Exploding out of Sydney’s inner-west, The Regime is a 20+ piece funk ensemble, that’s tipping the scales firmly back into the favour of fun. Dripping with raw sexual energy that’s one part James Brown and two parts Jamiroquai lavishly sprinkled with George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, this instant party machine is an orgiastic carnival of the senses that has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed.
Shantan Wantan Ichiban
Shantan’s gift to put together energetic sets across different genres has made him one of Sydney’s most sought after DJs. With an arsenal of Hip Hop, Trap, Future Beats, Bass, Grime, Dancehall and R&B to pick from, his sets often obliterate any given dancefloor due to the sheer amount of dancing. He can be found playing festivals like ‘Splendour In Grass’, ‘Groovin The Moo’, ‘Lost Paradise’ and ‘Secret Garden’.
Cool Out Sun
Afro-Soul outfit Cool Out Sun is comprised of four creatives, producer/drummer Sensible J, vocalist N’fa Jones, percussionist/vocalists Lamine Sonko and Nui Moon and a family of guest collaborators infusing World Music, Roots and Hip Hop with an inclusive Afro-heart-Beat inviting you to wake up and cool down and vibe to.
Irie Man is a roots rock steady band that play classic jamaican songs as well as one drop hits and lovers rock from the 70’s and then they’ll “Italize” other songs that you know and love from other genres, an idea of guitarist Illya Szwec’s he enlisted Pat Powell on vocals plus his Jamaican brother from another mother Winston Stephenson on bass and Ivan Jordan on drums, your inner groove meister will be busting to break free when you feel their riddims.
From the raw, roots-driven frequencies of Aotearoa (New Zealand) comes SUB- TRIBE. Rolling in thick with bottom end, glitchy beats and soaring harmonies, expect to be taken on a journey across genres. From blues drenched dub, chunky skank reggae to jazz hop and ragga dancehall, SUB-TRIBE leaves no groove base unturned.
Minnie Marks is not just some blazingly electrified guitar playing freak of nature. She is also a rare and triple threat: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Relentlessly gigging across the globe, equipped with an old Goldtop in her hands and a revolutionary Farmer Foot Drum at her feet; Marks consistently pushes musical limits with her mind-blowing, dynamic guitar wizardry and her insanely powerful voice, that roars out her truth through song as if her own life depended on it. And, if that’s not enough, simultaneously, creates bone marrow shaking grooves with spare limbs on her Foot Drum kit. Finally all three beasts are married together to forge a mammoth sized wall of sound.
Ruby Gilbert Band
Ruby Gilbert is nothing short of a sonic enchantress. She is known for her distinctive sound that skilfully melds the old with the new to create an irresistible combination of folk- rock and blues with a vintage, Americana twist. Since the release of her debut EP ‘Dearly Beloved’ in 2018, Ruby Gilbert has been turning heads with her musical prowess. She has received several Queensland Music Award nominations for her music, played multiple prominent festivals and showcases around Australia including BIGSOUND and TEDX, had her music featured on Netflix and ABC, and has toured with the likes of C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and The Teskey Brothers.
Lucy Gallant is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her captivating blend of bohemian folk-roots and tropical vibes. She’s played at festivals globally, showcasing her unique musical style. Her latest EP, “Flowers,” produced by Aria Award-winning Govinda Doyle, reveals her artistry and heartfelt vulnerability.
The Water Runners
Take one part bluegrass, one part trad folk and a dash of country. Mix in great story-telling, catchy tunes, tight harmonies, strong musicianship and an engaging stage show and you have The Water Runners! Voted Best Band in the 2020 National Australian Busking Championships and finalists in 2021 Australian Folk Music People’s Choice award, their songs will move you with stirring tales and carry you along South Coast trails.
The Inadequates are an award-winning trio known for their innovative acoustic style. Growing rapidly within the Australian folk scene, they have been likened to bands such as Nickel Creek and Mumford & Sons. Performing a catalogue of original music focusing on their tight harmonies and technical skill, The Inadequates (and their suits) are definitely an act you don’t want to miss.
Rusty & The Saint
Long-time musical acquaintances finally come together on stage to present an eclectic selection of contemporary folk-influenced songs. Rusty is Russell Churcher and The Saint is David De Santi. They debuted at the 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival with a swag of songs from the likes of Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett.
With ARIA chart hitting songs and national & international songwriting recognition in her back pocket from her releases with trio The New Graces, Robyn launches her solo project. With a sound that is distinctly Australian, her music traverses a wide terrain from deep pocket soul, mixed with heart warming, thought provoking folk sensibilities, to the occasional banjo driven hoedown singalong and a sprinkle of grungy angst rock.
Benji & the Saltwater Sound System
Benji and the Saltwater Sound System fuse pacific flavours with jazz, reggae, world folk and African roots to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Ben has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this line-up.
Enjoy the youthful performance of the 2023 Australian Busking Champion (Secondary Division), Tulli Naje. This solo vocalist and guitarist delivers a soulful interpretation of folk and pop covers. With a voice beyond her years and heartfelt recitals it’s hard not to be entranced by this young and beautifully natured musician.