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Fun-filled week on Northern Rivers

LIKE to be entertained?  Here's five things to do this week on the Northern Rivers.

Mullum Music

FROM tonight (November 26) the quaint village of Mullumbimby will come alive with the second annual Mullum Music Festival. With over 50 acts on eight stages over four days, this celebration of quality music serves up everything from folk, pop, rock, gypsy, reggae, country, indie and acoustic.

The smorgasbord includes Tex Perkins, national treasures Archie Roach and Shane Howard, and new wave folksters Sal Kimber, Jen Cloher and Lucie Thorne.

There are six venues within 400 metres, including the Civic Hall, the RSL, the Bowling Club, the Drill Hall, the Courthouse Hotel, and the high school auditorium.

The festival runs until Sunday. Tickets $40/20 available on 6684 6195.

Ballina Rivafest

GET down to Ballina this weekend for Rivafest.

On Saturday November 28 at Missingham Park catch Youthfest, a dedicated afternoon and evening event for young people. Highlights include Ash Grunwald, who is performing for free.

For those with slightly more mature tastes, catch Vince Jones live in concert. Tickets are $35.

On Sunday November 29 at Fawcett Park, Rivafest will continue in five key zones, including a Thrill Zone with fabulous carnival rides, an Entertainment Zone featuring delicious regional cuisine from local restaurants and cafés, and a River Zone featuring dragonboat racing.

Tickets available at www.ballina

Renée Geyer

RENÉE GEYER qualifies as an Australian music legend.

Renée is not a singer whose career is dependent on yesterday or tomorrow’s hit song, but someone who lives for her next performance, on stage or on record.

The voice was always there for her. From the first time she opened her mouth, those who heard turned their heads.

She plays the Bangalow Bowling Club on Saturday November 28. Tickets $30. Show starts at 8pm.

Calling All Cars

CALLING All Cars are dropping in to Byron Bay after road-testing their live show throughout 2009, supporting the likes of Cog and The Butterfly Effect on national tours.

The band are celebrating the release of their latest single Hold, Hold, Fire by taking off on their own Go Hunting Tour. Hold, Hold, Fire was produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad, Young & Restless, The Getaway Plan) and is the title track from Calling All Cars’ forthcoming debut album. Hold, Hold, Fire (the album) will be released in the first quarter of 2010. In the meantime, the band will play The Beach Hotel Thursday November 26. No cover charge.

Suicidal Tendencies

SUICIDAL Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, California, during the early 1980s, the group’s leader was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir.

The outfit specialised in vicious hardcore early on, building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk before turning their focus eventually to thrash metal.

They will play the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, on Wednesday December 2. Tickets are $38.50.

Not to be missed, though not for the faint- hearted.

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