Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Backtracking a Top Year; Marnie Johnston Looks at the Biggest Local Stories in the Entertainment Industry of 2013

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Backtracking a Top Year; Marnie Johnston Looks at the Biggest Local Stories in the Entertainment Industry of 2013

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Splendour's back in town

DESPITE widely-reported traffic gridlocks caused by the Splendour in the Grass festival, the event was praised after its first year at the North Byron Parklands site at Yelgun. However it wasn't without a little controversy, with headliner Frank Ocean pulling out at the last minute due to the R&B singer suffering from ripped vocal chords.

Iggy Azalia's various mishaps

WE'VE really seen a lot of Mullumbimby's Hip Hop superstar over this past year: public feuds with Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj, touring with Beyonce, wardrobe malfunctions, being accused of racism in her lyrics and a Bollywood-themed video clip, plus the unearthing of allegedly racist two-year-old tweets.

Bluesfest

THE 24th year was a good one for the Blues and Roots Festival, which picked up a coveted Helpmann Award, beating the Falls, Laneway and Vivid Live festivals for the honour.

In other news it was announced that folding chairs will be banned from future events because there are those who think the chairs take up too much space and inhibit others from getting into prime viewing positions.

Pete Murray opens a restaurant

LOCAL crooner Pete Murray opened his own restaurant and bar, Frankie Brown CafA[c], in Lawson St, Byron Bay, fulfilling what he said was a long-time dream. Murray has performed there a few times, but the real star of the restaurant, Frankie Brown (Murray's dog and the cafA[c]'s namesake), makes regular visits.

Inaugural Boomerang Festival

THE event received a lot of positive feedback and saw an unprecedented number of indigenous artists gather for the weekend event in October at Tyagarah, ensuring that the festival will be back again in years to come.

However there was a bit of an uproar when festival promoter Peter Noble blasted the national media, labelling the lack of coverage of the indigenous arts event as "cultural apartheid".

Beibs in Byron Bay

THE residents of the Northern Rivers were a little shocked and a bit riled to hear that Justin Beiber (aka teenage douche of the year) brought his scrawny self and his beefy crew to Byron Bay in November. …

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