AS the fifth Mullum Music Festival came to a close, organisers were calling it a big win, especially for up-and-coming artists who were in the line-up.

This year a handful of renowned performers, such as singer Darren Percival, played on the same stages as lesser-known acts, including Byron Bay teen rockers Lifeline.

Tickets for Thursday sold out and there were strong crowd numbers the next three days, giving emerging artists invaluable exposure.

"The trick is to let the public see bands that don't really get airplay," co-organiser Caroline Kinfella said.

Mullum Music Festival is about supporting up-and-coming acts that are amazing and deserve recognition.

The youth mentoring program also gave local singer-songwriters the chance to pick their musical idols' brains.

Bustamento featuring John Butler's drummer Nicky Bomba, was "absolutely fantastic", she said.

"They played to a full house and got the whole crowd into it. They had half the audience dancing and the other half singing - it was great."

People's heart strings were tugged during the Take Something Beautiful - A Tribute to Jesse Younan performance. Younan was a talented songwriter who died from leukaemia at 35 in 2008.

His songs were revived at the festival by Jen Cloher, Jordie Lane and Tinpan Orange singer Emily Lubitz.



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