About

“In the Beginning there was Funk” – George Clinton.

Music has been our companion, our friend, our teacher, our guide, our inspiration and our source from which we draw strength and unity. Music has walked with us in times of weakness, struggle, pain and strife, and through it all, we’ve turned to music to heal our resilient spirits. For Funkdafied, it is our first love.

Funkdafied is an Event Promotions Company now based in Cairns, Queensland. Funkdafied was established  in Sydney Australia,and relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2019, and then to Cairns in 2022,and has built a solid reputation promoting regular quality events encompassing many music genres including Soul, Jazz, Funk, Afrobeat, Latin, Disco, Reggae and Hip Hop. Created in 2006 by DJ and radio presenter John Cawley, Funkdafied was established to help develop the expanding Funk and Soul scene in Sydney and the rest of Australia.After many years in sydney we are now bringing quality events to Far North Queensland, now based in Kuranda in Cairns we run regular events at the Kuranda Amphitheatre and other local venues.

Funkdafied have toured and organised events with several major international artists including George Clinton &; Parlament Funkadelic, Norman Jay, Roy Ayers, Robert Glasper Experiment, Kashmere Stage Band and many more. Funkdafied have also worked with several major venues in Sydney on regular promoted events and also warehouse parties, boat parties and various special outdoor events. As well as this Funkdafied have worked interstate and also works with major Festivals including Sydney Festival, Vivid and Soulfest.

Funkdafied also have a roster of local DJs and live acts and provide a venue consultancy and entertainment service. If you run a venue in Cairns and looking for DJs or live entertainment contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Artists who have performed at Funkdafied events:

  • George Clinton & Parlaiment / Funkadelic
  • Fatback Band
  • De La Soul
  • DJ Muro
  • Roy Ayers
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • DJ Total Eclipse (The X-Ecutioners)
  • Slum Village
  • Briggs
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins & DJ Romes
  • DJ Maseo (De La Soul)
  • DJ Suspect (The Funk League)
  • Carl Cox
  • The Nextmen
  • The Herbaliser DJs
  • Shortee Blitz
  • Mo’Horizons
  • De La Soul
  • Kashmere Stage Band
  • Eric Lau
  • Norman Jay
  • DJ Maestro
  • Tom Middleton
  • DJ Shortkut
  • J Period
  • Mr Thing
  • Sarah Love
  • Chris Read
  • Electric Empire
  • Katalyst
  • Crazy P
  • Graeme Park
  • Bella Kalolo
  • Milan
  • D*Funk
  • Russ Dewbury
  • Karsten John
  • Mr Doris
  • MC Hazaduz & DJ CXL
  • Cookin on 3 Burners with Kylie Auldist
  • Diafrix
  • KojoSoundSystem
  • Deep Street Soul with Shirley Davis
  • Dojo Cuts with Roxie Ray
  • TheLeisureBandits
  • Huwston
  • Frenzie, Soulshaker DJs
  • Mike Who
  • Nick Toth
  • Mickey Morphinhaz
  • DJ Ruse
  • Paula Baxter
  • BC (Swat DJs)
  • Gian Arpino
  • Ari Roze
  • Kavi-r
  • Naiki
  • DJ Sani
  • Lazy Cat
  • Noel Boogie
  • Trevor Parkee
  • DJ Steff RJ
  • Jay Sharp
  • The Groove Merchant
  • Simon Caldwell
  • Stephen Ferris
  • Graham Mandroules
  • Omegaman
  • Patrick Curda
  • JC
  • and many others....