Night sparks festival hope
By STEPHANIE FORESTER
MULLUMBIMBY locals turned out beneath a still-swollen moon for Mullum Under the Stars on Friday night.
The event was held to mark the centenary of the Middle Pub and hopefully, said pub manager Tony 'Johnno' Johnston, create a new festival for Mullumbimby to replace the now-defunct and onceiconic Chincogan Fiesta.
As well as parades, fireworks and fire engines, Mullum Under the Stars featured Mullumbimby's own talent quest, Mullum Idol.
Mullum Idol heats have been held over the past four weeks, drawing young musical hopefuls from all over the region, said organiser Mark Jago.
The event attracted top acts, he said, and was won by 'CJ', from Richmond Hill.
"She's won $1000 and eighthours recording time in Heaven Recording Studios," he said.
"There's a wealth of talent in this region and a lot of young people who could go a long way."
Mr Johnston said the pub had put up $25,000 to ensure Mullum Under the Stars' success.