FESTIVITIES: Director of the Mullum Music Festival, Glenn Wright
FESTIVITIES: Director of the Mullum Music Festival, Glenn Wright Christian Morrow

Mullum’s mentoring the young

MULLUM Music Festival is offering the chance for young local bands to get a head start in the music industry with the launch of the Youth Mentorship Program this November.

The program is open to musicians 19 years and under with five selected applicants to be teamed up with an established artist from this year's music festival roster.

The lucky winners will get to hang out with an established band, jam backstage and learn first-hand about the ever-changing music industry.

"One of the great outcomes of the Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program has been the progression of young mentored artists," said program co-ordinator Tom Whitaker.

"In 2011 some of the guys from Potato Potato were mentored by Husky. The next year they were booked in their own right on the Mullum Music Festival bill. This year they've played Splendour, Woodford and Bluesfest and have just released their first EP."

Established in 2008 by Vitamin Records owner Glenn Wright, the Mullum Music Festival has grown, adding three new venues to the program.

"The festival draws around 8000 people and this year's festival will be spread across 14 venues in town," said Mr Wright.

"Our aim is to have music coming from every venue in town all day and all night.

"We like to have a very diverse bill that ranges from funk to soul with some rock and plenty of rootsy stuff.

"The headliners this year are Raoul Midon, a New York soul singer, Pieta Brown from Iowa and this year's legend is Kinky Friedman.

"We are also really excited to have the Barefoot Divas, the Blue Grassy Knoll, Skipping Girl Vinegar and also Sticky Fingers.

"Plus it's a thrill to have Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, and his original band the Basics playing here."

The festival kicks off at 11am on Saturday with a New Orleans-style street parade. Mentorship entries close on October 21 and details are at: mullummusicfestival.com

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