A sonic tsunami of over 80 acts are riding the wave into North Stradbroke Island this October.
That’s right – a beachside festival is just around the corner! If you don’t already know, Island Vibe Festival is bringing the best in reggae, soul, dub, world, jungle, folk, hip hop and bass music to SEQ, with a program that reflects the diversity and richness of the musical community across the globe.
Location: A bloody beautiful beach, mate
Back for episode number 14, Island Vibe is returning to the world-famous and picturesque Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island. Located a mere 90 minutes from Brisbane, the festival site backs onto the golden sands of Main Beach, giving festival-goers the opportunity to bask in the cooling azure waters of the South Pacific between performances.
As well as being the second largest sand island in the world, Stradbroke is renowned for its beaches, beauty and chilled atmosphere. Island Vibe also coincides with the last few weeks of the whale migration season, making a truly beautiful location just that little bit more special.
Lineup: Something for everyone
In the annual celebration of all things reggae, roots and bass music, Island Vibe will be host to over 80 acts on 3 stages – The Airie Top (Big Top), the Bamboo Bass (Bass Music stage presented by Earth Frequency Festival) and Chai’n’Vibes (formerly known as the Coconut Lounge) as well as traditional and contemporary dance in the Ceremony Circle, and workshops and talks at the Workshops Space & Kids Space.
Headlined by Opiuo and Alysha Brilla, the festival lineup perfectly reflect the vibe of the island with the other 2019 additions including the lyrical genius of UK’s dancehall and junglist maestro Gardna, who will be backed by hip hop/ jungle producer Chris Munky.
Dancehall superstar Soom T (Scotland), Berlin’s legendary producer JStar, the world’s foremost legend of dub the Mad Professor (UK), First Nations soulstress Emily Wurramara and the timeless West African jive of Malian guitarist legend Moussa Diakite are also part of the action.
What I’m hanging out for is Mista Savona’s project Havana Meets Kingston – the groundbreaking collaboration album fusing together son, salsa and rumba with reggae, dancehall and dub from Cuba and Jamaica, which is one hell of a concept.
The Ethos: More than just good music
This year Island Vibe is continuing the commitment to diversity in music, bringing more world music and gender equity to the program, as well as being one of Australia’s leading eco festivals through initiatives such as our composting loos, zero-waste policy, wash stations, single-use plastic ban, biodiesel and solar generators and bike2vibe.