21 June, 2024

Kuranda Roots festival back for 22nd year

THE Kuranda Roots Festival is returning for its 22nd year from 12-14 July, with big names in the roots, soul, bass and reggae genres heading to Far North Queensland for the picturesque festival at Emerald Creek Falls.

The Pad Boys have joined the 2024 line up for the Kuranda Roots Festival.
The Pad Boys have joined the 2024 line up for the Kuranda Roots Festival.

Among a world heritage setting, the Kuranda Roots Festival celebrates the creative magic of the Kuranda and Far North Queensland community alongside global guests, cultural and well-being workshops, and a food and craft market village.

The lineup this year features Melbourne’s bass lord KODIAK KID, turntable DMX champion LICKWEED, the reformation of legendary roots band EL MOTH, African Drumming master Gabriel Otu, Kuranda’s very own Djawarray ft Uncle Bertie Riley and members of Koahlition.

Award-winning dancers The Mayi Wunba Dance Troupe and Cairns’ hip hop sensations Water Streets, will also join the lineup with Jhora from the Berlin Calling clique, rare vinyl slingers the Wax Addicts , Byron Bay’s Z.I.V., Lelio, Z.D.C., Sizlak, Tjunq, Psyd FX, No Keys, Djinnah, Dizzaone and HeyFever.

The Versace Boys, Sai Galaxy, The Pad Boys, Naked Ninjas, Bass Fairy, Old Man River, Gabriel Otu, Lucy Gallant, Solua, Skyeater, Amazonas, Daddy Long Legs, Solomon, Djawarray, Lara Biggs, JC Funkdafied, Zoey Sutra, Komorebi, Faux Mo, Diggis, Bent Intent, Toshi Sakamoto and Scout are also set to take centre stage. 

The festival also offers a variety of cultural and well-being workshops, and a vibrant food and craft market village.

Kuranda Roots is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free event and children under 12 enter for free. 

A return Festival Shuttle Bus will be available from LilyPad Cafe in Cairns and Kuranda’s central park opposite Annabelle’s Bakery. 

Tickets for available to purchase from


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