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ABOUT QLD SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL

A fantastic show every time!

Get your ska and reggae groove on with the very best bands, and a full Caribbean Sound System DJ playing all the old skool hits, NICE AND LOUD!

 

Sat 24 Sept (Gold Coast)  & Sun 25 Sept (Brisbane)

Headlining are the amazing SUB-TRIBE (Sydney). These heavyweight rockers have just played knockout sets at WOMAD festival 2022 & as support for the recent Katchafire tour. Packing a truck-load of bottom end, glitchy beats and soaring harmonies, expect to be taken on a journey across genres – from blues-drenched dub and chunky skank reggae to jazzy hip-hop with a twist of ragga dancehall.


SUB-TRIBE keeps it heavy on the bass and you light on your feet.

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The award-winning Sunny Coast Rude Boys are a 10-piece sound wave playing uplifting ska and reggae – classic covers and originals – drawing on musical influences that have shaped this genre from the Jamaican movement through to UK Two Tone.

The Rudies have shared the stage with Bad Manners, The Allniters, Nicky Bomba, Strange Tenants and The Original Wailers, as well as headlining at Island Vibe Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, Caloundra Music Festival and the QLD Ska & Reggae Festival to name just a few. 

If you like a big fun night of dancing to music from The Specials, Madness, The Beat, UB40, Toots and The Maytals, and some thumping originals .... this is the band for you!


The band have crafted their sound with unexpected arrangements and seductive harmonies, with powerful horns and foot-stomping drums. The Rudies are fast making a name for themselves, playing to packed venues throughout Australia.

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The Seven of Ska 

Defenders of tradition, protectors of groove, rocksteady in their quest for the ultimate ska dance party, The Seven of Ska continue the tradition of combining ska with other influences like soul and jazz to give a new, exciting sound using a classic line up.


Started in 2019 as an instrumental band, 7oS have developed a large repertoire of originals and arrangements of hand-picked covers.

Ruff Neck Renegade Sound;

These guys are hard core,Old Skool Reggae Legends that play the sweetest of reggae in vinyl, through their hand crafted sound system!

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Sat 8th October - Aussie World, Sunshine Coast

Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion will play the epic 'Legend' album, in order, from start to finish!

This is an amazing 9-piece Bob Marley tribute band based on the Gold Coast. Formed in 2018, the band has been delighting reggae fans on the Gold Coast,Sunshine Coast,and Brisbane,with hours of Bob Marley classics, plus lesser-known but equally great songs. The band is passionate about representing songs with attention to detail while adding their own flair to the mix. Their sound has energy and depth, with lead and backing vocalists, lead, bass and rhythm guitars, rhythm and creative keyboards, and drums. Roaring Lion is a band of the world. Its members hail from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. They feel this is a perfect way to deliver the “OneLove” message, as they pay homage to the iconic songwriter Bob Marley and his timeless music.

Sunny Coast Rude Boys;

The local favourites will headline with a solid set of 2Tone, Ska classics & Original music.

Ruff Neck Renegade Sound;

These guys are hard core,Old Skool Reggae Legends that play the sweetest of reggae in vinyl, through their hand crafted sound system!

River City Steel Drum Band

The Steel pans! Sounds of the Caribbean, live & direct , up & close! 

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Just some of the bands/artists that have played QLD Ska & Reggae Festival:

PAUA

NICKY BOMBA
THE ALLNITERS
STRANGE TENANTS
SUNNY COAST RUDE BOYS
FAT PICNIC

SUB TRIBE
BEARFOOT
BULLHORN
PAT POWELL
PARKER ST DUB CLUB

YAMINI

THE MADTONES

SOL TRADERS

SUNNY DREAD

RUFF NECK RENEGADE SOUND SYSTEM

THE SEVEN OF SKA
FIESTA FIASCO
BAGGY TROUSERS
SAMBAZZY
BOOM BOOM SOUND SYSTEM
FUNADDICTS
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ROARING LION

RIVERCITY STEEL DRUM BAND

HEAVY WAX

PANTASTIC STEEL DRUM BAND
KIMMY & KREW