Let the music take you to Mullum this weekend
MULLUM Music Festival is an odd one: it doesn't restrict audiences to any specific venue but allows them to discover the town at their own pace, gently.
It also has a very high representation of female artists in the lineup, and a high percentage of local artists on it too.
The whole town lights up over the weekend with buskers in the streets and people in a festive mood.
Don't miss the Parade on Sunday from noon, a lovely way for the town to salute the visitors, both those going on stage and audiences.
Yes it will be hot, and maybe some Christmas beetles or other seasonal bugs will get in your dress, under your hat or inside your guitar, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the fun.
There will also be a lot of funk.
The powerhouse band from 505 Club in Sydney, Old School Funk Band, Hamish Stuart on drums, Cameron Undy on bass, James Greening on trombone, Matt Ottingnon on tenor sax, Stuart Hunter on keys, Carl Dewhurst on guitar and Ben Kidson on percussion will be joined on stage by vocalists at the Village Vanguard venue every night.
Vocalists Tina Harrod, Jo Jo Smith, Virna Sanzone and festival patron Suzannah Espie will be singing some funky tunes as well as opening the floor to musicians from the line-up to join in.
Dress up, play on, smile and have a great time at Mullum Music Festival 2016.
This is a small list of the artists you should not miss at this year's festival:
Smoke Signals is one of Olympia's biggest hits, part of her debut album Self Talk.
The young Melbourne artist has been nominated for a J Award (Music Video of the Year) for Smoke Signals.
This will be her first ever show in the Northern Rivers.
"We're really looking forward to it. We've always loved Mullum Festival and we are really excited," she said.
The artist said the show will be a four-piece band with keys, drums, guitar and bass.
Olivia Bartley is her off-stage name, and while each member of her family had their own taste in music, she has been a musician since her childhood.
"My parents were no professional musicians but they always had a love for music," she said.
"My mum loved Patsy Cline and the Andrews Sisters, while dad loved a very small window of 1970s funk music like Chicago and Tower of Power, so I came to music very naturally and through the back door, picking up an instrument, having listened to these eclectic types of music and being determined to make some music myself."
Olympia also holds a degree in design, and for a while she was a teacher of design theory at university, plus she travelled the world helping disadvantaged women using her designing skills, but somehow she returned to music.
- At the High School on Saturday 9pm and at the Civic Hall on Sunday 9pm.
His musical career started in 2002, with the New Brunswick band, Flat Top.
On January 25, 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a duo/individual in the Memphis, Tennessee, International Blues Challenge, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents - the first Canadian to prevail over the event's 26-year history.
Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one-of-a-kind performances.
With nearly 10 million views on YouTube, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen.
- At the Civic Hall tomorrow from 7.30pm, at the High School on Saturday from 4.15pm and at the Civic Hall on Sunday from 4.30pm.
BORN of Jamaican heritage in the UK, Miss Renee Simone was bathed and nurtured through childhood in her mother's collection of soul and jazz records: Nina Simone, Randy Crawford and Billie Holiday sang her lullabies imbuing in her the classic diva that resonates so richly through her work today.
She was later influenced by latter-day songstresses such as Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Neneh Cherry, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Morcheeba and Massive Attack.
This is a local artist not to be missed.
- At the Ponciana Cafe on Saturday at 9pm.
Skunkhour is an Australian funk rock band formed in Sydney in 1991.
They released four studio albums: Skunkhour, Feed, Chin Chin and The Go before disbanding in November 2001. Back in the 90s, Skunkhour swam against the grunge tide, breaking through as stellar exponents of funk and hip hop.
Ahead of their time and fiercely proud of Australia's pub rock heritage, they fused many influences to create a sound and a catalogue like no other.
Between 1994 and 2001, the band had four songs in Triple J's Hottest 100, performed every major festival in Australia and toured multiple times throughout the UK, Europe, Japan and America to play to their widespread fan base.
Do not miss them playing live.
- At Mullumbimby High School this Saturday from 10.30pm.
Born in New Zealand, Tina Harrod's Fijian and Welsh ancestry certainly indicated she might one day become a professional singer.
In the late 1980s, after moving to Sydney, Tina joined the legendary Jackie Orszaczky in his soul incarnation, The Grandmasters, but it was with the release of Worksongs in 2008 that Tina was recognised as one of Australia's great singers.
With her latest album, The Revolution is Eternal, Tina continues to push boundaries and blaze a path of her own.
Tina Harrod's journey of musical discovery, like many great artists, continues to unfold.
- At the Civic Hall this Saturday from 5.15pm, also appearing with the Old School Funk Band.
New generation Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, from North-East Arnhem Land, is making an exciting entrance into the music scene.
Yirrmal is the Youngblood (the title of his EP) of the next generation and is setting an example of living in two worlds, balancing between traditional and contemporary cultures.
At Mullum Music Festival, he will perform with his new three-piece, Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, giving a rocking edge to his songs.
- At the Civic Hall this Saturday from 2pm and at the High School this Sunday from 1.15pm.
For details visit Mullum Music Festival's website.