2016 Bands included
Sun Salute was born in the snow fields of Victoria, Australia. Raised on the surf coast and now reside in the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.
After jamming together during the snow seasons at Falls Creek, Hayden Weke and Jarrah Kurth decided to take their love of reggae, hip hop and funky roots to people who wanted to listen. They played a show with fellow falls creek musician and good friend, Dylan Hammond and decided to move to the Whitsundays where there was opportunity to expand the band. Here they met Chris Booroff who would bring trumpet and lead guitar to the band. Recruiting another friend from the snow, Mr Nestor Galapia on percussion, all they needed was the bubble and skank of a friendly Tongan Mr Saia Latu on keys.
Taking some influence from artists such as Afro Dizzy Act, The Black Seeds, James Brown, Alborosie and Swedish reggae band "Kultiration", Sun Salute are a wholesome brew of Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop and Neo Soul.
They draw inspiration for their material from nature, travel, and the exploration of consciousness. They use themes and concepts from life’s simplicity to create songs rich in morality and positivity. Front man Hayden Weke from the north east of New Zealand brings his connection to Maori culture to the stage with traditional chants and indigenous message. Sun Salutes energy on stage is infectious. Sun Salute is on a mission to spread positivity and healing through music, one crowd at a time!
Andrea Kirwin is a singer-songwriter from the Sunshine Coast with Australian Fijian roots.
Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village. Each song is crafted in a way that allows the listener to subtly enter into the space between words and really experience the story, whether it be a love story or about letting go.
Her music crosses into various contemporary genres including hip-hop, folk, funk and soul, however it is her smooth laid-back vocal tones that make each song come alive. Her voice has been likened to Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, India Arie and Joan Armitrading.
Andrea is truly an independent Australian Artist having self-produced 2 Albums under her own Record Label, Peace Run Records. Always willing to share her songs and stories, Andrea has performed all around the country in some of the smallest cafes and bars in country towns to big music festivals such as The Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming, Palm Creek Folk Festival and Womadelaide to name a few. She is one of Australia's hidden gems, and has recently released her second Album, 'The Story of Us, at the Majestic Theatre, Sunshine Coast in October 2015.
AGNES BLUE are a High Energy Brother and Sister Rock/Roots band consisting of 16 year old Frea Blandford on Drums and Percussion, and 18 year old Guitarist and Singer, Jack Blandford. Together, they create a sound like no other, drawing inspiration from bands like The White Stripes, John Butler Trio, Band of Skulls, Stonefield and Dallas Frasca. They have the ability to blend old style Blues music with modern Surf/Rock sounds, to create a fusion of music not heard before from musicians so young.
Agnes Blue Recorded a new E.P in June 2015 titled ‘Losing Control’, which consists of 5 new tracks ranging from Genres of up-beat Rock, Blues, Roots and Surf-Rock. ‘Losing Control’ was recorded over 2 days on The Sunshine Coast at the famous Heliport Studios with Producer James Russell, and was later released in September.
Agnes Blue have performed at Festivals such as Byron Bluesfest, El Grande Festival, Originals Music Festival, Wintermoon Music Festival, Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Festival, Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival and The Mary River Festival, just to name a few. With the release of their new E.P, they plan to travel as much as possible and get their sound out as far as they can, playing Festivals and Touring. ‘Losing Control’ out now and available from iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and more.
Supercharged guitar, soaring voice, vamping harmonica and evoking lyrics, that’s Asa Broomhall.
His advanced musicianship, powerful delivery and comical stage patter has enchanted audiences everywhere. From Concerts and Festivals all over Australia, the UK and North America to touring with renowned artists and with 5 self-produced releases under his belt, Asa is one of Australia’s finest Independent acts. The Son of a 5-String Bluegrass Banjo player and raised in rural Queensland; Asa has shared his Folk and Blues infused blood with audiences for over 15 years to critical acclaim.
On stage, Asa's powerful guitar driven songs and dynamic live show has taken him from clubs and festivals all over Australia (Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, Gympie Muster, Mullum Music Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Australian Blues Festival, Noosa Festival of Surfing, Sydney Blues and Roots Festival and more....) to touring with national and international artists (including Diesel, Hoodoo Gurus, Ian Moss, Chris Whitley, Jimmy Barnes, Jake Clemons (E-Street Band), The Black Sorrows, Ash Grunwald, Chris Smither, Mark Seymour, Jeff Martin, Busby Marou, The Angels, Kelly Joe Phelps, Andrew Strong (The Commitments), Pete Murray and more...) and regularly performing in the UK, USA and Canada. With 5 independent and self-produced releases and over 15 years of shows under his belt, Asa's dedication to his music and his live show is obvious.
If you fancy a mix of Rock, Folk and Blues with a dose of mischief, make sure you hear Asa's music and experience one of Australia’s best independent artists, whether it be Solo Acoustic or fronting his Powerful Trio, the Asa Broomhall Band.
With sand between his toes and a healthy beach tan at his back, down-to-earth roots talent Sam West is 100% real. Sam’s phenomenal second album Circles is out on October 31st.
With influences including John Butler, Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper, you can count on Sam West to woo fans in any setting: from the smallest pub to a heaving festival jam.
In almost five years of touring, Sam and his big-hearted Mastiff-cross Bruce have covered more than 100,000 kilometres of Aussie roads from Perth to Darwin to Rockhampton in the pursuit of Sam’s richly textured sound. Sam has appeared on Australia’s Got Talent, scooped two silver medals at the 2011 World Championships of Performing Arts in LA, and picked up an endorsement from Cole Clark Guitars along the way.
“My songs come from the heart and I need to live my life 100% – so that I have things to write about!” Sam says of his craft.
Channeling the tropical warmth, hissing waves and laid back rhythms of his Queensland home, Circles perfectly showcases Sam’s trademark percussive, funk-inflected guitar style and honest, earthy vocal. From the anthemic ‘Rise Up’, to a love song served with a sly wink on the side in lead single ‘Happy Birthday Kris’, Sam West delivers plenty of careworn charm with Circles.
The album was produced and recorded at Pacific International Studios with industry stalwart Robert Mackay.
“Sam West is a gifted young bloke with an organic and original style that is refreshingly unlike others,” Mackay says.
HighLife - an Afro, funk infused psychedelic, groove group with South African Singer and guitarist Hayden Hack and his 6-piece funk family. Sharing a vibe with the likes of Fela Kuti, all the players of the highlife style and a 70s-circa Zappa, see HighLife as a musical experience that will make you move and smile – usually both at once.
Incorporating West African percussion, saxophone, flute, highlife guitar licks and arrangements. Add to this a social commentary outlook on lyrics with a vocal range from Hack himself that spans gravelly to falsetto.
Hack has evolved the outfit from a simple duo to what it is now.
Two EPs and their debut album, “The Colour Of…” [Under the name The Hayden Hack Infusion] followed and quickly set them up as one of the most reputable live experiences in South East Queensland. They've shared the stage with the likes of Natalie Rize (Blue King Brown) & Notis (Jamaica), Wild Marmalade, Kooii, Kingfisha, Ash Grunwald and Afro-Dizzi Act and captivated audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Island Vibe and Kuranda Roots amongst many more.
With an infectious live show to get you up and dancing, HighLife will give you a beat, a musical lure you will not be able to ignore, a groove that will weave it’s way into your subconscious and entice you to bounce around in an African infused fashion with a huge smile spreading across your face as though in a happy musical trance.
And that is exactly what it is.