Shake off the winter blues at Bello music fest

ON STAGE: Luci Thorne is just one of more than 60 artists appearing at Bello Winter Music.
ON STAGE: Luci Thorne is just one of more than 60 artists appearing at Bello Winter Music.

THE only place to get the winter blues this year is Bellingen.

The team behind the successful Mullum Music Festival has set its sights on the Mid North Coast and is bringing music, workshops, street theatre, walks and talks to town during July 2 to 5 as part of the first Bello Winter Music event.

International, national and local performers will be playing in the pubs, halls and street corners of Bellingen for a perfect long weekend of music and entertainment.

It's the first weekend of the July school holidays and the perfect excuse to shake off the winter blues.

Following a similar format to the summer sister festival at Mullum, Bello Winter Music will showcase an eclectic, quirky mix of artists and activities.

As well as the music, Bello Winter Music will be alive with street theatre, workshops, free events, walking tours and it will host the first youth mentorship program. Mullumbimby's popular psychedelic Magic Bus will be making the trip for the inaugural event to ferry festival-goers around the town.

So who's going to play? Grammy-nominated guitar and vocal harmony duo, The Milk Carton Kids from the US along with roots and blues legend Ash Grunwald, Melbourne's Anislie Wills, new gospel/hip hop outfit Joens Jr, folk pop darlings Tinpan Orange, soul diva Emma Donovan with her Melbourne funk band The Putbacks, exotic rhythms from Rasa Duende and red hot flamenco from Arte Kanela. They will join more than 60 other international, national and local acts in the inaugural line-up.

Bellingen Leaf is a series of talks, walks, workshops and forums happening throughout the festival focusing on sustainable practices, organic growing, personal and environmental health, food security, renewable energy and more.

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