ON STAGE: Sal Kimber and The Rollin Wheel at the Mullum Music Festival in 2012.
ON STAGE: Sal Kimber and The Rollin Wheel at the Mullum Music Festival in 2012. Doug Eaton

Mullum Music Festival opener sold out

TICKETS to the opening night of the sixth annual Mullum Music Festival have sold out, with organisers describing this year's sales figures as a "dream run".

The festival, which begins tonight and ends with a street parade on Sunday, involves 80 performances in 14 venues over four days.

Tickets for other days at the festival are still available and can be purchased here.

"As an organiser I couldn't be happier with the way things are going in the lead-up," festival director Glenn Wright said.

"Mullum Music Festival takes place in existing venues in the town so it's easy to access, it's affordable, the sound is good and the venues are comfortable. You don't get festival fatigue."

Ticket sales ranged between 5000 and 6000, Mr Wright said, but there was also a range of free street theatre and events available that drew crowds to the town, including the New Orleans-style brass and drums closing parade through the streets led by musicians on the festival bill that will this year include a tribute to the late jazz saxophonist David Ades.

"David Ades has joined in every previous street parade," Mr Wright said.

"This year we will have a tribute for him in the parade, as well as a performance of his music at the Bowling Club following the parade."

Supporting and honouring local musicians was a major part of the festival's ethos, Mr Wright said.

"A third of the festival performers are local musicians," he said.

"As well as mentorships, we also offer the opportunity for local artists to collaborate and learn from visiting musicians."

This year the festival is dedicated to local musician and educator Greg Sheehan, who has programmed Sunday at the Civic Centre with live music and visuals.

Mr Wright said three venues had been added to the festival this year: the Middle Pub would showcase acoustic music on Friday; St John's Hall would see the Blue Grassy Knoll playing the score of the Buster Keaton movie, The General, and St Martin's Hall would hold a special show by Mama Kin and children from Cape Byron Steiner School.

Another special event at this year's festival is a collaboration with Woodford Folk Festival called the Festival of Small Halls in which folk performers Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins start at Mullumbimby, then tour small halls up the coast ending at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Tickets available for tomorrow Saturday, Sunday. Book online at www.mullummusicfestival .com.au.

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