LIVE ACT: Mojo Juju is set to perform at Bello Winter Music.
LIVE ACT: Mojo Juju is set to perform at Bello Winter Music. Contributed

Get up close and personal with festival acts

OFTEN it's the experiences you don't expect that become your highlight memories at a music festival.

Those 'I can't believe I just saw that' moments.

When your favourite act invites your other favourite out of the crowd to come up and jam with them.

When you had no idea who was playing when you walked in but they're all you can talk about by the time they've finished.

When the dance floor is full of musicians from the line-up, loving the music just like you.

If this doesn't sound like the kind of music festival you've been going to, you should get yourself to Bello Winter Music.

"Bello Winter Music very much about setting the scene for a community of musicians to come together and enjoy what they do best, making music together," director, Glenn Wright said.

"We program events that create opportunities for collaboration and spontaneity.

"The bonus for punters is they get to experience some incredible one-off gigs and an atmosphere of camaraderie that flows throughout the whole festival."

There are a number of special events planned for this year's Bello Winter Music, bringing musicians from the line-up together or showing a side of them you never knew.

GRAM PARSONS PROJECT

Featuring Willie Watson, Josh Hedley, Claire Anne Taylor, Jo Jo Smith, The Green Mohair Suits, Sweet Jean, Sarah Carroll, Aine Tyrrell and Cath Cooper.

A very special showcase celebrating the music of Gram Parsons - 70 years after his birth.

Join MC Marty Jones (Rhythms magazine), bluegrass/Americana band Heartworn Highway and many of this year's festival artists in collaboration on Sunday morning at the beautiful Bellingen Memorial Hall.

Memorial Hall - Sunday, 11.30am-1pm

Curated by Sista Mary

CUTLOOSE SALOON

Located in the heart of Bellingen, Outpost Salon will become the Cutloose Saloon on Friday and Saturday night at Bello Winter Music.

The pop up venue will play host to a mystery selection of performers from the festival - from special acoustic performances, unique collaborations, beatnik poetry, and even an adult's only sexy science show. You never know who'll pop up in the Cutloose!

Outpost Salon, located behind the Post Office - Friday and Saturday night, 7-9pm

BREAD & BUTTER

A highlight from last year's festival, Bread & Butter returns in 2016. Proudly presented by the Sonic Lab, this show consists of a handpicked selection of artists from the festival in unlikely duets.

Taking place at the Golf Club on Sunday, this very special concert features Mojo Juju, William Crighton, Claire Anne Taylor, Roman MC (Bullhorn), Jo Jo Smith, Elana Stone, Merryn Jeann, Rhea Caldwell (Baby Blue), Leah Senior, Sahara beck and Madeline Leman.

Golf Club - Sunday, 4.30pm

ON THE COUCH WITH BRIAN NANKERVIS

For the past 11 years, Brian Nankervis has been writing, producing and co-hosting the SBS music quiz show, RocKwiz. For Bello Winter Music, Brian will host two special performances where he'll invite musicians to join him 'on the couch' for a chat and maybe a song or two. An absolute hit at last year's Mullum Music Festival, where Brian got up close and personal with the likes of Ben Ottewell, Oh Pep! and JoJo Smith, expect the chance to hear from musicians in a way you rarely get to.

Diggers Tavern - Saturday and Sunday, 2pm

For more information on the festival, which runs Thursday-Sunday, visit www.bellowintermusic.com.



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