Rudekat Records
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Shiny new Island Vibe Festival poster by the Capitan himself - the smooth dude Mr Rudi Quinzalez...

With over 80 acts playing at the festival this year, we are pleased to announce the full line up!

Here's a quick peek at some of the highlights -

The multi-platinum soul phenomenon Finley Quaye from the UK, the legendary songman Archie Roach, the irresistible 21st century groove of Melbourne’s Afro funk ensemble The Black Jesus Experience, Sydney's reggae-star festival legends King Tide, seminal Brisbane roots band The Toothfaeries, Brisbane based nu-wave brass band Bullhorn, the visionary spoken word/rap of Hugo n Treats, triple Waiata Maori Music Award nominees Paua, renowned First Nation artist Joe Geia and self-taught guitar virtuoso Chris Tamwoy.

A couple last minute additions to the bill are reggae producer Mister Savona, returning from recent tour of Jamaica, Europe and Glastonbury and the delightful Miss Renee Simone.

We’ve got two local music showcases to show off the Island’s musical talent with some fresh new faces we've unearthed including Kyle Bryant and Danielle Walsh as well as festival favourites – Yulu Burri Bah Dancers, Q Crew and Siva Mai dancers.


The new Eco Space will kick off with some hands-on workshops and brazen beats from the Formidable Vegetable Sound System!  More workshops, talks, films and giveaways will continue thru the weekend in celebration of our marine conservation theme.

Workshops this year include –

Screen-printing – BYO shirt or sarong and choose from a variety of designs and colours.

African Drumming – learn some wicked African rhythms with Elliot Orr

Ragga Fuzion Dance – with So You Think You Can Dance star Nadiah "NfuZion" Idris

Slackline – learn balance mastery on the slack rope (not the tight rope!) with Josh Mannix

Weaving - workshops daily with Anaheke Metua and her group of master weavers. Using natural fibres and a variety of techniques incl. coil stich, lomandra weaving, spinifex, etc. 

Story Telling – Master Story teller Michael Quinn includes the audience to act in folk tales from around the world

Tie Dye Creations - Create your own tie-dye masterpiece using non-toxic and environmentally friendly solar dye  

Face & Body Art – an introduction to body art and products used, incl. tribal designs, floral work, face art, etc. Learn techniques and express yourself to your fullest capacity

Sand Art - workshop with Quandamooka artist Craig Tapp, on the dance circle


PLUS yoga, acroyoga, Island song & dance, and a whole bunch more in the Kids Space too!

So make sure you grab a ticket pronto - Second Round have all but sold out and Third Round will start Wednesday, September 10.



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18 JULY 2014

In addition to the stellar lineup sneak peek we gave you recently, including multi-platinum soul phenomenon Finley Quaye, the irresistible vocal prism of hip hop, freedom of funk and 21st century groove of Melbourne’s Afro funk ensemble The Black Jesus Experience, and Sydney's ARIA-nominated, reggae-star festival legends King Tide – we have some more seriously cool artists to share with y’all.


Seminal Brisbane roots band Toothfaeries will be sharing the bill with Brisbane based nu-wave brass band Bullhorn and its high-octane mix of funk, soul, hip hop, jazz, reggae and dance music; the visionary spoken word/rap and earthshakingly intricate beats and bass of Hugo n Treats; triple Waiata Maori Music Award nominees Paua; renowned and influential First Nation artist Joe Geia, whose song “Yil Lull” is regarded as one of Australia’s unofficial Indigenous national anthems; and self-taught guitar virtuoso Chris Tamwoy, originally from the Torres Strait Islands, whose unique style has him firmly in the spotlight after appearances at Woodford Folk Festival, and Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Tickets are selling fast - so get them now before we jump into the third round of sales.

<3  1 LOVE  <3  1 MOB  <3

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07 JULY 2014

We are on the cusp of very exciting things once again groovers!

This years lineup is looking to be one of the best yet with the amazing talents of Finley Quaye - all the way from the UK - Bullhorn, King Tide, Joe Geia, The Toothfaeries, Hugo & Treats, Paua, The Black Jesus Experience, Chocolate Strings, Chris Tamwoy and many many more yet to be announced - so stay tuned kids <3

Tix are still on sale so get in quick before they go up in price again for the second round!

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Kuranda Roots Festival LAST CHANCE TIX!

20 JUNE 2014

OK lovelies
Online ticket sales will cease at 2PM and that will be it - and it is all automated so get in before the clocks ticks to 2!
So if you want to save a few bucks get online and grab your eTicket right now.
Tickets are available at the gate so don't stress if you miss the final ticket deadline.
See you all very soon 1<3

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Island Vibe 'Marine Love' Creative Competition Winners

12 APRIL 2014

Thanks everyone who submitted your awesome art and poetry to the competition. Congratulations to Danielle Singleton for your winning entry and big ups also for being a part of the Sea Shepard crew and helping to protect our oceans and our marine life.

Here is part of Danielle’s entry, a poem penned aboard a Sea Shepard vessel in the Antarctic waters to our south…

Broken Majestic

Open your eyes, what can you see?
Is it clear to you as it is to me?
The poisonous touch of humankind
That seems to make the world go blind

A bloodstained smear
On what once was perfection
Ignored by governments
For the sake of election

When the other cheek is turned
Much more than darkness is missed
The love returned by the mother
Like lips against a forehead kissed

To take in the bad, the ugly, the raw
To feel what it means, when it cuts to the core
Only then we’ll receive this life as a whole
The beauty that touches deep in our soul

Are your eyes wide open?
Looking beyond the daily grime
Feel through pain and devastation
What lies beyond is simply sublime
By Danielle Singleton

Special mention also to our two very talented runners up – Andrea Pigdon – whom joined the blockade at James Price Point near Broome in WA and sent us a great photo of a cheeky NO GAS sign, and Ayeesha Jilyara for her beautiful dot paintings, displaying the oceans wonder through her art.

Danielle will be the happy recipient of a DOUBLE SEASON PASS for this years’ festival, and our runners-up will receive a complimentary SEASON PASS each as well.

As a token of our love and gratitude, all of our entrants will also receive an Island Vibe Festival CD pack to add to their collection, just coz we’re really nice like that.

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From raw beginnings as a young punk playing with The Gastric Chunks and Acid Moon, Morgyn Quinn (aka Rudi Quinzalez) started his career at underground festivals such as EarSex and monthy noise gigs at the local community centre. 

In 1999 Rudi toured Japan as bass player with Gudju Gudju and stayed as a guest with the Ainu people of Hokkaido. In 2001 Rudi visited the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, researching the origins of Rastafarian culture and satisfying a deep love of reggae music.



In 2003 Rudi settled in Brisbane and  founded Rudekat Records and going on to play in such acts as Hot rubber Glove, The Dynamic Thrills, Die Rude, The RudeKat Sound System and The Senors alongside such players as Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, Bobby ALu), Lachlan Mitchell (Laneous & The Family Yah), D KazMan (Dubmarine, and Sunny Dread (The Zionites).

What started as an ethical clothing label specializing in original screenprints, the company soon expanded to include live events and music releases.

As well as being an avenue to release Australian reggae and independent music, Rudekat Records has been the creative force behind the Kuranda Roots Festival (2003 - 2013), West End Carnivale (2009 - 2010) and Island Vibe Festival (2006 - 2013). Rudekat also co-developed a DIY Event Management course for Youth at the Byron Bay YAC.

Rudekat Records has always been a strong supporter of environmental groups and causes, donating popular tee shirt designs to The Wilderness Society and The Australian Marine Conservation Society. Island Vibe has a strong environment record and has been twice awarded by the prestigious international A Greener Festivals Award. Wherever possible, Rudekat uses recycled materials for posters and CD manufacture, promotes recycling and DIY composting at festivals, and abstains from sweat-shop produced merchandise.

A trademark of Rudekat events is a cross fertilization of cultures, with a strong focus on Indigenous and Pacific artists and World Music. Rudekat has been proud to work with a stunning line up of star acts over the years including Archie Roach, The Easy Star AllStars (US), Prince Alla (Jamaica), JipaJiroa (Vanuatu), Opiuo, Spoonbill, Blue King Brown, Katchafire (NZ), Nicky Bomba, Chali 2na (US), The Black Seeds (NZ), House of Shem (NZ), Olmecha Supreme (NZ), Ladi 6 (NZ), Little Bushman (NZ), 1814 (NZ), The Beautiful Girls, Mista Savona, Grace Barbe, Oka, Dubmarine, Kooii, Kingfisha, Electric Wire Hustle (NZ), Zennith, Mantaka, The YuluBarribah Dancers, The Groote Eylandt Dancers amongst many others.

Rudekat events are also supportive of emerging artists, youth and showcasing various artforms, including circus, cabaret, spoken word, comedy, dance and visual arts.






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