Jungle Love: ones to watch

As I wrote in another review, Jungle Love festival was a glorious mess of wilderness, body paint, and sweet sweet tunes. It’s easy to imagine that such a chilled out festival would have only super mellow bands, but the variety was pretty spectacular; everyone from punk rockers to ethereal indie singers came out in full force. Despite there being a few notable names on the bill, it was a few of the lesser known acts that truly blew me away. Keep an eye out for:


Words cannot express the level of funk these guys have. A menagerie of horns, bass, guitar and percussion, the band perform a nu-wave soul/funk sound with a modern twist, not to mention one of the most entertaining and talented frontmen I’ve seen in a group. Roman MC is a man with a big presence – both literally and figuratively – and some of the tightest rapping I’ve seen. His free-styling is, in a word, epic. Hands down one of the most entertaining shows I’ve seen.

Voodoo Dred

Lazing around the Chai tent on a fold-out bed, it’s easy to doze off and let the world drift away. Voodoo Dred brings you quickly down to reality, in the best way possible. The Mexican-born DJ, singer, and producer has a magical way of mixing, integrating traditional rhythms from Africa, Haiti (his parents’ homeland) and South America with a modern hip-hop twist. His set at JL swung from trap to jungle to world beats with ease, showcasing some real skill in production and never once missing a beat.

Jenova Collective

A party band of epic proportions, the UK group has expertly tackled the genre of electro-swing, taking samples and sounds from classic 20s jazz and swing hits and seamlessly melding them with a modern, bass-driven sound. Singer and mesmerising performer Lily Moharrer adds an element of retro drama to the show, as each band member dances as much as their instrument will allow. It was perfect for a hot summer night.

The Tommyhawks

The Perth rockers blew crowds away at the festival, injecting some edginess into classic rock with bluesy rolling drums and driving sax hooks. The vocals are smoky and strong, the performance polished and passionate. The Tommyhawks seem to be forging a genre for themselves that works oh so well.

That said, some of the better-known artists did a stellar job on the lineup too. Keep on loving:

The Belligerents 

As always, the boys put on an electric show at JL, made by lead singer/guitarist Lewis Stephenson’s killer dance move repertoire (think: spasmodic jerking in a somehow groovy way). While there was a bizarre mishap when an acid-fuelled muscle-bag from the audience attempted to kiss/eat the face of the band members and was restrained by security, the show was a party from start to finish, with Stephenson inspiring some wild dancing from us all.


Fresh from recording her Like A Version for Triple J, Ayla charmed us all in the middle of the day, despite the delirious heat. Playing mostly newer tracks and ending with the latest single, When The World Ends, her effortless musicality shone through for all to see as audience-members hula-hooped (or attempted to) in a circle in front of the stage.

Jungle Love is a fabulous place to find new favourite acts or rediscover old gems. Have a listen to the playlist below, and it’ll almost be like you were there with us.

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