Bush Bands Bash

Bush Bands Bash 2016 is on Sunday, August 28 4-9pm

Bush Bands Bash is a foot stomping musical celebration under the starry desert sky. Played to an audience of thousands the concert is the biggest annual showcase of Aboriginal desert music in Australia.

Presented by MusicNT, the Bush Bands Bash concert is the culmination of an intensive music and industry skills camp for remote musicians from the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. Working with inspiring national mentors and industry heavyweights; bands hone their craft and polish their skills ready to perform at the concert. 

Musically the night traverses genres, from desert reggae to country and hip-hop. Songs tell the stories of contemporary life in the Australian desert sung in the traditional languages of the red center.

Bush Bands Bash is a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event

The 2016 Bush Bands lineup includes:
EAST JOURNEY
DESERT HIP HOP
LANDER RIVER BAND
EASTERN ARRERNTE BAND
IRRUNYTJU BAND
IWANTJA SUNSET REGGAE
KARDAJALA KIRRI-DARRA (SANDHILL WOMEN)
ENUNGKWERRIMANJA (SALT LAKE BAND)

Bush Bands mentor, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, MONA FOMA) said Bush Bands was his 'stand out regional event for 2014'. "The energy and talent of these musicians coming from the absolute remotest areas of Australia… It's a perfect example of what support for regional arts can do….".

Bush Bands Bash 2015

The Bush Bands Bash is the biggest celebration of Aboriginal desert music! The 2015 concert featured performances from Eastern Reggae, Creekside Reggae Band, D7'z Hill Boyz & E-Town Boyz, Iwantja, Desert Mulga, Pukatja St Reggae Band, Tjintu Desert Band and Rayella. And a special showcase from the Desert Divas. See photos from the event here.

Bush Bands 2014

In 2014 the program provided 42 Indigenous musicians from remote communities across Central Australia an opportunity to hone their music and performance skills, gain industry knowledge and put it all into practise at a showcase concert in front of thousands. Bands included: Barkly Boys, Kiwirrkurri Band, Musgrave, Rayella, North Tanami Band and Yurampi Boiz.

This 2014 program resulted in strong outcomes for Indigenous musicians with bands invited to play at interstate festivals and events.

  • 42 musicians from 7 communities, participated in the Bush Bands Business and Bush Bands Bash from 2-6th September
  • 6 Aboriginal language groups were represented at the concert, with approx. 65% of song performed in language
  • The first female musician joined the program, participating in Bush Bands Business and performing in Bush Bands Bash concert
  • Over 60 rehearsal, instrumental clinics and industry development sessions were delivered at the Bush Bands Business skills camp
  • 24 mentors worked with musicians during the program
  • 2160 people entered the concert site between 4 -10.30pm on Saturday 6th September, with the total audience estimated at 2500+
  • 137 people were employed through the program

Check out the 2014 Bush Bands 

Check out the photos from the 2014 Bush Bands Bash

Bush Bands 2013

MusicNT delivered the 2013 Bush Bands project which ran from the 18-21 September. It was a two-tiered project that presented a 3 days music industry and skills development camp (Bush Bands Business) at Ross River followed by a large-scale, open-air concert (Bush Bands Bash) in Alice Springs NT. The bands involved in 2013 included: Eastern Reggae, Max and the Cruizers, Running Water Band, Wampana Band, WMC All Stars and Wanarn Band (Sunshine Band). The Sandridge Band and Nabarlek were involved throigh the Sand Tracks Tour.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 60 Indigenous musicians participated in the skills development camp
  • 50 workshops and rehearsal sessions were programmed during the 3-day camp
  • Desert Diva’s opened the concert at with an hour and a half performance showcasing outcomes from their latest workshop
  • 8 bands from across central Australia and the Top End played at the concert
  • 3850 people entered the event site between 4pm & 11.30pm 
  • Live streaming by Tilt Vision received 735 hits in 12 different countries
  • CAAMA radio estimated 380,000 people tuned into the live broadcast, which peaked at 10pm

Check out the 2013 Bush Bands

Check out the photos from the 2013 Bush Bands Bash