Sonic Festival organiser Malcolm Fine with performers and helpers Lance Bloomfield (left), Shannon Waddy, Jim Yates, Moss Ingles, Nicky Malcolm-Dinee and Yosir Le Cerf at Lismore Showground.
Sonic Festival organiser Malcolm Fine with performers and helpers Lance Bloomfield (left), Shannon Waddy, Jim Yates, Moss Ingles, Nicky Malcolm-Dinee and Yosir Le Cerf at Lismore Showground. Jay Cronan

Sonic Festival ready to boom

A NEW Lismore arts, music and cultural festival will become the hottest ticket on the east coast if organiser Malcolm Fine’s wishes come to fruition.

Sonic is the brainchild of the Lismore-based promoter and will be staged at the Lismore Showground on the last weekend in May this year.

It already has the support of Lismore City Council.

Mr Fine sees Sonic’s future as a truly community-based event rather than a fully profit-driven venture like some festivals and has put out the call for artists and volunteers keen to get involved now at the ground level.

He sees the showground as the perfect venue for the two-day festival, free from many of the problems plaguing similar events in the Byron shire.

Bluesfest owner Peter Noble has long advocated the potential for festivals in Lismore and Ballina

Mr Fine described the line-up as a massive showcase of electronic music, live bands, performers and artists from across the Northern Rivers region featuring a smorgasbord of genres including dub, trance, trip-hop, hip-hop, techno, world music, dubstep, chill, ambient and acoustic, to name just a few.

Dozens of bands, electronic artists and DJs have already been booked.

Bands include French Butler Called Smith, the Jones Club, Wildmarmalade and Tijuana Cartel. The festival will run for two days over three stages and will cost about $100 for a two-day pass, making it one of the most affordable festivals in the region. .

It will feature all-ages entertainment, including roving performances, installation art, stalls and carnival rides.

THE INAUGURAL SONIC FESTIVAL

• Where: Lismore Showground.

• When: May 29 and 30. Cost: About $100 for a two-day pass.

• Contact: admin@sonicfestival.com.au

• Website: www.sonicfestival.com.au



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