Our 5 best things to do this week
ONE of the biggest pub gigs of the year will hit the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay tomorrow night when Franz Ferdinand takes centre stage. The Scottish indie rock group will be playing their first intimate show in Australia outside the capital city circuit with Brisbane natives, Yves Klein Blue, in support. If you managed to score a ticket, doors open at 4pm. Get there on time to enjoy an outdoor barbecue and DJs before Franz and Yves blast the crowd.
GET to The Byron Bay Brewery tonight to catch Salmonella Dub – one of the biggest Dub bands in the southern hemisphere. The New Zealand natives will be promoting their new album Freak Controller with their amazing show, Salmonella DJ Soundsystem, supported by DJ Timbo and DJ Goodie. Freak Controller is a medley of roots, rock and electronica dance styles. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $15 + booking fee.
Calexico in Byron
CALEXICO are a Tucson collective of musicians with a cult following that will drop into the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay on Sunday to play their unique brand of traditional Latin sounds, influenced by the mariachi, conjunto and cumbia sounds. Calexico are focused around Joey Burns and John Convertino, who have forged an eclectic identity through their exploration of South-western culture. Tickets $34.10 are available from www.thenorthern.com.au. Doors open 8pm.
CATCH Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at Dendy Byron Bay today at 11.30am. Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving and tragic story of a father and his lost daughter. Tickets $25 adults/$21 Club Dendy members.
THE Topp Twins will be on the big screen at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore from 6pm on Sunday. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls offers a revealing look into the lives of the world’s only comedic, country singing, dancing, and yodelling lesbian twin sisters, the irrepressible Kiwi entertainment double act, Jools and Lynda Topp. Tickets are $10 at the door.