Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band
Dale Robert Huddleston and The Riverbank Band have been performing their original pop and rock songs and supporting many other Aboriginal Artists for the past 20 years. Based in Canberra, they have released the independent, original albums Simple Things (1999) and Home is Where the Heart is (2005), as well as the country cover albums Songs You Know by Heart and Middle & Country Rockin’ in 2010.
The Last Kinection
The Last Kinection (TLK) is a hip hop trio from Newcastle, comprising Joel Wenitong (Weno), Naomi Wenitong and Jacob Turier (DJ Jaytee). The group’s debut album, Nutches, was featured on Triple J and community radio across Australia, and they followed this up with new album The Next Of Kin in 2010. So far, TLK have played at various major festivals throughout Australia including The Dreaming, Groovin’ The Moo, the Sydney Festival and many more. They’ve also fared well on the awards circuit, winning ‘Most Outstanding Achievement in Hip Hop and R&B’ at the Deadly Awards in 2009 and 2010.
Black Image is a five-piece band from Cooktown, QLD, who formed in 1987. The band travelled through many parts of Australia, performing their blend of rock, reggae, country, blues and traditional Indigenous rock music. Black Image have been at the forefront of the music scene in Cape York, producing two albums Durrbil/Dikarrba (2002) and a single on a compilation album called Indigenous Saltwater Songs, Beautiful Land and Sea (2007). The band was named Band of the Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards and consists of five brothers: Clifford, Damien, Anselm, Dylan and Vincent Harrigan.
Hailing from Brisbane, Dubmarine combine reggae, dancehall, electronic and acoustic musical styles. Their debut offering Dub From the Deep, with Brisbane Dub technician Drew-ID, was released in September 2007 and received regular airplay. Dubmarine have played throughout Australia and New Zealand, and in mid 2010, they embarked on their debut tour of Europe taking to the international stage in festival slots in The Netherlands, Belgium and The Czech Republic.
The Medics, from Cairns, are no strangers to the Deadly Awards, having taken out Band of the Year in 2010. The Medics are a tight-knit group of friends and family. They began in 2009 as guests on the Groundswell tour (an initiative of Arts Victoria), and have since shared the stage with bands such as Faker, Blue King Brown, Something with Numbers, The Panics, and Scribe among others. They released an EP called This Boat We Call Love last year to critical acclaim and have recently released a single ‘Beggars’ in iTunes.