JUDGING by the smooth tunes reverberating from Mullumbimby's Poinciana Cafe yesterday, the Mullum Music Festival's new protégés will go a long way.
Five young artists were announced as winners of the festival's Youth Mentorship, accompanied by intimate performances from former winners.
Acoustic duo Louie and Patrick, Sarah Buckley and former The Voice Australia contestants Gabriel and Cecilia wowed the crowd at the busy cafe.
- Singer/Songwriter: Lucy Beverley, to be mentored by Ash Bell of Starboard Cannons
- Vocal: Bella Maree, mentored by Lara Goodridge of Fourplay String Quartet and Baby et Lulu, and Abby Dobson of Leonadro's Bride and Baby et Lulu
- Band: Nick & Sam, to be mentored by Declan Kelly of King Tide, Alex Lloyd, and Passenger
- Under-15: Tyra Watts, mentored by Sal Kimber and The Rollin' Wheel
- Director's Pick: Megan Donnelly
- Special mention to Melted Couch
Trinity Catholic College's Lucy Beverley, from Goon-engerry, won the Singer/Songwriter category and will work with Starboard Cannon's Ash Bell.
"Megan and I both tried so hard, really, and this is such a good feeling to step up just a little bit," the 17-year-old said.
Poinciana Cafe employee and Director's Pick winner Megan Donnelly, from Mullumbimby, was thrilled by the opportunity to belt out a song on centre stage.
"I was really keen," the 17-year-old said.
The friends said they will be battling nerves before they perform at the festival.
"Everyone gets nerves performing, but you've just got to learn to turn it into power," Megan said.
Clara Iccarino, from Make Believe Music Management, and Samuel Fell, the assistant editor of Rhythms magazine, were the judges.
They were taken aback by the creativity of the musicians who entered the competition.
Category winners will perform a set at the festival, from November 20 to 23.