Yarrabah Band Festival

Yarrabah Band Festival

Indie rising star Montaigne joins living legend Archie Roach for

Yarrabah Band Festival

Saturday 5 November 2016

The community of Yarrabah on Far North Queensland’s beautiful coastline will come alive with some of Australia’s hottest musical talent when Queensland Music Festival returns to present Yarrabah Band Festival at Bishop Malcolm Park on Saturday 5 November 2016.

Now in its fourth year, the 2016 festival returns bigger than ever, with a red-hot line up including Triple J sweetheart Montaigne (Jessica Cerro) and Australian music icon Archie Roach headlining on Saturday.

21-year old Montaigne burst onto the music scene during Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2012. Since then, she has graduated high school, released her debut album Glorious Heights, and had a single in the ARIA charts.

Performing at Yarrabah Band Festival for the first time in 2016, Roach’s illustrious career includes an ARIA award for his debut album Charcoal Lane in 1990, and his single Took The Children Away became the first song to win an International Human Rights Award. He will release his tenth studio album Let Love Rule on 23 September—this album looks at the themes of love and the willingness to love all people.

The festival was founded by Queensland Music Festival in 2013 to revive the Yarrabah Brass Band, which was first formed more than a century ago, to establish an event that would showcase visiting musicians and provide a platform for local artists to welcome visitors to the community.

In the week leading up to the concert, Shellie Morris, Merindi Schreiber and Dizzy Doolan will be joined by Torres Strait Islander multi-instrumentalist and producer Will Kepa, and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe to continue working with primary and secondary school students to prepare them for several exciting performances in Saturday’s concert.

Bring a blanket, chair or cushion and enjoy beautiful music by the sea.

Check out the 2015 Yarrabah Band Festival highlights video.


Sat 5 Nov 5:30pm

Bishop Malcolm Park, Yarrabah

Yarrabah is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cairns

This is a drug and alcohol free event


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Sat 5 Nov5pmFree Event


Bishop Malcolm Park, Yarrabah
Yarrabah is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cairns


Yarrabah Artist-in-Residence Program

QMF provides an Artist-in-Residence program to primary and secondary students in Yarrabah, led by Indigenous singer-songwriter Shellie Morris.

13 – 24 Jun
24 Oct – 4 Nov

Yarrabah Band Festival is proudly presented by Queensland Music Festival, Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council and Tourism and Events Queensland.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.  The Queensland Government is proud to support the Yarrabah Band Festival through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations. The Yarrabah Artist in Residence program is supported by the Frazer Family Foundation.