MELODY MAKER: Steve Hester at his home in Byron Bay.
MELODY MAKER: Steve Hester at his home in Byron Bay. Kate O’Neill

Top artist tunes up for sleepout

STEVE HESTER played with some of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and on Saturday he will use his musical talents to support an important local cause.

The guitarist/vocalist will be one of the musicians entertaining the crowd at The Northern Star's Giant Homeless Sleepout.

Mr Hester has played with famous bands including The Saints, Hoodoo Gurus and the Hunters and Collectors.

He said he was inspired to volunteer for the event after reading about it in The Northern Star.

“I'm semi-retired and living at Byron Bay, so I saw the story in the paper,” he said.

“It (homelessness) is an issue I am passionate about.

“There are not enough government agencies to help these people and so there's a lot of reliance on groups like St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army, as well as the public.”

Mr Hester said events like The Northern Star's Giant Homeless Sleepout could make a huge difference in raising awareness about the problem.

“People are not on the streets just because they can't pay their bills,” he said.

“There are a lot of reasons why it happens.

“It could be any of us - everyone is human.”

Over the years Mr Hester's musical career has involved touring with bands and doing studio work as a drummer. “I toured the States with The Saints in the 1980s. It was a great time,” he said.

“Now I'm living in Byron Bay which is a great lifestyle.”

At Saturday's sleepout, Mr Hester will team up with another musician to form the duo 'Steve and Chris'.

They are looking forward to entertaining people who have come along to raise funds for a homeless shelter in Lismore.

The Northern Star's Giant Homeless Sleepout will be held in the Lismore Shopping Square carpark on Saturday from 6.30pm.

It costs $25 for a family of four, with extra children over the age of five costing $5 each. Children under five are free and singles cost $15.



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