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Caravãna Sun

Described as “the most explosive performance ever witnessed” by LOST Magazine, Caravãna Sun are known for their raw energy and a sound that demands to be heard live. From sun-drenched reggae to sweeping synth indie groove, the energetic quartet will have you on your feet on the journey from huge crowd sing-alongs to soulful moments.

Hailing from Southern Sydney, Caravãna Sun formed in 2010 and consists of Luke Carra (guitar/vocals), Ant Beard (bass/vocals), Chris Smithson (keys/vocals) & James Smithers (drums).

From touring with iconic artists Madness, UB40, The Cat Empire & Fat Freddy's Drop, to swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth for the Whale Shark Festival, Caravãna Sun has built up quite the reputation beyond the sunny shores of Australia. The band has performed at over 500 shows in all corners of the globe and released three full-length albums. Their critically acclaimed album Guerrilla Club (2016) was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as 4/5 stars and “a sonic treat", while Rhythms Magazine described it as "full of otherworldly imagery and highly evolved instrumentation”.

The band described their story: “We began playing in small venues, tucked away in the corner. Our songs were aimed to make people dance and move in any way. The band started in a place of ska and reggae with a big focus on the trumpet and driving rhythms to keep the energy up. We take our audience on a journey. With such an honest love for music and each other, Caravãna Sun has had an infectious feeling that’s been at the heart of every performance. Our atmosphere is truly honest and present in every moment. From Luke’s driving atmospheric guitar riffs to the swirling analogue synthesis, we paint pictures with sound and build the moments up to huge crescendos, usually ending up in a huge crazy/sweaty party.”

Caravãna Sun has shown no signs of slowing down. Signing with Berlin’s Embassy of Music and joining a heavyweight roster including Björk, Moby, and fellow Aussie acts Ball Park Music, the band is fully equipped and excited for what is to come. Itching to get back on the road again and share their new music, 2022 is shaping up to be the band’s biggest year yet.

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Caravãna Sun will perform live at Spin Fest Beach Party in September 2022.