Tijuana Cartel get back to their roots at HOTA

Gold Coast’s Roots Music Festival kicks off at the end of this month with Gold Coast Music Awards 2020 Live Act of the Year Tijuana Cartel leading an impressive lineup that also includes Fat Picnic, Hanlon Brothers and the August River Band.

Hosted by Double J presenter Sarah Howells, the Roots Music Festival is a massive celebration of the roots mega-genre which encompasses soul, blues, reggae, folk and more. On a family-friendly Sunday, a star-studded line up of roots artists will set the scene for the perfect day of sunshine, music, food and drinks, all on the Outdoor Stage at HOTA.

Tijuana Cartel’s Paul George says the band’s recent shows have been limited to sit down crowds – a far cry from the usual high octane, balls-to-the-wall dancing gigs they’re used to. They’ve taken it all in their stride, though.

“We kind of enjoyed it,” Paul tells us. “It’s a different vibe. ‘Our thing’ is usually everyone being up, sweaty and dancing, but we still get into the groove. It’s funny watching people dancing in their chairs!”

Tijuana Cartel will be mixing up some of their chilled out tunes with old faves, in a nod to the changed conditions. But given that the whole band hasn’t gotten together in a while, it’ll probably end up being more of a ‘go with the flow’ thing on the day.

“I haven’t seen the band altogether for a while, and it’s been a while since we’ve played. I think it’s been about three months. I think we’ll be right – we’re probably seasoned pros by now!” laughs Paul.

Roots Music Festival is presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of three month live event UPSPRING, and is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast. Grab your friends and reserve your own square, over at hota.com.au/music/the-roots-music-festival.

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