After their breakthrough, ARIA Award-winning debut album, the 5-piece Yolŋu surf rock band from North-East Arhnem Land and Queensland is heading to Fed Square for Fed Live.
Expect the big, vibrant, colourful energy they’ve become known for, with soaring melodies and harmonies, surf rock and funk beats, ripper guitar and didgeridoo solos, with songs sung in a mix of Yolŋu language and English.
They’ll be supported by the high-energy Yolngu Funk 7-piece Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, alt-rock NSW Central Coast-hailing The Moving Stills and Sydney-based indie folk artist, Babitha.
Babitha (think ‘Tabitha’, with a ‘B’) is the first music project from Imogen Grist – a Sydney-based creative, raised in country NSW to a backing track of Neil Young, Creedence and Fleetwood Mac.
Inspired by the archetypal ‘other woman’, Babitha’s brand of loaded yet languid alt-country ballads see guitar-laden tracks break ground beneath fables of heartbreak and escapism, soaring with harmonies and poignant melodies that evoke music’s golden years, but feel critically of our time.
Reminiscent of contemporaries Julia Jacklin, Big Thief, boygenius and more, Babitha is equal parts vulnerable and evocative, commanding and detached.
The Moving Stills is a Central Coast-based band known for their alt-pop coastal sound. Their tracks combine surf and pop influences, and their music has a nostalgicically charming quality that can be both soothing and energetic. In February 2022, the band gained viral fame on TikTok with their cover of Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Their single Volcano has also received Triple J rotation. The Moving Stills have toured with several other bands and performed at various festivals, including The Big Pineapple, Bello Winter Music Fest, and Woodford Folk Festival. They have also sold out headline shows in several cities. The band is currently working on a second record and more new music for release in the coming months.
The Andrew Gurruwiwi Band is a seven-piece funk and reggae group that plays high-energy music inspired by their beachside home at Birrtjimi and the dirt of Yirrkala. They write their funk jams in their native tongue and have created a unique style called Yolngu Funk. The band is led by Andrew Gurruwiwi, a blind Yolngu elder who plays the keytar and is passionate about sharing his culture through music that makes people dance. The Andrew Gurruwiwi Band’s debut single, Gatjumak, has gained widespread attention and has people excited for what’s to come from this up-and-coming act from Arnhem Land.
Hailing from Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, King Stingray was formed by lifelong friends Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (frontman) and Roy Kellaway (guitar). They are joined by Dimathaya Burarrwanga (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, yidaki), Campbell Messer (bass), and Lewis Stiles (drums). The band blends ancient Indigenous melodies with surf, indie, and funk influences to create a unique sound they call Yolŋu surf-rock. They gained widespread attention with their debut track Hey Wanhaka, followed by the accidental lockdown anthem Get Me Out and their current hit Milkumana. In just over a year, they have performed for triple j’s Live at the Wireless, been featured on ABC TV’s The Sound, and received coverage in The Guardian and Rolling Stone. They won triple j Unearthed’s Artist of the Year award and sold out their first tour in March/April 2021. King Stingray has also played at Dark Mofo in Hobart and Splendour in the Grass XR.