This year’s all-Indigenous musical lineup includes talent from across Australia and beyond
In 2018 Saltwater Band reunite for Barunga Festival. They will proudly present a tribute to their co-founding member Dr G Yunupingu. They’ll also be bringing dancers in a memorial presentation that will be emotional and heartfelt.
B2m (bathurst to Melville)
B2M (Bathurst to Melville) have already accomplished what takes some bands a lifetime to achieve - role model status in their community and ambassadors to a broader Australian and international community - as they carry a positive image of their people and culture through their R’n’B music with a unique Tiwi twist.
Yolngu artist Yirrmal Marika, is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. Yirrmal will be performing as a duo with his cousin, Dimathaya Burarrwanga.
Suming・Rupi is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, director of Amis Music Festival and an actor in Taiwan who grew up in Dulan Tribe, Taitung. Suming writes songs for pop-stars, and has won significant music awards in Taiwan.
with Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Join the bulanydjan (sisters), through skin, as they share their stories and songs in a magical performance unlike any you have seen chronicling their parallel life journeys until they converged and the path they walk together now.
Mambali perform songs from the dreamtime about country, culture and the Dhumbul Dance (Devil Dance). Most songs are sang in language and they believe that through music the next generation will follow and understand their culture and remember where they are from.
Lonely Boys are a six-piece guitar inspired punk rock band who have been playing in local and surrounding communities for over ten years. They have performed extensively across Arnhemland to thousands of adoring fans at Indigenous community festivals
One of those rare performers with a gift, a presence, Dewayne simply tells his story to a crowded room and most individuals listening feel he’s singing just for them. He can’t explain it and he’s not consciously trying to use it; it’s just there, it’s just him.
Ripple Effect Band are a group of women from remote NT who have been playing music together since high school. Reflecting the multilingual nature of their hometown of Maningrida, they sing in four different Aboriginal languages as well as English.
Tjupi Band is a Central Australian Indigenous band from the community of Papunya, Northern Territory. They sing in Luritja and English and play desert reggae
Black Rock Band
Black Rock Band are an emerging band hailing from the West Arnhem region in the Northern Territory’s Top End.Drawing on deep musical family history they incorporate traditional and contemporary sounds with a steady rock style, singing in both Kunwinjku and English.
hailing back to the Barunga of old
This year traditional dance takes pride of place
More than ten groups of traditional dancers are flying and driving in from all corners of the Territory, including Numbulwar’s Dhumbul Dancers, Rirritjingu Clan Dancers, Port Keats, Gumatj, Bulman and Beswick dancers.
Bringing people together through song and dance
Music is such a big part of community life, bringing together artists, performers, song men and song women to share stories and culture with the audience through song and dance. Traditional meets contemporary music across two stages over three nights at the festival. Nationally acclaimed musicians perform alongside emerging artists from communities perform together at Barunga Festival. The festival treats its audiences to workshops, acoustic performances, surprise acts and back-to-back community bands on center stage.
- Friday Night Disco run by the kids from Barunga School (thanks to Dr G's Foundation)
- Get lost in the crowd - enjoy 2 nights of live music from emerging community bands and invited guests on the Main Stage
- Curl up under a blanket by the creek and watch acoustic performances from nationally acclaimed musicians and invited guests
- Fun for the whole family: morning performances for children on the Main Stage with special guest Justine Clarke
- Sit down with established musicians for intimate workshops and networking