Mullumbimby Festival co-ordinator Caroline Kinsella (right) andhelpers Yonna Derofe and Drinky Drinkwater take a well-earned break from setting up the festival.
Mullumbimby Festival co-ordinator Caroline Kinsella (right) andhelpers Yonna Derofe and Drinky Drinkwater take a well-earned break from setting up the festival. Cathy Adams

Entertainment hard to beat at Mullum

THE MULLUM Music Festival kicked off last night and it won’t stop until the final strum of Nano Stern’s guitar.

Setting up for the opening night yesterday, event co-ordinator Caroline Kinsella said she was excited to hear all the new live music.

“I can’t wait to see everyone come out of the woodwork for the festival,” Ms Kinsella said.

Today’s music begins at 6pm, and though the first beat may not be from Newcastle physical drumming act The Rhythm Hunters, their gig is likely to be the loudest.

Playing across the four days in different venues, don’t expect the same set twice from The Hunters.

Headed by creative director Rendra Freestone, The Rhythm Hunters are more than just a drumming band.

Last night’s performance was one of their more dramatic, with the Sumatra train drum ringing out across the audience and the women’s choreographed dance routine up front.

Tonight’s set is more ‘melodic’, said Mr Freestone, with two saxophonists and a didgeridoo.

Saturday night gives the audience the chance ‘to dance their arse off’, said Mr Freestone, while Sunday’s set will be a melting pot of all three.

At the festival this year you can also attend workshops with Nano Stern, Jo Jo Smith, and a physical drumming demonstration and workshop from The Rhythm Hunters, among others.

“We teach Indonesian-style percussion by breaking up the parts in exciting and unexpected ways,” Mr Freestone said. “Learn a song, play drums and have fun.”

Mr Freestone’s tip for this evening’s ‘amazing’ music starts with The Rhythm Hunters at Mullum High, before rushing to Lucie Thorn. He’s heard great things about Flap! at the Court House, and cap off the night with Washington at the Ex-Services Club.

Workshops will be held tomorrow and Sunday in the Mullumbimby Civic Hall and at the Byron Regional Community College.

Tickets to the festival are available at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, starting from $68.

For more information go to www.mullummusicfestival.com.


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