Returning to the amazing Kuranda Amphitheatre, where it all began, Reggaetown 2012 is set to unleash their 10th Anniversary Festival on September 1st. Situated 27kms north-west of the City of Cairns, altitude 300 metres in the village of Kuranda, the amphitheatre is set amidst rainforest and adjacent to the World Heritage areas of Barron Falls National Park.
Announcing the first instalment of the artist line up… There will be fresh new bands to spice up the mix and others returning in high demand. The 2012 line up so far is:
BLUE KING BROWN - KATCHAFIRE (NZ) - GRAMPS MORGAN (JAMAICA) - RIZE OF THE MORNING STAR (PNG) - BOBBY ALU - ZENNITH – J MO & THE 3 BEANS 5 - SISTA ITATIONS - TUFF TUMAS - KANAKA
BLUE KING BROWN will be stepping out of the studio to reunite with the Reggaetown Family. Australia’s premier 8 piece live urban roots crew, BKB are lead by the multi-talented and relentless energy of Natalie Pa’apa’a. With powerful vocal & lyrical delivery, dancehall, roots, rock & afro groove, built on an irrepressible percussive foundation - Their always power packed live show is not to be missed!
KATCHAFIRE have barely set foot in their homeland since the release of their platinum selling, fourth studio album ‘On The Road Again’. A nonstop 2012 has seen the legendary Aotearoa roots rockers smash a mammoth 25 date headline tour of the USA and Hawaii, selling out iconic venues such as House of Blues and The Mezzanine, and a headline tour of Brazil. While over in the UK, the band have been nominated for Best International Band at the British Reggae Music Awards. Returning to Australia for the second time this year they are sure to put on a killer show for their Reggaetown fans.
All the way from Jamaica, international award winning GRAMPS MORGAN will be making a very special debut Australian appearance. The release of Gramps’ first album proceeded with performances on a string of high profile tours with John Legend (Evolver), India Arie (Soulbird) and Buju Banton (Rasta’s Got Soul). With the latter, Gramps also netted Grammy status with credits as a co-producer, writer and lead vocalist on the song “Try Life” on Banton’s 2010 ‘Reggae Album of the Year’ Before The Dawn. When one considers that Gramps has already sold millions of records as a regal member of the internationally renowned Reggae band Morgan Heritage, it is only natural that his solo endeavours would also be grand.
Get ready for a very special production with RIZE OF THE MORNING STAR (more info to come). While the Pacific grooves, afro rhythms, smooth harmony & good vibes of QLD’s latest vibrant offering BOBBY ALU bring a fresh sound to the festival. ZENNITH our local favourites, will be returning and J MO & 3 BEANS 5 will be heading north from Sydney town. Sound systems will be pumping with the likes of SISTA ITATIONS, TUFF TUMAS & KANAKA. So get your dance on!
Reggaetown World Music Festival has been paving the way for Reggae, Roots and World Music fusions in Australia since 1995. This year is our 10th anniversary event, and we’re feeling mighty proud of the joyous food for the soul that we’ve been serving up to our beloved and loyal audiences for over a decade.
Reggaetown offers a lush tropical experience of musical bliss with some of the best skankin bands and DJs around. Take a break to one of Australia’s most beautiful destinations, while soaking up the musical vibes of Reggaetown World Music Festival.
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