Our 5 best things to do this week
CATCH Wild Beasts and Dappled Cities tonight at the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay. Wild Beasts’ sophomore album, Two Dancers, was the only album of 2009 that made popular British music magazine NME’s top 50 albums of the decade. The New York Times labelled them the best band to come out of England for decades. Dappled Cities’ ARIA award-winning third album, Zounds, was released last year to critical acclaim. The Sydney band is recognised as one of Australia’s more interesting art-rock outfits, with their live performances known to involve capes made from paper-planes, confetti, tigers and royalty. But they are most remembered for their eclectic blend of beautiful pop melodies with layers of guitar and keys. Tickets $35.90 available at www.thenorthern.com.au. Doors open 8pm.Precious on Sunday
DENDY Byron Bay Cinemas will host a special preview of the new film Precious this Sunday at 4pm. Tickets for Club Dendy members, plus up to three guests, are $6 (normal ticket prices apply for non-members.) Precious is a hard-hitting film, starring newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as young Precious and Mo’Nique as her mother. Precious Jones has seen more harsh treatment at 16 than most people face in a lifetime. Her home life is a horror story: she‘s about to have her second child by her father and is enslaved by her physically and emotionally abusive mother. Tickets from the venue.Mick McHugh
AFTER a busy start to 2010, Irishman Mick McHugh strips it back this weekend with three solo shows delivering his acoustic guitar-driven performances with his trusty harmonica and foot percussion. Born in a country renowned for ballads and jigs, and heavily influenced by Australian roots music, Mick combines the two, resulting in a sound and style that is fresh and has earned him international, national and regional industry recognition. Mick plays The Harvest Cafe in Newrybar tomorrow at 7pm, The Slipway Hotel in Ballina on Saturday at 7pm and the Eltham Hotel on Sunday from 2pm-5pm.The Wiggles
GRAB the kids and get to the Wiggles BIG BIG Show In The Round during its limited two-week run at Lismore Cinemas from today. Everyone loves a circus, and this circus-inspired Wiggly show has acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, trapeze artists and a ringmaster. Of course you’ll see Sam, Jeff, Anthony and Murray and the world-famous Wiggly dancers, as well as Wiggly friends Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword. Screenings at 10.30am each day.Huckleberry Swedes
HAVING already taken in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Tamworth – and Lismore last night – Huckleberry Swedes are heading for the coast this weekend to play their unique brand of roots rock at Byron Bay and Lennox Head. After recently signing with Shock Publishing, Huckleberry Swedes are writing their second album and have a soon-to-be-released live DVD. Catch them at The Rails, Byron Bay, tonight from 7pm, and at the Lennox Head Hotel on Saturday, from 9.30pm.