Island Vibe Origins

Island Vibe - Soul, Funk, Reggae and Island Culture by the beach....

Minjerribah (Straddie) is undoubtedly one of the most stunning places in Australia, with miles of pristine surfing and swimming beaches, abundant wildlife and the perfect place to hold a music festival.

The festival was founded in 2006 by Morgyn Quinn (director of Kuranda Roots Festival and underground music label Rudekat Records) who after playing a series of gigs on the island discovered a resident community of amazing, creative and loveably eccentric people. Collaborating locally with Quandamooka songman Josh Walker, artist Lisa Iselin and the Saltwater Murris Gallery, the festival blossomed with ideas and energy from co-conspirators Libby Kilby, Ali Donnellan, Nikki Michail and Jess Latham. Island Vibe was soon able to expand on its environmental and cultural ideals to create an event that went beyond your usual Aussie beer-soaked music festival. Every year much care is taken to make Island Vibe the most hospitable and comfortable festival and to keep our environmental footprint as low as possible.

The current team are a posse of battle-hardened event pro’s you may recognise from working on such events as Woodford, Bluesfest, Earth Frequency, Deliverance and Kuranda Roots amongst many others... Prahlad Cave - Event Manager & Site Manager, Craig Mathews - Operations Manager & Marketing/Promotions Manager, Nikki Michail - Community & Cultural Program Coordinator, Jasmine Whelan - Volunteers Coordinator, Jay Lovejay - Artist Liason, Amie Green & Madeleine Radke - Sustainability Managers and Melissa Honey - Box Office Manager.

This year we've teamed up once again with Paul Abad from like-minded festival Earth Frequency, who shares similar philosophies on life, music and... coconuts. We will also be re-implementing our youth event-mentoring program, to share our knowledge with budding festival freaks in the community.