Huge crowds in Central Australia for Bush Bands Bash

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More than 2,000 people flock to a concert in Alice Springs to see the best Indigenous bands from across the Northern

huge-crowds-in-central-australia-for-bush-bands-bash photo 1 Photo: More than 2,000 people turned out at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for the event. (Supplied: Music NT (Oliver Eclipse))

More than 2,000 people flocked to a concert in Alice Springs on Sunday night to see the best Indigenous bands from across the Northern Territory.

The Bush Bands Bash is the culmination of a week-long workshop, where Indigenous groups refine their acts with the help of some of the best in the business.

The concert was headlined by the Lonely Boys, who recently supported US rock giants Queens of the Stone Age.

The concert was also a chance for lesser known bands to gain fans.

'Keeping our language alive'

Black Rock Band came more than 1,200 kilometres from Jabiru for the event.

The group sing in both English and their own language Kunwinjku.

Vocalist Selone Djandjomerr said he hoped the songs would help keep his language alive.

"Elders pass away, the people pass away but our culture and our knowledge and our language is still there for us," he said.

huge-crowds-in-central-australia-for-bush-bands-bash photo 2 Photo: Selone Djandjomerr hopes the songs will help protect the Kunwinjku language. (Supplied: Music NT (Oliver Eclipse))

Lead singer Richie Guymala said the week-long workshop, which focuses on the practical side of the music industry as well as musicianship, had helped the band.

"Coming down here has been a real good opportunity for me and the boys, especially coming from a remote community, so it's been pretty good and pretty exciting," he said.

"We're getting better and more stronger and we've grown a lot as a band ourselves."

Mr Djandjomerr said he had also learnt a lot from other bands at the event.

"Sharing one another's knowledge and sending our message through music. Music is in our blood," he said.

Interest will grow in NT desert music

Mr Ritchie,who is also the bass player for American band the Violet Femmes, predicted a surge in interest in the desert reggae genre, which is common across the Northern Territory.

"Australia needs to grapple with the Aboriginal music scene because this is the true Australian music," he said.

"They're preserving their languages, their culture, they're telling their stories, but in a modern way."

Mr Richie said the quality of artists was constantly improving.

"The bands this year I think are better and there's more variety than any other previous year, it just keeps getting better and better," Mr Ritchie said.

huge-crowds-in-central-australia-for-bush-bands-bash photo 3 Photo: The concert headlined Lonely Boys, but also had performances from smaller bands. (Supplied: Music NT (Oliver Eclipse))

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