Indigenous music set to rock the stages at Bluesfest 2019

Baker Boy

Bluesfest 2019 has announced a swathe of fabulous Indigenous acts performing at Boomerang Festival at Bluesfest this Easter long weekend.

Indigenous artists are killing it on the contemporary music scene right now, and the Boomerang Festival at Bluesfest is going to be one of the most exciting spots around at this year’s event when superstars Baker Boy (pictured), Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project and Mojo Juju light up the stage next to Benny Walker, Dallas WoodsBrotherhood of the Blues and more.

Also performing is the Mission Songs Project by Jessie Lloyd, Daughter of Joe Geia, who travelled the nation to talk with elders for the project. The end result is a collection of Indigenous folk songs performed on Christian missions, settlements and native camps from 1900-1999, which have been revived before they were lost. Along with a range of exceptional Indigenous artists, Jessie will help bring new life to the voices of the stolen generation and indigenous Australians who were splintered from their cultures when they were made to sing in a foreign language. Get ready for tears and goosebumps.

“We have had the honour of being able to give some pretty big Indigenous musicians a slot on the Bluesfest stages over the years,” says Bluesfest Director Peter Noble.

“We believe that not only is it critical we present an Indigenous festival, but to also present these artists across the biggest stages of the festival. Their music and dance is an imperative part of all of us. Whether we are aware of it or not, and at this time, when Indigenous Australian music is breaking through on so many levels.”

Bluesfest celebrates its 30th anniversay this year over the Easter long weekend, Thursday 18 – Monday 22 April. For the full lineup and tickets, visit bluesfest.com.au.

Full Boomerang Festival (First Nations Festival within Bluesfest) 2019 line-up:

Baker Boy

Archie Roach

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

Mojo Juju – Benny Walker

Dallas Woods – DOBBY

Mission Songs

Brotherhood Of The Blues

Malu Kiai Mura Buai

Rako – Tenzin Choegyal

Muggera

Te Kopere Maori Healers

Bundjalung Weavers

Saltwater Dubay

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