Kaki King.
Kaki King.

Music to Mullum ears

MULLUMBIMBY will be overrun from tonight, albeit in the best possible way, as a wealth of musical talent pours into the town for this year’s Mullum Music Festival.

The third annual event will offer a line-up to suit any musical palette, with the romping, left-of-centre pop of Washington, to the flamenco-infused beats of Tijuana Cartel, and the guitar wizardry of American Kaki King all set to drop jaws.

With more than 60 artists and performers on the bill between this evening and Sunday, festival organiser Glenn Wright said this year’s event would be the best he and his team had pulled together.

“This is the festival I’ve wanted to book for the last three years,” Mr Wright said.

“It takes a few years to get into the swing of it and be able to finance it.”

Mr Wright said ticket sales for this year’s festival had been far stronger than in previous years,reflecting the quality of the line-up. He said tonight’s opening was almost sold out, ‘which is a good sign’.

Tonight’s opening performances will be by six artists who will get punters in the mood for the next few days, as the festival features jazz, alt-country and electronic music.

Most eyes and ears tonight are likely to be focused on Iowa, USA, vocalist Pieta Brown.

Straight out of the Midwest, Brown’s combination of country, rock and folk is equal parts Loretta Lynn, P J Harvey and Cat Power.

“I’m really excited about seeing Pieta,” Mr Wright said.

“She has a cult following among the artists. She is one of their favourites so it’s exciting for them to see her as well.”

Tonight will also see Chilean Nano Stern return to the festival after captivating audiences with his guitar arrangements at last year’s event.

Sydney father-and-daughter team Dick and Christa Hughes will also combine to put their personal stamp on classic jazz and blues tracks from the 1920s and ’30s.

With the musical bar set high from the opening sets, organisers are expecting about 4000 people to file through Mullumbimby during the next four days.

They will see and hear the musical fare from eight different venues spread throughout the centre of Mullumbimby, giving the festival an intimate connection with the town itself.

This will include the Ex-Services Club and Mullumbimby High School, the two venues where headliner Washington will perform tomorrow and Saturday.

Justifiable hype has enveloped the Australian artist, thanks to her magical debut album, I Believe You, Liar, a national tour, and a 2010 ARIA Award.

“We’re lucky to have her this year,” said Mr Wright, who booked Washington prior to her profile exploding in the back half of the year.

Tickets for each day of the festival can still be picked up from the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

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