Sand Tracks 2017 – Lonely Boys and Irrunytju Band
In it’s ninth year on the road, Sand Tracks was excited to announce the incredible punk rockers, Lonely Boys, would 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 also scored Best Rock Song at the NT Song of the Year Awards for Murray Island in 2016, and Drop it Down Girl in 2017.
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 2017 Sand Tracks tour reached an unprecedented audience of 5,100 people. The trail covered 3 regions and 6 communities on the 7,601km journey and delivered 10 workshops to 240 participants, employing 13 artists and 4 artsworkers.
“[Sand Tracks] is an awesome program that enables remote bands to tour and share their music where it would otherwise not be a possibility.”
– Skinnyfish Music, Lonely Boys Managers
For more details and photos from the tour you can see the full story here.
Sand Tracks is presented by Country Arts WA and Act-Belong-Commit.