ROCKWIZ: Television presenter and music lover Brian Nankervis at last year's festival.
ROCKWIZ: Television presenter and music lover Brian Nankervis at last year's festival. Kurt Petersen.

Bello rocks to a winter warm vibes

IT'S winter and for television presenter and comedian Brian Nankervis that means it's time to head north for the annual Bello Winter Music Festival.

Nankervis, best-known for SBS's ever-popular RockWiz, is back again to meet the performers and fans at the family-friendly boutique music festival that is Bello Winter Music.

More than 70 artists descend on Bellingen for the festival during the school holidays (July 11-14).

Nankervis, who hosts an interview show as part of the festival, said the acts would grace halls, pubs and even market places of the tiny town during the four-day event.

This year's line-up includes New Zealander Nadia Reid, the ever- popular Bullhorn, five- piece Pony Face, young indigenous artist Emily Wurramara, Blues stars Hat Fitz and Cara, leading Zydeco band Pyscho Zydeco, one-man band Juzzie Smith and The Maes.

Nankervis said he was invited by organisers to be involved in both the Bello and Mullumbimby festivals and so On the Couch with Brian Nankervis was born.

"The audience gets a snapshot of the festival," he said.

"It's me interviewing three younger festival performers and they do a couple of songs each."

It's a formula that obviously works well for both the warm, friendly festival and for the equally warm and friendly Nankervis.

It's clear he loves the chance to talk to people about their careers and their music as much as he loves the music itself.

It's also a good excuse to keep coming back to a region that seems to have captured his heart.

"My connection with the area goes way back. I remember I spent a bit of time in Coffs Harbour 25-30 years ago," he said.

And now he just keeps coming back.

Catch Brian and all the amazingly different and varied acts at the Bello Winter Music festival.

Tickets are now on sale but sell out quickly. Go to bellowintermusic.com.


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