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Mullum Music Festival: Special Events


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Just when you thought Mullum Music Festival couldn’t be more jam-packed full of unexpected delights, this year the organisers have included art exhibitions, a sculpture festival, and a couple of cracking tribute shows for you to discover.


Byron School of Art (BSA)

Mullum Music Festival welcomes a beautiful new venue to the festival fold! The Byron School of Art (BSA) is a character-filled art deco building at 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby just a few doors down from the Courthouse Hotel. An independent art school and exhibition space, BSA will be transformed during Mullum Music Festival. You can catch live performances by China Bowls (UK), Domini Forster, Maple, Brekky Boy and many more as well as check out the exhibitions ‘I Listen to Dead People’by festival and concert promoter Brian ‘BT’ Taranto (Love Police) and ‘This is Not a Love Song’by local artist Tory Bauer.


I Listen To Dead People includes 30 years of set list memorabilia from BT’s private collection featuring (living) artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Gillian Welch and many more. Brian “BT” Taranto is many things, a festival and concert promoter, a music merchandise mogul with his company Love Police, and when he has some time or a vibe, apparently an Artist! After spending over 30 years on the rock ‘n roll highway you can expect to see to a heavy musical influence in the artworks on show, personal reflections, and images of a life of quality tunes and good times. This will be BT’s second exhibition, the last being a sold-out show at Sydney’s Mart gallery in 2012.


This Is Not A Love Song is a mash-up derby of song lyrics and designer fashion labels. COME ON BABY LIGHT MY GUCCI. Over the past 20 or so years, Tory’s life has had interludes of working as an artist, curator, stylist, producer, copywriter and everything in between. Her most recent work includes the ‘Carriage Conversations Project’ for We’re All Going To Die Festival, Splendour in the Craft and Byron Writers Festival. Her last exhibition at BSA was ‘Show Me Your Privacy’ in August 2017.


Byron School of Art: 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby

Daily 10am – 10pm


Sculpture Festival

This year Mullum Music Festival is inviting its music-loving patrons to explore the inaugural ‘Ingenuity’ Community Sculpture Festival that stretches out along the beautiful banks of the Brunswick River in Mullumbimby. The Sculpture Festival includes a sculpture walk featuring works by local professional artists, the Castle of Dreams temporary structure, art workshops, guided tours and artist talks. For the full program head to https://mullumsculpturewalk.com.au/festival


Sculpture Festival: Palm Park, Mullumbimby

Daily 10am – 5pm


45 Packin’ Mama

It wouldn’t be Mullum without a special tribute show! 45 Packin’ Mama pays tribute to the strength, resilience and toughness of the great singers from the 20’s to the 50’s. Legendary gospel, jazz and blues singer Tracey Miller will perform songs by Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Dinah Washington, Koko Taylor, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton, and Gospel Legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This is a show that celebrates woman singers who despite the odds against them became legends. They came from poverty and hard times, endured violence and racism, yet still became unforgettable influential stars.


Saturday | 2.30pm | Civic Hall
Sunday | 12pm | Village Vanguard


Dao of Dylan

Following a sellout national tour, two of Australia’s celebrated songwriters launch their blues/jazz/rock/roots forces on the Dylan songbook. Dao of Dylan draws from Rebecca’s rock heritage (Rebecca’s Empire), and Monique’s unlimited piano powers as session player to the stars – to thrill fans of Dylan and the art of song. Hear well-known chapters from the ‘Book of Bob’ soulfully re-interpreted, as Monique and Rebecca lead audiences on a poetic journey through well-known hits to less travelled roads of Bobscurity.


Thurs Opening Night | Civic Hall
Friday | Civic Hall | 7.45pm
Saturday | Civic Hall | 1pm
Sunday | Civic Hall | 11.45am

Mullum Music Festival 2018 Line-Up


Bombino (AFR/NGR),Mad Professor (GUYANA),Ben Ottewell (UK),Gordi

Mike Love (US),Saint Sister (IRE),Osaka Monaurail (JAP)
The Turner Brown Band (US|AU), Husky, Gabriella Cohen

Caiti Baker, Thando, William Crighton, Lior (with Strings)

Kaiit(PNG|AU),Jordie Lane, Bobby Alu, Hat Fitz & Cara, Tangents, Buddy(US)

Old Man River, Horns of Leroy, The Cartridge Family, Dao Of Dylan

Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke (CAN) + Lucy Wise (AU),Tullara, Ladyslug

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana),Wanderers, Naga Buah, Cecilia Brandolini, The Mamas, Georgia Fields

Brekky Boy, Sunnyside, Tim Snider (US),Cheap Fakes, China Bowls (UK), Blakboi

Low Down Riders, Arakwal Bunyarra Dancers, Aine Tyrrell, Ash & Sara, This Way North

45 Packin’ Mama, Domini Forster, The Button Collective, The Buckleys, Bethanie Jolly

Walrus & The Carpenter, Michael John Bryant, Sharny Russell, Jesse Morris Band

Ramblin’ Ash, Dynasty 8, Maple, Hannah Cameron, Out Of Range, Shelly Brown, Blindmouth

Mandy Nolan, Rusty Berther, Ellen Briggs, Jonathan Atherton, Matt Ford, Lindsay Webb

Sergio Ben Bullshit, Paul McMahon, Uncomfortable Science, Aloha Baby, The Cassettes

Meninas da Lua, The Bollywood Sisters, Tin Can String Band, Roundabout Theatre

Spaghetti Circus, The Mullum Folk Orchestra, Mullumbimby High School Showcase

Sign of the Times, Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra, The Magic Bus, Youth Mentorship

Renew Fest Community Program, Street Parade, and more!

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