IT'S been a long time coming, but live music is slowly making a comeback after a long absence due to COVID restrictions.
UMBL Music have come back after the hiatus swinging and are ready to go with their Summer Dreams Festival at Bellingen Showgrounds.
Running from Friday, December 17 until Saturday, December 18, festival director Ahva Dub says the two day event has seen a huge surge in interest as many people are keen to get back into the live music scene.
"Summer Dreams just snowballed from an event we were trying to run in November into an amazing two day festival with a lot of First Nations content and a real grassroots family-friendly feel," he said.
"This is a great opportunity for everyone to finally get together and feel like a community again through dance and music.
"Everyone can come; we won't be turning people away, no mask, no check-in, no vax, no worries."
Over two days, the Bellingen Showgrounds will play host to music workshops and a line-up of talented musicians from across the country.
The doors open at the all ages event from 1:30pm Friday; tickets are for sale at the door.
The Opening Ceremony with Traditional Welcome and Dance starts at 4:30pm and youth bands will play from 2pm.
Miklo Jarret's Gunganbuwala Singers will feature, along with legendary QLD dance band OKA and Gumbaynggirr rock band Jumbaal Dreamin.
For a complete list of artists, ticket pricing, workshop availability and everything else you might need to know, head over to the official website here.
Alternatively, check out UMBL's Facebook page: "UMBL Music" or "SUMMER DREAMS Festival - Bellingen Showgrounds Fri 17 & Sat 18th Dec" for more information.
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