We spoke to Jah and Jah say - Let the sun shine this weekend! There's a big buzz up North as get ready for the mightiest soul shake down party of the year. Here's some quick tips for the weekend -
Bring a winter jacket for the cool nights. Bring a good hat for the day time sun
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.
DAY TICKETS - will be available daily from the front gate.
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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”.
To continue the tradition of bringing awesome musicians to town we have selected some tasty morsels for y’all to enjoy!
New acts to add to the ever growing line-up of super talented artists include, the lyrical maestro BOOVER BANTON (UK/Melb), who cut his teeth in the heyday of UK soundsystem culture in the 80's where you could find him rocking the mic on his system Lion Heart, as well as guest appearances for Gemi Magic (one of the UK'S biggest soundsystems of the time), and the globally-respected NARAM (Melb/NZ) - obssessive reggae fan with a penchant for vintage dancehall, analogue synthesisers and ridiculously heavy basslines,
We also have some deep minimal bass from NSW beat technician INTERVAL to be served up alongside the bass heavy, funk-laden mid-tempo breaks & glitch hop of Melbourne’s STAUNCH,
Returning to Kuranda this year we are pleased to welcome the ultra smooth styles of GRIFF (Melb), the one and only ZENNITH, Roots favourites DIE RUDE, Brisbane's loud & savvy dirty-funk-hip-hop-rockers SCHOOLFIGHT, as well as drumming workshops with SPANKINHIDE’s ELLIOT ORR, and a host of cultural workshops with GUDJU GUDJU and more.
They join our first line-up drop artists including all the way from the UK – TIPPA IRIE - Tippa emerged from England's Saxon Sound International - the star-studded travelling sound system that has been at the forefront of the U.K. reggae dancehall scene for the past 25 years and helped launch the careers of artists such as Maxi Priest, Papa Levi and Smiley Culture.
Tippa Irie remains one of the most requested Reggae entertainers internationally and is part of the new generation of British MC's who developed the 'Fast Talking' style chat, which today can be heard in modern day rappers like Busta Rhymes. He has produced fifteen albums to date and has a string of number 1 hit songs to his credit including "Hey Mama" with the Black Eyed Peas (which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Song category).
Also heading to Kuranda this year are the Brisbane based dynamic nu-wave brass band BULLHORN - seven hard-hitting horn players, one boss drummer and one monster MC. Their sound is born from a high-octane mix of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and dance music. The combination of their high energy shows, virtuosic musicianship and profound musical arrangements never fails to inspire and get the audiences moving on the dancefloor.
We have so much more to tell you soon and we are super stoked to be bringing you the 11th Kuranda Roots Festival, in the amazingly beautiful site of The Billabong Kuranda. One love.