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This is the first Mullum Laneways festival which grew from a one-day event in 2023 by Kaleido Mullumbimby. When a friend asked if I wanted to shoot the festival, I did not need persuasion. When I drive down the mountain to Bluesfest I avoid the highway and hug the southern edge of the old volcano. It takes a bit longer but it is a stunning drive through tunnels of trees and past ancient rainforests. I also get to drive through Mullumbimby which always struck me as a beautiful town to relax in.

Maybe it’s the tall palm trees and low-rise federation-style buildings on the wide open streets filled with quirky boutiques, organic cafes and head shops, or maybe the Northern Rivers‘ mild subtropical atmosphere in this pocket of paradise gives Mullumbimby its super chill vibe. This festival was the perfect excuse to stop in Mullumbimby and it did not disappoint.

It began with a flash mob of ukulele players in sombreros playing “Dance the Night Away” appearing in the town’s centre crossroad which had been reclaimed for people on foot. They then broke into “Jamaica Farewell” as they walked down the street to a stage set up on the road where Bunny Racket put on a great performance of fun/kid/rock. Then I turned around and saw these colourful street artists spreading smiles to the kid’s faces.