Gabriella Cohen, Jordie Lane, Bombino to play Mullum Music Festival

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Mullum’s got it all, from Australian singer–songwriters to African desert rock.

Now in its 11th year, Mullum Music Festival might be younger than its North Coast cousins Splendour and Bluesfest, but it’s no less of an extravaganza.

This year’s line up proves that. It boasts a huge range of Australia and beyond’s grooviest talent – not bad for a festival that promises “no headliners”.


Repping our local shores are a whole slew of Double J (and triple j) favourites. There’s Gordi, with her riveting brand of electro–acoustic reflections on love and trauma. There’s alt–country veteran Jordie Lane playing every single damn day of the festival.

There’s hip–hop extraordinaire KAIIT, who’ll bring her unabashed rhymes and soulful powerhouse vocals, and one of our favourite artists of this year, Melbourne-via-Canberra-via-Zimbabwe singer Thando. And there’s the just–announced Gabriella Cohen, whose candid, Barnett–esque lyricism and 60s–inspired melancholy have left many a listener rapt.


On top of that – in typical Mullum style – there’ll be a strong world music contingent. Over the past decade, Mullum has become known for its everything–goes attitude, and prince of North African rock Bombino is sure to fit right in with his undulating riffs that seem tailor–made to inspire bouts of toe–tapping and head–banging.

Joining him are nine–piece Japanese funkmasters Osaka Monaurail, who – armed with trumpets and horns – will no doubt make for an electric experience on the back of their sheer manpower alone.

Reggae masters Mad Professor and Jah9 are also sure to grace the festival with some of the thickest beats Mullumbimby has ever seen.


And when you’re all boogied out, be sure to check out dreamy Irish duo Saint Sister, acoustic American outfit Buddy, and Australia’s own Lior (whose soothing folk will be joined by live strings accompaniment!) and, of course, gravel-voiced Gomez vocalist Ben Ottewell.

It all goes down on 15–18 November in the streets and watering holes of Mullumbimby. Here’s the full line up:

Bombino, Mad Professor, Jah9, Gordi, Osaka Monaurail, Kaiit, Jordie Lane, Saint Sister, Hat Fitz & Cara, The Turner Brown Band, Ben Ottewell, Mike Love, Gabriella Cohen, Caiti Baker, Thando, William Crighton, Lior (with strings), Tangents, The Mammas, Bobby Alu, The Cartridge Family, Georgia Fields, Ladyslug, Horns of Leroy, Buddy, Dao of Dylan, Old Man River, Low Down Riders, Uncomfortable Science, The Wanderers, Tullara, Naga Buah, Cecilia Brandolini, Brekky Boy