Earlybirds add colour to Mullum
Mullum Music Festival is turning eight this year! It seems like only yesterday that the fledgling fest was cutting its teeth on the music circuit, with critics questioning the long-term viability of small events in a market that has always favoured perpetual growth. In that respect Mullum Music Festival has been a bit of a game changer, showing how events can grow in artistic innovation, community engagement and depth of programming without actually ballooning numbers that would make a village-based event unsustainable. The township of Mullumbimby has embraced the Music Festival as a flagship event that showcases the unique township celebrating its cultural diversity alongside that crocheted knee-rug of good old-fashioned homespun country charm. At Mullum you can literally touch the music. There are no big screens. There are no VIP areas. No gates. Everyone, musicians and music lovers are part of the big Mullum Music Festival melting pot. Mullum Music Festival are excited about their latest poster, and in keeping with their penchant for community engagement are asking the children of the Shire to colour it in. The most impressive renderings of this Michael White design will win weekend double passes to MMF, and gift vouchers for Mullum’s Rock & Roll Café.
Earlybird tickets for this 19–22 November event are now available until 20 July. Patrons who purchase their tickets now receive around 20 per cent discount compared the pricing on general release tickets.
For information about earlybirds and colouring comp go to www.mullummusicfestival.com.
Wandering Eyes for wandering ears
After performing at Bluesfest 2015 and releasing there debut full-length album Back In The Bubble, the boys of Wandering Eyes are ready to tour Australia and bring the music to you live. From Byron Bay comes a sound fusion on a level never before seen or heard! Imagine an upbeat feelgood vibe that incorporates catchy hooks, dance-floor-filling reggae grooves, sweet guitar licks, a slice of saxophone and some perfectly paced conscious New Zealand hip-hop. Wandering Eyes have an important message to share with the people of the world. Their lyrical content covers a broad spectrum of subjects including love, happiness, global and systemic transformation, sovereignty, conscious expansion and the easily relate-able struggles of everyday life.
Friday at the Brewery. 7.30pm. Free entry.
Four Bands in the Beer Garden
This Saturday rug up for a night in the Brewery beergarden. Hitting the stage is The Element, bringing the heat from the tropical north with diverse experiences to create a lush indie/reggae/soul fusion. Based in Cairns, this culturally diverse band draw from their combined heritage to create a melting pot of new music that crosses genres and styles. The players punch out big rock riffs, sweet harmonies, and popping grooves with dashes of electronica and soul to create a uniquely authentic sound. Saturday with The Dominiques, Crown the Humble and Josh Hore from 7pm. Free.
Get Muddy with Kellie
Trombone Kellie and the Muddy Roaders are a five- to six-piece band from the northern rivers that have entertained audiences across northern NSW and beyond over the last few years. A five-piece band with two duelling horns playing around one another, creating feels from the likes of New Orleans jazz and more. As a six-piece, trombone, trumpet and saxophone mix it up that much more as a class-act horn section, including their own twist to atmospheric solos. Catch them at Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm.
Music for your ears!
The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra brings together conductor Nicholas Routley and soprano Lecia Robertson.
Nicholas Routley is an orchestral conductor and pianist, as well as composer and musical theorist. He is an inspired musician who has a great love for the voice in all its forms, especially choral. He was the founding director of the Sydney Chamber Choir and is actively involved with music on the northern NSW coast. Mr Routley has conducted several major orchestras from the Sydney Symphony to the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and performed duo with renowned singers such as Gerald English and Hartley Newnham.
Since resuming composition 10 years ago he has written orchestral and choral pieces, songs, and a guitar concerto.Now he plans to write at least two operas based on the long Indian epic poem, Mahabharata.
Their 12 July concert, Symphony and Song, will be held at the Tweed Civic Centre at 2.30pm. Tickets at the door or online at nrso.com.au.
Musical troubadour touches down at The Rails
Brisbane troubadour Pat Tierney will launch his much-anticipated debut full-length album Wild World Blues on Thursday at The Rails.
After a string of successful EPs and relentless touring up and down the east coast of Australia over the past three years, Pat will kickstart a mammoth tour that will see him through to the end of September with more than 40 shows scheduled through Australia and New Zealand. Pat brings an eclectic mix of blues, folk and reggae along with his signature lap slide guitar for an infectious vibe. Not to be missed.