Today we have received the sad news that Finley Quaye was unable to board his flight, due to a lost passport at the crucial hour, and we are unable to procure a replacement within 24 hrs. We are trying to work some magic with Her Majesty's Passport Service to get a new passport, so he can still come out for his other tour dates. If we are successful, we will endeavour to include a Brisbane and Byron Bay show, for those that were looking forward to see him at the festival. Our humblest apologies to everyone for this unfortunate outcome.

But despair not fans, because to the rescue have come the fantastically talented mob from OKA , who will be sure to set the dance floor ablaze with their rhythm based sonic tapestry of big-beat, reggae, dub, jazz, and world music. A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage.

In other news - the weather is looking super over here on Straddie. The site is looking amazing, the trees are lush and green, and the ocean is looking especially blue. We are truly stoked to be here once again and look forward to having a mad party with you all.

Big smiles all round - and let's do this!

From the team at Island Vibe HQ

















Combine majestic, sweeping beaches, unspoilt bushland, an amazing and inspiring Island community and a whole bunch of awesome musicians, artists, performers and more - and you have Island Vibe Festival.

From Australian reggae, soul and dub legends to international super stars, Island Vibe has been delivering the goods for nine years now.





For a full look at the program, including set times, go to our PROGRAM page!

We have 3 exciting stages at Island Vibe – the Coconut Lounge, (an intimate venue for acoustic acts, circus & cabaret artists, workshops and bands), the Bamboo Bass (live electronic, MC and selector’s stage) and the iconic Island Vibe Main Stage (for larger local and international acts), plus our exciting new Eco Space - a workshop, film and exhibition area.

With over 80 acts playing at the festival this year, we are pleased to announce the full line up! Make sure you head to our program page and check out what's in store for you this year.

In the mean time, here's a quick peek at some of the highlights -

This year we welcome legendary songman Archie Roach, the irresistible 21st century groove of Melbourne’s Afro funk ensemble The Black Jesus Experience, Sydney's reggae-star festival legends King Tide, seminal Brisbane roots band The Toothfaeries, Brisbane based nu-wave brass band Bullhorn, the visionary spoken word/rap of Hugo n Treats, triple Waiata Maori Music Award nominees Paua, renowned First Nation artist Joe Geia and self-taught guitar virtuoso Chris Tamwoy.

A couple last minute additions to the bill are reggae producer Mister Savona, returning from recent tour of Jamaica, Europe and Glastonbury and the delightful Miss Renee Simone.

We’ve got two local music showcases to show off the Island’s musical talent with some fresh new faces we've unearthed including Kyle Bryant and Danielle Walsh as well as festival favourites – Yulu Burri Bah Dancers, Q Crew and Siva Mai dancers.


ISLAND VIBE 2013 video 

We have recently received our latest video promo from none other that Noli Ganda from Ganda Productions, and it is looking shmick.
Check it out via the Vimeo link right here.

Festival And Event Mentorships Announced

In 2014, the festival is also happy to announce the return of a limited number of mentoring/job-shadowing opportunities for Stradbroke Island and Redlands residents age 16 and over, with the support of a RADF grant, and our dedicated festival staff. Participants will receive hands-on event management experience, and music industry experience in sound, lighting, site decoration, artist services, MC’ing, event photography, radio broadcasting, and more.

All of the applications have been sorted through and the Festival Mentoring Project will kick off at our next local Straddie Jam Night on September 12 at the Little Ship Club, in Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. Featuring Progressive Tan, Clara Durbidge, Q Crew, Kyle Bryant, Paula Boo, Danielle Walsh and heaps more. It’s a great way to get a little dose of the Island vibes… A huge heart-felt thank you to all of the promising event crew involved this year.


The new Eco Space will kick off this year with some hands-on workshops and brazen beats from the Formidable Vegetable Sound System!  Many more workshops, talks and discussions, films and giveaways will continue thru the weekend in celebration of our marine conservation theme.

Workshops this year include –

  • Screen-printing – BYO shirt or sarong and choose from a variety of designs and colours.
  • African Drumming – learn some wicked African rhythms with Elliot Orr
  • Ragga Fuzion Dance – with So You Think You Can Dance star Nadiah "NfuZion" Idris
  • Slackline – learn balance mastery on the slack rope (not the tight rope!) with Josh Mannix
  • Weaving - workshops daily with Anaheke Metua and her group of master weavers. Using natural fibres and a variety of techniques incl. coil stich, lomandra weaving, spinifex, etc. 
  • Story Telling – Master Story teller Michael Quinn includes the audience to act in folk tales from around the world
  • Tie Dye Creations - Create your own tie-dye masterpiece using non-toxic and environmentally friendly solar dye
  • Face & Body Art – an introduction to body art and products used, incl. tribal designs, floral work, face art, etc. Learn techniques and express yourself to your fullest capacity
  • Sand Art - workshop with Quandamooka artist Craig Tapp, on the dance circle

PLUS yoga, acro-yoga, Island song & dance, and a whole bunch more in the Kids Space too!


Get your fine selves over to the Rudekat Records website and make sure you grab one pronto! Go to, grab your eTicket immediately or pop into selected Happy Herb stores, Three Worlds (Burleigh Heads), Jet Black Cat Music (West End), Shiva Moon and Fetish 4 Life (Cairns).


Concession tickets available for students and kids under-twelve are FREE. Local 4183 residents enjoy a 30% discount on all tickets and will be available at Noreen’s Seaside Shop and Dunwich News (Local ID required).

Go to Rudekat Records for your ticket to awesome right now!


Stay tuned kids – we are on the cusp of another fantastic Festival, and we do it all for you. To stay up to date make sure you check out our facebook page.