NAIDOC Up Late: Trailblazers
NAIDOC Up Late: Trailblazers
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NAIDOC Up Late: Trailblazers



Ages 15yrs +

Gates open at 12:30pm

Limited tickets available


The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

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*** TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT *** A free festival of First Nations culture, music & community.

Welcome to NAIDOC Up Late: Trailblazers, where the beats of the force of this generation, take over The Cutaway for a festival of Blak Excellence for NAIDOC Week 2023. ​

NAIDOC Up Late: Trailblazers is a powerful gathering that shines a light on the cultural and community connections between First Nations people and individuals from diverse backgrounds. It is a celebration of their unwavering commitment to social justice as trailblazers, paying homage to the generations that have paved the way for the leaders of today and tomorrow.​

Join us as we unite with the Trailblazers of their generation, the contemporary voices of culture, representing the present, past, and future. Together, we honour and respect our Elders, weaving stories of culture, community, and the modern First Nations experience.

Let's go

From 1pm-10pm, the stage is set for a full day of festivities, as local cultural icons come together to put on a free show. Our hosts, Luke Currie Richardson and Ghenoa Gela, will be your guides throughout the jam-packed schedule, leading you from the basketball courts to tasty food trucks, dancing the day away to DJ Nino Brown (from 1pm), and into the night on the main stage for the music showcase.


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Eat & drink

Fuel up with all-day food trucks from 1pm including Antico Wood Fire Pizza, G-Dup Burgers and Walkabout Coffee Van and bar open from 5.30pm by Wats On Event brought to Barangaroo by Mottie + Smith

HOOPZ N THE HOOD - brought to you by Promote the Goat

Igniting the basketball court from 1pm-5pm showcasing the extraordinary skills of the best ballers and dunkers in town on the Red, Black and Yellow court. Check out what they’re all about at Promote the Goat.

3x3 Hoopz N the Hood invitational tournament​

Be courtside to witness the intense energy and thrilling display firsthand, as the game's finest tear it up in a battle of skill and athleticism.​

Hoopz N The Hood public competition​

Get in the game and take your shot at glory in front of the cheering crowd! Register to play in the 3 Point Shoot out and Slam Dunk competition.

LIVE ACTS from 5.30pm - 10pm

Hitting the stage for Australia’s premiere showcase of First Nations music and culture, is an extraordinary line up of hip-hop, RnB & soul royalty.​

Headlining is ARIA-nominated hip-hop artist, BARKAA joined by a stellar crew of artists including Tasman Keith, Nooky, B Wise, A.GIRL, Mau Power, WIZZ & trailblazers AIM 4 More, Munkimuk, and Australia’s leading RnB DJ Nino Brown.​

Tickets are FREE, but you have to book here now to get one.

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Artist line-up

Check out the extraordinary line up of hip-hop, RnB & soul royalty.​

Headline Act: BARKAA

Known as 'the new matriarch of Australian rap' by GQ Magazine, BARKAA's music shares her story and tackles important issues faced by First Nations people. 

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Tasman Keith

From syrupy 90s West Coast synths, to neo-funk & emotive RnB, Tasman Keith's music defies categorisation, but his message remains hard to ignore.

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With a sound rooted in sublime R&B and soul, A.GIRL raps like a boss while fearlessly celebrating culture, racial and general diversity. 

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B Wise

Nigerian-Australian artist hailing from South-West Sydney, B WISE is a groundbreaking talent who stands at the forefront of a new cultural movement.

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Rapper, producer and triple j radio host, Nooky has a no-holds-barred, hyperactive brand of rap intricate flows and sledgehammer social commentary.

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Deadly Award-winning artist, WIRADJURI emcee and producer WIZZ, his music reflects the emotional experiences of life – so raw and authentically painting a picture and drawing you in with his energy.

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Mau Power

One of original rappers emerging from the rich musical traditions of the Torres Strait, Mau Power has masterfully cultivated a subgenre of Indigenous and hip-hop culture, establishing him a truly unique and respected lyrical storyteller.

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AIM 4 More

The first ever indigenous RnB acapella group, AIM 4 More perform a unique blend of smooth harmonies covering the sounds of Motown, RnB, rap, funk, and high-energy dance.  


As one of the pioneers of Sydney and Australian Hip Hop, MunkiMuk is an artist, producer, songwriter, musician and breakdancer, rapping in both English and traditional Indigenous languages.

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