ROCK-ON: Organiser of the Which Way Festival James Heath (left) and members of his band Like Cannons Adam Northey, Aaron Lupton, Troy Hetherington and Joel Staude at the YAKROCKCAFE in Byron Bay.
ROCK-ON: Organiser of the Which Way Festival James Heath (left) and members of his band Like Cannons Adam Northey, Aaron Lupton, Troy Hetherington and Joel Staude at the YAKROCKCAFE in Byron Bay. Cathy Adams

Hard rock in boardies

TIMES have changed; it is no longer the '80s, but metal rock is very much alive even if the looks have mellowed.

YACROCKCAFE at the Byron Youth Activities Centre (BYAC) hosted 20 young hardcore and metal bands in the inaugural Which Way Festival at the weekend and we were amazed to find these rock bands composed of well-groomed youngsters in tank tops, boardies and coloured T-shirts waiting their turn to play music on a hot and humid backstage area.

Practicing their moves at the Which Way Festival at the YAKROCKCAFE in Byron Bay are, from left, Cassandra Apps, 18 of Logan, Tim Wheaton, 19 of Greenbank, Cody Brockman, 19 of Brassall, and Jaiden Pereira, 17 of Jimboomba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Practicing their moves at the Which Way Festival at the YAKROCKCAFE in Byron Bay are, from left, Cassandra Apps, 18 of Logan, Tim Wheaton, 19 of Greenbank, Cody Brockman, 19 of Brassall, and Jaiden Pereira, 17 of Jimboomba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

 

Our expectations of long-haired metal rockers with skull tattoos donning black and denim outfits were certainly proven wrong.

Yet the music was pretty much hardcore and metal rock in the most classic sense of the genre.

Local bands from Byron Shire, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney provided 12 hours of metal rock for the young to enjoy.

Despite the heat, over 400 people had made their way to the venue by 2pm.

The alcohol-and-drug-free festival started at 10am on Saturday morning and most people decided to take a trip to the beach at some point during the afternoon.

YACROCKCAFE co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said "everyone will be back after the sun sets to watch the headliners perform, like Shorelines, a band from Brisbane".

"We have people here from 12 to 24 . All our advertising was done online via social networking and we have had an amazing response," she said.

Ballina's James Heath decided to put the Which Way Festival together to fund- raise for the BYAC.

At 18, James is the drummer with the "Like Cannons", a local hardcore band, and will be studying a Bachelor of Music Production locally this year.

Videographers, musicians, artists and performers in their early teens and early 20s were all together enjoying a safe and fun day.



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