Anthem for the Working Artist Wins Play at Mullum Music Festival & Falls Festival


Hardworking singer songwriter Dan Hannaford (Brunswick Heads, NSW) has won this year’s PLAY MULLUM AND FALLS FESTIVAL PROTEST SONG COMPETITION with his song ‘Payday’ which he describes as “a rally cry for working musicians and artists to unite around the world.

guy‘Payday’ is a metaphor not only for what artists are owed financially, but a call for an appreciation of their value to a community and its culture.”

“Dan is an old fashioned working musician, playing his heart out up and down the coast anywhere that will take him. I’ve seen him win over rooms person by person with his songs that speak straight and clear about everyday concerns,” says one of competition judges and editor of Rhythms Magazine, Martin Jones.

“This song, Payday, is about getting paid what’s due for all the hard work we all put in, particularly musicians who have such a hard time making a living in this country. It’s brimming with barely contained anger, but it’s also upbeat – moving both physically and emotionally. And who can resist a good old solidarity anthem. ‘United We Stand’ indeed.”

Dan’s win will see him perform a set to the masses from the stages of this year’s Mullum Music Festival (Nov 20-23, Mullumbimby, NSW and Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron (Dec 30 – Jan 3, Byron Bay, NSW Dan will also be featured in Australia’s Rhythms Magazine ( It’s a timely win for Dan who is just about to release his first single ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ and in 2015 release his album ‘I Cried Bullets’ which includes the song ’Payday’, recorded both in LA with producer David Raven and closer to home in Byron Bay with local producer Paul Pilsneniks (The Tea Party, Angus Stone)

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