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See Kurilpa Reach on Sunday at 4pm on the Hotel Brunswick stage.

Hailing from the inner Brisbane suburb of West End, Kurilpa Reach have forged their own path in Australia’s music scene. 

The original five lads of Kurilpa Reach: singer/saxophonist, Luke Miskimmin; guitarists, Loughlin Craig and Will Murphy; and Pablo Burdell on bass, and his brother Vicente Burdell as singer/drummer, all evolved from a shared love of classic reggae, blues and indie rock.

Though all five original members went to high school together in the 4101 vicinity, it wasn’t until a year after graduating that they started connecting over music.

Coming across Vicente at a West End house party, Will showed him a voice memo of Under the Bridge he had recorded with Luke that afternoon. With that initial voice memo and some drunken enthusiasm, a drummer was secured. Vicente’s brother, Pablo, was up next, agreeing to teach himself the bass in order to join the jams happening next to his room. Will invited the elusive Loughie they’d all been hearing about over for a jam – and finally Kurilpa Reach was born. 

The 2021, the addition of Curtis Scibilia on trumpet and Joel Aspinall on keys and saxophone filled out this seven piece to create the huge sound that KR puts out in its exciting live shows.

Known for their pulsating grooves and high-energy live sets, Kurilpa Reach infuse dub and reggae with psychedelic rock and contemporary roots to create an eclectic sound difficult to pigeon-hole into a single genre.

See Kurilpa Reach on Sunday at 4pm on the Hotel Brunswick stage.

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