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Walkabout Boys were formed in early 2007 when they were drawn together by their shared passion for music and a drive to build stronger relationships within their community, Yiyili.
Since then the band has gone from strength to strength, performing across West Australia. Walkabout Boys have burst forward onto the music scene with some great original material, which has seen them recognised as shining new talent in the Kimberley when they won the 2008 Kullarri NAIDOC Battle of the Artists held in Broome. In 2009, they were nominated in the inaugural WA “Too Solid Awards” for Best Bass Player, Guitarist and Drummer.
State Grand Finalists in the 2009 Next Big Thing, 2010 WAM Song of the Year and 2011 WAM Indigenous Artist of the Year, the Walkabout Boys have a fresh sound with elements of Rock, Reggae and Country uniquely blended to reflect the environment that surrounds them. Their debut CD “You’re the One” was released in April 2010, and is available through Skinnyfish Music and at all good music outlets, The Walkabout Boys bring with them a commitment and enthusiasm for music and are ready to take their music to the world.
Victoria Newton Quartet
One of the most exciting and dynamic vocalists on the scene, Victoria Newton brings her wonderful mix of swinging jazz and Brazilian beats to the Worlds Festival. In recent times she performed at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London, Alexis in Kuala Lumpur, for their International Jazz Series, and a dream gig performing Brazilian songs cruising up the Amazon! She has appeared at many festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe including Queille in France, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Oxford Literary Festival, Marlborough and Swanage Jazz Festivals in the UK, Pizza Express, the 606 Club and The Jazz Café in London where she supported Terence Blanchard and performed with Ronny Jordan.
Victoria also experienced international success during the mid 1990s with UK dance/pop group Strike and their hit ‘U Sure Do’. This led to her appearing on MTV and the BBC’s Top of the Pops, touring throughout the world and recording the critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’.
Since relocating to Perth, Victoria has performed in a variety of musical settings which include sell out performances of her ‘Watercolours of Brazil’ project and as featured singer during the opening week of the Ellington Jazz Club where she continues to perform with her own band.
Vocal Evolution is a world-class male vocal harmony chorus based in Perth, Western Australia, that has been wowing audiences since 2002. Vocal Evolution have sung in a variety of settings including corporate gatherings, self-produced shows and on large concert events supporting entertainers such as Jimmy Barnes and David Campbell. They have also appeared on national television on Australia’s Got Talent and have been featured on Today Tonight. The group’s wide appeal comes from a combination of popular repertoire delivered with a passion and joy that reflects the enjoyment each singer gets from performing the soaring four-part harmony arrangements. Vocal Evolution released there highly-anticipated debut CD “Like A Song” in 2010 and are currently recording their second, with a Christmas theme, which will be out at the end of the year. They have also recently returned from the USA, where they represented Australia at the International Male Harmony Competition and placed 19th in the world, the highest ever placing and score by an Australian Chorus.
For more than 20 years Bizircus has thrilled audiences with their hilarious character comedy and explosive acrobatic stunts. Drawing influence from Chinese circus, European circus and street theatre, modern dance, and slapstick traditions worldwide, the troupe has been trained by acrobats and clowns from France, Russia, China, Brazil, Kenya, and England. Synthesizing these diverse traditions into their own unique Australian style, Bizircus blend physical skill, comedy, music, and universal themes into performances which hurdle language and cultural barriers.