Boutique Mullum Festival shines
Welcome to the 6th Mullum Music Festival, a boutique music-lovers long weekend, held in the magical township of Mullumbimby.
If you have not been before then it’s a different way to put on a music festival. Possibly the closest examples to our format would be found in the many small-town jazz and arts festivals held in Europe that use the existing structures of the charming towns. The big variation is that we don’t stick to one genre of music; rather we try to present as many different musical options as we can. Music is music and if it’s good music then we are up for it, be it hip-hop, country, blues, classical, reggae, rock or folk.
It’s not unheard of at the Mullum Music Festival to walk out of a concert by a flamenco troupe (Arte Kanela Flamenco), then cross the road and catch an indie rock band (Skipping Girl Vinegar). That same evening you might have already been on the magic bus dancing to a 70s disco mix, and witnessed a performance at the Old Drill Hall featuring the genius puppeteer Teatro Matita (Slovenia).
If you come on Friday that’s exactly what you can do. Or if you made other decisions you could be at a set by The Basics, legendary Texan Kinky Friedman, play Hip-Hop Pictionary at Sketch the Rhymes set, or dance yourself silly at the Court House to Italian folk band Kaliscima, who play with the energy of a punk band. All that and it’s still Friday. Saturday and Sunday go all day and into the evening with even more venues.
Here are some top gigs to watch out for:
Opening Night: A madcap evening that offers a taste of the festival. Two stages, a jam-packed evening of artists performing short snippets of their festival sets. It’s Mullum’s biggest night of the year with MCs Mandy Nolan and Joel Salom. Civic Hall, Thursday 6pm.
Visiting Internationals: Raul Midon (US), Robert Ellis (US), Pieta Brown (US), Swamp Thing (NZ), Jaaleekay (West Africa), Cory Chisel (US), Old Man Luedecke (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ).
Full screening of Buster Keaton Classic The General with live score from Melbourne master musicians The Blue Grassy Knoll – St John’s Hall Saturday 9pm and Sunday 8pm.
Small Halls: Canadian Rose Cousins joins up with our very own Jordie Lane and folk master musicians Cole and Van Dyke. St Martin’s Hall Saturday 7pm.
Barefoot Divas: Be prepared to be inspired by Ursula Yovich (Serbia/ Burarra), Whirimako Black (Maori), Maisey Ria (Maori), Merenia (Maori / Romany / Gypsy) and Ngaiire (Papua New Guinea).
High School Saturday 7pm, Civic Hall Sunday 3.30m.
Greg Sheehan’s Sunday at The Civic Hall: The musical program at the Civic Hall for the Sunday has been programmed by grandmaster musician Greg Sheehan. It’s a celebration of Greg’s life in music.
Join Greg and a team of musicians as they create 12 hours of music, with visuals provided by John McCormick, and many, many surprises.
Mama & The Kindred Singers: Featuring Mama Kin (our Patron ‘Saint’ of the festival) with local youth performers.
Street Parade: Join local musicians, and artists of the festival in a fun New Orleans-style Street Parade. This year we will pay tribute to David Ades, who sadly passed away recently. Seriously ill for some time, David played gigs right up to his last days. David was one of the great original alto players this country has produced and will be missed by everybody that loves music. 11am start at Council Chambers.
For all details on transport, parking, schedules and tickets go to www.mullummusicfestival.com or call us on 02 6684 6195.
The Mullum Music Festival 2013 is dedicated to our very own grandmaster percussionist Greg Sheehan, paying respect to his wonderful life in music. Often we don’t champion the really important people in our community while they are at the peak of their careers. Greg continues to give us all so much through his music and community spirit.
– Glenn Wright, festival director
Bus services to and from the festival:
Bangalow: Friday 5.00pm, Saturday 11.00am, Sunday 10.00am (outside Bangalow Hotel)
Byron Bay: Friday 5.20pm, Saturday 11.20am, Sunday 10.20am (The Byron Bus Terminal in front of the Rails Hotel)
Brunswick Heads: Fri 5.40pm, Sat 11.40am, Sun 10.40am (outside the Brunswick Information centre – 7 Park St)
The return trip will leave from outside the Mullumbimby Civic Hall at 11.30pm of Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.15pm
Cost is $10 an adult and $5 a youth or child. No booking required.
Keys Please A new initiative to support festival patrons to enjoy the festival and get home safely. Upon arriving at the Festival patrons are encouraged to hand over their Keys Please. Keys Please offer safe transport support for patrons during the Festival including a non-alcoholic drink. Before receiving their keys patrons will perform a breathalyser test.
Catch the Magic Bus around Mullum from venue to venue!
Last year Mullum Music Festival director Glenn Wright decided the festival needed a patron. He wanted somebody who he felt embodied the spirit of the event, who could be a good spokesperson, and also had the charisma to boot. It didn’t take much deliberation to come up with the Mama Kin.