Early Bird tix are now all sold out! A huge thanks to all of you whom jumped in quick!
$180 second round tickets are available online right now. Click the link to the tickets page above and grab yours while they last.
Things are starting to fall into place for another amazing Island Vibe Festival. We're looking forward to the first lineup drop in the not too distant future. One love <3
We are super happy to see the new KURANDA ROOTS FESTIVAL website up and running.
That means applications are now open, tickets can be purchased (and are already running out the door), photos can be shared and much, much more.
A big Rudekat thank you to Paul Abad at Metamedia for the website and the event management system - Convoq - that is incorporated into the build.
We are very happy campers... gwan check it groovers =)
10 years of Kuranda Roots and it just gets better =)
Returning for its 10th year on June 14-16th, and expanding to three magnificent days, Kuranda Roots Festival promises to be a weekend of quality music, markets and workshops. Famed for its laid‐back atmosphere, great vibes and stellar line-ups, Kuranda Roots has carved out a place in the hearts of North Queensland locals and the Australian festival scene.
Since the Festival’s inception in 2003, Kuranda Roots has hosted a swag of great national and international guests including the likes of Archie Roach, The Mad Professor (UK), Cornerstone Roots (NZ) Olmecha Supreme (NZ), Opiuo, The Beautiful Girls, Kingfisha, Dubmarine, Combat Wombat, Darky Roots and Kingtide as well as the best of local talent including Zennith, Mantaka, Black Rising and Koahlition.
After many memorable years at the Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda Roots has embraced its new home at the Billabong 3km from the village, which provides the perfect setting for this community based festival.
Stay tuned for artist announcements soon!
Early Bird tickets on sale February 15th at www.rudekatrecords.com.
Applications to perform, volunteer, host workshops or have a market stall will be open on March 15 through www.kurandaroots.com.
Kuranda Roots is proudly presented by the independent music label Rudekat Records, Dreadagade Soundsystem, Promosapien and Wondercat Productions.
Welcome to the 7th episode of the super irie Island Vibe series! Over the years we have been chronicling some of the greatest reggae, dub and soul from down-under, the Pacific and now Jamaica & the US.
Our 2012 collection is top ranking – featuring an outstanding 19 tracks including J-Pod’s remix of Sola Rosa’s ‘These Words’, Cornerstone Roots’ sweet reggae hit ‘Journey’, Lotel’s heavyweight ‘Rebel Hifi’ and the Bankrupt Billionaire’s soulful ‘Feelin’ This’. Also on the CD ONLY is The Easy Stars All-Stars’ version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat it’. [NOT FOR DOWNLOAD]
Definitely a long termer in our CD player at Rudekat Manor ;)
Also burning a groove in our music machines are Brisbane favourite's Kingfisha with their debut self-titled album 'Kingfisha', now receiving airplay on JJJ, another local fave Kooii's new EP 'Call Out’ and hypnotic brass ensemble Bullhorns debut.
More from Rudekat on da way real soon groovers =)
From raw beginnings as a young punk playing with The Gastric Chunks and Acid Moon, Morgyn Quinn (aka Rudi Quinzalez) started his career at underground festivals such as EarSex and monthy noise gigs at the local community centre.
In 1999 Rudi toured Japan as bass player with Gudju Gudju and stayed as a guest with the Ainu people of Hokkaido. In 2001 Rudi visited the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, researching the origins of Rastafarian culture and satisfying a deep love of reggae music.
In 2003 Rudi settled in Brisbane and founded Rudekat Records and going on to play in such acts as Hot rubber Glove, The Dynamic Thrills, Die Rude, The RudeKat Sound System and The Senors alongside such players as Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, Bobby ALu), Lachlan Mitchell (Laneous & The Family Yah), D KazMan (Dubmarine, and Sunny Dread (The Zionites).
What started as an ethical clothing label specializing in original screenprints, the company soon expanded to include live events and music releases.
As well as being an avenue to release Australian reggae and independent music, Rudekat Records has been the creative force behind the Kuranda Roots Festival (2003 - 2013), West End Carnivale (2009 - 2010) and Island Vibe Festival (2006 - 2013). Rudekat also co-developed a DIY Event Management course for Youth at the Byron Bay YAC.
Rudekat Records has always been a strong supporter of environmental groups and causes, donating popular tee shirt designs to The Wilderness Society and The Australian Marine Conservation Society. Island Vibe has a strong environment record and has been twice awarded by the prestigious international A Greener Festivals Award. Wherever possible, Rudekat uses recycled materials for posters and CD manufacture, promotes recycling and DIY composting at festivals, and abstains from sweat-shop produced merchandise.
A trademark of Rudekat events is a cross fertilization of cultures, with a strong focus on Indigenous and Pacific artists and World Music. Rudekat has been proud to work with a stunning line up of star acts over the years including Archie Roach, The Easy Star AllStars (US), Prince Alla (Jamaica), JipaJiroa (Vanuatu), Opiuo, Spoonbill, Blue King Brown, Katchafire (NZ), Nicky Bomba, Chali 2na (US), The Black Seeds (NZ), House of Shem (NZ), Olmecha Supreme (NZ), Ladi 6 (NZ), Little Bushman (NZ), 1814 (NZ), The Beautiful Girls, Mista Savona, Grace Barbe, Oka, Dubmarine, Kooii, Kingfisha, Electric Wire Hustle (NZ), Zennith, Mantaka, The YuluBarribah Dancers, The Groote Eylandt Dancers amongst many others.
Rudekat events are also supportive of emerging artists, youth and showcasing various artforms, including circus, cabaret, spoken word, comedy, dance and visual arts.
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