Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club hosts family music festival with The Strides, Garfish, King Tide | Mercury of Illawarra

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A new family music festival celebrates local musicians, First Nations artists and a boogie after a few years of hard times. The Get Together music festival will feature 22 artists playing on three stages over a weekend in March at the Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club. The lineup includes Wiradjuri musician Rhys Waite, reggae stars The Strides, rock band The Shed, roots/pop/reggae stalwarts Kind Tide and surf rock with Drop Legs. Read more: Eurovision royalty brings glitz and glamor to Wollongong Colin Renton hosted the festival with Illawarra musician Nick Garbett (of the Strides and Garfish), and said he was also delighted that the cast of Doonooch dance brings traditional Aboriginal dancing to the event accompanied by a smoking ceremony. “So even though these guys aren’t very well-known big bands, they’re all at the top of their game in terms of people who have dedicated their lives to learning their craft,” Renton said. “It will feature a very diverse lineup of reggae, funk, soul, world blues.. and will feature many First Nations artists.” Read more: The concert series sees 49 concerts in three weeks for the South Coast Other notable artists include Wollongong DJ Remy Brooks whose collection goes wide and deep across many different genres and decades, as well as genres and more obscure flavors, such as Afrobeat, Balearic and South and Central American music; and internationally renowned reggae drummer Lisa Purmodh, who performed in Jamaica with Damian Marley and recorded extensively with Stephen Marley. “I grew up in Otford and still live in the area 38 years later,” Garbett said. “This place and the people around it mean a lot to me and I feel like this festival is something positive that Col and I can bring to the community. It’s about coming together and enjoying great music, dancing and culture in a beautiful location.” Children are also welcome at the event under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Get Together Festival, March 19-20, Wombarra Bowlo. Tickets via: To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.


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