Five great things to do this week

Chris E Thomas performs as part of the Summer, Wine, Woman and Song tour.
Chris E Thomas performs as part of the Summer, Wine, Woman and Song tour.

Earnest release
MELBOURNE alt-country rockers The Stillsons are on the road throughout January off the back of their sophomore release, Earnest, and they will be stopping off at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Wednesday, January 18 at 9pm.

The band features Justin Bernasconi on guitar and Cat Canteri on drums at the core of the band's songwriting, while Ben Franz (The Waifs) picked up the slide guitar slot and back-up vocals in 2010 after first being enlisted to produce the album.

The album has since received glowing reviews and considering its basis on the live performance we should be in for a treat.

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Don't step too close
ROOTS reggae outfit Katchafire are huge at home in New Zealand, but judging by their sold-out show in Byron last July, they've got a pretty big following on our shores as well.

The band released On The Road Again in June. It went double platinum in NZ.

The eight-member reggae groovers return to The Northern, Byron Bay along side local reggae funk favourites Raz Bin Sam and The Lion I Band on Sunday, January 15 from 9pm. Tickets $40, www.thenorthern, or $50 at the door.

Three times the songs
THERE are few better ways to spend a Saturday in summer than enjoying some wine along with the vocal talents of three Australian women - Kara Grainger, Corinne Gibbons and Chris E Thomas.

The three singers have been doing their own thing for years, whether it be Grainger's touring of the United States, Gibbons' touring the world off the back of her award-winning album Melt, or Thomas' session work with some of the biggest names in Australian music, including Billy Thorpe, Tina Arena and Brian Cadd.

The women will come together at the Bangalow Catholic Hall on Saturday, January 14 from 7.30pm along with a range of food and wine to enjoy.

Tickets www.kupromotions $18 or at the door $22.

From the well
THIS year's SURFn'Ink on the Gold Coast features tattoo artists from as far as Switzerland, Italy and Tahiti and as close as Burleigh Heads in a celebration of all things ink.

The event runs from tomorrow (Friday, January 13) until Sunday (January 15) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visit

Tickets from www.ticketek

The One That I Want
THIS year's Ballina Players youth production is the classic tale between the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds.

Summer lovin', yes, you guessed, it happened so fast in Grease.

Taya Orchard (Sandy) and Sasha Giles (Rizzo) have worked their way up through the ranks of the Players theatre group and were both recently accepted into the Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

The musical, originally written in 1971 and made into a film in 1978 with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the leading roles.

Tomorrow (Friday, January 13) is opening night and the production runs until January 21. All tickets have sold out.


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