Barunga Festival announces huge line up for 2018 event
Barunga Festival is one of Australia’s most lauded, unique and important cultural events. This year, as they commemorate 30 years since the Barunga Statement handed down by Bob Hawke in 1988, the festival pulls together an all-Indigenous music line up. It just so happens to be packed with some of our favourite artists in the country.
Leading the charge will be an immensely emotional and beautiful tribute to Gurrumul, courtesy of his band Saltwater Band.
Also joining in on the action is the legendary Shellie Morris, who’ll perform alongside amazing rising star Dhapanbal Yunupingu, local favourites Lonely Boys and B2M, always hugely popular acts like Yirrmal and Dewayne Everettsmith and acclaimed Taiwanese artist Suming.
Then there are the lesser known acts who will soon become firm favourites, like Kakadu's Black Rock Band or awesome multilingual rock'n'roll up and comers Ripple Effect Band.
And even Justine Clarke will be there to keep the kids entertained.
It’s not all about the music, the festival also encompasses a series of cultural activities, such as traditional dance, spear throwing, didgeridoo playing, weaving, damper making and storytelling, and there are a number of sporting competitions that show off the finest athletic talent in the top end.
Here’s the line up so far:
Saltwater Band, Suming, Shellie Morris and Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Yirrmal, B2M, Mambali, Tasman Keith, Lonely Boys, Dewayne Everettsmith, Ripple Effect, Tjupi Band, Black Rock Band, Justine Clarke
Barunga Festival happens in Barunga, roughly 80 kilometres southeast of Katherine, from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June.
Tickets are on sale now.