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THE Rhythm Hunters are a new force in world music specialising in dramatic physical drumming performances, indigenous Islamic music from Indonesia and tasty modern textures. Unique to the Rhythm Hunters is the fusion of Taiko drumming with indigenous music from the little-known Islamic provinces of West Sumatra and Aceh, Indonesia. The Rhythm Hunters have performed at some of Australia’s top festivals, including The Dreaming, the National Folk Festival, and Peat’s Ridge Sustainable Music and Arts Festival. They play the A&I Hall, Bangalow, on Sunday. Tickets $22/18 (+BF) from www.kupromotions.oztix.com.au. Doors open 7pm.Funky town
BYRON BAY will be the setting for the coming together of two funk and soul acts from opposite sides of the globe – Amp Fiddler and Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Amp, backed by a full band, is one of the hottest soul acts on the scene today. Taking to the stage before Amp will be the Japanese funk/jazz sensation Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Hailing from the outskirts of Tokyo, the six-piece phenomenon has taken Japanese audiences by storm, packing venues around the country. Catch them at the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, on Saturday. Doors open 9pm. Tickets $40.50 from the venue.NYE Red Eyes
GET set for the Red Eyes to blast into 2010 with a NYE super show at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, tonight. Melbourne’s celebrated monster band has undergone a diet of sorts in the past year. The now seven-piece dynamo has consolidated upon their once massive entourage in an incarnation that includes a select group of multi-instrumentalist musical talents, led on stage by enigmatic frontman El Witeri, who draws on his New Zealand upbringing and Maori heritage for inspiration. Tickets $85 from the venue.Jamie T hits Byron
JAMIE T and The Pacemakers are making a return to Australia and will visit Byron Bay for the first time. The band is touring in support of its latest release Kings and Queens – a 43-minute, all-killer, no-filler set of stunners about city sickness, aimless rebellion and the dissolution of relationships. Their raucous performance of what is fast becoming a catalogue of classic hits and Jamie’s witty stage repartee has most certainly cemented their position as one of the most memorable live shows around today. Catch them at the Great Northern Hotel next Tuesday, January 5. Tickets $44 from the venue. Doors open 9pm.Go to Rio
HEAD to LaLaLand, Byron Bay, tonight for the glitziest way to start the New Year – the I Go to Rio New Year’s Eve Party, featuring Little Bambalam plus Chrissy G & Friends. This year LalaLand is throwing a party where the temperature will be hot, hot, hot. Tick the following: Flamboyant Peter Allen I Go to Rio-style wardrobes, maracas, fruit bowl hats, Brazilian tea-towel eaters and steamy Latin sambas to DJs. This is a pre-sale ticket-only event and numbers are limited. Visit www.lalalandbyronbay. com.au to secure tickets.