Bart Willoughby headlines 2016 Yabun Festival

The annual Yabun Festival returns to Victoria Park in Camperdown on the 26th of January 2016, and will be headlined by Aboriginal rock/reggae icon Bart Willoughby.

One of the most influential artists in contemporary Aboriginal music, Bart Willoughby is the man behind Aboriginal anthems, ‘We Have Survived’, ‘Black Man’s Rights’ and ‘Aboriginal Woman’. Other artists who will perform at the 2016 Yabun Festival include Radical Son, Yarwah, Drewz, Leah Flanagan, Evie J Willie, Black Turtles, Bow & Arrow and Nooky.

Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is a free event that features some of the biggest names and emerging artists from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music scene performing live throughout the day. The event also features arts and crafts workshops, a range of food and merchandise stalls, traditional Indigenous games, circus skills workshops, rugby league activities and drills, singing and dancing lessons for kids, and traditional Aboriginal cultural performances at the Corroboree Ground. Yabun draws a large and diverse crowd each year. Previous Yabun headliners have included Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Christine Anu.

“We’re thrilled to have one of the real legends of Australian music in Bart Willoughby headlining the 2016 Yabun Festival and performing some of his iconic Aboriginal anthems, it’s sure to make for an unforgettable festival experience,” says Yabun Festival Event Coordinator, Miah Wright.

Yabun Festival is organised by Gadigal Information Service and will be broadcast live on Koori Radio 93.7FM. Gadigal CEO Jodie Choolburra encourages all people to join the Yabun celebration and connect with Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“Yabun is the perfect day out for families to enjoy some great live music outdoors and immerse themselves in the beauty of the world’s oldest living culture,” says Mrs Choolburra.

Where: Victoria Park, Camperdown, Sydney 
When: January 26, 2016 (10:00am to 6:00pm)
Price: Yabun is a free evet

2016 Yabun Festival Headliners

Bart Willoughby

Bart Willoughby is a Pitjantjaatjara man who grew up at the Kooniba Mission near Ceduna in South Australia. Bart first sprang to national attention in the 1980’s with pioneering Aboriginal band No Fixed Address, blending reggae and rock with traditional Aboriginal influences. After stints playing drums with Coloured Stone and Yothu Yindi, in the early 1990’s, Bart founded Mixed Relations. In 1993, Bart was the recipient of the Indigenous ARIA Australian Music Award, recognising his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Music in Australia.’ He is considered to be among the most influential pioneers in contemporary Aboriginal music and continues to record and tour with The Bart Willoughby Band.

Radical Son

Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter who effortlessly crosses genres, from soul to hip hop and beyond. Radical Son’s music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. His first music release was a self-titled EP (2005) followed by a second EP, ‘Black Stones’, in 2008. His debut album ‘Cause & Affect’ (2014) featured collaborations with Archie Roach, Emma Donovan and Deline Briscoe.

Leah Flanagan

Leah Flanagan is a singer-songwriter from Darwin who was classically trained in opera at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. Leah performs a diverse range of styles, from country, folk and blues though to Latin and jazz, combining her powerful voice with passionate lyrics and guitar. Leah is also a member of the Black Arm Band and has performed in Black Arm Band shows, ‘Murundak’, ‘Hidden Republic’ and ‘Dirtsong’.  Her songs have appeared in the ABC TV shows ‘Dirt Games’ and ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’. In 2015, Leah recorded a duet with Archie Roach (‘I’ve Lied’) which appeared on the 25th Anniversary release of Roach’s album ‘Charcoal Lane’.

High-res images and interviews with performers are available upon request.

For all media inquiries contact Jake Keane, 02 9384 4000, news@gadigal.org.au

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