADAJA BLACK - "We are from the otherworld"

3PM UNSUPERVISED - "Rock as it should be played, solid!"

The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to host this nationwide “Battle of the Bands”. The artists per capita in the rainbow region is the highest in all of the country and the quality of the musicians in this Battle of the Bands reflects that. The competitors must play original music to enter and be prepared to go straight into a big Festival line-up in November this year at The Airlie Beach Festival of Music. It is free for punters to attend, all ages and it is a great way to support local talent with big dreams have a shot at a real opportunity.

Starting at 12.30pm we present Wil Massey, a local favourite who plays punchy alt-country-folk with an expressive lyrical bent.  At 1.15pm we have Loose Kickers, a rousing duo who smash out indie-thrashy power pop with passionate conviction, a bit like The White Stripes doing grunge.  At 2pm we present Major Arcana, a vehicle for the uber-talented and theatrical Adaja Black, with her dramatic otherworldly style - she has a powerful Kate Bush like vocal.  Finishing Heat 2 at 3pm will be the proud rock band Unsupervised - who play rock as it should be played, solid as a rock - with much fun to be had.

Passport to Airlie Beach - Battle of the Bands will be happening on Saturdays in late August and early September at The Nimbin Bush Theatre culminating in a final at the end of September. The biggest band competition in Australia has chosen Nimbin as the only location between Tamworth and the Gold Coast to host the competition, and why wouldn’t they! Nimbin and the wider region is bursting with some of the most talented and original artists in the world. With some truly impressive performers coming up each heat feels like a small festival and our eminent judges will have a difficult job choosing a winner.

Our Judges between them have a huge wealth of musical experience and are Neil Pike ( The Pagan Love Cult), Sam Cutler ( Mgmt Rolling Stones/The Grateful Dead), Chana Waters ( Tweed Creative Studios ), Jackie Marshall ( The Musician’s Musician ) and David Hyett ( Owner of The Nimbin Bush Theatre).

Sam Cutler - former manager of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead, is one of the Judges of The Battle of the Bands

The competition is the brainchild of Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin who runs the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, he says “I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

These sensational talents will be performing on the outdoor stage in the gorgeous gardens by the Mulgum Creek. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open with incredible food and coffees. BYO. Kid Friendly.

WHEN OUR FRIENDS NEED A REHEARSAL SPACE WE ALWAYS RECCOMMEND TWEED CREATIVE STUDIOS



Monkey and the Fish

Sun, Aug 27, 2017 12:30 PM

Free Entry. Kid Friendly. BYO.


Singer/Songwriters Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend-Cross create a special vocal harmony & presence performing masterful arrangements of popular songs and emotive & evocative originals. Monkey & the Fish have a unique yet Australian sound and appeal to a wide range of audiences. Beautiful guitar, singing and magic song craft. Monkey & the Fish are a popular festival act and also a regular at venues around Northern NSW Australia. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open with delicious meals, award winning coffee and sweet treats. Enjopy this lovely performance in our gorgeous gardens by the magical Mulgum Creek. 





The Clowns, Pagan and Antibodies

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Fri, Sep 1, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $20.00

The Clowns are back! Last time they were in town they were supporting The Bennies, but now their time has come to headline their own gig at the Nimbin Bush Theatre.


The Clowns are punk. They are loud, and they rock! This is the hardest working band in Australia. If you like high energy punk  to mosh to then this is the band for you. Riding the wave of the punk revival happening across Australia The Clowns are an authentic punk rock band with energy to burn and are making an impact around the world with their uniquely Australian metal punk sound. Playing huge punk rock festivals in Europe to over 50,000 people such as Ruhrpott Rodeo. Take the Saints and put them in a blender with Van Halen, Black Flag and The Hard Ons and you may get an idea of how The Clowns sound. It is high energy music played with passion and commitment and a pure punk attitude. Vocalist Stevie Williams has the pipes to wail and screech and a front man attitude that gets every crowd going. He keeps  up the pace with some truly awesome lead guitar work played by Rod Goon and Will Robinson. The rhythm section Jake Laderman ( drums) and Hanny J (bass/vocals) must be the fittest 2 musicians in the country as they can keep the frenetic pace going with grunt and aplomb. The Clowns have been touring extensively overseas to huge venues and punk/rock festivals and are spreading the punk gospel with them, and now it’s Nimbin’s turn. 

The Punks will be supported by Melbourne based Pagan,who play a metal-punk-rock filled with saucy riffs, shredding bass and aggressive howling vocals creating blast beats that will get your heart pounding and your feet jumping.The band describe their sound as “death rock’n’roll”, they also describe themselves as “Real-Life/Pretend Vampires playing Real-Life/Pretend Rock & Roll”, obviously Pagan have a sense of humour but they definitely take punk-rock seriously.

Crawling out of the lantana to open the night will be the primal howl that is Nimbin’s own Antibodies, rocking out with their distinctive brand of north coast feral pop-punk.



Lovers of Punk rejoice for The Nimbin Bush Theatre is offering you 3 great punk rock acts in one night, get ready to mosh and stage dive, as the Auditorium comes alive with the glorious sounds of raw, committed punk. The Phoenix Rising cafe will be open with meals and soft drinks and coffee. BYO.



Battle of the Bands - Passport to Airlie - HEAT THREE!

Sat, Sep 2, 2017 12:30 PM

Heat 3. 12.30 - 3.30pm

Free Entry for competitors and punters!

Starring some of the Rainbow Region's best talent:

SNUG MENTAL CHRIST  *  STICKY ROCK  *  DJ RAD MC  *  DRIFT

More details coming soon.

Our judges are Neil Pike ( The Pagan Love Cult), Chana Waters ( Tweed Creative Studios) and David Hyett ( Owner - The Nimbin Bush Theatre).

The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to host this nationwide “Battle of the Bands”. The artists per capita in the rainbow region is the highest in all of the country and the quality of the musicians in this Battle of the Bands reflects that. The competitors must play original music to enter and be prepared to go straight into a big Festival line-up in November this year at The Airlie Beach Festival of Music. It is free for punters to attend, all ages and it is a great way to support local talent with big dreams have a shot at a real opportunity.

Starting at 12.30pm we present Snug Mental Christ. At 1.15pm we have Sticky Rock, a rousing duo. At 2pm we present DJ Rad MC doing distinctive Hip Hop.  Finishing Heat 2 at 3pm will be the epic band DRIFT.

Passport to Airlie Beach - Battle of the Bands will be happening on Saturdays in late August and early September at The Nimbin Bush Theatre culminating in a final at the end of September. The biggest band competition in Australia has chosen Nimbin as the only location between Tamworth and the Gold Coast to host the competition, and why wouldn’t they! Nimbin and the wider region is bursting with some of the most talented and original artists in the world. With some truly impressive performers coming up each heat feels like a small festival and our eminent judges will have a difficult job choosing a winner.

Our Judges between them have a huge wealth of musical experience and are Neil Pike ( The Pagan Love Cult), Sam Cutler ( Mgmt Rolling Stones/The Grateful Dead), Chana Waters ( Tweed Creative Studios ), Jackie Marshall ( The Musician’s Musician ) and David Hyett ( Owner of The Nimbin Bush Theatre).

Sam Cutler - former manager of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead, is one of the Judges of The Battle of the Bands

The competition is the brainchild of Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin who runs the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, he says “I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

These sensational talents will be performing on the outdoor stage in the gorgeous gardens by the Mulgum Creek. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open with incredible food and coffees. BYO. Kid Friendly.

WHEN OUR FRIENDS NEED A REHEARSAL SPACE WE ALWAYS RECCOMMEND TWEED CREATIVE STUDIOS




Punks for West Papua. Documentary and Q&A with Director Ash Brennan,

Sat, Sep 2, 2017 8:00 PM

The cry of the West Papuans has gone unheard for nearly 50 years....
But Australian Punk is loud, Very loud.

8pm Documentary. 9pm Q&A with Director Ash Brennan.

Entry by donation - suggested donation $10



The genocide of the West Papuan people at the hands of the Indonesian military, is one of the saddest yet rarely told stories of modern times. West Papua, a land of untold riches, was hijacked with a violent and rigged vote by Indonesia in 1969. With the support of Australia, the USA and the United Nations, the Indonesian Military have slaughtered nearly half a million indigenous West Papuans in the years since, all in the name of a mountain of gold. All of this kept secret by a ban on journalists and foreign aid from entering West Papua.

Punks for West Papua is an Australia wide movement, and the brain child of Jody Bartolo. Jody and his band 'Diggers with Attitude' spearhead Punks for West Papua with the aim to raise money and awareness for the Free West Papua cause. A midnight text message to film maker and friend, Ash Brennan, started the wheels in motion for a small video think piece at the original Punks for West Papua benefit show at Sydney's Town & Country Hotel. But Jody and the Australian punk rock community would turn this event into a no holes barred Australia wide event involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country. Making Punks for West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock event in the nations history. The film grew with it. The P4WP film crew travelled around the country, interviewing all the main players of the movement, plus features interviews with two time Nobel peace prize nominee, Benny Wenda, journalist Hugh Lunn who was in West Papua for the 1969 vote, rock journalist Stuart Coupe and United Liberation Movement for West Papua leader, Rex Rumikiek. Narrated by Basia Bonkowski, Punks for West Papua is an intriguing story of a musical initiative that inspired a nation and is recommended viewing for not just fans of punk rock but for anybody who believes in justice.




Liquid Amber at The Nimbin Bush Theatre

Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:29 PM

Free Entry. BYO. Kid Friendly.

Having come from a background in Jazz, Reggae and Funk inspired grooves, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Hugh Jones, summons an eclectic fusion of global sounds incorporating Kalimba, M'bira, Vibraphone, Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Loops. Catch this eclectic world fusion music in the gorgeous gardens of The Nimbin Bush Theatre, The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open serving award winning coffee, delicious meals and sweet treats.



Drumming for Beginners!

Mon, Sep 4, 2017 6:00 PM


Salsa Classes for All!

Wed, Sep 6, 2017 5:45 PM

Salsa Classes for all!

5.45pm Salsa Beginners. $10. 

6.30pm. Cha Cha Cha. All levels. $10.

7.15pm Salsa Moves. Intermediate $15.


For more details contact: Robert 0418 370 098 or Leyla 0429 053 088





How to Change the World - Friday Night Movie

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Fri, Sep 8, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $10.00

$10 Entry

RATED M

 

How to Change the World is a documentary film from writer-director Jerry Rothwell (Deep Water), which chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s nuclear bomb tests and who ended up creating a worldwide green movement. In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat - their mission to stop Nixon’s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace. This film may be the most insightful film document yet made about the motivations, inspirations, challenges, and ultimate success of Greenpeace, which introduced non-violent, direct action to restore and preserve Earth's ecosystems. Seven years in the making. Rothwell uncovered hundreds of hours of original 16mm film footage from the 1970s, and selected historic, previously unseen moments from the birth of Greenpeace. The film, based on the written memoirs of Bob Hunter, is authentic and super-real. Hunter was certainly not alone in conceiving of an "ecology movement" on the scale of the peace and civil rights movements, but this film follows his personal story. Friends and family remember Hunter, who passed away in 2005, as a visionary. He saw the shape of an ecology movement before most people had ever heard the word. He wrote groundbreaking journalism, coined the term "mind bomb" to describe using media to introduce ideas into human culture at the largest scale, and he helped fashion the Greenpeace tradition of creative non violent direct action. Through all of this, we witness the challenges of changing society, the resistance of the status quo, and the human frailties of the heroes and heroines who put themselves on the line to stop these atomic tests.

How to Change the World premiered at the Sundance film festival in 2015 where it won the special jury award for editing and the candescent award for best social change documentary. The film earned top ten audience favourite honours at Hot Docs 2015, and best feature honours at both the Sebastopol and EcoFilm festivals.

As our planet enters a period of ecological uncertainty, this film offers inspiration and a roadmap as to how a small group of dedicated activists changed the world, defied governments and with great sacrifice and bravery shone a light on ecological injustices for the greater world to see and understand. These early direct actions inspired many people to get active and to resist injustice and environmental destruction. It is a powerful story, and one of hope and defiance, if you think the world needs changing don't miss this film! The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open from 5.30pm serving delicious meals, treats and award winning coffee. BYO.





Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands - Heat 4

Sat, Sep 9, 2017 12:30 PM

Heat 4.

Free Entry.

All Ages.

Starring

BROMMERS * ENTROPIX * BLAKBOI * MECHA MECHA


12PM  BROMMERS


1.15  ENTROPIX



2PM BLAKBOI


3PM MECHA MECHA


The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to host this nationwide “Battle of the Bands”. The artists per capita in the rainbow region is the highest in all of the country and the quality of the musicians in this Battle of the Bands reflects that. The competitors must play original music to enter and be prepared to go straight into a big Festival line-up in November this year at The Airlie Beach Festival of Music. It is free for punters to attend, all ages and it is a great way to support local talent with big dreams have a shot at a real opportunity.

Starting at 12.30pm we present Brommers, another local favourite with a great voice singing wonderful songs.  At 1.15pm we have Entropix, a rousing duo led by Reuben Barkley, another local songman held in high esteem.  At 2pm we present Blakboi, a performer loved Australia wide for his political-roots-world sounds and who calls Nimbin home. Finishing Heat 2 at 3pm will be the world rock high energy wonders Mecha Mecha, who will rock the dance floor like crazy gypsy punks

Passport to Airlie Beach - Battle of the Bands will be happening on Saturdays in late August and early September at The Nimbin Bush Theatre culminating in a final at the end of September. The biggest band competition in Australia has chosen Nimbin as the only location between Tamworth and the Gold Coast to host the competition, and why wouldn’t they! Nimbin and the wider region is bursting with some of the most talented and original artists in the world. With some truly impressive performers coming up each heat feels like a small festival and our eminent judges will have a difficult job choosing a winner.

Our Judges between them have a huge wealth of musical experience and are Neil Pike ( The Pagan Love Cult), Sam Cutler ( Mgmt Rolling Stones/The Grateful Dead), Chana Waters ( Tweed Creative Studios ), Jackie Marshall ( The Musician’s Musician ) and David Hyett ( Owner of The Nimbin Bush Theatre).

Sam Cutler - former manager of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead, is one of the Judges of The Battle of the Bands

The competition is the brainchild of Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin who runs the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, he says “I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

These sensational talents will be performing on the outdoor stage in the gorgeous gardens by the Mulgum Creek. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open with incredible food and coffees. BYO. Kid Friendly.

WHEN OUR FRIENDS NEED A REHEARSAL SPACE WE ALWAYS RECCOMMEND TWEED CREATIVE STUDIOS




Riverside Jazz with The Cruise Brothers at The Nimbin Bush Theatre

Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:30 PM

Free Entry. Kid Friendly. BYO.

The Cruise Brothers play smooth jazz with a relaxed approach that is as cool and easy as a summers day by a river in Missipippi. These guys really know how to play! Let them caress your ears as you relax in the gorgeous gardens by the Mulgum Creek. The Phoenix Rising Cafe will be open serving delicious meals, award winning coffee. teas and sweet treats.


Drumming for Beginners!

Mon, Sep 11, 2017 6:00 PM


O Brother, Where Art Thou? Friday Night Movie.

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Fri, Sep 15, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $10.00

$10 Entry. BYO.

 In keeping with the theme of The Nimbin Roots Festival the Mighty Bush Theatre is delighted to offer as our Friday night movie, a modern classic, O Brother, Where Art Thou? This is a 2000 film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring George Clooney, John Tuturro and Tim Blake Nelson. Set in 1937 rural Missipippi during the Great Depression the film's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer’s epic poem, Odyssey. Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney busts loose. Except he’s still shackled to his two chain-mates from the chain gang – bad-tempered Pete (John Turturro, Summer of Sam) and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelsen, Hamlet). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain the trio set off on a southern adventure full of humour and song. Much of the music used in the film is period folk music including that of Virginian bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley. The soundtrack for the film, using traditional American folk music won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2001. The original musical cast features legends of ol-timey roots and uses the voices of John Hartford, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris, Gillian Welch, Chris Sharp and many others others. This film introduced a generation to the joys of roots music and remains one of the all time greatest soundtracks ever, catch it with a full PA on the big screen at the Nimbin Bush Theatre!




The NIMBIN ROOTS FESTIVAL

Sat, Sep 16, 2017 10:00 AM

Over 2 days on Saturday Sept 16 and Sunday Sept 17, The Nimbin Bush Theatre is delighted to be a host and venue for this years Nimbin Roots Festival! With an incredible line-up of folk-roots talent across the village of Nimbin this promises to be a weekend to remember. Boasting over 50 roots music acts over 3 days in venues throughout Nimbin Town plus art installations, philosophy, yoga and permaculture workshops in the new festival Abundance Village and plenty of onsite camping. Tickets and enquiries: www.nrfest.com


Check out Den Hanrahan, coming to the Nimbin Roots Festival. He's a treasure of roots music!



Magic Trip - Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place.

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Fri, Sep 22, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $10.00

$10 Entry. BYO.

Rated M


In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," as Dean Moriaty and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus, Mountain Girl, and Ken Kesey. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip and so filmed the experience. For many years this footage was untouched, but a few years ago it was unearthed and the result is Magic Trip. For anyone who has read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, this is essential viewing. In his novel Tom Wolfe chronicled this incredible odessy of way out trippers on the road to discover new territories, inner and outer, fueled by a range of psychedelic drugs that certainly did help them to discover a new world. One of the most cultural revolutionary books of the last century, Kerouac's On the Road and was based a a character called Dean Moriaty. For many that read On the Road, Dean Moriaty is a somewhat mythical figure, a psychedelic tramp of great insight. In Magic Trip it is Dean Moriaty/Neal Cassady driving the bus. Literally.Cassady drives the bus with the help from a mountain of drugs that may have laid out a lesser being.Cassady is one of the most jaw dropping characters in modern history. An astounding intelligence, fuelled by heaps of speed and LSD results in a man who is completely mind blowing. He eclipses Ken Kesey in this film. Kesey was undoubtedly the ring leader of this experiment, and he is clever, charismatic and handsome, Cassady is just other worldly in a way that clearly astounds and exhausts his fellow Merry Pranksters as they take a Magic trip across American in their bus "Further". They changed the world, and this is essential viewing for anyone who wants to know their psychedelic history. The Cafe will be open from 5.30pm with delicious meals, drinks and sweet treats.



Photo: Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady. 


Battle of the Bands - Passport to Airlie! SEMI-FINAL

Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:00 PM

SEMI-FINALS

Want to Play with The Sex Pistols?

The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to announce it will be holding the Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands!

Free Entry for competitors and punters!


The Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands competition, in its fifth year, boasts being the largest Battle of the Bands competition of its kind in Australia. Passport to Airlie’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ will see emerging artists from NSW, Victoria, SA ,Queensland and beyond to compete to take their prize position on a stage at this iconic Festival. The Nimbin Bush Theatre has been selected to host the competition, and is the only venue to do so between Tamworth and The Gold Coast. This band competition differs from most in that it is free for bands to enter, and also free for punters to attend. The competition is open to most genres - rock, pop, blues, folk, acoustica etc.. and can feature large bands (a maximum of 5 artists), solo performers and duos, all genres (not metal, hard core, hard rock), ages (must be 18+) and ensemble sizes are welcome to apply. ( Due to the nature of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music heavyrock/thrash/metal and another such “hard” genres are not suitable for the competition as they would not sit well within the festival.) The winner will perform between 3-5 sets at the 2017 Airlie Beach Festival of Music, receive great accommodation for the festival and receive a $1000 performance fee. The winner from the rainbow region will compete against the other winners from around Australia, with the ultimate winner given a slot to perform on the main stage at Airlie for the 2018 festival.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music brings 74 acts to the Whitsundays for 3 and a half days of spectacular entertainment and is held from Thursday November 9 through to Sunday November 12, in 18 venues throughout Airlie Beach. Already announced are performances from The Sex Pistols, The Sneaky Sound System, The Baby Animals, Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano with more announcements to come - including the winners of the Battle of the Bands. 

Competition promoter Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin commented, “A Battle of the Bands competition is being run in the lead-up to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music to give new talent across Australia the opportunity to win a spot performing in the line-up. I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

Heats begin at The Nimbin Bush Theatre in mid August, there will be 4 heat battles, then a semi final, culminating on a final on September 30, with the lucky winner receiving the “passport” to Airlie Beach and the many advantages it comes with. There will be limits to accommodating everyone so get in early and get scheduled in for a chance to take your music to Airlie Beach for this incredible festival.

Solo Artists, duos, bands, anyone can apply at this website(we recommend that all applicants visit this link directly)




DEADSET - The Grateful Dead Down Under!

Sat, Sep 23, 2017 8:00 PM

$15. BYO.

The Australian Grateful Dead Appreciation Society announce another amazing gig reliving the music of The Grateful Dead. Played by amazing musicians who are dedicated to recreating the music of this visionary band, seeing Deadset is as close as you can come to seeing the actual Dead play! If you loved the Dead, if you are a Dead-head, or even if you are neophyte this gig will rock your soul and take you to the musical realm that the Grateful Dead created with their original approach to music and performing. Relive the Summer of Love with DEADSET!



AZ IS at The Nimbin Bush Theatre.

Sun, Sep 24, 2017 12:30 PM

Free Entry. BYO. Kid Friendly.

 

 Azrai spent most of her early years sequestered in the remote wilds of North Eastern NSW, Australia. Living off the land in deep bush she spent many fireside hours developing a song writing technique of such purity and clarity that listening to these songs is as refreshing as taking a drink of water from a wild mountain river. Her songs are born from wide open skies, untamed places and anarchistic frontiers, and are sung by Azrai in a rootsy voice that radiates with an unfettered playful joy. Her tone calls to mind Ricki Lee Jones, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray and other such earthy roots Mummas. These bluesy folk songs are lovingly presented with accomplished musical support from the distinctively lyrical Stu Beaumont on guitar ( The Pragmatics, Rebecca Ireland, Ilona Harker ). Azrai is a joy to hear, her songs are full of ear worms and are as catchy as all get out. Prepare to be singing along with the wild and free Azrai playing with the tasty duo she calls Az Is.



Drumming for Beginners.

Mon, Sep 25, 2017 6:00 PM


School Holiday Movie - Beauty and the Beast

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 11:00 AM

$10 Entry with Free POPCORN!

Rated PG

"Watson is an ideal Belle in this wonderful remake that's at once nostalgic and new, bringing to life the musical both for kids and life-long adult fans."  Sandie Angulo Che- Common Sense Media 



In Rococo-era France an enchantress disguised as a beggar arrives at a ball and offers the host, a coldhearted prince, a rose for shelter. When he refuses, she transforms him into a beast and his servants into household objects, and erases the castle from the memories of their loved ones. She casts a spell on the rose and warns the prince that the curse will never lift unless he learns to love another, and earn their love in return, before the last petal falls. Years later, in the village of Villeneuve, Belle ( Emma Watson) dreams of adventure and brushes off advances from Gaston, an arrogant former soldier. Lost in the forest, Belle's father Maurice seeks refuge in the Beast's castle, but the Beast imprisons him for stealing a rose. Belle ventures out in search for him and finds him locked in the castle dungeon. The Beast agrees to let her take Maurice's place.

The film is based on Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's eighteenth-century fairy tale.  The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the lead characters with Ewan Mcgregor, Kevin Kline, Ian Mckellen and Emma Thompson  in supporting roles. This is classic old school Disney at it's best with superb artistic direction and cinematography resulting in a magical experience. The Cafe will be open serving kid friendly meals and snacks and award winning coffee.




Gimme Shelter with Q&A with Sam Cutler - Rolling Stones Mgmt 1967

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Fri, Sep 29, 2017 7:30 PM - Ticket price: $10.00

$10 Entry. BYO.

Rated M.


PHOTO: Sam Cutler (in shades) doing a press conference with the Rolling Stones in America before Altamont..

The film GIMME SHELTER is an amazing insight into the tour the Rolling Stones did in 1967 across America which culminated with the infamous Altamont gig that marked the end of the Summer of Love. Sam Cutler was the personal manager of The Rolling Stones through-out this tour and we are fortunate to have him in town as a judge for our Battle of the Bands, so decided this was an opportunity not to be missed. Relive the days of chaos and glory, worthy of a large PA and big screen. Gimme Shelter is a flashback to a time of cultural upheaval, America was changing. The war in Vietnam was creating disenchantment of the new hipster generation who were busy bucking the system and changing cultural paradigms. This was when a mega band like The Rolling Stones were a cultural force, second only to The Beatles in world fame and popularity. The Rolling Stones, inspired by their recent free concert in London's Hyde Park, (that Sam Cutler organised) were keen to offer the American people a similar free experience. What happened next was the Altamont Festival. Against Sam Cutler's better instincts shady mob like characters got involved, The Hells Angel ran the security and when local police left the festival dissolved into mayhem, and the results were captured in the film Gimme Shelter. A punter was tragically murdered at Altamont, or was he? There are still mysteries around this issue and speculations that someone had dosed the large crowd with some dubious "yellow pills" that made people violent and dangerous. After Woodstock the local authorities were worried by the mobilisation and activation of large numbers of people who were rejecting the old paradigm of the "American Dream' and creating a new more free world. Could the FBI have deliberately dosed thousands of concert goers to discredit the hippy movement? This huge free concert, that was slated to be the next Woodstock, disintergrated into chaos and bought the hippy dream of the Summer of Love crashing down. It's a magical bit of musical and cultural history and we can't wait to hear the stories from Sam Cutler that didn't make the film!




Battle of the bands - Passport to Airlie! FINALS!

Sat, Sep 30, 2017 12:00 PM

The FINALS!

Want to Play with The Sex Pistols?

The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to announce it will be holding the Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands!

Free Entry for competitors and punters!


The Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands competition, in its fifth year, boasts being the largest Battle of the Bands competition of its kind in Australia. Passport to Airlie’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ will see emerging artists from NSW, Victoria, SA ,Queensland and beyond to compete to take their prize position on a stage at this iconic Festival. The Nimbin Bush Theatre has been selected to host the competition, and is the only venue to do so between Tamworth and The Gold Coast. This band competition differs from most in that it is free for bands to enter, and also free for punters to attend. The competition is open to most genres - rock, pop, blues, folk, acoustica etc.. and can feature large bands (a maximum of 5 artists), solo performers and duos, all genres (not metal, hard core, hard rock), ages (must be 18+) and ensemble sizes are welcome to apply. ( Due to the nature of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music heavyrock/thrash/metal and another such “hard” genres are not suitable for the competition as they would not sit well within the festival.) The winner will perform between 3-5 sets at the 2017 Airlie Beach Festival of Music, receive great accommodation for the festival and receive a $1000 performance fee. The winner from the rainbow region will compete against the other winners from around Australia, with the ultimate winner given a slot to perform on the main stage at Airlie for the 2018 festival.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music brings 74 acts to the Whitsundays for 3 and a half days of spectacular entertainment and is held from Thursday November 9 through to Sunday November 12, in 18 venues throughout Airlie Beach. Already announced are performances from The Sex Pistols, The Sneaky Sound System, The Baby Animals, Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano with more announcements to come - including the winners of the Battle of the Bands. 

Competition promoter Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin commented, “A Battle of the Bands competition is being run in the lead-up to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music to give new talent across Australia the opportunity to win a spot performing in the line-up. I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

Heats begin at The Nimbin Bush Theatre in mid August, there will be 4 heat battles, then a semi final, culminating on a final on September 30, with the lucky winner receiving the “passport” to Airlie Beach and the many advantages it comes with. There will be limits to accommodating everyone so get in early and get scheduled in for a chance to take your music to Airlie Beach for this incredible festival.

Solo Artists, duos, bands, anyone can apply at this website(we recommend that all applicants visit this link directly)