Category: Band | Winner: BLUE SUGAR

Age: 15-17yrs Location: Bellingen/Coffs Coast | Mentor: HAT FITZ & CARA

Category: Singer Song Writer | Winner: ARNOLD

Age: 18yrs Location: Armidale | Mentor: JOE NEWTON

Category: Vocal | Winner: AURORA LI

Age: 16yrs Location: Blue Mountains | Mentor: Claire Anne Taylor

Category: Under 15yrs | Winner: VIOLET SHANTE HOGBIN

Age: 15yrs Location: Bellingen | Mentor: The Maes

Bello Winter Music organisers are thrilled to announce the winners of the 5th Youth Mentorship Program, where emerging artists are mentored by established artists on the festival bill.

“Alot will be gained from the mentor/artist pairings we have awarded this year, and both parties will thoroughly enjoy and cherish the friendships and artistic journeys about to take place. We had entries from as far as The Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and Armidale and of course Bellingen, Coffs Harbour & surrounds” said festival Operations Manager Nino Haggith.

This year’s competition was judged by festival Programmer, Artist Liaison music industry super hero Kate Atkinson. “I really applaud each and every act who applied. They all show a lot of potential and it was hard to pick!”.

Winners of the Band category are Bellingen & Coffs Coast 6 piece outfit BLUE SUGAR whose ages range from 15-17yrs, and have been playing together for about 5 months. They play a mixture or covers and original songs, and their music style is diverse - ranging from sweet & melodic, to pop and funk.

They have been mentored by Tony Rowley (2018 Bello YMP Mentor) through the Coffs Conservatorium.

“We are all so grateful for this opportunity and are looking forward to this experience, doing what we love together!”

The Band members are: Tash Orange – vocals; Leah Besley – vocals; Ben Wall - vocals and guitar; Brendon Ayshford - Lead Guitar; Myles Bolton – Bass; and Lachlan Merchant – Drums. They will be mentored by the mighty HAT FITZ & CARA.

Winner of the Singer Songwriter category is 18 year old Armidale musician ARNOLD who will be paired with JOE NEWTON. “I have really enjoyed coming down the hill for the last few winter fests, and it’s a big dream come true to be getting involved like this. I’m looking forward to meeting some people and having a good time.” Arnold said of his win.

The coveted vocal category was won by 16 year old BLUE MOUNTAINS musician AURORA LI who has the honour of working with the incredible CLAIR ANNE TAYLOR. “Working with a mentor and performing at a festival outside my home town would be a fantastic opportunity to take my songwriting and performance skills to the next level.”

At just 15 years old VIOLET SHANTE HOGBIN will no doubt have an invaluable experience being mentored by the wonderful duo who are THE MAES. Ever since she was young, VIOLET continues to become more confident in her singing, song-writing, piano and guitar playing. Music has been a big part of her life, and she looks forward to learning new things and expanding her musical talent.

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.

Winners performance times (Free for general public):
*Thurs July 11th 2019 - Opening Night Gala: Under 15yrs VIOLET SHANTE HOGBIN

*Sat July 13th 2019:
- 1.45pm-2.15pm ST MARGARET’S HALL - VOCAL Winner: AURORA LI

*Sun July 14th 2019:
-11.30am-12pm CEDAR BAR: (U15yrs): VIOLET SHANTE HOGBIN
- 1.15pm-1.45pm THE GOLF CLUB: (Band) BLUE SUGAR
- 3pm-3.30pm St MARGARET’S HALL - SingerSongwriter Winner: ARNOLD

The Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program is proudly sponsored by SOLAR DEPOT and supported by THE BELLO YOUTH HUB.


Category: Band | HAT FITZ & CARA

Category: Singer Song Writer | JOE NEWTON

Category: Vocal | CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR

Category: Under 15yrs | THE MAES