20 August 2019

NightFest set to bring big lights and names to Canberra

| Lachlan Roberts
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The Veronicas will light up Stage 88 on 4 October. Photos: Supplied.

Floriade’s NightFest is bringing all the big names and lights to the nation’s capital in 2019 as the after-dark festival turns Commonwealth Park into “light” entertainment for four magical nights.

From opening night on Thursday 3 October to the barrel of laughs closing night on Sunday 6 October, there will be non-stop entertainment, with Australian pop duo The Veronicas making an appearance on Friday night (4 October) and fan-favourite comedians Urzila Carlson and Dave Hughes closing out the festival on Sunday (6 October).

The mega-talented identical twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas will get the crowd dancing among the flowers in what is bound to be a sell-out Friday night.

Floriade’s executive producer Vickii Cotter said opening night will be a carnival atmosphere to the night before Electric Fields and The Veronicas will get families bopping into the weekend.

“I am just thrilled that The Veronicas are coming to Canberra for a one-off gig,” Ms Cotter said. “They are going to be such an amazing headline act for NightFest.

“When we were looking at who would work and fit with the festival, we thought The Veronicas would be phenomenal so I am very excited to have pulled it off.”

Framed features a series of picture frames which create a 60-metre tunnel.

Opening each night from 6:30 pm, visitors will see Floriade in a whole new light, as awe-inspiring lights illuminate the flowerbeds along with two giant interactive lighting installations, created by internationally-renowned lighting specialists Mandylights.

Set in the Rhododendron Garden, one of the installations called Framed features 20 towering picture frames, covered in thousands of pixels of LED lights which create a stunning 60-metre tunnel. All set to music, the stunning display will light up Floriade in an Australian-first installation.

“We are really excited about the two installations, one of which is still a secret,” Ms Cotter shared. “When you go down the Rhododendron Garden walkway, you will be able to walk through a framed tunnel. It is going to look stunning.”

The NightFest night markets will also boast local food producers, beer brewers, and spirit and winemakers all promoting and celebrating Canberra originals.

“People will be able to come and enjoy NightFest and the amazing installations that we have, as well as enjoy the lights, the flowers, the delicious food and amazing entertainment,” Ms Cotter said. “Don’t miss out!”

Floriade NightFest 2019
Thursday – Opening Night carnivale
Friday – The Veronicas and Electric Fields
Saturday – Busby Marou
Sunday – Comedy NighFest featuring Urzila Carlson, Dave Hughes, Becky Lucas, Anthony Tomic, Sam Taunton, Guy Montgomery and The Stevenson Experience.

Tickets are on sale now.

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