For 8 years Mullum Music Festival has been supporting and nurturing young musicians through its Youth Mentorship Program, teaming up emerging artists under 21 years of age with established musicians from the festival line-up to mentor and provide hands-on practical advice in a festival setting.
The selected young artists from each category get a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute performance slot at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage and a weekend pass to the festival.

2017 MENTORS: This year’s mentors are:

HUSKY (Band category)
Husky first played Mullum Music Festival in 2011, and soon after the band were signed to Sub-Pop (NIRVANA, Father John Misty). With the first single 'Late Night Store’ from their latest release PUNCHBUZZ already achieving high rotation on Triple J, and currently having 3.2 million spins on Spotify, the band are thrilled to return to Mullum in 2017.

ÁINE TYRRELL (Singer songwriter category)
Tyrrell’s passionate music draws from a number of styles and influences. Certainly, traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Her upbringing in County Clare and in the United States (her mother is American) and her new-found love of Australia also means she is drawing from many cultures in her writing.

KODI TWINER of LadySlug (Vocal category)
Front-woman and vocal heroine KODI TWINER leads LADY SLUG - Lismore’s hippest, neo soul, jazz and RNB outfit taking the live music scene by storm.

DOMINI FORSTER (Under 15s category)
After touring extensively with renowned Australian songwriter Lior, past Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Winner Domini Forster released her debut album 'Raven' in March 2017, snagging a 9/10 from Beat Magazine, feature album of the week from Eastside Radio, and a place in both the Triple R Soundscape and the PBS Top 10.

Looking Back...

Past Youth Mentorship Program success stories include previous participants PARCELS who have relocated to Berlin and recently collaborated with Daft Punk, TORA who now spend most of their year touring internationally and Merryn Jeann, now living in Paris, working on a new album as well as collaborating with French producer Mome (their song ‘Aloha’ clocked up over 30 million youtube views and was in the French top 10 between Beyonce and Coldplay).

"The Youth Mentorship Program is at the heart of what we do at Mullum Music Festival," says Festival Director Glenn Wright "For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing. The connections made between young artists and their mentors often last long after the
festival and the Youth Mentorship performances are always a festival highlight."


Vocal - Chloe Mason
Mentor: Shelly Brown

Band - East Atlantic
Mentor: Nattali Rize & Carlo Santone
(Blue King Brown)

Singer Songwriter - Lorelai
Mentor: Suzannah Espie

Under 15 - Monica Brandolini
Mentor: Chris Mallory

Wild Card: Hannah Parrington
Mentor: Miss Renee Simone

Young Women Musicians Shine in Youth Mentorship

In 2016 it was young women who stepped into the spotlight with four out of the five categories for Mullum Music Festival’s Youth Mentorship being won by up and coming female musicians. This reflected the strong representation of women artists at Mullum Music Festival every year, nurturing a music culture that celebrates gender equality.

Young musicians from the Northern Rivers and sometimes as far afield as Darwin submitted their applications online to be judged by industry professionals, with the winners receiving an hour with their judge/mentor prior to their 20-minute performance at the upcoming Mullum Music Festival.

Winner of the Vocal Section was Ballina’s Chloe Mason. Judged by musician Shelley Brown, 14-year-old Chloe says ‘Singing is such a big part of my life.’ A stand out who started singing quirky covers, Chloe has just started writing her own music. Her judge and mentor was very impressed ‘Her vocal tone is stunning’ says Shelley, ‘her delivery is strong, unique and relaxed. I chose her because I want to hear more.’

2016 Festival patron Suzannah Espie judged the Singer/Songwriter section, and chose 15-year-old Byron Bay High School and Nashua resident, Lorelai (Isabella Cox). To say she loved music would be an understatement. Lorelai has been singing since she could talk. For her music is a way ‘to express my feelings. I love that songs can be interpreted in different ways, it makes them even more special’ she says. Suzannah, the festival patron, and Lorelai’s mentor said ‘I chose Lorelei because she has a good swag of songs already that are really nicely recorded, with some great catchy little hooks helping to deliver some tender and personal lyrics.’

In a coup for the 2016 Youth Mentorship Program, respected music writer for The Australian Iain Shedden was guest judge for the Wild Card Entry. Won by 14-year-old Byron girl Hannah Parrington who describes her music as ‘folky – pop.’ Iain said ‘I was impressed by Hannah's grasp of live looping and its role in song structure, but also liked the song and the confidence in her voice.' Hannah is passionate about music and is keen to develop a career in the music industry, so a mentorship is exactly what she believes will help her focus on the years ahead. Hannah will be mentored by musician Renee Simone.

For the Band section Nattali Rize chose Byron Bay High School’s East Atlantic. This grunge and blues based band feature Maayan Barnatan on vocals and guitar, Vinnie Sebastian on back-up vocals and drums and Bon Soric on Bass. Influenced by Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix with a touch of Black Sabbath for good measure, these lads added some serious rock to the program.

Chris Mallory of Two Lions judged the Under 15 section, won by Byron Steiner student and Clunes resident, Monica Brandolini. The youngest daughter of music teachers, it seems that every year a Brandolini has won a Youth Mentorship prize and then gone on to establish significant careers in the music industry. Older siblings Gabe and Cecelia were finalists on The Voice, and young Monica has been singing with her sibs since she could walk. Strongly influence by Regina Spektor, Montaigne, Liana La Havas and Justin Bieber, Monica has a musical maturity way beyond her years. She performed at the sold out 2016 opening night. Chris Mallory was very impressed with Monica’s flawless live delivery and went on to say ‘What a fantastic song!!! I love the chordal structure and the surprising melodies.’

For more information about winners and their role at the Mullum Music Festival, contact Mandy Nolan on 0422701680 or Tom Whitaker on 0438743822.