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.

Kuranda Roots is a 2 day festival held at the Billabong, only 3km from Kuranda Village. The festival’s philosophy is about bringing together the creative community of North Queensland to celebrate expression in the arts and to perform alongside an exciting bill of national and international artists.

So far we have confimed Sydney Afro-HipHop outfit TrueVibe Nation, rising Torees Strait star Chris Tamwoy, Byron Bay's champion dancehall reggae crew The SkankStarz and the 420 Sound System.

Expressions of interest to perform or hold a market stall will open on March 21 from the Kuranda Roots website:

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”.



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