Since his early beginnings behind the decks in 1996, Sydney based Kid Kenobi has steadily risen to his current place as the busiest DJ on Australian shores, now widely regarded as the home of the most booming breaks scene in the world. Awarded Australian DJ of the Year 2 years in a row in early 2000’s, Peoples Choice NSW DJ of the year and more, he is also known for his role as a well-respected music journalist and pioneer of the breaks scene in Aus. If the past is anything to go by, the future looks bright indeed.
MINISTRY OF SOUND - WORKOUT BEATS | ON COURSE
Ministry of Sound will be on course with The Workout Stage – music to run, box, crossfit and workout to – expect a full intensity and high energy experience as you run past, get snapped for the MOS Instagram page, and watch out for the special guests….! Listen out for the latest dance records, a few cheeky classics and some uplifting riffs to keep you rocking to the finish line…
ACADEMY CLUB - LOVE SATURDAYS
If you want the ultimate clubbing experience, then Love Saturdays at Academy is the place you need. Love Saturdays incorporates sophistication, glamour and style together with Canberra best house DJ's and the ultimate visual experience. Academy is Canberra's number one stop dance floor for your biggest night out!
Each week a very snappy photographer will be capturing all the fun, so make sure you visit the website to see if you can spot yourself!
MOOSEHEADS - PARTY SET | ON COURSE
Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub is a unique inner city venue that hosts four different levels, each with its own unique feel and plays host to the some of the biggest nights out in Canberra. The Pub becomes alive with a selection of Canberra’s best bands and DJs who play all the classics you love. Every weekend the Nightclub is the hottest place to be as our nightclub DJs get you moving on the floor with the best selection of R&B, Chart, Dance & Old School. Are you ready to get Loose at the Moose?
CANBERRA BRASS | ON COURSE
Canberra Brass (formerly the Hall Village Brass Band) is a long-established part of Canberra’s quality music scene. It presents highly entertaining music drawing on the flexibility in style and repertoire available to a leading contemporary brass band. Formed in 1984 in Hall and now based at the Canberra City Band Hall at Watson it performs at many events and concerts in Canberra and surrounding districts. Over the last decade it has won contests at the State and national level. It owes much of its success to the early musical leadership of Tom Russell, Les Alley, Stan Galloway, Les Smith and Peter Robertson, and more recently, musical directors Thomas Burge, Aaron Madden and Colin Fischer MBE. Its current musical director is Viv Martin.
CANBERRA CITY BAND | ON COURSE
Not to blow our own horn, but Canberra City Band is a pretty great organisation to be a part of, and a nationally recognised A-grade concert band. CCB offers players a fun and social environment to make music in their spare time, and also provides opportunities to play in the community and compete at the state and national level. We welcome new players of any level to our organisation and invite Canberra to join us in our love of music at public events like the Canberra Times Fun Run!
TANAMASI DRUMMERS | ON COURSE
Tanamasi was founded by Wayne and his wife Miriam. Drumming since 2005, Wayne and Miriam have embraced and shared all facets of West African Music, from playing djembe and dunduns to building them for himself and others in the Canberra region. Tanamasi is a traditional Malinke greeting which literally translates to “did you sleep without evil”. The Malinke empire was one of the largest and most long lived empires in the history of Africa, and it’s rulers were responsible for an area stretching from Senegal in the west to Nigeria in the east, from as far north as the Sahara to the coast of Guinea. This music dates back about 700 years, and Tanamasi strives to play it the old way, with some modern touches. Music is central to life in Africa, and it accompanies births, deaths, marriages, harvests and celebrations.
GROOVE WAREHOUSE | ON COURSE
The Pantastic Steel band is the Groove Warehouses own pan drumming group bringing the music of Trinidad and Tobago to Canberra. Run to the upbeat drum rhythm and tropical sounds straight from the Caribbean.
GROOVE WAREHOUSE - DRUMLINE | ON COURSE
The Groove Warehouse represents innovation in music education, sales and service through the establishment of an integrated drum and percussion centre in Australia's national capital. We deliver a world-class drum and percussion curriculum at super affordable rates. Our wide selection of instrumental tuition, small-group classes and ensembles will help you find your beat!
Nobody brings rock'n'roll energy with a modern charm quite like Canberra's Foreign Kings. Their sound is a killer mix of huge riffs, pounding drums, wailing rock'n'roll vocals and blistering guitar solos. It is full of contrasts: bluesy yet rocky; current yet old school; catchy but uncompromising. Nowhere is this more obvious than when experienced in the flesh, where their sound, presence and incredible energy infects you, and leaves you begging for more. They are truly an unmissable live act.
Foreign Kings was formed when five young dudes with a shared love of rock and roll, long nights and living the dream came together at a house party in Canberra in the summer of 2014. Within twelve months they had played sold out shows and built a die-hard fan base in their hometown. With a lack of like-minded bands on the scene, Foreign Kings soon found themselves turning heads wherever they played and satisfying people’s deepest desires for raw, unfiltered, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll.
Matt Dent is a local musician who tours tirelessly throughout regional south eastern New South Wales. From The frozen shores of Lake Jindabyne, to the Twin Cities of Albury Woodonga, from Nowra down to Eden and continually throughout Canberra ACT, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman and many other regional towns and villages.
In producing his LP "Welcome to The Sky" Matt worked with Aussie drumming legend John Watson (Kasey Chambers, Aussie Crawl, Dragon) and Bass player Johnathon Zion (Pete Murray, Lior, Ian Moss). The music produced is a rugged, rolling, country/ folk/ rock hybrid which is full of energy yet hauntingly soulful and aesthetic.
Matt has wowed crowds at well known festivals including Corin Bank and the National Folk Festival. As the word spreads, Matt Dent continues to increase his popularity amongst Aussie audiences as more and more people find out about this exciting new singer/songwriter and his home grown tunes.
For Hamish the art of dj-ing, is all about the mood and a deep, hypnotic groove, playing those tracks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without realising it, regardless of genre, tempo and style. Hamish has developed the ability to seamlessly mix between R&B, Disco, funk, Motown and House. So when seeing him play, don’t be surprised when you suddenly find yourself dancing. You can find Hamish playing at a variety of Canberra’s finest nightlife establishments to playing at some of Canberra’s most iconic events, including Fashfest and the Black Opal Races.
VELVETTE | EVENT VILLAGE
Velvette has been a mainstay of the Canberra music scene over the past ten years – providing a combination originals and covers in funk, soul, RnB and pop music. Velvette has performed for numerous community festivals, functions and corporate events, always presenting a scintillating and energetic performance. The current incarnation of Velvette showcases the experience and prowess of a tight, hard-hitting four-piece combining vocals, keys, bass and percussion – all born and bred Canberra locals. Vocalist Ally Cowell provides powerful-yet-playful melodies with unique, edgy alt-pop flavour. Her dynamic range and versatility make her comfortable singing anything from smooth soul ballads to driving dancefloor fillers. Velvette’s signature punchy-funk sound centres on the tight-knit rhythm section of brothers AJ (Percussion) and Dan (Bass) Tonkovic – joined by Alex Carder on keys. Having played together for a lifetime, AJ and Dan’s fills, licks and groovy rhythms integrate to create beats that get everyone moving their feet. Always bringing fun and energy to the stage, Velvette continues to please crowds wherever they go. Their shared passion for good rhythms and catchy upbeat music ensures a good time for all.