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:
LAJAMANU TEENAGE BAND
DESERT HIP HOP
LANDER RIVER BAND
EASTERN ARRERNTE 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….".
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.
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.
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.