I had the chance to step up on stage & make some magic with not one, but two brilliant local musicians at the New Paradigm Festival at Paradise One, an Eco-Retreat in the Byron Bay Hinterland that's committed to sustainability - they grow most of their fresh produce, they harvest their own water, and most of their energy usage comes from solar power. The 1.2km of frontage on Wilson's Creek has teaching permaculture gardens, an organic restaurant, several stages, workshop & treatment space with artists and practitioners on site, and a gorgeous view. Every summer, they host a gift economy fueled currency-free festival where admission is determined by what you bring to gift, offer and share.
Mapstone invited me to join them for their set on the Island Stage - I can't get my hands on that footage just yet, but here's a sample from their set at IslandVibe just a few weeks before.
I also got the chance to meet & make music with epic artist Murray Kyle. We got to truly play, weaving in and out of each other's songs. Here he is singing a Ben Harper cover in the sunset in Byron Bay.