Get ready for this sizzling one-time-only event in the park at Burleigh, with a phenomenal line-up of artists at Bleach* Festival’s Block Party in November.
With half a dozen jaw-dropping acts over five blissful hours, your Sunday afternoon is set to be scorching. We took a closer look at the six First Nations artists on offer during this deadly event:
Jesswar burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2017 with her debut single ‘Savage’. The Fijian-Australian rapper has earned comparisons to artists like Young MA and MC Lyte. Jesswar has toured nationally and internationally playing Australia’s most prominent music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Groovin The Moo, and Laneway. She followed up Savage with the single ‘Heata’ in 2019 and has collaborated with artists like Tasha the Amazon, Papertoy, and DZ Deathrays. Jesswar’s deep and heavy vocal tone is unique and compliments her notorious sound.
Siala is fast becoming a household name in Australian music. The 19 year old from Tweed Heads has overcome difficult times to emerge a shining star with a natural talent for music. Her originality and lyrical flow is a breath of fresh air in music and her ability to connect through storytelling is what really intrigues her audience and excites them. Read our full interview with Siala in this month’s mag.
The Kinship Collective is a group of young Indigenous musicians living in and around the Bundjalung Nation. Although they come from all across the country, they’ve been brought together by their love of music and culture. The Kinship Collective’s sound ties hip hop and soul together with their traditional rhythms. Their songs tell stories about pride in their identity alongside realities they see in their communities across the nation, while always carrying the message of hope for our future together.
Wildheart is a melodic hardcore band from Brisbane. After releasing their debut EP ‘A Thousand Days’ in March 2015, followed up by a two-track release entitled ‘Above/Below’ in August 2016, Wildheart quickly moved to make a name for themselves sharing their heavy yet melodic music and showcasing their energetic live show across Queensland. Wildheart have always been a band to push boundaries, and their latest EP ‘We Are’ showcases their prowess to create vastly contrasting music, whilst also enforcing a strong message that is rooted at the ‘heart’ of what they do.
Kelsey Iris, 24 years old, is a proud Yuwalaaraay, Gamilaroi and Murrawarri woman. She is an acoustic singer-songwriter originating from the small opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge in far west NSW. Writing and sharing a spectrum of stories through her emotive songwriting, captivating listeners through her powerful and soulful vocals that she hopes will capture the likes from people of all ages.
Proving to be an insightful and heartfelt lyricist, Robbie Miller first stepped onto Australia’s music scene in 2013, as he won triple j Unearthed’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) with his song ‘Don’t Go Walking Away’. Robbie was instantly catapulted to attention as he earned a place on tour with The Paper Kites and Don’t Go Walking Away gained national airplay. Enriched with sweet falsettos and spine-tingling nuances that will instantly melt your heart, Robbie’s voice, “warm and caramel wrapped in an excellently crafted vibrato”, is enough to keep you coming back for more.
Block Party is currently sold out, but if you wander along through Justins Park at Burleigh from 3pm on Sunday 15 November, you should be able to catch some tunes. Visit Bleach Festival’s website for more information on this and other events.
IMAGE (C) Joel Siviour