The Mullum Music Festival is back again. The event is already underway, having kicked off last night – and director Glenn Wright hopes as many people as possible will dip into it during the next few days.
‘Thankfully this is not a gated festival,’ he told Echonetdaily, ‘and while most events happen in ticketed venues, everyone can enjoy the atmosphere in town.’ Free performances are planned at Santos’s Heartspace and the Mullum Farmers Market.
‘Plus there’ll be a live ABC broadcast where they will be interviewing punters and musicians.’
There are around 100 performances planned for eight of the town’s venues; however, Glenn became particularly animated when talking about the street parade for Sunday, which starts from Heritage Park at 11am.
‘A second-line street parade is planned,’ he says. ‘We’ve been lucky to get some top players such as Greg Sheehan, Dave Sanders, Thierry Fossemalle, Dave Ades and Ben van Kleef, who will lead a ragtag team of trumpets, tubas, trombones and percussion down the streets of Mullum. It’s just like a New Orleans street party. We were all buzzing after rehearsals and this will be huge.’
Other popular festivals around the country held in the town’s venues share a similar ethos, he says. ‘Port Fairy and Apollo Bay festivals, for example, work really well within the community. We all benefit when everyone’s involved.
‘Youth mentorship programs will be running with new young musicians playing secret gigs that aren’t programmed,’ he adds. Recently announced winners include Cai Leplaw from Mullum High, local band Potato Potato, Casino’s Millicent Ivaschenko and 12-year-old Sarah Grace Buckley from Mullumbimby. They are all set to have mentoring sessions with some of the headline acts.
For more visit www.mullummusicfestival.com .
Photo Jeff Dawson