Festival hits right note
COMEDIANS, workshops, more than 80 bands, a host of side events and a festival parade featuring amateur and professional performers all added to the success of the Mullumbimby Music Festival at the weekend.
Mullumbimby residents Sylvia Luff and Laurie De Marco, who were among the volunteers at the event, said the festival was like no other on the calendar.
"We believe in it," Mr De Marco said.
Small scale and non-commercial
"It has remained small scale and non-commercialised. You can still get up close and personal with the musicians in intimate venues. There is an intimate connection."
That unique nature was evidenced yesterday when locals and professional musicians, playing a range of instruments from drums to brass, joined together for a parade down the main street of the town.
They were urged on by a strong and vocal crowd.
Plenty of people also took the opportunity to get dressed up, with many dancing the rumba, or their version of the dance, for the duration of the parade.
"It is fantastic this year; I am loving it," festival organiser Caroline Kinsella said.
Ms Kinsella said the festival program did not focus on any one style of music but tried to bring together artists from all genres.
All genres and high standard
"The amazing thing about the music here is the high standard," she said.
The event is now in its eighth year and, while supporters appreciate its intimate nature, Ms Kinsella said there had been no real effort made to keep it low key.
"There is a certain amount of tickets and limited venues so when we sell out that's it," she said.
Ms Kinsella said the festival was growing with more happening on the streets and at the markets each year.
Among the highlights of this year's festival were performances by We Two Thieves, the Harry Angus Jazz Party, the Californian Honey Drops and Bull Horn.
Ocean Shores resident Kim Banffy also impressed.
A self-confessed "late bloomer", Ms Banffy only began singing seriously 12 months ago, having spent the past 20 years "being what everybody else wanted me to be".
Ms Banffy said the festival was a great opportunity for her to hit the streets busking and to get some much need experience.
Ms Banffy said she now hoped to travel to Sydney for the Scorcher Festival, which is dedicated to emerging artists.