Mullum Music Festival offers the music lover a chance to get schooled up in some of the newest, grooviest, or sometimes glorious but still undiscovered music buzzing around the planet. So who are the top 5 picks?
Too Many Zoos bring the blast of the horns out of New York, in a genre they self define as ‘brass house’. Finding their mojo busking in the Subway, the trio who feature Matt Doe on Trumpet, David Park on drums and Leo Pellegrino on baritone sax, went viral on YouTube with one of their subway performances when a passerby filmed them. It was this and perhaps the dance moves of Pellegrino that had them selected as backup for Beyoncé’s CMA Awards performance in Nashville last year as well as collaborating on her latest album Lemonade. See them live at Mullum and discover just why their electrifying, genre-defying musical and visual mastery captured almost a million fans instantly.
Brit rock duo Z-Star Delta feature front woman Zee Machete on drums and acoustic guitar, and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heinz. The two are hypnotic – bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars, swampy hooves, all laced with Seb’s dark desert slide,
syne blues guitars and synth. From acoustic and sublime to high-octane rock.
Just in time for their return to Mullum Festival comes news of their debut double-side single release and Glastonbury performance.
Everyone’s talking Teskey. These Motown loving white boys discovered their parent’s 1960’s American soul music collection and sparked a lifelong love of BB King, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. The Teskey Brothers 2017 debut ‘Half Mile Harvest’ melds an authentic old-school Motown soul sound into something entirely original. It’s hard to believe that this is the work of twenty-something’s out of the Yarra Valley and not that of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ‘67. Word continues to spread further afield with everyone from Peking Duck to Allen Stone singing the band’s praises.
Irish singer songwriter Wallis Bird is the stuff music legends are made of. Born left handed, she lost five fingers on her left hand in a lawnmower accident, and having four sewn back on again she got used to playing her guitar right handed and upside down. Her playing like her energy is visceral, unconventional… and according to the Irish Times ‘could kick start an entire economy.’ Compared to Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple or a young Janis, she combines traditional folk with a scream of flues and funk with rock sensibility. She’s insanely good. Winner of two Irish Music Awards (Meteor award), Wallis Bird’s expressive vocals and driving guitar rhythms have been taking audiences by storm in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. Every performance is characterised by a startling passion and presentness that frequently leaves Bird breathless and her guitar strings shredded.
Perth based Triple J Unearthed feature artist Stella Donnelly had her first single Mechanical Bull spread like wildfire. Lauded for its brutally honest lyrics and jazz-folk sensibilities, it’s clear Stella has something that puts her at the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters. She has just release her first critically acclaimed EP Thrush Metal, proving the girl’s not just musical, she’s funny.
These are just five of the 80+ acts stepping on stage at Mullum Music Festival this year.These are just five of the 80+ acts stepping on stage at Mullum Music Festival this year.Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see acts before they break. These are always the concerts that you remember, and have you boasting… ’I saw them when…’
The 10th annual Mullum Music Festival (16-19 November, 2017) is a family-friendly event that takes over the streets, cafes and halls of the NSW North Coast town of Mullumbimby.
For further information and tickets, visit www.mullummusicfestival.com