What’s On? Your Guide to the Mullum Music Festival 2014
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.
Since 2008, the Mullum Music Festival has grown each year. This year it will feature more than 75 local, national and international groups and musicians, with genres covered from indie-pop, rock and world music to folk, jazz and country. The Mullum Music Fest spans four days and will be held this coming weekend (20 – 23 November). So, if you haven’t already, make plans to head to the Byron Bay area now!
Holiday visitors who want to know what’s on in Byron Bay this coming weekend 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.
The Mullum Music Festival 2014 kicks off with a bang by hosting a limited seating Opening Night Gala from 6 to 11pm on Thursday 20 November. Dubbed ‘The Wild Party’ this year, this evening of music sells out every year and did again this year.
So make sure to nab your tickets for the rest of the weekend now! Silver Passes for the weekend run $200 per adult while day passes range from $68 to $82 per adult.
Spread over venues like the Civic Hall, a high school and a funky bowling club, the music starts at 5pm on Friday (with the exception of the fun free Farmers Market concert which goes from 8 – 11 am on Friday morning) and continues all weekend. Music begins again at 9 am on Saturday (after a yoga class, of course!) and then noon on Sunday.
Another not-to-miss aspect of the festival is the Street Parade that begins at 11 am on Sunday that runs from the Council Chambers, outside in the park, to the Civic Hall. This year looks to be the biggest parade yet and will be headed by Festival Patron Henry Angus.
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 bus stops in Byron Bay at the Byron Bus Terminal, located in front of Rails Hotel on Main Street. The pick up time is 5:15pm on Friday, 11:15 am on Saturday and 10:15 am Sunday. To return by bus, meet up outside the Mullum Civic Hall where you’ll catch the bus at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10:15 pm on Sunday.
What else to do in Mullumbimby
In addition to tons of great music, free street theatre and circus on the streets and lots of other fun activities, 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 favorite but on many travel writers’ must-do lists.
Other great options:
- The Empire Cafe: Burgers are a favorite at this restaurant, but offers options for vegan or gluten free visitors.
- Spice It Up Thai: Located at one of the venues, the Bowling Club, visitors rave about it serving the ‘best regional Thai food’.
- Poinciana: Serves up breakfast/lunch/brunch, this Caribbean cuisine themed restaurant is another local favorite.
A couple of fun things to hit up:
- Art Piece Gallery: This gallery, which supports local artists, strives to promote accessible art.
- Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens: Makes sure to do thefamous Buddha Walk and the Labyrinth. If you happen to hit in the afternoon, there’s a free “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!