A BREAK-DANCING GRANDPA, A DOO-WOPPING SEXTET, A RIVERINA SOUL SISTER, A HIP-HOP TRIO FROM THE BIG SMOKE AND A CHART-TOPPING SONGSTRESS FROM NEW ZEALAND…
A MIX SO FABULOUSLY DIVERSE CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING - IT'S FUSION TIME!
For the sixth year running, the Civic Centre Precinct will burst to life for the City of Wagga Wagga's FUSION16 Multicultural Street Festival on Saturday 15 October from 4pm - 9.30pm.
Headlining this year's festival are dance floor grooving grandad Old Spice, shiny, sugary sweet disco revival crew Sugar Fed Leopards, soul sensation and ARIA award nominated songstress Kylie Auldist, Sydney afro-funk, hip-hop trio True Vibenation and New Zealand born singer, songwriter Aaradhna.
FUSION now attracts 10,000 people, and each headliner is ready to entertain each one of the festival-goers.
"I might be over the hill, but I am also over the moon excited about the FUSION16 line-up," Old Spice said.
Fresh off the back of creating the world's slowest conga line at Splendour in the Grass music festival, Old Spice is looking forward to busting a sweet move in Wagga and getting the crowd on its feet.
"I'll be throwing caution to the wind, my walking stick to the ground, and will be getting down as far as my replacement hip will allow to the sweet beats and soulful tunes of Kylie Auldist, Sugar Fed Leopards and True Vibenation!"
Kylie Auldist can't wait to take to the FUSION16 stage, with the performance a sort-of home coming for the soul sister from the Riverina town of Hay.
"I can't believe I am doing my first ever regional gig so close to home," she said.
"Hopefully I will see some familiar faces. FUSION16 here we come!"
It's been a whirlwind few months for inner-west Sydney hip-hop trio, made up of twins Vuli and Moody and childhood friend Klue, who recently played at the world-famous Glastonbury festival and gigs across Europe.
"We are excited to be coming to Wagga's FUSION16 Multicultural Street Festival for our first show back in Australia in months," Moody said.
Meanwhile, the Sugar Fed Leopards, whose costumes have more sparkle than a shiny disco ball, are looking forward to seeing Wagga's wild side on the dancefloor, and are excited to release the first single off their new second album.
"We are super excited to visit Wagga Wagga for the FUSION festival, no one from the band has been there yet and it's such a good opportunity for us to visit this famous town. I am sure the place will be in fine form for this wild festival," Lead vocalist Sugar Breath, aka Steph Brett, said.
Rounding out the line-up is New-Zealand born beauty Aaradhna, who will bring her old soul rhythm and blues to the Wagga crowds. Aaradhna started writing music at age 11 and her latest EP Brown Girl hit number one in the New Zealand charts.
As well as an impressive line-up of acts from around the country, FUSION will again showcase Wagga's array of local talent.
"This year's festival again features eclectic performances and mouth-watering food. There will also be roving performers and free interactive creative art activities for the young and young at heart," Council's Director Environmental and Community Services Janice Summerhayes said.
"FUSION is about celebrating the food, music, art and cultures that mix together to make our community unique and liveable."