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April 4 to 15 2018
The Big Bang
  • Sat 14 Apr 2018
  • Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Music Australian exclusive

The Big Bang

Witness an explosion of energy, beats, drums and rhythms from across the Commonwealth.

Performing in Australia for the first time are headliners Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali (Belize). Experience a hypnotic blend of ancient and modern instruments, soulful melodies and irresistible grooves.

The lineup also features:

  • Woodford Folk Festival favourite Circle of Rhythm (Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh, Bobby Singh)
  • Indigenous super group Yarwah
  • international Didjeridu performer Tjupurru
  • Torres Strait Islander guitarist and songman Chris Tamwoy
  • Pacific Island group Heilani 
  • The Guruman Dancers
  • Dhol Drummers
  • global beat boxing sensation Tom Thum

"This troupe of extraordinary singers has fashioned a unique and wonderful world; once you enter, you will never want to leave." The Guardian (UK) on Garifuna Collective.

"The meeting point where ancient meets modern, where acoustic slips effortlessly into and out of electric, this music stretches forward, defying the listener to pin it down. And yet far from being disturbing, it is endlessly satisfying and soothing. Whatever people mean about music being universal, surely that is the perfect demonstration of their argument." The Observer (UK) on Garifuna Collective.

This event is free. No bookings are required.


Sat 14 Apr 2018
Sat 14 Apr, 07:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

-27.9979378, 153.4306901

Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Accessibility information

The Main Stage is located on the sand, but can be viewed from The Esplanade. 


Curated by Greg Sheehan and Jordan Verzar and produced by Steve Griffiths.

Circle of Rhythm:
Ben Walsh (drum Wheel)
Circle of Rhythm:
Ben Walsh (drum Wheel)
Bobby Singh (Tarlochan Kandola)

Gurafina Collective:
Desiree Diego
Marcela Aranda
Denmark Flores
Samuel Harris
Justin Aranda
Sheldon Petillo
Al Ovando
Horace Flores
Emilio Thomas
Alejandro Colinas

The Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan:
Sattar Khan
Pape Khan 
Divya Bhatia  
Channan Khan
Swaroop Khan

Tjupurru and Yahwah:
Adrian Fabila
Luke Fabila
Elfiq Zulfiqar
Guruman Dancers:
Feliti (Fred) Leone and dancers