Grassroots Street Orchestra

Grassroots Street Orchestra

 Gold Coast, Queensland, AUS
BandHip HopJam

A 6-piece phenomena of exotic and meaningful live hiphop. Passionate, social & politically charged lyricism, underpinned energetically by music with a diverse range of influences. "A thrilling and compelling ensemble with a slew of disparate influences and the intellect and artistry to unite them"


South-East Queensland locals, Grassroots Street Orchestra, have created a formidable reputation and a dedicated following throughout Eastern Australia with their captivating original sound, and intense, high-energy live performances. Their unique style is a potent mix of passionate, politically charged, eloquent hip-hop lyricism, underpinned by exotic, progressive sounds from a jaw-dropping live instrumental lineup.

Time Off called described them as "A thrilling and compelling ensemble with a slew of disparate influences and the intellect and artistry to unite them", as well as naming them "one of the best hip hop outfits in Australia".

With standout festival performances at the likes of The Big Day Out, Roots Rap Reggae, Island Time/Vibe and The Pro-Show, as well as huge shows supporting the likes of The Herd, Lyrics Born, Urthboy and many more, industry showcases, several east coast tours, a successful studio EP in 2007, and live EP in 2008 under their belt - and with a debut album on the way. There are big things on the horizon for this six-piece phenomenon, and nothing can stop them blazing their way towards it.


Grassroots Street Orchestra - Self Titled EP (2006)
Live @ Roots Rap Reggae Festival 2008 - EP (2008)

Set List

We will play up to 2 x 45m-1hr sets of original material and maybe a slightly obscure cover or two, which we've usually adapted to our sound.

We also have instrumental compositions we can do for longer sets if needed.

Our songs are primarily hip hop, but the grooves behind the vocals vary from latin, to reggae, to rock, funk, blues, drum'n'bass and plenty of dancehall, so we usually try to create a flow with our sets depending on who we are following, or who is coming on after us, taking an audience from one vibe to another so smoothly, they'll find themselves dancing before they realise it.