2018 YOUTH MENTORSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th Youth Mentorship Program,
where emerging artists are mentored by established artists on the festival bill.

Category: Band | Winner: The Fingerz
PERFORMING: SAT | GOLF CLUB | 11.30am
Age: 14-16yrs Location: Coffs Coast
Mentor: Tony Rowley (Titan Sky)

Category: Singer Song Writer | Winner: Gemma Macaulay
PERFORMING: SUN | St MARGARET's HALL | 1.30pm
Age: 16yrs Location: BELLINGEN
Mentor: Ash Bell

Category: Vocal | Winner: Chelle
PERFORMING: SAT | GILF CLUB | 4.45pm
Age: 21yrs Location: Brisbane QLD
Mentor: Sal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)

Category: Under 15yrs | Winner: Annelise
PERFORMING: THUR OPENING NIGHT | MEMORIAL HALL | 7pm
& SUN | GOLF CLUB | 1.15pm
Age: 14yrs Location: Clarence Valley NSW
Mentor: Xani Kolac (The Twoks)

“It was such a hard decision with applicants coming from far and wide – Sydney, Katoomba, Melbourne, Brisbane - and all around beautiful Bellingen!” said one of the judges Nino Haggith (General Manager of Red Square Music & Mullum Music Festival), “I think a lot will be gained from the mentor/artist pairings we have allocated this year and both parties will thoroughly enjoy and cherish the friendships and artistic journeys about to take place.”

Winners of the Band category are Coffs Coast rockers The Fingerz who have a raw sound with impressive lyrics for such a young band (14-16 years) who cite Nirvana, Silverchair, Hockey Dad and Violent Soho as influences. They have recently released a crunchy, driving single ‘Wet Weather’ and are currently working on their first EP.

The Fingerz will be mentored by Tony Rowley of Titan Sky who said "I am so stoked to be a part of the journey for Australia's next generation of young musicians. I saw these guys live earlier this year, and they brought the house down. Up and up we go with The Fingerz!"

Winner of the Singer Songwriter category is 16 year old Bellingen songstress Gemma Mcauley who will be mentored by Ash Bell (Starboard Canons). Gemma grew up on a staple fare of 60s rock, especially The Beatles, and plays guitar, drums and cello. 21 year-old Chelle has scored a spot in the Vocal category with mentor Sal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel). Chelle plays contemporary folk music with influences of alt rock, jazz and blues. Having spent her young life travelling across South Africa, The Middle East and Europe, her eclectic style draws from a wide range of influences.

At just 14 years old, Annelise, the winner of the Under 15 years category, has a maturity in her songs that belies her years. A regular busker, Annelise has an exceptional voice, writes her own songs and plays guitar and keyboard. No doubt she will have an invaluable experience being mentored by Xani Kolac of The Twoks.

Each winner receives a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute performance at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage, and passes to the festival.


The Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program is proudly sponsored by KOMBU WHOLEFOODS and supported by the BELLO YOUTH HUB.

Keep your eyes on this page to see where and when you can catch our rising young winners during our 4th festival weekend. HUge thanks to all our applicants, and congratulations to all our winners!

Meet our 2018 Mentors

Tony Rowley, Sal Kimber, Ash Bell & Xani Kolac