Local bands rock their way to the top

Tentative are (l-r) Todd Robinson (lead guitar), Angus Fitz-Bugden (vocals), Will Brook (bass) and Mick Crellin (drums). The Lismore band will be playing at Beats on the beach in Ballina on New Years Day.

Todd Robinson, the lead guitarist from Lismore band Tentative, said he was almost speechless when they won a spot to play at the main stage at Beats on the Beach the newest music festival to hit the region on New Years Day in Ballina.

They will be sharing the main stage with the likes of Pete Murray, Karnivool, End of Fashion, The Sick Puppies and Van She.

Impressive stuff for the third-year Southern Cross University students, who formed Tentative in 2005, and won their spot on the main stage through a recent Rivafest competition.

Tentative label themselves as a fusion of melodic hard rock and riff-laden metal and their music can be heard on

Were just gob-smacked to be able to play alongside Karnivool, who were big fans of, said Todd.

The other local band to land a spot at the festival are Gust of Gravity, based in the Woodburn area.

Beats on the Beach promoter Sam Speaight said they wanted to give local talent a chance to showcase themselves and were about to announce another arts stage purely for locals.

Hopefully this will demonstrate our honest and ardent desire to support local artists and give something back, he said.

Freebie: The Echo has a double pass to give away to Beats on the Beach (worth $170). To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.30 & 10.45am on Monday, November 27, and tell us whether the river that flows through Ballina is a) the Ballina River, b) The Wilson River, or c) The Richmond River.

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