GATES OPEN - Midday Friday for camping ...

Main Festival gates open 4pm ... Just a reminder - the Billabong is a licensed venue.. there is NO BYO ALCOHOL allowed in the campground or onsite..
thank you

Online tickets close midday Friday, but there will be tickets available on the gate!

Not long now groovers! We be seeing y'all soon ...


The official program is ready for your perusal fine people. It's a full schedule of bands, DJs, performers and workshops, so have a look to see where you will be, when you will be there ;)

Click here for a downloadable version.


Here 'tis!  The FULL LINEUP DROP for this year's Kuranda Roots Festival!   What a beautiful thing it is.

We are stoked we have now added internationally renowned, bass-heavy reggae producer DUB TERMINATOR, conscious beat makers LUBDUB and Melbourne’s super impressive KODIAK KID to an already killer bill - that includes the 8-piece brass funk/ragga explosion BULLHORN, Melbourne's superb ascended hip-hop maestros HUGO & TREATS, Torres Strait Islands' guitar virtuoso CHRIS TAMWOY,

Byron Bay's number one reggae crew the 420 SOUND SYSTEM and the fun-loving and quirky SKANKSTARZ, PNG's slinky sounding soulstress LOA, Brisbane's island vibin' PROGRESSIVE TAN, Latino goddess of soul KATIA DEMEESTER, the ever loveable FORMIDABLE VEGETABLE SOUNDSYSTEM, live Drum & Bass from the RUDEKAT SOUND.

Other new additions are songstress ESSIE THOMAS, Nimbin’s number one selector ELEMENTARY SOUND SYSTEM, the incredible MARZ RHYTHMIC STARZ, Airlie Beach’s well wicked SUN SALUTE, the sensational MYSTIC BEATS, as well as DJ’s BILLY DREAD, ZIV, SEED, smiGGle and P KING.

On the local front we have some of the greatest seasoned Far North performers and entertainers this side of the Barron River, including local hip-hop funkers THE DIALERS and Kuranda’s own ZENNITH, KOAHLITION, JUNGLE FUNK TRIO, DIDJITAL CAVEMAN, BOSKO & HONEY, KING PIG and SECRET TUESDAYS.


A very tasty new addition to Kuranda Roots Festival this year - starting from Wednesday 15 April - we are lucky enough to offer limited Tour and Glamping packages, courtesy of our good friends at Travel Beats.

So now you can groove away to the sweet beat and lose yourself in the whole festival experience. Travel Beats can take care of your musical tour score with organising all your transport and providing the perfect festival or gig accommodation. All options include your festival ticket.

If you're coming from outta town (or even if you're local!) there are 2 festival accommodation options:
For the $$ concious there is the standard camping package: 1x 3 person Dome tent, 2x Self-inflating Air Mattresses and 2x Folding Camp Chairs.

For those who might want to splurge a little, maybe consider Bell Tent Glamping: Styled Interior Bell Tent, Mattress (as requested; singles or queen), Linen including sheets, blankets, pillows and towels, Solar Lamp Lighting.

Both options also come with: 1x Burner Butane Stove, 1x LED Solar Rechargable Light, and a 35ltr Esky, Cutlery & Crockery & will be set up in a designated camp area with communal chill zone & access to a generator or solar power.

Booking with Travel Beats ensures your commitment to the Leave No Trace ethos. Respect and love the land we are privileged to be on!

You can head into their Cairns store to grab tickets and book your ace camping rig, or jump onto their website right now - these packages are going to sell like hotcakes at little lunch!
Travel Beats - Shop 8, Oceana Walk/ 55 Lake St, Cairns


Kuranda Roots, now in it’s 12th year will be back at the Billabong from June 12-13. The festival is part of an exciting Far Northern festival circuit that lures an influx of people from interstate, starting at Happy Daze (May 29) in Mackay, Kuranda Roots, Laura Dance Festival (June 20-22) and culminating in Bushweek (June 23-29) in Rossville. The festival pilgrimage takes in a diverse variety of music styles and cultural performances set against the stunning backdrop of Queensland’s East coast, including the fascinating cave country of Cape York and lush tropical rainforest of the coastal ranges.

CAMPERS - there's toilets and showers in the campground. Be respectful of your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum. There's also plenty of food and drink stalls inside the festival and a regular shuttle bus into the village.

TICKETS - Available March 21 from, Shiva Moon, Cairns Happy Herb store, Shi Sha Beads, Sweet Leaf Cafe and Fetish 4 Life.


Over the past ten years artists as diverse as the UK’s Mad Professor and Mungo’s HiFi, NZ’s Cornerstone Roots and Olmecha Supreme and Australian favourites Archie Roach, Opiuo, Combat Wombat, OKA, Dubmarine, Kingfisha and so many more, have made the journey up to the rainforest to perform in what some say is “the best little festival in Oz”.