Chilean folkie Nano Stern gave an outstanding impromptu show on the opening night.
Chilean folkie Nano Stern gave an outstanding impromptu show on the opening night. Emma Hamblin

Mullum festival full of surprises

IF the opening night was anything to go by, the Mullum Music Festival will be full of surprises this weekend.

The festival began with a gala performance on Thursday night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall and attracted a sell-out crowd of 320 people.

Folk singer Lucie Thorne and jazz musician Vince Jones ended what festival director Glenn Wright described as an ‘amazing’ night.

Mr Wright said one of the highlights was an impromptu performance by Chilean folk musician Nano Stern and jazz singer JoJo Smith.

“I think one of the good things about the festival is that artists are so comfortable and they feel like they can do special things like that,” he said.

“We have a jam night on Saturday night called By Popular Demand and a lot of artists may jump up on stage then.”

The festival is being held at eight venues throughout Mullumbimby.

There will also be buskers and footpath dining in the CBD for those without tickets.

Headliner Tex Perkins will play tonight at 8.15 at Mullumbimby High School. Another crowd-puller is expected to be roots songstress Mama Kin at 9.45pm at the civic hall.

Mama Kin is the wife of Byron Shire music festival stalwart John Butler.

When asked if Butler may make an unscheduled appearance, Mr Wright laughed.

“I don’t know about that,” he said.

The festival ends tomorrow night.

Tickets are still available. Visit www.mullummusicfestival.com for more information.



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