BELLO WINTER MUSIC, a weekend music festival (Thur Jul 6–9 2017) has announced the perfect line-up to warm your musical hearts this winter.
Following a similar format to its much loved summer sister festival, The Mullum Music Festival, Bello Winter Music will take place throughout the many delightful (and cozy!) venues of Bellingen, including the Memorial Hall, Diggers Tavern, Federal Hotel, No 5 Church St, Little Red Kitchen, Bellingen Golf Club, St Margaret’s Church Hall, will spill out into the streets and cafes for a family-friendly, affordable weekend of music, celebration and community.
As well as the music, Bello Winter Music will be alive with street theatre, workshops, free events and walking tours. Mullum Music Festival’s hugely popular psychedelic Magic Bus will be making a trip down especially for the inaugural event to ferry festival-goers around the town.
"Bellingen has a similar counter-culture to Mullumbimby; it's just back from the coastal tourist destinations and it’s a naturally beautiful area.” says Glenn Wright, director of Bello Winter and Mullum Music Festival. “Just like Mullumbimby, Bellingen has a diverse community, a long history of environmentalism and a vibrant local music scene. A third of the Bello line-up is made up of local musicians from Bellingen and the Coffs Coast area. Both festivals are dedicated to programming new and emerging artists - local, national and international - and I’m sure like Mullum, Bello will become ‘one to watch’ for exciting new acts.”
“Creating a partner winter festival in Bellingen rather than expanding Mullum Music Festival means another community can reap the benefits of a small scale, community run festival. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.”
Situated roughly half way between Brisbane and Sydney and 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen sits in a spectacular countryside on the banks of the Bellinger River. Small cottages line the river, and a host of bed and breakfast guesthouses can be found close to the town as well as eco huts and farmstay accommodation options. Camping is also available at the nearby Bellingen Showgrounds for the duration of the festival, and bookings can be made through the festival office.
Bello Winter Music is the perfect excuse to get away for a weekend and shake off the winter blues.