Main Stage Saturday – King River Rising
Formed nearly two years ago, King River Rising are a 7 to 9 piece rhythmic powerhouse who push the boundaries of Reggae Rock while paying homage to the genre’s predecessors.
Possessing a sound often compared to John Mayer and Sublime, KRR’s vibe is unrelenting and alleviating. With wailing soloists that can keep up with a pumping rhythm section, the line-up includes three-part harmonies, keys and a traditional Rock band setup. Topping this off is front man Ward Hancock’s unique style of songwriting – one that is influenced by both Jamaican and Islander Reggae, but also by the Indigenous Australian Reggae he grew up with living in Darwin.
The start of 2018 went off with a bang – a month long East Coast tour was organised and hit everywhere in between Canberra and Noosa. Playing an average of 5.5 gigs per week and on the same bill as Band of Frequencies, Darky Roots, Rasta Unity, Swamp Stompers, Dubarray, Sun Salute and Dave Spry, the boys got a taste of Australia’s thriving Reggae and Roots scene – and saw their band with an average age of 22 hold up to some of Australia’s best touring acts.
While continuing to make trips away to regional Victoria and New South Wales, KRR are starting Melbourne’s first regular live band Reggae night in St. Kilda. Coupled with a January 2019 East Coast tour, their hunger to be part of and develop Australia’s Reggae scene proves that King River Rising is a young band to watch.
See King River Rising on the Bendigo Bank Main Stage at 11:30am on Saturday 23 February.
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