Locality March / April

Column: Locality   |   Date Published: Thursday, 16 March 17   |   Author: Noni Doll   |   2 months, 1 week ago

Suddenly, we’re in the middle of the month where Canberra is at its absolute best, throwing out a massive splash of sound and colour before it all splinters into frost. Let’s see what our fellow Canberrans are doing with the last bits of warm weather.

Of course, March is the month of fantastic local festivals, and 2017 has some brilliant programs lined up. Art, Not Apart is on Saturday March 18 from 1pm across a range of sites, and includes local music show from Coolio Desgracias, Endrey, Anjay, GhostNoises, Illuman8, Humanizm, Laura Ingram, Raio De Sol, Michael Misa and more, with notable mentions for The Babyfreeze Fan VIP Champagne Breakfast!$!, the launch of the This Band Will Self Destruct exhibition at NFSA (seriously, the most nuts music project of 2016), and the F-ck Art, Let’s Party afterparty in Fyshwick. For all the details of who’s playing where, put in your browser’s URL bar.

Once you’ve recovered from that glorious weekend, you can rev up for even more glory when You Are Here runs Wed–Sun April 5–9. The full program can be found at, and musically speaking, includes shows from The Norah Jones Half Hour, Ostracod, tennis themed punk improvisation from RACQUET RACKET DUEL DUAL, a daring new composition project from Reuben Ingall, Emma Kelly (Happy Axe), Paul Heslin, Chloe Hobbs and Ben Drury, as well as surprise lunchtime sets at the Milk-crate Band-stand in Garema Place. Of particular note to Canberra music lovers is Never Meant To Be, a tribute to Slush Pile, a “seminal but almost-forgotten Canberra ‘80s indie pop band”. Interesting…

On Saturday March 25, Kristabelle and the Southern Jubilee Ringers’ CD Ranch-Party Round Up will mark the launch of their debut, Get Along, full of beautiful country harmonies and cowboy songs. They’ll be riding out from 7:30pm at Smith’s Alternative, and entry is $12. This will be followed by a little bit of African rhythm for your soul when Zambezi Sounds perform at 9pm in a separate show. Tickets for that one are $15.

Things are pretty jam-packed with local talent at the Phoenix as well! On Saturday March 18 from 9pm, you can catch sets from Rumblr, Wesley & the Crushers, and An Inconvenient Groove for $5 entry. March’s Bootleg Sessions include performances from Time & Weight, Moondog J, The Black Horses and Okinawa Girls on Monday March 20, and The Sticky Bandits, Betty Alto and Naked Scientist on Monday March 27, both shows free and starting at 8pm. Things might get a little tricky when The Fuelers play on Saturday April 1, and on Friday April 7 you can catch Wharves, Brother Be and Dom Lavers. Both those gigs start at 9pm and have a $10 entry charge.

Finally, Waterford are launching their new single, ‘Libra II (Who Must be Obeid)’, on Saturday April 1 at Smith’s Alternative. Does this mean their next album is just around the corner? Head along from 7pm, pay your $10 entry, enjoy a set of brilliant indie rock, and then needle them about that for me, okay?

Until next time, enjoy the warmth while it’s still here!




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