Thu 24 – Sun 27 November, 2011 (NSW North Coast, 15mins north of Byron Bay)
Laurie Anderson sang ‘Paradise is exactly like where you are right now, only much, much better.’ She could have been describing the Mullum Music Festival, four days of international and national profile artists mixing with locals and visitors in the beautiful and vibrant little town of Mullumbimby on the NSW north coast.
Four years ago a seed was planted in the hearts of music lovers and in the streets of their town, now Mullum Music Festival (24-27 November) bears fruit with a quality festival that strikes just the right balance of popular acts with yet-to-be-discovered surprises. It’s all about ‘Big Music in a Small Town’ when the festival lights up the pubs, halls, cafes and clubs of Mullumbimby.
Local resident and Festival Director Glenn Wright believes that to create a sustainable festival, you have to make it a sustainable size. ‘It’s about using the amazingly diverse venues that already exist in Mullumbimby’ he says ‘Sometimes the most wonderful places are right under your nose and the most creative thing to do is to leave things as they are.”
Even though 3 days of the 4 day festival sold out last year, the Festival is committed to creating a unique, intimate event and has thus capped the numbers, keeping the festival at it’s current size. The Mullum Music Festival is a much-anticipated event for locals with many visitors now catching on and making an annual holiday to the region at festival time. This year’s Early Bird ticket allocation sold out in 2 weeks.
“Its all about music and community,” says Festival Director Glenn Wright “We try and program interesting and diverse independent artists that are doing original work. There’s a strong NZ contingent this year as well as some amazing soul with The Dynamites with Charles Walker (USA) & Bamboos (Melbourne), world class reggae with Jamaican living legends The Congos & Stranger Cole, roots acts like Little Bushman (NZ) and folk act Ray Bonneville (Austin Texas). The artists mix with the punters to check out the music, there’s no VIP area, there’s a great sense of camaraderie and community at the festival.”
Mullum music Festival will continue the initiatives it kicked off last year with a Youth Mentorship, Tree