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The Roots Music Festival


It’s the return of the Gold Coast’s Roots Music Festival!

In celebration of this genre which encompasses soul, blues, reggae, folk and more, a star-studded line up of roots artists will set the scene for a perfect family Sunday of sunshine, music, food and drinks, all on the Outdoor Stage at HOTA. What a way to welcome the Queensland Summer.

Featuring Tijuana Cartel, Fat Picnic, Hanlon Brothers, August River Band relax, take in the views of our tropical parklands and soak up the sounds

MC’d by Sarah Howells, (who will be performing a few cheeky DJ sets), former longtime host of ‘Roots ‘n All on Triple J – this new family-friendly music festival is one not to be missed.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of UPSPRING

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast

Program Lineup

Tijuana Cartel

Winners of Best Live Act at the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards, Tijuana Cartel have established themselves on the Australian music scene as one of the country’s most exciting live acts, combining the sounds of the Middle East, India and Spain with a psychedelic and atmospheric approach to songwriting.

Based in deep electronic roots with a concoction of multi-layered grooves, splashes of Middle Eastern vocals, lilting Moby-esque soundscapes, Flamenco and slide guitar, trumpet, live & electronic world beats and percussion, influenced heavily by break beats.

Fat Picnic

Fat Picnic is a soul-ska explosion that preaches punchy horn lines and bangin’ reggae beats – culminating in an energetic and infectious live show. Corrupted by an unquenchable lust for groove and outstanding noises, their music ranges across dub, funk, soul & ska.

Simply put, there just ain’t no party like a Fat Picnic party!

Hanlon Brothers

Music has always been a family affair for Hanlon Brothers, spanning multiple generations and continents. Masterfully fusing original hip-hop, RnB, soul and electronic elements to create a signature sound, none have managed to capture the bliss of coastal life like these three.

A musical melting pot of creative chemistry, fine-tuned talent and influences, from Anderson Paak and Mac Miller to Col3trane and GoldLink, Hanlon Brothers are Ruka (MC), Saia (Drums) and Omar Hanlon (Bass and Vocals). Orphaned at a young age, these Australian-born sons of Māori immigrants found comfort, a sense of place and expression through their music. Upcoming EP ‘SOLAR’ is an extension of their sonic world, honouring their colorful life in past, present and future.

August River Band

A three-piece alternative originals outfit that’ll punch you right in the gut. Tightly arranged odd time signatures dissolve into soaring choruses which unapologetically push the boundaries of the genre, whilst maintaining a soulful beckoning of the dark and the beautiful. Like crying whilst dancing.

August River Band offers a wild and beautifully juxtaposed chemistry between the tortured singer-songwriter, the classically trained violinist and the hard-hitting rock and roll drummer. Major influences range from The Police, Dave Matthews, Midnight Oil, Edward Elgar, Foo Fighters and Radiohead.

Sarah Howells

Broadcaster, publicist, MC, writer, DJ, voice-over artist, traveller, explorer.

You probably best know Sarah from her twelve years broadcasting on Australia’s national youth broadcaster triple j. She hosted and produced Weekend Lunch and Roots N All, and was the voice of the roots music scene in Australia for nine years.

She currently presents Stir It Up on Double J, warming you up from the inside with blues, folk, reggae and roots music every Wednesday night from 8-10pm nationally.

Eat & Drink

Make a night of it by enjoying one of our indulgent hampers on your visit – simply purchase your hamper while buying your tickets.

Gourmet Hamper – $50

Enjoy a Gourmet Hamper for two, including hand-selected cheeses, breads and antipasto delights with two glasses of your choice of red, white or sparkling wine.

Indulgence Hamper – $75

Treat yourself to the Indulgence Hamper for two, including hand-selected cheeses, breads and antipasto delights, served with fresh Australian prawns. All accompanied by two glasses of your choice of red, white or sparkling wine, and an assortment of chocolate truffles.

Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

When you arrive, you’ll be asked to register the details of everyone in your group for the purpose of contact tracing.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.

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