Queensland Music Festival has unveiled a stellar lineup for this year’s Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival on 5 June, with the legendary Yothu Yindi re-forming with five original members on stage together for the first time since the passing of M Yunupingu. His nephew Yirrnga Yunipingu will join the band as vocalist, bringing the act’s iconic, timeless and important canon back to the live stage.

Yothu Yindi will also be joined at the annual event by the King of Arnhem land Baker Boy and dancefloor soul queen Thandi Phoenix, together with a performance from the iconic Yarrabah Brass Band as well as more artists to be announced.

“We look forward to bringing Yothu Yindi back to the stage and sharing our culture and music with the people of Far North Queensland,” said Yirrnga Yunupingu. “It is time for the messages of Yothu Yindi to be heard again and we couldn’t think of a better cultural platform than the iconic Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the reformed Yothu Yindi was a wonderful addition to the festival lineup. “To have an act as iconic and influential as Yothu Yindi performing at this event is exciting news for the community and further strengthens the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival, which has become one of the most important cultural events on the Far North Queensland arts calendar,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The celebration of First Nations music and culture is a key initiative of the Queensland Music Festival, which is supported by the Queensland Government for its fantastic work in harnessing the power of music to unite and delight communities across the state, with the ability to transform lives in the process. “Once again we are extremely proud to present the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival and bring these extraordinary artists to the wonderful Gunggandji community,” said Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director Katie Noonan. “Not only does Yarrabah enable world-class music to be presented in Far North Queensland and help celebrate awesome local talent, but it is with immense pride that Queensland Music Festival can facilitate a First Nations-run event that will help to build capacity in the community. The festival builds on the community’s generational legacy and will help them build on and celebrate that cultural heritage for decades to come.”

Tickets are free, but must be pre-registered.

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