University of Queensland celebrates First Nations music

Deadly Noize is set to showcase First Nations artists in four hours of live music at The University of Queensland.

Budjerah will headline the music festival at UQ’s St Lucia campus on Saturday 6 August.

The homegrown-turned-global R&B star is fresh from his world tour with Vance Joy and collaboration with Ed Sheeran on the remix of 2step.

“I’ve just released my new single Ready For the Sky and can’t wait to perform it for the Deadly Noize crowd,” Budjerah said.

Rounding out the line-up are Toowoomba musician Cloe Terare, 2022 Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner at the Queensland Music Awards and singer Kristal West, a grand finalist on The Voice.

Concert organiser Matt Parsons said this year’s line-up is exceptional.

“These artists perfectly reflect this year’s NAIDOC theme of ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” Mr Parsons said.

“They all speak of identity, diversity, history and inclusion.”

Deadly Noize is now in its second year and will wrap up a week of NAIDOC 2022 celebrations at UQ.

The festival is staged on the lower lawns outside the Forgan Smith Building, which will be lit up in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands flags.

Mr Parsons said the all-ages concert is open to the public.

“Deadly Noize is a chance for the community to engage with First Nations voices, stories and culture. 

“It’s an important step towards creating a rounded educational experience and highlights these brilliant First Nations artists,” he said.

The festival site will also host food trucks, market stalls and a scenic garden bar.

Tickets are $35 (or $25 for UQ students) and available now: