Sand Tracks 2017: Lonely Boys and Irrunytju Band
In it’s ninth year on the road, Sand Tracks teams a renowned Aboriginal headline act with a young Aboriginal band from central Australia to tour through Australia’s remote central desert region, delivering live performances alongside music and culture workshops.
This year we’re excited to announce the incredible punk rockers, Lonely Boys, will headline the tour, alongside the rapidly rising starts that are the Irrunytju band.
Lonley Boys are from the remote Arnhemland community of Ngukurr, 700km south east of Darwin. They are a six-piece guitar inspired punk rock band who have been playing in local and surrounding communities for more than 10 years, in which time they’ve racked up thousands of adoring fans at Indigenous community festivals. They’ve also scored Best Rock Song at the NT Song of the Year Awards twice running now – for Murray Island in 2016, and Drop it Down Girl this year.
Irrunytju Band (formerly known as Alunytjuru Band) are from Wingellina (Irrunytju) Community, located just 10kms from the tri-state border. They convey messages of country, people and loved ones, social issues and tales from the road through their Pitjantjatjara language lyrics. Already a household name throughout the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Irrunytju Band put out the ‘Titji Kutju’ (One Kid) last year and now hope to take their message and music out to broader audiences and gain opportunities to showcase their incredible talents beyond their traditional lands.
The Sand Tracks Tour is presented by Country Arts WA and Healthway promoting the Mentally Healthy WA campaign message, Act-Belong-Commit.