2015 sees the eighth Mullum Music Festival roll into the gorgeous northern NSW town. With a policy that sees a massive one third of the program being local and a lineup that gets better and better every year, this is one event you do not want to miss.
They mix things up a bit from the contemporary festival routine too. The MMF crew don’t ship in massive tents and stages from out of town. They utilise existing venues and cafes, bringing the streets of Mullum alive for four incredible days and nights of music.
“I grew up in Sydney and owned a night club in the rocks for 16 years. Every year for the month of the Sydney Festival our venue suffered as the existing venues were rarely used and similarly local artists were regularly overlooked for internationals,” Festival director Glenn Wright told us last year.
“I think this happens way too much with major festivals. They in general don’t support the local arts scene, but rather look elsewhere, so that tickets can be sold. I have wanted to sell tickets also, but try to combine international, national and local artists in the program. The most exciting outcomes at a festival usually occur when artists collaborate, and it’s really exciting if it’s a local with an artist from another place.”
Canadian troubadour Ron Sexsmith headlines this gem of a festival. Often referred to as a ‘best kept secret’, Sexsmith’s gift for songrwriting that fuses melody with melancholy has gained him a niche.
Gomez singer and lead guitarist Ben Ottewell (UK) is also on the bill, along with contemporary pianist Hauschka (Germany) and the California Honedrops. Plus there will be a very rare solo performance from Robert Forster.
Also on the lineup are We Two Thieves (pictured), Trinity Roots, Harry James Angus, Tin Pan Orange, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Montainge, All our Exes Live in Texas, Hat Fitz and Cara, Mt Warning, Starboard Cannons, Bullhorn, Chris Tamwoy, Tora, Irish Mythen, Cheap Fakes, Juzzie Smith, Allensworth, Walrus and the Carpenter, Kyle Lionhart, Greg Sheehan, Madre Monte, the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra and more.
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Mullum Music Festival runs 19 – 22 November 2015
Get tickets, programs and lineup details at mullummusicfestival.com