Coming home for ‘the lovely Mullum Festival’, which kicks off tonight.
Coming home for ‘the lovely Mullum Festival’, which kicks off tonight. Cathy Adams

Tex Perkins happy to be home

LOCAL music legend Tex Perkins will headline this year’s Mullumbimby Music Festival.

The Australian rock icon, who lives in the Byron Bay hinterland, will perform at the Mullumbimby High School onSaturday night as part of the second annual four-day event.

Tex, who was yesterday filming RocKwiz in Melbourne, said he had a special affection for Mullumbimby, as it was the closest town to where he lived and had a real local feel.

“I’m coming home for the lovely Mullum Festival and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

His show has been billed as intimate, but Tex said there would be a full band and a bit of everything, from the softermoments to loud rock and roll.

Tex said the festival had a great line-up and he was looking forward to walking around town and seeing a lot of the other acts.

The festival begins tonight and will continue in venues around town until Sunday.

It features a diverse line-up of music, from jazz artist Vince Jones to country swing star Clelia Adams, to local reggae act Fyah Walk and prolific songwriters Archie Roach and Shane Howard.

Festival director Glenn Wright said he wanted to focus on high-integrity musical acts rather than commercial stars.

The feel of the festival is low-key and local, with all gigs held in venues around town, rather than at a dedicated festival site.

Mr Wright, who runs Vitamin Records, said he wanted something that worked with the town and could coexist with shopowners and businesses in town.

He also knew ‘a huge crew of people looking for something to do’ and so the festival was born.

The reception to last year’s debut event was overwhelmingly positive, he said.

“By the end of the weekend word had spread and we sold out the Sunday shows,” he said.

Performances will begin tonight and tomorrow night and will be held all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Buskers will also entertain in Dalley Street on Sunday and child care will be available.

For a full program and ticket details see www.mullummusicfestival.com



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