What’s On? Mullum Music Festival 16-19 November
Located just 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby calls itself the ‘Biggest Little Town in Australia’. But this ‘little’ town produces one of the best music festivals in Australia annually – the Mullum Music Festival.
This year, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the Mullum Music Festival, and this year’s lineup features performances from Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentleman, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders and more. Local, national and international groups and musicians will grace the stages over the four days of the festival, 16-19 November 2017.
Tickets are already sold out for Thursday and the gold weekend passes are as well, so if you’re thinking about coming, now is the time to nab your tickets. Tickets cost from $68 per adult for day passes on Friday, to $82 for adult day passes on Saturday and Sunday. There are still Weekend silver and bronze passes available.
Holiday visitors to the Byron Bay area during the weekend of 16-19 November should make the short trip to Mullumbimby to enjoy all the awesome music and activities the festival has to offer. This festival may be smaller than some others in Australia, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the quality of music, venues and amenities. In fact, the Sydney Morning Herald has previously rated the Mullum Music Festival as one of its top five music festivals.
Special Events During the Festival
The Mullum Music Festival 2017 kicks off with the already sold out Opening Night Gala on Thursday 16 November. But don’t worry, there are lots of other fun special events as well as tons of music to make coming out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or all weekend long.
Spread over venues like the Civic Hall, a high school and a funky bowling club, the music starts at 4:30pm on Friday (with the exception of the fun free Farmers Market concert which goes from 8 – 11 am on Friday morning, which will be broadcast live on ABC North Coast) and continues all weekend. Music begins again at 10 am on Saturday (after a yoga class, of course, and several workshops) and then noon (mostly, with the exception of Titan Sky, which will play at 10am at the Courthouse Hotel) on Sunday.
Another not-to-miss aspect of the festival is the Street Parade that begins at 11 am on Sunday and runs from the Council Chambers, outside in the park, to the Civic Hall. The 2017 parade is sponsored by Santos Organic and typically features lots of great music and an array of local musicians.
If you want to stay in the area but not right on top of the festival, consider the budget-friendly location of Broken Head Holiday Park. This way you also can enjoy all of what’s on in Byron Bay as well as the Mullum Music Fest.
The Mullum Music Fest offers a bus service to and from the event for $10 per adult. The festival partnered with Blanch’s bus service and is offering rides from Suffolk Park, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Use Route 640 buses from Byron Bay, Suffolk Park and Mullumbimby River Terrace to head to the festival. Take Route 645 buses from Brunswick Heads to catch a ride to the festival.
For the return trip, you’ll need to find a festival-operated bus outside the Mullum Civic Hall. Make sure to note these buses will only operate to Byron Bay and Suffolk Park on request.
What else to do in Mullumbimby
In addition to tons of great music, workshops, a nature walk, street parade and even a free concert at Mullum Markets on Saturday, there are a host of great places to eat and things to do. For example, make sure to grab a slice of pizza at Milk and Honey – it’s not only a local favourite but on many travel writers’ must-do lists.
Other great options:
- The Empire Cafe: Burgers are a favourite at this restaurant, but offers options for vegan or gluten free visitors.
- Spice It Up Thai: Located at one of the venues, the Bowlo, visitors rave about it serving the ‘best regional Thai food’.
- Poinciana: Serves up breakfast/lunch/brunch, this Caribbean cuisine themed restaurant is another local favourite. NOTE: This restaurant plays a special role in the festival. On Friday and Saturday nights, Poinciana turns into The Festival Cafe with ticketed events both evenings starting at 6pm.
A couple of fun things to check out:
- Art Piece Gallery: This gallery, which supports local artists, strives to present “a particularly high standard” of work by established and emerging Northern Rivers artists.
- Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens: Makes sure to do the famous Buddha Walk and the Labyrinth. If you happen to go in the afternoon, there’s a “Crystal Castle Peace Experience” that is worth your time.
Stay at Broken Head Holiday Park
A stay at our affordable holiday park in Broken Head translates to more cash flow to enjoy the Mullum Music Festival and what’s on in Byron Bay. Check out our Byron Bay budget accommodation and book now!