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Friends + live music = best night ever

Its hard to narrow down my best night ever. In fact, trying to not only decide but describe why is even harder.

But I keep coming back to one simple equation friends + live music = BEST NIGHT EVER!!

I have been lucky enough in my life to being exposed to so much due to my involvement in putting on all ages gigs for punk and hardcore bands in my hometown of Byron Bay.

From small shows of 50, to bigger ones of over 1000 people, its always a great sense of achievement and happiness I feel from helping bring the feeling that you only get from seeing your favourite bands up close and personal.

It has also influenced one of the most important lifestyle choices I have made which is deciding to be straight edge and live my life drug and alcohol-free.

But I digress. You want to know about my best night ever.

Every year on the 31st of October, Byron Bay Hardcore presents Hardcore Halloween. It’s an all ages drug and alcohol-free gig where everyone gets all dressed up in a myriad of costumes and comes to watch some of their favourite Australian hardcore bands play.

Its the most fun show of the year, and it attracts young people from all over from Brisbane to Melbourne and beyond.

The sense of community is amazing, and watching everyone have a blast in their costumes is without a doubt some of my best memories in putting on all ages shows.

Watching bands is one thing, but when your covered in fake blood or dressed like a giant taco, it takes it to a whole new level of fun!

This month the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education is the Official On-Screen Partner for the One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ Australian Tour: 5th, 6th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th & 30th October 2013.

To celebrate, FARE is asking people to tell the story of the best alcohol-free night of their lives.

Jemma Brunell

Jemma Brunell

Jemma Brunell is a 28 year-old mum and youth worker at Byron Youth Service in Byron Bay. She is also the event manager of Byron Bay Hardcore, a non-profit music event organisation which puts on AA drug and alcohol-free shows for both Australian and international punk and hardcore bands.

1 comment

  • Hi Jemma,
    Great article – it is such a brave decision to take on a sober lifestyle – at any age – with all the questions and just the expectation that everyone else drinks. They don’t. Alcohol free events are a great way to normalise normal life – if that makes sense.
    Keep up the inspired work!
    thanks
    bren

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