The Medics, Far North Queensland’s award-winning rock band and Triple J favourite, will headline at the Yirrkala Yarrapay (Morning Star) Music and Dance Festival.
The inaugural event on Saturday, July 2, will see famous Indigenous names in rock, acoustic, rap, pop, ballet, contemporary dance and hip-hop come together at this spectacular location in East Arnhem Land.
Other performers include chart toppers Justice Crew, singer/songwriter Shellie Morris, hip-hop hero Jimblah, and The Moonfish Dance Company choreographed by Bangarra alumnus Gary Lang. The festival will also be a platform for an array of local emerging artists.
Renowned as a creative hotspot, Yirrkala has produced a mass of artistic talent, including musicians Yothu Yindi and East Journey, Bangarra dancers Djakapurra Munyarryun and Gary Lang and visual artists Wanyubi Marika and Djambawa Marawili.
Yirrkala is famous for its traditional bark painting and original works are on display (and available for sale) at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in Nhulunbuy. It is also recognised as the home of the yidaki (didgeridoo) and some of the world’s best are still made here.
Qantas flies to Gove (Nhulunbuy) from Darwin and Cairns.