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Yirrkala festival to celebrate music, dance and fashion

There’s a newcomer on Australia’s music festival scene.

In East Arnhem Land, an area made famous by legendary band Yothu Yindi, organisers are holding their first Yirrkala Yarrapay Music and Dance Festival and they have their sights set on one day rivalling other major festivals around the country — and even the world.

A stage will be trucked in from Darwin or Townsville and set up close to the ocean for a concert on July 2 in remote Yirrkala, about 1000kms east of Darwin, which will feature music, dance and fashion and be headlined by Queensland rock band, The Medics.
Among the performers will be several descendants of the late Yothu Yindi frontman Dr Mandawuy Yunupingu.

His great granddaughter Magnolia Maymuru, the Northern Territory’s entrant in the Miss World Australia competition, will lead models down a fashion catwalk. Her father fronts the band East Journey, which will also perform.

Another of Dr Yunupingu’s descendants Dhapanbal Yunupingu is also emerging as a musician in her own right and is included in the line up.

Festival director Susan Sandery said as well as bringing in acts from around Australia, the festival would also be an important showcase for the area’s rich talent.

She said talent scouts from around Australia would be flying in for the night.

“This year is more of a localised event, but next year we are hoping to look at the bigger picture and have camping grounds and attract overseas visitors,” she said.

The concert will run from 4pm to midnight and is free.

This year’s line up for Yirrkala Yarrapay — the name means Morning Star — include The Medics, Justice Crew, Jimblah, Shellie Morris, and local bands East Journey, Yirrmal, Ezy 5, Mary Handsome, Barra – West Wind and Dhapanbal Yunupingu.

Dance sessions will include 310 Dance Crew, Moonfish Dance Company and Ineke Wallis.

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Kahl Wallis, of the Medics.

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