Young women shine at Mullum Music Fest as opening night sells out

This year it’s young women who step into the spotlight with four out of the five categories for Mullum Music Festival’s Youth Mentorship being won by up and coming female musicians. This reflects the strong representation of women artists at Mullum Music Festival every year, nurturing a music culture that celebrates gender equality.

Young musicians from Northern Rivers and sometimes as far afield as Darwin submit their applications on line to be judged by industry professionals, with the winners receiving an hour with their judge/mentor prior to their 20-minute performance at the upcoming Mullum Music Festival.

Winner of this year’s Vocal Section was Ballina’s Chloe Mason. A stand out who started singing quirky covers, Chloe has just started writing her own music.

Festival patron Suzannah Espie judged the Singer/Songwriter section, and chose 15 year old Byron Bay High School and Nashua resident, Lorelai (Isabella Cox – pictured).

Music Reviewer for the Australian, Iain Shedden was the guest judge for the Wild Card Entry. Won by 14 year old Byron girl Hannah Parrington who describes her music as folky–pop. Iain said. “I was impressed by Hannah’s grasp of live looping and its role in song structure, but also liked the song and the confidence in her voice.”

For the Band section Nattali Rize chose Byron Bay High School’s East Atlantic. This grunge and blues based band feature Maayan Barnatan on vocals and guitar, Vinnie Sebastian on back up vocals and drums and Bon Soric on Bass. Influenced by Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix with a touch of Black Sabbath for good measure, these lads add some serious rock to program.

Chris Mallory of Two Lions judged the Under 15 section, won by Byron Steiner student and Clunes resident, Monica Brandolini. Monica will perform on opening night.

Speaking of opening night, organisers have just announced tickets for the Gala Opening Night have sold out with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all selling fast, and on track to sell out prior to the festival start. So if you want to get up close to the likes of Olympia, Tash Sultana, Julia Jacklin, Lior or any of the other 80 or so artists that will be performing in venues throughout the town of Mullumbimby, you better get a wriggle on.


Mullum Music Festival is just around the corner, get on board while you can!

The MMF runs from 17-20 November in Mullumbimby, NSW
Festival Hotline: 02 66 846 195

IMAGE (c) Lym McCarthy, Niche Pictures

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