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Sonny James playing at Last Rites Yamba. Image: Contributed

Live music returns to the Clarence Valley

Live music returns to the Clarence Valley with a vengeance this month as part of the Live and Local music industry development program.

Thirty local acts will perform across seven venues in Grafton on Friday 18th and Yamba on Saturday 19th February.

Program coordinator, Phil Nicholas of Events Delivered said, “It’s been a tough few years for everyone, especially people trying to make a living from music. I’ve recently been speaking with dozens of musos across the Clarence, and I find they are a very tenacious and creative group of individuals.”

“These micro-festivals take place in multiple venues including spaces that do not traditionally feature live music. The gigs are free to attend, and the line ups are incredible.”

“We’re expecting a lot of people to come out and discover the breadth and diversity of musical styles emanating from their hometowns,” said Mr Nicholas.

The micro-festivals are designed to demonstrate the ease with which live music and other visual and performing arts can be incorporated into high street business premises thanks to recent regulatory reforms to the NSW Liquor Act, Planning Act, Local Government Act and the Building Code.

The Live and Local initiative is jointly funded by the Live Music Office and Clarence Valley Council and comprises micro-festivals, professional development workshops, an industry forum and culminates in the writing of a Live Music Action Plan for the Clarence Valley.

To see the full gig line up head to: https://www.eventsdelivered.com.au/live-local