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West Australian rockers Karnivool will crank up the new year as part of the Beats on the Beach festival in Ballina on January 1. Their debut album Themata has been making sweet noises in the music industry cacophony.

Theres a new festival in the area. (Is this the Area of Festivals or what?)

Beats on the Beach at Ballina (Kingsford Smith Park) will kick in the New Year with a festival rage on New Years Day from 10am-9pm.

Theres three stages, excellent camping and a great line-up of international, national and local acts like Pete Murray, End of Fashion, Sick Puppies, Karnivool, Van She, Bodyjar, Wolf & Cub, Red Riders, Avalon Drive, Bourbon Street, National Pornographic, Gust Of Gravity, Tentative and Operator Please. Plus DJs, street performers and extreme skateboarding demos.

For those who take their festival partying seriously, the camping situation at Beats on the Beach looks like a party-at-the-beach paradise.

Located on the shoreline of the mouth of the Richmond River (within the Kingsford Smith Park festival site) the Beach Bum Camp Ground will have its own CocoNut Cocktail Bar, Madman Moonlight Cinema, roving performers, food stalls, workshops, stage performances and theatricals. The campsite will operate for two nights and three days from New Years Eve through to January 2.

Limited release early bird Beats on the Beach tickets are available now for $85 (plus booking fee). Early bird camping tickets (festival entry plus two nights and three days camping) are $178 (plus booking fee). When early birds sell out tickets will be $95 (plus you know what) for general entry and $190 (blah blah) for camping tickets.

Tickets are available nationally through Ticketek at (or phone 132 849),,, and

Or from All Music and Vision stores in Ballina (6686 8111) and Lismore (6622 5399).

Freebie: The Echo has a double pass to this event to give away. (No camping ticket included.) To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.15 & 10.30am next Monday, December 18, and tell us if Kingsford Smith was a) an aviator, b) the former frontman for the Southern Cross Big Band, or c) the first flying mayor of Ballina.

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