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The Triffid Announces Day-Long Roots Festival for Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

The Triffid, one of Brisbane’s newest live music venues, has announced the inaugural ‘Newstead Roots Festival’ held on Sunday June 7 (Queen’s Birthday long weekend) and hosted by Triple J ‘Roots and All’ presenter Sarah Howells.

The festival, which may I just mention now is completely free, has already confirmed a ‘who’s-who’ of East Coast roots, blues and folk: Oka, who weave “rhythm based sonic tapestr[ies] crossing cultural boundaries” and who have shared a stage with Xavier Rudd and Yothu Yindi, to name a few; Kingfisha, a Brisbane reggae six-piece who’ve just release an acclaimed debut LP; Chocolate Strings, “a motley orchestra of eight” with elements of soul, funk and afrobeat that has previously conquered the Woodford Folk Festival and the Newtown Festival, among others; singer-songwriter Sahara Beck, who has built up an impressive personal following with her two EPs and gigs at iconic Brisbane venues the Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Arts Centre; Karl S Williams, the Brisbane multi-instrumental troubadour named by Rolling Stone as one of their ‘Top Five Artists to Watch’ and who has played memorable sets at BIGSOUND, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Festival of the Sun; Starboard Cannons, described as making music “that sits somewhere between the Scottish Highlands and Aussie bush”; Danni Carr, equally adept playing a full band or just as a two-piece; and Andrew Morris, long-time bastion of the Brisbane music scene best known for his work with Bernard Fanning.

The Triffid has hosted ‘Triffid Roots’ with Sarah Howells each Sunday since November 2014- the festival aims to expand on this concept. Festivities kick on at 1 pm at the Triffid and will continue until 1 am. Full bands will play in the live room, while the beer garden will host acoustic performances for the day.

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