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Foreshore takes a break

By 9 July, 2013

Canberra’s festival kings at Kicks Entertainment have announced there will be no opportunity to be spat on by a Raider in Commonwealth Park this year.
They are, however, promising a ding dong 2014.

Ungus Ungus Ungus (Album Launch) at the Front

By 8 July, 2013

[ 19 July, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

For your information Rioters so you can make a completely informed decision to go see this Friday week:

The third release from Ungus Ungus Ungus, Rumpapo presents a
psychedelic meeting point between raucous gypsy sounds and
progressive rock. Referencing Klezmer and Balkan music and
travelling from epic rock and to jazz, this is not music for [...]

Big boost to ANU community arts program

By 5 July, 2013

The ACT Government have committed to a three year deal with the ANU’s arts community outreach program starting from January the 1st next year. They are promising $1.6 million in annual funding to the program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate [...]


By 4 July, 2013

[ 13 July, 2013; 2:00 pm; ]

From our friends at CMC and Bird’s love Fighting, we see the return of Gangbusters:

Dear Canberra, people bring the Gangbusters to you.

White Eagle Polish Club (Turner)

18+ entry. $15 limited tickets available on the door.


- The Ocean Party (MLB)
- Day Ravies (SYD)
- TV Colours (CBR)
- Orbits (MLB)
- [...]

Lavers presents Love and Addiction. Local music video

By 4 July, 2013

Canberra’s answer to Paul Macartney, Lavers, has featured in the Oakenden Acoustics series:
Oakenden Acoustics is a series of music clips featuring raw acoustic music in great Australian locations. Please subscribe for more or message us for more information.
This takes the Canberra Music playlist to 89 entries.

Last chance to register for Smells like Centenary Spirit comp

By 3 July, 2013

Time is running out for Canberra bands looking to get involved with the centenary’s ‘Smells like Centenary Spirit’ youth battle of the bands competition.
Registrations close at midnight July the 15th.
Get amongst it bands!
Jeremy Lasek would also like you to get involved.
“This opportunity is too good for our city’s young musicians to miss out on,” Mr [...]

Fun Machine present Naked Body. Local music video

By 3 July, 2013

The long awaited and much anticipated Fun Machine video for their Naked Body single has finally been unleashed upon the intertubes.
Featuring the punters from the polish club stripping down and painting up for the launch you might just see someone you know in there.
Film clip for the Fun Machine song Naked Body.
From their upcoming album, [...]

Half in Shadow, Half in Light – Film clip from Prom

By 2 July, 2013

Local pop-rocker supergroup/heralds of the end times Prom have been silent for a while now.
It seems they have awakened in order to release their first single and film clip, much like the poor victims in said clip, both are rather hot.
Check it out.
Also check out the Teen Angst Dance Party w/Prom, Are You There God? [...]

Charity and Cabaret at the Abbey

By 1 July, 2013

[ 8 July, 2013; 6:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s cabaret night with a heart of gold is returning again, and I’ll see you there:

Mondayitis Cabaret are gearing up for another spectacle, this time worshiping at the altar of the gods.
‘Before The Tempest’

This Bacchanal will, of course, be hosted by none other than the god of theatre, wine and ecstatic dance himself; the twice [...]

Konrad Lenz presents the Mr Living Good CD launch

By 28 June, 2013

[ 18 July, 2013; ]

Canberra’s answer to Tom Waits, the living legend that is Konrad Lenz, is launching a new CD at The Front on 18 July.

Looks like a good show.

Here’s the first single:

Mooch – To slink away and allow your friend to pay for the entertainment – Dictionary of the Underworld 1950 // Konrad Lenz: vocals // Randall [...]

Jorian rides again with the Fringe Festival in 2014

By 28 June, 2013

It would seem the awkwardness arising from gifting the Chief Minister with nipple tassles at the opening of his cabaret bookstore has passed and Joy Burch is this morning announcing the restoration of the once and future Fringe Festival producer:
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch today announced that Jorian Gardner will return to the role of [...]

Kids Dance for Canberra

By 27 June, 2013

[ 27 June, 2013; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

Close to 500 primary students from 23 Canberra schools have been busily rehearsing for a Centenary dance spectacular at the Royal Theatre on tonight (Thursday 27 June).

The event is the culmination of the school dance program Dance Nation, designed by Kulture Break to promote well-being and empowerment in primary students in celebration of canberra’s [...]

July at the Phoenix

By 27 June, 2013

Just in from our friends at the Phoenix bar.
Monday 1st 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Brass Knuckle Brass Band
The Knows
The Gordons
Alex Richens and Joel Davey
Tuesday 2nd 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia
Thursday 4th 9pm
A Drone Coda
Saturday 6th 9:30pm
The Water Board
The Spitfires
Marky Moon
Monday 8th 8pm
The F***ing Loud Bootleg Sessions
The Reverend Jesse Custer
Tired Minds
Office Jerk
Tuesday 9th 7:30pm
Trivia and Gears [...]

DIT wotz on guide for the weekend of the 28th of June 2013

By 27 June, 2013

[ 28 June, 2013 to 30 June, 2013. ]

Everybody is working for the weekend.

That is a lie.

Several of us are working on the weekend, including me.

For those of you who are not, here’s what you’ll be doing!

As always please leave your suggestions of things we’ve missed in the comments.

The Feldons and Magic Rob Universe at Smiths

By 25 June, 2013

[ 28 June, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

The good Doctor Winston O’Boogie let us know about this groovy little diversion coming up at Smith’s.

60’s retro mod/pop revivalists The Feldons (on their best behaviour as a bookshop this is, not a pub) plus the weird and wonderful world of the Magic Rob Universe (who could possibly arrive riding a unicorn or a rainbow).

Jazz Garters at Theatre 3. A review.

By 22 June, 2013

[ 21 June, 2013 to 6 July, 2013. ]

Last night Goosepig and I took up an invitation to the opening night of Canberra Rep’s Jazz Garters at Theatre 3 (behind the School of Art).

Jazz Garters is in some ways an evolution of the Old Time Music Hall, with a more jazz bar / music revue feel.

There’s singing, dancing, and short comedy numbers, often [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 21st of June 13

By 20 June, 2013

[ 21 June, 2013 to 23 June, 2013. ]

Hey Rioters, it’s nearing the end of the working week and maybe the real week depending on which calendar system you prescribe to so it’s time to start planning your weekend!

As always here are some things we know about here at the RiotACT mobile bunker, and you can leave your tips in the comments below!

Exhumed – The best bands you’ve never heard of

By 18 June, 2013

666 ABC is launching Exhumed, a competition dedicated to helping you find interesting unsigned local music.
This is a good idea, so good that I’m amazed nobody has already made a contest with the same goals that has more or less the exact same name.
Snark aside this sounds pretty cool. The program seems to be formatted [...]

Underground City 2 @ the Magpies City Club

By 18 June, 2013

[ 22 June, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Or is it City 2 Underground? Underground 2 City? 2 Underground City?

I have no idea.

What I do know is that it’s a gig, happening at the Magpies City Club and if you don’t have plans this Saturday you should probably go check it out.

The Winter of Content

By 17 June, 2013

[ 21 June, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]
Photo by Martin Ollman

Now is the Winter of our content.

Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens are finally returning to our favourite Canberra stage after a successful season touring the nation – we’re readying candles and melodies to melt the frost off even the coldest windshield.

WHEN: This Friday, June 21st @ 8pm
WHERE: The Polish Club, O’Connor [...]

RiotACT will be in attendance for In Canberra Tonight III

By 17 June, 2013

[ 20 June, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

In Canberra Tonight is Canberra hottest talk show, and our esteemed editor will be returning to tell Canberra what news it liked the most over the past month.

As a bonus, we’ve managed to get Johnboy over his crippling addiction to cold and flu drugs so this time he’ll probably remember where he is at all [...]

Voices in the Forest back for 2013

By 14 June, 2013

Today Joy Burch formally launched this year’s Voices in the Forest event at the National Arboretum today, which is a little confusing as the event isn’t on until late November.
Ahh well, no harm is getting excited early.
I have never made it to one of these events, but Rioter Poetix wrote us a review of last [...]

Tease and Tearaways presents: Night of the Living Dead

By 13 June, 2013

[ 22 June, 2013; 8:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s hottest bands and burlesque night, Tease and Tearaways, delivers its second hardhitting sideshow at the Basement this June with a murderous line up of Australia’s best industrial metal bands, teamed with a fatally tempting selection of burlesque acts.

Our Last Enemy (NSW)/Witchgrinder (Melb)
The Devilzwork
And burlesque by Canberra’s hottest trio and creative force behind the Tease [...]

Feldons on Friday. At the Pot Belly!

By 12 June, 2013

[ 14 June, 2013; ]

This just in from The Feldons:

This Friday, the Feldons and friends, the weird and wonderful Magic Rob Universe plus bluesy soul with Chris and Shedea.

From 8.00. Free entry. See you there for some homegrown original live music….

Readable Graffiti – Feathers (Super Magic Hats remix)

By 12 June, 2013

Quick listen to this!
About this time last year Readable Graffiti released their music video for their track Feathers, now we’re getting the remix.
Super Magic Hats is a Melbourne based musician and has done a fine job twisting Feathers into something new and pretty.
Before the imminent release of new material [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 7 June 2013

By 6 June, 2013

[ 7 June, 2013 to 9 June, 2013. ]

The wheel turns, the Game of Thrones season approaches its end, and we’ve got another weekend coming up.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Hipster critical mass as Monnone Alone plays Smiths with Waterford!

By 6 June, 2013

[ 7 June, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

This just in:

Monnone Alone depart their insular Melbourne comfort zone to make the return trek to their favourite bookshop in their favourite national capital. Joining them will be likeminded local bookish snobs Waterford and Mikey Shanhan, partaking in a night of pop songs and other misdemeanours.

Since the break-up of The Lucksmiths in 2009, [...]

Finnigan and Brother Spend a Month in Colombia. CD available

By 4 June, 2013

It’s a beautiful thing and it was a great launch for those lucky enough to be there.
But thanks to the magic of Bandcamp you can listen to it now for yourself.
Canberra infused insanity!
Finnigan and Brother Spend a Month in Colombia by Finnigan and Brother
Or Download it.

Brass Knuckle Brass Band EP Launch at the Polo

By 4 June, 2013

[ 7 June, 2013; ]

Facebook has the happy news that the lovely lads from the Brass Knuckle Brass Band are launching their new EP at the beloved Polish Club this Friday.

Entry: $20 (full)/$15 (conc.)/$10 (CMC members).
Presale tickets available here:

Members of the Brass Knuckle Brass Band finally got sick of staring at our shoes and muttering when [...]

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman win big in Brighton

By 4 June, 2013

Phil Moriarty has facebooked the rather exciting news that the Canberra derived Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen have taken out Best Cabaret Act at the Brighton Festival’s Latest Fringe Awards.
This is the award for the Best Cabaret Act, Latest Fringe Awards, Brighton Festival 2013 won by Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen. Hooray [...]

COZMO Winter Concert at the HELLENIC IN THE CITY!

By 4 June, 2013

[ 16 June, 2013; 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] All welcome to COZMO’s Annual Winter Concert, featuring the COZYMOLearning Group (Continuing).

Come and enjoy COZMO’s beautiful program of classical music by Bach and Corelli and melodic pieces by contemporary Australian and traditional Irish composers.

You’ll also be treated to a short program of tunes played in duets, trios and the full COZYMO ensemble [...]

Folkie gets a new director

By 4 June, 2013

Pam Merrigan, previously the artistic programs manager, has now taken the director’s seat at Canberra’s favourite beard and banjo festival.
Merrigan has been involved with several folk festivals around Australia and founded Yass’ Turning Wave Festival, and she comes into the National’s directorship role after a rather successful 2013 for the festival.
Best of Luck Pam.


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