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 included: LAJAMANU TEENAGE BAND, DESERT HIP HOP, LANDER RIVER BAND, EASTERN ARRERNTE BAND, IRRUNYTJU BAND, IWANTJA SUNSET REGGAE, KARDAJALA KIRRI-DARRA (SANDHILL WOMEN), ENUNGKWERRIMANJA (SALT LAKE BAND) and the DESERT DIVAS.