(Front from left) Luke Whittingham, Horace Bevan, Tyson Laws; (Middle) Tamika Boyd, Tom Augustine, Luke Vassella, Jon Menzel; (Back) Jesse Balfour, Heather Williams, Cath Simes and John Gift.
(Front from left) Luke Whittingham, Horace Bevan, Tyson Laws; (Middle) Tamika Boyd, Tom Augustine, Luke Vassella, Jon Menzel; (Back) Jesse Balfour, Heather Williams, Cath Simes and John Gift. Cathy Adams

A Viking battle is coming

IT will be music fest meets circus, meets medieval fair, at the In Good Company open air music festival at the Lismore Turf Club on November 26.

The festival will include eight hours of music together with belly dancers, clowns, jugglers, fire twirlers, market stalls and a medieval tournament featuring a Viking-style battle.

All profits from the event go to support the Lismore Soup Kitchen, Five Loaves and mental health support groups.

Organiser Horace Bevan said the festival was a collection of musicians and performers who wanted to come together to support local mental health charities.

"We really want the event to be just like a good old-fashioned medieval fair," he said.

"The acts that are on here really are the living embodiment of the North Coast."

In his letter to potential supporters Mr Bevan said the festival was designed to support the lost, the lonely and the forgotten.

"It's all about offering support to the people who slip through the cracks," he said.

"I haven't got a history of mental illness myself, but I have been a rock and roll musician for 25 years which has taken me pretty close to the edge sometimes."

Local band Wild Jester will also launch their debut CD, Lazy Smile, at the show.

Band member Jessy Balfour said they will be assembling a supergroup of local and interstate musicians for the launch.

Lismore Turf Club manager John Menzel said the club was happy to be involved in this unique charity event.

"We really want to be part of this community of care," Mr Menzel said.

In Good Company will be fully licensed with gates open from 3-11pm. Entry will be $15 at the gate (under-12 free).

Punters can also book a restaurant table in the VIP area, which includes a two-course meal and entry ticket for $45.

For bookings call Lismore Turf Club on 6621 3176.



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