Wendy Neilan, of Byron Bay, holds Willow Fitzgibbon, 15 months, with dad Ben Fitzgibbon of Mullumbimby.
Wendy Neilan, of Byron Bay, holds Willow Fitzgibbon, 15 months, with dad Ben Fitzgibbon of Mullumbimby.

Mullum festival swings to music

SHE might be just 15 months old, but Willow Fitzgibbon earned a reputation as a ‘party girl’ at the weekend’s Mullum Music Festival.

The toddler, who is a Mullumbimby local, was seen having a great time at every performance she attended.

“She’s been clapping her hands and dancing around, she’s definitely a party girl,”dad Ben Fitzgibbon said

“We’ve all been having a really great time at the festival. The vibe here is just so good – it’s a lot of fun.”

The four-day event, which finished yesterday, is only in its second year, but it has already developed a reputation for providing a host of talented artists.

Zebiah Perkins and her family, of Woolgoolga, made the trip north especially for the Mullum Music Festival.

“We love it. We’re also planning to relocate here next year, so we’re pretty much locals now,” she said.

“We’re just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. It’s beautiful.

“There are so many great artists to see. We’re looking forward to Fyah Walk because they’re from Byron Bay.”

Musicians such as Tex Perkins, Archie Roach and Shane Howard, Vulgargrad, Vince Jones and Juzzie Smith attracted big crowds over the weekend, but there were plenty of other things to see and do.

An awestruck crowd gathered on the lawns next to the Civic Hall to watch members of the Spaghetti Circus show off their acrobatic skills.

The performers were raising money for the June tour of Europe.

“I’ve been doing this since I was just four years old,” Rhiannon Cave-Walker, 17, said.

“I love it. It’s a lot of fun and we’re all just like a big family.”

The Mullum Music Festival was held across seven different venues.

There were also various workshops on body percussion, songwriting, Latin American music history and more.



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