The Snowdroppers blues up The Northern, Byron Bay.
The Snowdroppers blues up The Northern, Byron Bay.

Five great things to do this week

Rounding out the folk
HUSSY Hicks were in full folk-swing at the Mullum Music Festival but if you missed them you've been granted a second chance.

On Saturday, 7pm at The Eltham Hall the duo become a circle of friends as they invite Marshall O'Kell, Sean Ikin and Birdy along for an in-the-round performance.

The group of Northern Rivers musicians have been friends for years and jump at the chance to play together.

Tickets $15 presale from The Eltham Gallery, www.hussyhicks or $20 on the door if available.

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On a high note
CLOSING off the NORPA 2011 season is a performance by famed virtuoso pianist David Helfgott.

After returning from extensive touring overseas, Helfgott comes to the Lismore City Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Helfgott's story became renowned after the release of the movie Shine in 1996, starring Geoffrey Rush, which is based on his life story.

That same year he sold out four performances at the Sydney Opera House. Now, he heads to Lismore for a stunning performance.

Tickets $67/54/30 www.norpa or on 1300 066 772.

Stunt or stupid
THEY may sound like a winter wonderland, but The Snowdroppers are a lot more hardcore than their title suggests. In the lead up to their current tour the band had a few hiccups.

The poster featuring a naked woman listening to music was banned (yet garnered more publicity), drummer Cougar Jones broke his arm at a party while taking part in an arm wrestle and they may have used the studio time paid for by The Wiggles (they recorded a track for the tribute album) to record I've Been So Lonely Now Since You've Been Gone.

Provided they make it, The Snowdroppers play The Northern on Saturday at 9pm. Tickets $16,

Bang on about it
LAST week music lovers flocked to Mullumbimby for the cross-genre extravaganza.

This week the audience at Stereosonic, Brisbane will be an entirely different bunch.

Fist-pumpers, beat-makers and dirty booty-shakers will experience the cream of the dance crop at the RNA Showgrounds on Sunday. Italian punk-bangers The Bloody Beetroots, Mix-Mag's No.1 DJ Armin van Buuren and Annie Mac will make for a massive day and night alongside locals Daniel Webber, Stretch Paper Cranes and Rhys Bynon.

Tickets $143.95 www.moshtix and the line-up is on

WHETHER or not the cast of Ladies Night go the full hog and take it all off is yet to be seen in Ballina, but it won't take too long to find out.

The play which inspired the movie Full Monty is heading to the Ballina RSL Club on Saturday from 7.30pm.

Written in the late '80s by New Zealanders' Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair, Ladies Night is NZ's most successful play to date.

Have a laugh, see some not so sexy blokes take their gear off.

Tickets $25 from

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