Sunshine Coast Music News, Oct 19 2016

Reggae and ska lovers, rejoice, for there's a special mini festival coming up in November.  The Queensland International Ska & Reggae Festival is coming up on November 20 at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, with The Upsteppers, Sunny Coast Rude Boys, Pantastic Steel Band, Zambazzy Samba Band, London Boom Boom Sound System and more. $15 on the door, and accompanied kids free.  Win.
Not long now until Originals Festival kicks off, and some of the artists performing have dropped bombshells of their own - Sahara Beck has announced that she's joining The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, Ocean Alley and Harts for a run of mega shows in January/February next year (with the Bribie Island show the closest to us).  Not only that, but Pop Cult have just announced their Cult Classics Tour, which sees them on the road from now until December.
HOME Gathering is fast approaching as well, with tickets getting snapped up fast.  Last year's event went off, mixing EDM artists and live bands, and this year's is looking even better, all set in a secluded area.  If you haven't got your ticket yet, best get in now before missing out. There's limited spaces, particularly for camping.
Some Coast artists will be heading to Island Vibe on Stradbroke Island next weekend as well, with Bearfoot, Almost Lazy, and Dubarray hanging with the likes of Katchafire, Tiki Taane, Nattali Rize, and more.  This will be followed up with Valley Fiesta, with Bearfoot and Andrea Kirwin both appearing in the Valley on Sunday.
Dubarray just announced that they will be heading to New Zealand next year to take part in the Luminate Festival in February.  This follows on from the massive tour they're currently undertaking, having just added Woodford Folk Festival to their list as well.
This week, it's another big one, with performances from Caravana Sun, Emma Louise, I Am Duckeye, Salmonella Dub and more.  For details, on these and more shows coming up, head to the Gigs page.
Upcoming visitors next week include Katchafire, Brisbane's Hemingway, and Sydney's Black Bird Hum, whom we just interviewed.  The Sydney reggae juggernaut have just toured with Arrested Development and Kingfisha, and are on the home leg of their 'Hot' East Coast Tour.  You can read that interview here.
We've also got an incoming Q & A with Thundamentals very soon, with ol Rad Phil making a return in the role of interviewer.