Hardcore bands return Which Way Festival at YAC rock cafe
TWENTY hardcore and metal bands will shake the foundations of the YAC rock cafe this Saturday in a festival to raise funds to buy equipment for local bands to use on Friday night gigs at the centre.
The Which Way Festival will feature bands who played at the rock cafe at the Youth Activities Centre on Friday nights last year.
Each week the cafe featured four bands from all around Australia as part of a music drop-in program for teens and young people.
Many of the 70-plus bands were from Byron Shire, but the nights also gained a reputation among musos in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, who came to play in Byron and often brought their fans with them.
Touring bands have come from Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tasmania.
The Which Way Festival was the brainchild of James Heath, from the Ballina band Like Cannons.
His idea spread like wildfire, with nearly 20 bands signing up to play the festival within a week.
The YAC rock cafe program is run by BUDDI and the Byron Youth Service, who also provide a basic PA system for these nights.
The sound is managed by students from the SAE Institute, with youth workers and volunteers managing the nights and providing free food.
"Hardcore has really reached a wide audience here, with Byron being the home of Parkway Drive," a cafe spokesperson said.
"Many of these young bands want to head in the same direction.
"The YAC rock cafe is a great place for them to start their music careers."
The Which Way Festival will kick off at 10am and go until 10pm. Bands featured headliners Shorelines, Intention, Double Lined Minority, Hand of the Architect and Like Cannons.
It is an all-ages, drug and alcohol-free gig, with a $10 entry at the gate.
The YAC amphitheatre is located at 1 Gilmore Cres, Byron.