Country musician trades tools for touring

Brad Butcher

DANICA STREADER Mackay-born singer-songwriter Brad Butcher is turning heads in the country music industry. Butcher, who has been making music for most of his life, was the winner of the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year at the 2018 … [Read more...]

Music helps people with a disability

Music therapy with children

MICAELA ABOODY Music is a powerful thing. It can make your happy when you’re sad and arouse memories of particular times, places and moments that you thought you’d forgotten. But, for people living with physical and intellectual disabilities, … [Read more...]

Gamers return to dungeon in droves

JANELLE MILLER Renee Booker, a photo-lab assistant at Tweed Heads Big W, has a secret fantasy life. Every Saturday night Ms Booker gathers with her friends to become a blue-skinned healing cleric with vampire-like teeth and ram horns. Ms Booker is … [Read more...]

Doors open to Brisbane’s hidden gems

Archerfield Airport

JACOBBE McBRIDE AND STAFF WRITERS This year’s edition of Brisbane Open House promises to be bigger and better than ever, giving visitors the chance to explore a treasure trove of buildings and places that are normally hidden from the public … [Read more...]

Band uses music to focus on mental health

Vesper Green

GABRIELLE ZGRAJEWSKI In any creative industry, issues with mental health, self-esteem, drug and alcohol addiction and financial instability are real and pervasive problems, and the Australian music industry is no exception. But musicians such … [Read more...]

To all the rom-com’s I’ve loved before

MONIQUE PUEBLOS One of Netflix's latest romantic comedies, To All The Boys I've Loved Before (TATBILB), has captured the hearts of many for all the right reasons. This year has been chock-a-block full of chick flicks both on the small and big … [Read more...]

Vanuatu: greener grass and a bluer sea

MONIQUE PUEBLOS With the challenge of what appears to be an ever-growing plastic ocean, a Pacific Island nation is on-board with doing their part in conserving the earth by reducing their plastic. Committed to protecting its marine life and … [Read more...]

Henny Spaghetti redefines the art of drag

AIMEE LITTLEBOY Renae Rodino, also known as Henny Spaghetti, is a female drag queen. This could make her a faux queen or a bio queen, but she doesn't refer to herself as this. She just considers herself a drag queen - someone who plays with … [Read more...]

Muswellbrook flexes music

BRANDON CLARK Muswellbrook is gearing up to host the fourth instalment of the Noisy Heeler Music Festival on October 20. With a new year comes a new name for the festival, changing from the Bottom’s Up Festival title used in previous … [Read more...]

Dance spectacular ‘not just for Indians’

BRIANNA MORRIS-GRANT The Gold Coast will become the scene of a dance spectacular as “Meera” opens early next month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwRXxVNGNxA&feature=youtu.be Meera’s upcoming release will see a cast and crew of 300 take to … [Read more...]