Taste of Tasmania Entertainment Program

In 2017-18 we partnered with the City of Hobart to celebrate Tasmanian music at The Taste of Tasmania.

This was a great opportunity to present some of the best original music that Tasmania has to offer, alongside our outstanding food and beverages.

The music program was remarkably diverse and offered something for everyone to enjoy. The program highlighted Tasmanian artists who have found success on as well as local emerging performers from all over the island.   

In 2018, The Taste featured over 130 performances from 119 acts from 28 December 2017 to 3 January 2018. 

The New Year’s Eve party will be headlined by The Whitlams, who share the bill with Tassie expats Monique Brumby and Heloise, along with Melbourne’s Mighty Duke and the Lords.

The festival features up to four stages with a program of Tasmanian music from an assortment of outstanding local acts including Ben Salter, ALTA, Bad Dad Orchestra, KOWL, Ange Boxall, Seth Henderson, The Bad Dad Orchestra, Lazer Baby, Madi Adungu Band, The Embers, Mumma K and the Big Love and so much more.

Music Tasmania’s CEO Laura Harper said: “The Taste of Tasmania has always been known for featuring outstanding Tasmanian food and wine in a beautiful location. This year we’ve made sure there's an amazing soundtrack to this unique festival experience that really highlights what a thriving music scene we have in Tassie at the moment."

"The program is epic and best of all, apart from the ticketed New Year’s Eve party, it’s all free! So it’s an excellent opportunity to discover new music at Hobart's iconic summer festival”.

The Entertainment Program has been curated by Creative Producer Sam Cole who has previous experience with festivals such as Party in the Paddock, The Unconformity, and local music event Band Meeting.

 “This is the biggest Entertainment Program the Taste has ever presented with over 400 local performers involved and employed across the 7-day festival. It’s exciting to be a part of transforming this festival with the Taste team and I hope everyone will come along this year and be a part of the experience”.

For a full list of the music you can expect at the Taste of Tasmania this year, visit:



Baba Bruja

Hobart’s newest all original Afrobeat collective, Baba Bruja will officially open the 2017 Taste of Tasmania! Featuring six horns and a scorching hot rhythm section, Baba Bruja are raucous, colourful and groovy as. The band explores the world beyond Afrobeat incorporating elements of South American, Indian and Middle Eastern music into their tunes to create a smooth blend that’s seriously dance-able. Patrons are invited to join the afrobeat parade from the Salamanca Lawns and enjoy the first live set of the festival on the main stage. 

Piano People

A collection of Hobart’s finest piano players will gather together at the gates of the Taste of Tasmania each morning from 10.45am - 12.00pm to share tunes and serenade the public as they enter. Following this, the Piano will be relocated throughout the site and the public are invited to play.

Daily Dance

Each afternoon on the Castray Esplanade lawns patrons can gather together to shake their tail feathers and sharpen their dance skills by following the lead of a different community dance troupe. Featuring the dancing prowess of Tas Swing (28 Dec), Tasmanian Club de Tango (29 Dec), Dance Folk Tasmania (30 Dec), Tas Swing (31 Dec), Dancing Divas (1 Jan), and Tas Swing (2 Jan). On 3 January, we present a special 2-hour celebration of dance and cultures from around the world with DJ Kashishi.

42 Degrees of Funk, Reggae & Soul

This is a show of epic proportions featuring Boil Up, Lively Up Crew, Guilty as Charged and The Hobart Funk Collective. This super group of 21 of Tassie’s best musicians will perform 42 of their favourite funk, reggae, and soul songs.  

Market Sessions with Jed Appleton

Jed Appleton hosts a celebration of some of the Salamanca Markets emerging busking musicians. The afternoon performance will showcase various performers at different stages of their career and there might be the chance to hear Jed share a few of his own songs. 

Jed has been hard at his craft since hitting the streets at 13, leaving school at 16 to fascinate crowds with his stripped back and pensive songwriting. He's captured the ears of many, from street corners to sold out shows as he's lapped Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe multiple times.

Homecoming Acts

This year, we are pleased to welcome home to Tasmania a number of acts that have been winning fans on the national and international stage. Monique Brumby, Heloise, ALTA, Greenstone Garden, Ana Navana, Winter York, Seth Henderson, Halfway to Forth, Since We Kissed, Mighty Duke & The Lords, and The Scary Family Band, all return home to Tasmania this summer to share their music with friends, family, and the Taste audience at the festival.

Emerging stars

The Taste of Tasmania provides valuable opportunities for emerging acts to play an important part in the festival. The program highlights young performers and bands such as Kat Edwards, Jackson Simpson and his Band, JENSEN, Carl Renshaw, Dan Vandermeer, Harry Edwards, Eve Gowen, FLXW, and more.

Regional performers

This is the most regional Entertainment Program the Taste has ever presented with acts drawn from all over the island. The Bad Dad Orchestra, The Embers, Bad Beef, Pete Cornelius, DENNI, FLXW, Ange Boxall, ISLA KA, and the newly reformed Younger Dryas, and a few of the regional Tassie acts you don’t want to miss at the Taste.    

Electro Mexican fiesta

This festival, the Lawns will transform into Mexico with the vibe being laid back, summery and light. From 8pm Tasmanian’s best DJs including DJ Mad, Randall Foxx, DJ Nick Corney, DJ Rikin, Sexylucy will set the mood as the sun goes down; after dark get to know some incredible electronic acts such as KLUE, KOWL, OOC, ALTA, and ROBOTIKUS at the Taste.  


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