The Importance of the Polished Man

Last week, Byron Bay’s Chris Hemsworth did something that made us really take notice (more than usual). He posted a photo on social media, wearing a red polished nail. High fives all around! Thor loves nail polish as much as we do! Then we looked closer. He hash-tagged the photo, #polishedman, what is Polished Man? What is its importance? And why are big name celebrities getting involved?


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The movement was born in 2014, when founder Elliot Costello met young orphan girl Thea, in Cambodia. While visiting Thea’s orphanage the Hagar International, Elliot bonded with the child playing naughts and crosses, and she later painted his nails blue. In her previous orphanage, Thea had been physically and sexually assaulted on a daily basis by the orphan director. When he later learned Thea’s story, Elliot decided to paint one nail blue in her memory. From this, the Polished Man came about. All funds raised through Polished Man are channeled into trauma recovery and trauma prevention programs for children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering from violence globally.

Consider these statistics:

1 in 5 children globally will experience physical and/or sexual violence before the age of 18.¹

1 in 26 children are affected by violence in Australia, which equates to one child in every classroom.²

150 million girls and 73 million boys under the age of 18 globally are victims of sexual violence.³

Polished Man is an initiative to stop this. They give men, women, businesses, schools and clubs the opportunity to make a change. In embracing a painted nail throughout the month of October, men are showing the world they say no to violence against children, supporting those who are vulnerable.

To date, $607,298 has been raised by the Polished Man movement to fund emergency relief and preventative programs around the world.

At Sienna we are nail polish obsessed, and love to see the stigma towards men wearing polish broken down. The Polished Man is an amazing initiative, and we are very excited to see nail polish utilised for such a worthy cause. So pull out your favourite polish, and support the well-being of children globally.

To stock up in time for polished man, take a look at all our vibrant nail polish colours.

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1.World Health Organisation 2014, Child Maltreatment Fact sheet N°150.

2.Australian Institute of Family Studies 2015, CFCA Resource Sheet: Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics.

3.World Health Organisation, Global Estimates of Health Consequences due to Violence against Children, op. cit. at note 8.

Hello Spring Summer 16


We’re saying goodbye to Winter and hello Spring (although sometimes the weather feels like high summer already), with our new collection!

Inspired by the colours of Byron, we envisage sipping cocktails with Mimosa, peaceful days at the beach with Dream and transitioning into evening festivities with Confetti.

We know you’re going to obsess over these as much as we are!

Mimosa: the perfect pale yellow creme

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Dream: our gorgeous periwinkle blue creme

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Marble: lust-worthy grey creme

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Blossom: the IT pink of the season, mid-tone rose pink creme

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Royale: the fuschia purple creme we can’t get enough of

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Tempest: ooh-la-la the classic red creme

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Confetti: the multi-coloured glitter you can’t live without!

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Click the images to shop directly, and don’t forget to tag us in your Spring Summer inspired nails! #siennaspirit

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Byron Bay Accommodation for the perfect weekend away

Byron Bay Accommodation with a Fireplace – Our pick of Cosy Cottages for your Winter Escape!

As the weather cools we are inspired by the thought of long romantic weekends away, hunkering down in front of the fire…..Fireplaces are a necessity for a Winter Weekend Getaway, even when you live in paradise. There’s not much that beats a cup of mulled wine, curled up with your loved one and a book by your side. It’s romantic and dreamy, and we love that.

We thought you would too so we hunted around to find the best Byron Bay accommodation for winter. They’re all cute and cosy with character and charm…


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Byron Beach Abodes – Magnolia House

These gals have your aesthetic needs covered. They have a range of accom to suit every budget, each as pretty as the next. Check out the main house ‘Magnolia’ (which is also their home outside of holiday time). This light filled home is great for your photo book; timber features, white everything, green leafy plants, a pool and a pool table. Private and self-contained with a large deck for entertaining, this gorgeous home has a cosy lounge with a wood fireplace and is just the spot for a weekend getaway this winter. For amazing coffee and treats head to The Top Shop (50m walk), it’s a short stroll to town and only 500m to the beach… Add a chocolate fondue platter or a fresh rose petal pack for that extra touch of romance. Be warned: You’ll love this place so much, you might not want to leave.

Details: Sleeps 8-10 people. Check the website for enquiries and bookings: 


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Grove Byron Bay

If you are a lover of clean lines, natural light, contemporary luxury, restful living areas, quaint verandahs, and lots of places to lounge your time away, this modern indoor-outdoor house will suit you perfectly. Located just out of town, this is Byron Luxe living at best.

Foodie types will be thrilled with the gleaming kitchen and open-plan dining space – the spot to cook up a storm with all the local ingredients you can find at the Byron Farmer’s Markets every Thursday. If not, it’s a short drive to all the wholesome food options and restaurants in town. Immerse yourself in the Byron lifestyle by diving into the lap pool, or take a walk through our great outdoors. Fuel up the toasty wood fires (both indoors AND outdoors) and relax in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine in hand.

Details: See the Grove’s website:


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Toraja Luxury

Our all time favourite, nestled in the hills behind Byron is Toraja Luxury. Where the country meets the coast, our two loves. Relax outdoors in the morning sun, read your paper or simply soak in the spectacular aspect; views of Byron and the expansive ocean across the green macadamia fields. Their resident horses love hanging out and you will often see them waiting by the fence for you. The beautiful stone fireplace is our top choice in the Byron shire, you can see by the photos…. Imagine curling up in front of this fireplace after a winter day’s adventure in Byron Bay.

Toraja is bout 15 minutes from town, right near ‘The Harvest’ cafe/bakery/restaurant and Newrybar’s beautiful boutiques. You’re also only a few minutes drive from The Gaia retreat so stop on in for a spa and massage, or even a fresh manicure….

Details: See the Toraja website:


Where have you stayed in Winter? What was your favourite place? Let us know in the comments below….

We hope you enjoy our warm favourites…

Sienna xx

Best smoothies in Byron Bay to try this weekend!

Smoothie Magic – Try one, try them all.  The Sienna Pick of the Best Smoothies in Byron Bay.

Walking around town with a smoothie in your hand is Byron Bay style personified. We all know you NEED tasty sustenance when embarking on a big day of browsing, don’t we. So before you set up, pop up to one of these Smoothie selling establishments and make your choice.



Fundies Whole Foods Café – 61 Jonson St, Byron Bay

This is our favourite café for smoothie-inspired people-watching! Fundies sits in the centre of Byron Bay, opposite the Byron Bay Railway/Bus station, in a heritage building that has been faithfully restored to its’ former glory. Drink up on the verandah or while sitting on the grass outside and watch in wonder and delight as the people of Byron Bay walk on by. If you are up for a challenge, try the Kombucha on tap. It’s a fruity, cloudy, slightly sour concoction that quenches your thirst and is good for you too!



Santos Health Food Store – 105 Jonson St, Byron Bay

We love Santos, and visit the Mullumbimby and Byron Arts and Industrial stores to collect our health food ingredients almost weekly. But the health food store in the centre of town is our favourite because of the delicious food, drinks and smoothies on offer at the café out front. Here’s a little tip: Head out through the doors at the back of the store to find a secret garden with chairs, tables and a friendly water dragon or two. It’s the perfect escape from the crowds on a busy Byron day too.



Cardamom Pod – Lawson St, Shop 7, The Pier Arcade, Byron Bay

This vegan friendly Hare Krishna café doesn’t do ‘smoothies’ as we know them, but if we may broaden the criteria slightly, we’d love to include their Rose or Mango Lassi. Lassi is a yoghurt based sweet thirst quencher from India, made from a blend of yoghurt, rosewater, spices, fruit, milk, and ice. It’s our favourite summer drink but delicious always! Stop by at Cardamom Pod for a light lunch and make this your drink/dessert!



DIY Smoothie – Ingredients from The Source Bulk Foods – Shop 1, 107 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

If you are staying a while in Byron Bay, and have access to a blender, you might like to make your own. With so many health food offerings available, it’s the perfect place to try your hand at your own Byron-inspired smoothie recipes.

Forget the boring old banana/milk/ice-cream combination.

It’s time to experiment with homegrown recipes to make YOURS one of the best smoothies in Byron Bay. Here’s some possible inclusions from the The Source’s bulk food bins: goji berries, flaxseeds, chia seeds, psyllium husks, fresh dates, dried blueberries or mango, cacao powder, vanilla bean, coconut water, cashews, pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds. Fancy living on the edge once more? Use coconut water in place of milk. It’s an elixir around these parts.


We’d love to hear all about your smoothie experiments. Why not share a recipe with us today?


Sienna xx


Byron Bay Shopping – A little Byron Luxe for your Home and Lifestyle

Byron Bay Shopping – those three words make us jump for joy!

We might be a little biased but we think Byron Bay Shopping is some of the best in the world. Vintage, Island luxe, Bohemian, Hippie chick, Surfer Gal, Classic –whatever your style or preference, you’ll find it here.

But while we all know and love the big clothing brands that hail from these parts – Spell, Arnhem Clothing, Goddess of Babylon, Amilita – there’s so much more than clothes to Byron.We love pretty and we think you might too, so take a look at our favourite Byron Bay shopping spots. Pop these places on your list for your next Byron Bay shopping spree, and bring a little bit of Byron Luxe back to your hometown too.


The Byron Bay Trading Company – 2A/1 Byron St, Byron Bay

We vote yes to rainbow-hued macramé hammock seats, and to strappy woven tote baskets big enough to carry your beach towels, your book, and a picnic treat or two. Foodies will love the kitchenware – take home your own cold-press hand operated juicer by Lurch, or a Betty Bossi brand veggie twister to make your own spiral ‘spaghetti’. Or choose one from their range of elegant teapots. You’ll be reminded of this divine place every time you sip.


Ha’veli of Byron Bay – 1/5 Centennial Circuit (Byron Arts & Industrial Estate) Byron Bay

A little bit of wrist love is very Byron Bay and Ha’veli of Byron Bay, in the Arts and Industrial estate, has just the thing – a tribal coin and cowrie shell combination in either bracelet, necklace or anklet style. We’d suggest buying two or three bracelets, and wearing all that arm candy together. The twinkling sound of shells and coins tapping together will send you straight back to marvellous hippy land.


The Beach People

Round towels are VERY Byron Bay and on trend too. Two local girls, based out of Tweed Heads about 30 minutes north of Byron Bay, are behind The Beach People. Their team is leading the way, with cool designs showcasing tribal patterns, ocean colours, and evoking memories of Indigenous art. The Tulum is our favourite – white on black, a mandala of ovals, reminiscent of seedpods you’ll find in the area.


Byron at Byron Resort and Spa – 77- 70 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay

We’re being a little sneaky and sending you to the resort shop on a not-so-secret mission to pick up a bottle of Sanctum’s certified organic shampoo and conditioner. This vegan, all natural, happy product smells delicious and is a real treat for sun-drenched hair. Sanctum is a local producer, using medicinal grade herbal and plant extracts, essential oils and certified organic raw materials. Treat yourself to a tube of Sanctum Body Spa and Sanctum Body Soothe too! This is Byron Bay in a bottle. But if you are feeling self-indulgent or need pampering while you are in town, we suggest booking a spa treatment at Byron at Byron too. This place rates among the best in Byron.


Cobblers at Byron – Shop 5 Feros Arcade, Byron Bay

Hidden in a little arcade just off Lawson Street in Byron is this local’s gem. You would be hard pressed to find a local who hadn’t at one stage or another bought a pair of shoes from here. Byron Bay dwellers are fond of their Birkenstocks, and here you can buy slip-on toe-thongs, sandals, classic two-bar sandals, stylish single bar sandals, and for those who prefer a Birkenstock that doesn’t look like a Birkenstock, there’s the Toe and Ankle strap version.

Super comfy- if you’ve never had a pair of Birkenstocks, we suggest you make a purchase and take them home with you today.


The Farm, Byron Bay – Flowers at the Farm – 11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

As you head into town from the highway, you’ll see The Farm, a year-old “working farm” project and venture that has quickly become a hit with locals and tourists alike. Our favourite shop here is Flowers at the Farm, with the most beautiful of florist-styled posies and bouquets.

They also stock Byron Bay Candles – elegant glass jars filled with eco-soy wax, a mix of high quality fragrant and essential oils, vegetable based dyes and cotton wicks. The coconut and lime candles are truly Byron Bay and make a lovely gift too. (When your candle has gone, why not fill the jar with your tangible memories of Byron too- a scoop of silky sand, a shell or two, a pinecone and seedpod, a feather, and perhaps a wish to return too?)

Try a muffin or cake from the Bread Social for morning tea while you are here. One word – scrumptious.

If you’re looking for your nail polish fix while you’re in Byron, you can find Sienna in a couple of different Spots. Nami, Stoked and Go Vita stock us in town, as well as Byron Beauty Bar who can give you a perfect Sienna manicure while on holiday.

Sienna xx

Quick and Easy Eco Friendly Nail Care

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Eco friendly nail care begins with quality products



At Sienna Byron Bay, we are committed to our goal of being the number one brand for non-toxic nail polish. We are ‘7 free’ meaning our polishes don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, synthetic camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene and tosylamide. Our nail polishes are also free of Benzophenone-1. ‘7 Free’ is our way of showing our commitment to keeping our products clean.

Our polishes are hard-wearing, designed to take you from the boardroom to the beach, from the kitchen to the keyboard, and from the playground to the performance. We like tough (but pretty!) so why compromise when you can keep it clean also.

We also love to experiment with our fun range of colours, so from time to time, we need to prime our nails and get them ready for a colour change. When taking the holistic approach, eco friendly nail care is much more than just applying a vegan nail polish so we thought we’d share our tips on eco friendly nail care to help you keep your fashionable fingers in tip-top condition.


Eco friendly nail care in your own home.




1. Use a Non-toxic Nail Polish Remover


We all know that conventional nail polish removers are simply bad news. Full of chemicals that damage the cuticle, burn your skin, and can give you a roaring headache. We don’t want any part of that. We want healthy, safe polish removals that leave your nails happy so that’s why we use a soy-based nail polish remover. (Ours is made from Soy Beans and Vitamin E Acetate from 100% renewable sources and does not contain that vulgar acetone, meaning no chemical smell.)


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2. Be your own Nail Tech and look after your nails in between polishes.


Rub your nails daily with a rich emollient. Nut (almond) oil, olive oil, and coconut oil smell sweet and help repair and strengthen hard-working nails. An indulgent natural hand-massage is therapeutic to the soul too. Give a hand-massage to yourself today, or better yet, find a friend and nurture each other’s beautiful soul.



3. Clue into Cuticles.


While most professional manicurists and those who apply polish at home tend to trim the cuticle overgrowth to prepare the nail bed for polish (cuticles are a protein layer – keratin – that protects the growing nail by acting as a barrier for bacteria), it’s best to be wary of this practice as it can lead to infection. Instead, soften the cuticles with regular nail massages and push them back with a cuticle pusher instead.




4. Shellac. One word: Don’t.


The long-term ramifications of regular Shellac nails (health issues such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, damaged and weakened nails) are not worth the short-term gain of cost-per-wear affordability or timesaving applications. Choose health always.




5. Take a silica supplement.


Not only will your nails thank you, your shiny luscious hair will too. Silica helps balance hormones and wards off osteoporosis in your later years.




6. Eat well.


Our bodies can also benefit from foods sources containing silica – these include apples, cherries, raisins, avocados, bananas, almonds, peanuts, salmon, oats, oranges, some cereals, and seeds. Sounds to me like the perfect excuse to bake up an apple, raisin and cherry crumble with a ground seed sprinkle on top!


Not sure where to start on your journey to nail health? Our gift set is what you need! It comes with a soy remover, cuticle oil, file and buffer, base coat, top coat and choice of colour in our sienna calico travel bag.




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Where to Swim at Byron Bay? A locals guide.

It takes time to get to know a new place and in some places, even longer to break through the ‘Local’s Only’ knowledge barrier. Any traveller on a road trip can tell you about the times they’ve learned about a fabulous “unmissable” spot, long after they’d left town.

Google is a fabulous friend, and Google Maps our co-driver, but nothing beats having a real-life local to show you around. Grab a pen or take a screenshot. You’ll want to remember where to swim at Byron Bay when you next visit. Here’s the stuff we tell our friends!


Main Beach, Clarkes and The Pass


You can’t go wrong swimming along the beachfront anywhere from Main Beach (in front of the Byron Bay Surf Club) heading right to Clarkes Beach, and all the way along the beachfront up to the Pass. With clean white sand, turquoise water, and (mostly) gentle waves, swimming anywhere along this stretch rates highly for locals and tourists alike. North facing, the gentle curve of this beach offers some protection against the wind. Main Beach has a surf-safety patrol on guard all year round. The Pass is a favourite – shallow for the kids, yet perfect for surfers of all ages too, so grab a board and join in.

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Wategos Beach


Wategos Beach is a dolphin and whale-spotting haven, and one of our favourite spots to hang out year round. Soak up the millionaire vibe sitting in front of decadent beach houses and designer homes perched in the hills above while drinking a cup of your favourite coffee-on-the-go. There’s free BBQ’s to use and picnic tables under the shade of trees, but be up early for the best spot and a car park. This is a family friendly beach. Access is via Lighthouse Road, with a left turn into Brooke Drive.


Little Wategos

I lived here for years before I knew about this little secret spot. The only way to get here to this tiniest stretch of magical sand is to walk the wooden pathway from Wategos Beach, starting at the end of Marine Parade. This track takes you to the Lighthouse. Just turn left at the fork in the road and head down to the water. It’s enchanting and a favourite haunt of those who like to fish from the rocks. Bring your camera to capture action shots.

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Minyon Falls


Not exactly a swimming location but still a must do! If you have access to a 4WD or don’t mind taking your sedan off-road, then Minyon Falls, about an hour west of Byron Bay, is also on our list. Take your walking shoes and make the effort to hike up to the viewing platform. Then walk the four-kilometre trek to the base of the falls to experience the falls from the other side. Look up – the water falls from 100 metres high! Our tip: go after rain to see the falls at their finest. You can’t swim in Minyon Falls due to the endangered species who call the waterhole home, but its still a beautiful and refreshing sight.

Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Trucks Favourites

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Byron Bay Blues Festival Food –
Refuel and Re-energise.

While Byron Bay Blues Festival is all about the music, we can’t forget the Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Trucks! Delicious food, flavourful drinks, and sweet treats make our world go round. Sustenance is key during Blues Fest, necessary to help us keep our stamina and strength as we quest to see as many live bands and performances as we can each day.

There are so many food options – about 35 at last count – so follow our tips to enjoy the quintessential Byron Bay Foodie experience. You might just meet a Sienna team member in the queue!


Govindas Vegetarian

My personal favourite, there is no more poignant festival food than a plate of Govindas vegetarian. The special features jasmine rice, mixed vegetable curry, split mung bean dahl, savoury vegetable puffs (Kofta balls), fresh tomato and herb chutney, lentil tortillas (pappadam), a sprinkle of salad, semolina fruit pudding with custard (Halava) AND a drink of home made ginger and mint lemonade. For about $12, it’s a dream come true, satisfying all your taste buds. (Vegan options too.)


Silver Bullet Cafe

Looking for chai or a hot chocolate, or perhaps a fruit-infused Vitamin Water? Need a breakfast-style veggie-filled wrap at lunchtime? Stop here. We love the Mexican Breakfast of spicy beans in a sealed tortilla. When food and drink is served from a super-shiny silver 1964 Airstream Caravan, we’ll have one of each please.


Pizza Loca

Eat it with chilli, or without, this is a Byron Bay tradition. One slice will do, but two is better. The pesto topping inspires our own pizza making efforts at home but never have we tasted a pizza as good as this. Great for a quick hit in between meals, or as a carbohydrate-loaded dinner to keep you dancing and singing all night long.


Byron Bay Organic Donuts

Take your pick from a traditional, blackberry, or chocolate organic sweet donut. Mammoth in size, why not split one with a friend? These things make your mouth water just looking at them. Perfect for sustaining blood sugar levels in the late afternoon between bands. I’ve heard them described as ‘food for your soul’. What better food to nourish and nurture your body with on a glorious Easter weekend?


Ilias the Greek

Needing a sweet something to prop you up between meals? THIS is your place. Ilias the Greek is a local food company based in Billinudgel (just across the highway from Blues Fest) where they make divine Greek treats. Around here, he’s known for making the BEST Halva (tahini-based sweet) in the Southern Hemisphere, along with Nougat (Mandalato), Pastelli and Baklava triangles. Rumour has it that there will be 50 kg of Halva ready for us but be quick – Ilias the Greek won’t be a local’s best kept secret for long!


Ginger Necktar

The most refreshing drink you’ll ever have (we guarantee it), Ginger Necktar is made right here in Byron Bay from the freshest natural ingredients. The Original Ginger Necktar is packed full of this health-giving root vegetable, tickling your tonsils as you sip it down. If you prefer your drink to be a little less ‘therapeutic’, the Ginger & Cranberry Necktar balances ginger spice with a bucketful of freshly juiced Cranberries. Either way, these Ginger Necktars are the perfect antidote to late night chats with your best girlfriends, and dancing till dawn. If you find yourself craving more of this delicious drink post-festival, it can be found in local shops and now in selected retailers in NSW, QLD and Victoria too. Visit their website to find a stockist near you.


We’d love to know YOUR favourite Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Truck Feast too!


10 things You Must Not Miss at Bluesfest 2016

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Must Do Experiences – Bluesfest 2016

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 is an eclectic conglomeration of sounds, sights, styles, sunnies and shimmies. It’s a world within a world, and Byron Bay Blues Festival regulars can’t wait for it to roll around each year.

All those who attend will attest to the fact that the reason they come back, again and again, is not just for the music but for the ‘experiences’ they gather and are a part of. So we thought we’d make a list of our favourite adventures and happenings in Bluesfest land that no-one should miss.



1. See the local area High School Showcase

Monday starts at 12pm with an hour of raw local talent of the teenage kind. The Northern Rivers region is a hotpot of talent so there’s a chance you’ll be in the audience when they discover the next incarnation of Powderfinger, Lisa Mitchell, Kate Ceberano, or Gotye.



2. Wear Gumboots

While this year has sun expected, it wouldn’t be an authentic Blues Fest without a bit of rain and mud. So it pays to have a pair of (funky) gumboots at the ready. Forgot to buy them? Don’t worry too much. There’s always at least one market stall with a gazillion pairs at the ready. But do get in quick. Spotted red and green gumboots are way cooler than a black pair, two sizes too big, and “fashion in the field” is important, don’t you think?


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3. Pass a gold coin or two to a busker

From time to time, you’ll spot a roving busker popping up throughout the festival grounds to deliver their songs and stories. These buskers were hand-picked to perform at Blues through a rigorous and highly contended Busking Competition held in the months and weeks leading up to the main event. (Selected artists will also perform on the Busking Stage.) These musicians are highly rated but still on the way up. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way in this game.



4. Devour a Byron Bay Organic Donut. Our flavour suggestion: Chocolate

Now, while there are over 35 food stalls to tempt your taste buds this festival, we nominate the experience of devouring a Byron Bay Organic Donut as THE BluesFest 2016 food experience you must tick off your bucket list. We choose chocolate. How about you?



5. See at least one artist at every stage.

Commit to at least one performance at each stage. This is a guaranteed diversion that may lead you to that rumoured pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Anyone who has ever planned a Bluesfest itinerary will agree that there’s always one tent you come back to again and again; and one tent you never visit. Change it up. Alter your destiny.


Bluesfest Tuesday


6. Expand your tastes

If you enjoy folk music, broaden your horizon with a listen of some hard rock. If Latin-inspired groove is your thing, step sidewards and join in the fun of a Reggae romp. A few years ago, we stumbled upon the Cuban sensation Buena Vista Social Club and loved every minute. We even managed to tag along to a recording session at our local recording studio – you never know your luck!



7. Don a hat.

BYO if you choose, but hat-wearing at Blues Fest 2016 is “de rigueur” (necessary according to etiquette) and there’s plenty of cool hat options on site. Floppy felt hats are still holding on to the title of ‘hat of the moment’ but straw hats, a la bohemian, suitably top a locally-made flowery dress. Fancy hat options are available too for those who want to stretch their fashion boundaries a little. Think Akubra, Indian headdress, Cartwheel Hats (those 1920’s style broad, tilted brims!), for the women and Mad Men-style fedoras and posh–looking Ascot caps for the gents. (Rain Poncho hats are common for everyone some years too!)



8. Buy a merchandise souvenir

Support YOUR favourite find by buying their CD, tshirt, or poster. Or take home a memento of your five days by purchasing the Bluesfest 2016 compilation album featuring songs from a range of artists. Such an easy way to conjure up the memories of your Bluesfest 2016 trip.




9. Make a new friend a day

Step outside your comfort zone and engage with a stranger. Whether you meet in the queue for food, or the queue for the ladies, speak up. Ask questions. Smile. Interact, Byron-style, with a hug or handshake. Gift something that doesn’t cost you anything – let them go first, pay it forward and give someone a newly purchased bottle of water, take a lovely photo for someone. Then repeat this newly formed habit in the real world too!



10. Stay for the headline act

I know you’re tired and over the crowds, but magic happens when there’s a huge crowd of fans (and new fans) who’ve come to sing and dance along with their guru. I’ve never regretted a late night, but I have often regretted leaving early when friends have shared their stories of the antics of the headliners on stage.



11. And of course, get your nail done!

Come along and see us to try your favourite Sienna colour! Metallic nails are the perfect addition to your festival outfits!



What Bluesfest experience do you think rates a mention?


Byron Blues Festival Schedule. Who we love what to see.

Gathering all the information to plan your own Byron Blues Festival Schedule can be hard work. While some bands sound familiar, and other ones are legendary, there’s a whole crowd of bands and solos just waiting to be discovered.


How do you choose who to see?

Pot Luck is one strategy, stopping when your ears tell you to or taking friendly suggestions. You might read a review or two in the local paper, recognise a band’s name or you simply close your eyes and point! (A personal fave, you never know who you might discover!)


Here’s our Guide to Byron Blues Festival Schedule for the music lovers.


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Grace Potter – Guaranteed to get you Dancing

Grace’s amazing music and sexy sassiness make her our go-to girl. Born in Vermont, USA, Grace released her first solo album last year, ‘Midnight’, featuring contributions from her band mates. This rocker girl is a guitar-toting, piano-playing, tambourine-shaking chick of the moment and her star is firmly on the rise.


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The Cat Empire – Guaranteed crowd pleasers

Australian favourites, the Cat Empire, a ska and jazz band, have been around since way back in 1999. That makes them festival veterans. We love their hit ‘Hello’ – if you need a bit of encouragement to take your first step onto the dance floor, this song is your entry point. But stay for the storytelling and laughter. With a recently released album, “Rising with the Sun” (the band’s 6th studio offering), we are sure to hear some new tunes too. Word to the wise: Handsome hats, suits and ties may be on display.


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UB40 – All time Classic

You can’t do Bluesfest without a bit of reggae thrown in. These old-timers, with the line up of lead-singer Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue – are a hoot on stage – cheeky, cheerful, lively, and fun! Throw in more than a few well-known songs to sing along to, (UB40 has had more than 50 singles in the Top UK charts), and you’ll be grooving in the gumboots before long.

Elle King - Byron Blues Festival Schedule



Elle King – The voice you HAVE to hear live


If you are familiar with the hit song, Ex’s and Oh’s, you’ll know this voice. Elle King is a groovy gal who can twang a banjo while singing her heart out. Not only was she nominated for two Grammy Awards this year, she was named No. 2 on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2015. This girl is going places. Be in her audience to catch her in person. With a range of musical interests including Rock, Soul, Country, Folk and Blues, this is one performance to give you goosebumps. Style alert: Tattoos and heavy make-up mixed with sassy spiritedness.
ash grunwald - Byron Blues Festival Schedule

Ash Grunwald – Local Favourite

We cannot let you leave without introducing local talent Ash Grunwald. (Recently moving to our sunny shores we have claimed him as our own!). This surfer boy with a love of blues and funk showcases his authentic style and captivating vocals on Sunday in the Jambalaya tent. (2.30pm)

Kendrick Lamar - Byron Blues Festival Schedule

Kendrick Lamar – New favourite

Kendrick Lamar is the man of the moment. Winner of the Grammy for the Best Rap Album of the Year – “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the Best Rap Song – “Alright,” the Best Rap/ Song Collaboration – “These Walls,” the Best Rap Performance – “Alright,” and the Best Music Video – “Bad Blood” he must be doing something right! We are looking forward to seeing Kendrick live in action!

Tom Jones - Byron Blues Festival Schedule

Tom Jones – Old favourite

We’ll be making our way to the finale in the Mojo Tent on Monday 28th when the elegantly attired Tom Jones hits the stage for the big finale. We can’t wait to boogie along to Delilah, Burning Down the House, and Sex Bomb and we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll break out ‘You can leave your hat on’. Full Monty style. What a treat!

Extra definites: Cold War Kids (LOVE), Steve Smyth (DOUBLE LOVE!), Mojo Juju, Tex Perkins, Nahko & Medicine for the people…. The list goes on!! It’s going to be amazing, look forward to dancing with you in the crowd! xx

Our Pretty (Hot) Tip:

We suggest bringing your own picnic rug or blanket. When you want to relax with a champers listening to your favourite artist & watching the sun go down you’ll need a nice comfy patch of grass.