Australia hosts the biggest weekend of Rockin for West Papua Global Peace Concerts 2018 #MusicIsAWeapon

October 16, 2018

Rockin for West Papua 2018

For immediate release Sydney Australia, October 16th, 2018

This weekend 70 bands across 12 cities are Rockin for West Papua, as Australia hosts the biggest weekend of the Rockin for West Papua Global Peace Concerts 2018 .

Joined by Aotearoa, New Zealand and South Africa the weekend is set to be LOUD, with bands including Late November, Crustfund Kids, Monster Fodder, All Strings attached, Tourettes, Nathan Gleeson, Baltimore Gun Club, Sol Nation, Dprssd Mode, Ms Demeanor, Adam Distortion will be making some serious noise for West Papua across Auckland,  Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Hobart, Melbourne and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Now in it’s third year, the voices of West Papua are reaching as far as ever through music. #Musicisaweapon

The first of the 2018 concerts was held in Holland, with the legendary West Papuan band Mambesak, and friends Pascion, & Teddy Talapessy. Founder of Mambesak, musician and freedom fighter Arnold Ap was arrested, tortured and assassinated by the Indonesian military in 1984.  Ap’s family now live in exile in Holland. The Ap family said they were proud to launch the month of Rockin for West Papua to carry on the torch of their father’s legacy and music.

Following weekend saw gigs hitting Newcastle UK  with Feed the Elk;  Galiza, Spain with  Chris Klondike Masuak and the Viverio Wave Riders, and Townsville, Australia with Edward Osae on stage with Freaky Bizness, plus many more.

The final show will be in Cornwall on the 26th, (with a special concert yet to be announced) ending this years spectacular Global Peace Concert with The Resistars, Arnold Van Den Dolder and King Louis and others; all joining the ranks of freedom fighters and making history for West Papua.

 #Musicisaweapon #R4WP18 @Rockin4WP

Rockin for West Papua is a growing collective of socially conscious artists & musicians who stand in solidarity with the people against the brutal Indonesian occupation that West Papua has endured for over 50 years. The message from all artists is clear; Stop the genocide in West Papua, and give the people of West Papua their FREEDOM!

All monies raised goes to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), the democratically elected leadership, representing the interests of the Papuan people internationally and at the United Nations.

A small country in waiting West Papua has been illegally, and brutally, occupied by Indonesia since the 1960s. Under Indonesia’s violent rule, the indigenous people are suffering a slow genocide and eco-cide.  Only 2 weeks ago West Papuan children were killed in Indonesian airstrikes. Last month over 220 people were arrested. 87 were arrested just for coming out on to the streets in support of Vanuatu, who were speaking out for them at the United Nation’s General Assembly Debate. In the past 50 years over 500,000 indigenous West Papuans have been killed.

Director of the award winning film Punks for West Papua, and Founder and coordinator of Rockin for West Papua, Mr Ash Brennan,  says “West Papuans use music to tell their stories, but freedom of expression is oppressed in West Papua. Doing something as simple as raising the flag of independence can bring a criminal charge of treason and a 15 yr prison sentence.”

Today human right abuses including rape, torture, murder, arbitrary arrests, lack of access to basic healthcare, are all a daily reality for the indigenous people of West Papua. Due to Indonesia’s ban on foreign journalists and human rights NGOs, the international community, governments, and mainstream media, hear little, and do little.

From Australia to the Nederlands, many countries have played a role in the betrayal of the West Papuan people, and still profit from its vast natural resources. It’s now up to the people to create a global outcry to demand social justice and freedom for West Papua.

Last year the collaborative efforts of Rockin for West Papua (which raised over $12,000 ), The Free West Papua campaign and the Swim for West Papua helped to deliver the West Papua Peoples Petition to the United Nations.

Although banned by the Indonesian government, the petition was signed in secret by 1.8 million (over 70% of the indigenous population) under threats of arrest and torture; making it the most significant mass action in West Papuan history.

The petition, and efforts for West Papua at the United Nations are making progress, with next year seeing Vanuatu tabling a motion on West Papua’s right to self-determination at the UN General Assembly September 2019. With enough international support West Papua could be finally returned to the UN where it belongs.

All proceeds of Rockin for West Papua will continue to fund the work of the ULMWP.


It’s time to make some noise for West Papua… and #MusicisaWeapon


Global concerts 2018:

6th Netherlands;

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Rapha Pico✪ Pascion✪ Teddy Talapessy ✪ Thiago Mereilles ✪ NWay ✪ Kayu ✪ Jeff Sopacua ✪ Onias Landveld✪ Mambesak ✪ ✪ ✪

12th Newcastle upon Tyme- UK.

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Feed the Elk ✪ Yasser Killany and the Koda Collective✪ Calculus (Pangea sound system/ wheel up records)✪ ✪ ✪

13th Galiza, Spain.

Artists; ✪✪ ✪ ✪  Chris Musak and the Viverio Wave Riders✪ Bang 74✪ OS Derradeiros✪ ✪ ✪

13th &14th Townsville, Australia.

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Late November ✪ Bobby & the Firelight ✪ The Firelight Collective ✪ Freaky Business ✪ Deepsea Creature ✪ UKE Nomad ✪ Drumbumba ✪  the Townsville Drum Collective ✪ ✪ ✪

18th, Sydney, Australia.

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Crust Fund Kids ✪ Rukus, ✪ Australis über alles (Dead Kennedys cover band) ✪ Loose Unit ✪ DIRTY SLUTZ ✪ Numbskull ✪ ✪ ✪

18th, Auckland, Aotearoa

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey ✪ Will Saunders ✪  Being ✪  James Kohler ✪  Anau Henry ✪

19th, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Artists: ✪ All Strings Attached ✪ Olivia Ruth Band  ✪ Parker Street Dub Club ✪ Bub-Kiss ✪ Aspy Jones

20th,  Newcastle AUS

Artists; ✪ Nathan Gleeson, formerly from Ace Efalant,  ✪ Trashed Again ✪ The Not Nots ✪ The Craw ✪ Them Wild Oats ✪ The Grounds ✪ Shinu Gnu ✪ The Dead Set ✪ Nothing Like You ✪ The Dark Clouds ✪ William Street Strikers ✪✪✪

20th Gold Coast (Aus)

Artists; ✪  Monster Fodder ✪  Tokyo Beef  ✪  Die for Mushies ✪  SKDP ✪

20th Ipswich QLD

Artists; ✪  Baltimore Gun Club  ✪  Dirty Liars ✪  The Gutter ✪  FriendlyFire  ✪ Hang ✪  ZEMEZ ✪

20th Cairns (Aus) 

Artists; ✪ ✪ ✪ Justin Wellington JW ✪  Cameron Cusack ✪  Koalition ✪  Kaweyova ✪  Feat Tahinni ✪  Xoz✪  Seanie “axxe”alberts ✪  Forest ✪  Story Thief✪ ✪ ✪

21st Hobart (Aus) 

Artists: ✪ Tim Rozemulder ✪ Billy whitton ✪ Naomi Jones ✪ Ian Paulin ✪ Tim Davies ✪ The Sign ✪ Radio Silence ✪ Jax & the wayward✪✪✪

21st Melbourne (Aus) 

Artists: ✪  Sol Nation ✪  The Black Sistaz ✪  The Black Orchid String Band  ✪  Mitch Tambo ✪ ✪ ✪

21 Johannesburg, South Africa. Artists: 

Artists: ✪   Dprssd Mode✪   Ms Demeanor✪   Adam Distortion✪   Indigo Girl✪   The Mean Streets ✪   Slippery When Wet ✪  ✪  ✪

21st Sydney Final Show


26th Cornwall, UK.

Artists: ✪ DJ’s Arnold Van Den Dolder ✪ King Louis ✪ Joe Getz ✪ Lord Jord ✪ The Resistars ✪✪✪

And more to be announced…..


Check out this video if you want a quick introduction to whats happening in West Papua ; (Music by Matt Black from Coldcut).

Interviews available:

Founder of Rockin for West Papua, and Director of award winning documentary “Punks for West Papua” please email

Spokesperson for the Free West Papua Campaign and musician

For interviews with any of the bands, please get in touch directly with Ash.