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 Woods, Brotherhood 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:
Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Mojo Juju – Benny Walker
Dallas Woods – DOBBY
Brotherhood Of The Blues
Malu Kiai Mura Buai
Rako – Tenzin Choegyal
Te Kopere Maori Healers