RiotACT Gig Guide (3 – 9 June)

Hayden Fritzlaff 19 June 2020
Photograph of polaroid of Slagatha Christie

Slagatha Christie are leading the way as one of Canberra’s most beloved bands. Photo: Alice Worley.

Well, it’s official. For the first time in months, the RiotACT Gig Guide includes a non-zero number of gigs that you can actually attend in person.

As the city slowly begins to open up once again, The Basement in Belconnen is offering the chance to ease yourself back into the world of live performance with a series of intimate acoustic concerts this weekend.

Even as we move steadily towards normality on one front, the music industry has this week come to a halt as protests against racism and police brutality take place around the world. ‘The Show Must Be Paused’ was the message circulated on Tuesday, with the music community urged to reconnect and take urgent, personal steps towards accountability and change.

Many artists have chosen to cancel or postpone creative activities set to take place this week, focussing instead on self-education, discussion, and amplifying the voices of those around them.

Live In Ya Lounge

Live in Ya Lounge is back again this weekend with two live-streamed performances. Image: Live In Ya Lounge.

Live In Ya Lounge: Swift Peaks + Slagatha Christie

Where: Streaming online
When: Friday, 7:30 pm.

Live In Ya Lounge continues this week with two live-streamed shows. The Live In Ya Lounge series is proving to be a lifeline for Canberra’s music scene, hosting dozens of acts across its program and connecting bands back to their audiences. Tune in on Friday night to catch indie rock four-piece Swift Peaks and iconic Canberra punks Slagatha Christie, and then again on Saturday for Slow Dial and The Dirty Sunflowers.

The Basement

Live music is returning to The Basement in Belconnen. Image: The Basement.

Unplugging The Basement Acoustic Series

Where: The Basement, Belconnen
When: Friday 6:30 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm.

Live music is making its slow return across the city, and The Basement is offering the chance to catch a gig in person this weekend with their Unplugging The Basement Acoustic Series. Small audiences of 20 will be treated to intimate sets from two exciting local performers. Paul Blackwell (Johnny Roadkill) will take to the stage on Friday night while Christiaan ‘Seppy’ Sep is set to appear in the Sunday afternoon slot. Because of the small capacity, booking is highly recommended for both of these events. Bookings can be made over the phone. Head to The Basement’s Facebook page for more information.

Wednesday, 3rd June

Thursday 4th June

Friday, 5th June

Saturday, 6th June

Sunday, 7th June


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