Now in its 12th year, everyone’s favourite little festival Mullum Music Festival is getting ready to roll out the green carpet for the extraordinary mix of artists who’ll be hitting up its stages this year. Organisers have hooked us with their international lineup announcement which includes Chilean social justice champion Nano Stern, acoustic guitar master KwalZulu, Aria nominated Mojo Juju, and returning fave Lucie Thorne.
Bands and musicians from South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands will play alongside a power packed local and national line up. Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. This is an inclusive festival for everyone from 2 to 82.
This year’s program also features Wagons, hot on the heels of their long awaited 2019 comeback album ‘Songs From the Aftermath’. The perfect melodic and lyrical blend between Americana and alt pop, you’ll be seduced by the alluring dark vocals of Henry Wagons.
Mojo Juju cleaned up at the National Indigenous Music Awards this year with ‘Native Tongue’ claiming both album of the year and song of the year. Mojo Juju is proof that some of the best music in the country right now is being made by First Nations people.
Conjuring an immersive and psychedelic sonic landscape both live and on record, Steve Gunn (US) is known for telling other people’s stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, ‘The Unseen In Between’, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date.
The heady vocals of Rachel Baiman have you hooked from hello. Her smoky tones move effortlessly between bluegrass and folk, old time and country.
Mullum offers quiet places to listen and wild places to dance. In fact, if there’s ever a place you can truly let loose on the dance floor, its Mullum Music Festival. This year the call to the floor
is from Dereb The Ambassador bringing Ethiopian tinged soul beats and dirty rhythms to the fore.
Mullum 2019 also welcomes Kent Burnside, Ruby Boots, Joe Pug and Allensworth from the US, Z Star Trinity and Blair Dunlop from the UK, Sibusile Xaba from South Africa and Alysha Brilla from Canada.
The local region is well represented with Russian middle-aged boy band Dustyesky, Alfalfa, Mr Rhodes and former Mullum Youth Mentorship Program winners Loose Content amongst others making up 30% of the bill. They play alongside national musical treasures such as Harry James Angus, Hat Fitz & Cara, Husky, Claire Anne Taylor and Hussy Hicks – all making their pilgrimage to Mullum Music Festival stages.
Mullum Music Festival will host over 200 performances in 14 venues over four days from 14-17 November 2019. It’s a family-friendly event. Tickets are now on sale, and full lineup announcement is up, at mullummusicfestival.com.
IMAGE: Mojo Juju performing at Riverstage in 2019 (C) Simone Gorman-Clark