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Student musicians playing from the heart at Lismore Lantern Parade


22 June 2022
Giant lanterns on parade route

Southern Cross contemporary music students will be lighting up the Heartbeats Stage this weekend at the Lismore Lantern Parade, one of the city’s first major events since the devastating floods earlier this year.

This is the sixth year Southern Cross University has collaborated with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to bring music students to the Heartbeats Stage at the Lismore Lantern Parade.

The theme of the parade on Saturday 25 June is ‘Our Healing Hearts’. Joining the iconic procession of gigantic lantern creations through the CBD will be a Brigade of Tinnies in honour of the volunteers and professionals who helped in the flood rescue. 

With thousands of spectators anticipated to attend, the stage is set for some epic performances by contemporary music students Alako Myles, Ariel Pacanowski and Eden Yeigh, Dylan Johnson with a band of current and former music students including Leon Holstegge and Jackson Somerville, and Kaliya Alldridge, recipient of this year’s Rolling Stone Scholarship.

“It has been a heavy couple of months for Lismore," said Kaliya, who will play her first ever Lismore gig at the Lantern Parade. I'm really grateful to be performing at such a well-loved festival for the Northern Rivers, in a space that I'm sure will be enriched with love and community spirit.”

Dylan Johnson will be singing with YJO and performing with Leon Holstegge, Jackson Somerville and Lewe Tollett. “We will be playing some covers from our favourite artists and possibly some originals. I'm really looking forward to be performing at the parade once again, it's always fun to play for the community and see everybody together having a great time, especially when they have been through quite a tough time recently,” said Dylan.

Alako Myles and his psych rock band Liminal, comprising band co-founder River Glass, Oscar Myles and fellow Southern Cross students Ariel Pacanowski and Eden Yeigh, will be performing their unique blend of sounds and styles ranging from 1970s sitar music, 80s VHS nostalgia and heavy psych rock. It’s an extra eventful week for the band, whose original music video Etterath has been selected to play on rage this weekend.

Heartbeats Stage at the Lismore Lantern Parade

Produced by the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and Southern Cross University
1pm – 9pm on Saturday 25 June
Location: in Carrington Street, near Magellan Street intersection, close to Dragonfly Cafe
Cost: Free

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