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The RiotACT Gig Guide (24 – 30 July)

Jessica Beange 24 July 2019
Female singer India Sweeney poses, arms outstretched, surrounded by rainforest

Woolongong pop artist India Sweeney launches her album in Canberra this weekend. Photo: Supplied. 

Wollongong-based indie pop artist India Sweeney launches her album at Transit Bar this Friday, supported by locals Peach Lane and Endrey.

A classically trained pianist, Sweeney studied Jazz at university then formed and played in several bands before exploring her own take on ‘delicate pop’. Since releasing the dreamy Fly in 2017, she has gained a large following on Spotify and rave reviews, while performing and releasing two more singles, Go Try It and To the Ground.

Her music fuses pop with electronica, drawing upon personal themes to create warm, dancey tracks that blend vocal harmonies, playful electronic beats, piano, horns and strings. Combined with the sounds of Endrey and Peach Lane, the launch is set to be a great night of indie pop.

Wednesday, famous climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson share stories from their journey leading up to the ‘world’s hardest rock climb’, the Dawn Wall at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Revellers can celebrate Jacinda Ardern’s birthday on Friday at Smith’s, with bands, comedians and poets including The Burley Griffin, Maddy Weeks, Miranda Lello, The Cashews and An Inconvenient Groove. While award-winning singer/songwriter Tate Sheridan returns to Smith’s for a show on his birthday, this Saturday.

As always, there’s another week ahead full of awesome live music in Canberra. Local electronic artist Truples emerges after a long break to launch his latest single Iso on Thursday at Transit Bar, supported by a line up of local DJs: Sgt Sprinkles, Thryve, Strides and Reubok.

If dancing is your winter medicine, ‘No Lights, No Lycra’ is celebrating 10 years with a free disco on Friday night with Canberra Dance Theatre. Or enjoy Colombian music and culture with music from Traditional vallenato band Mi Hermano y Yo (‘My brother and I’) as well as Momposina at Saturday’s Colombian Independence Day party.

On Saturday, budding DJs who identify as female, trans and non-binary have the chance to join a fortnightly DJ session with Brittany De Marco, as part of ‘Fuelling Creativity’ with Music ACT.

‘Art Sparks’ is a series of free community art workshops, on Fridays and Sundays at the Belconnen Arts Centre. This Sunday, join resident artist Maria Cofinas, to create your own face collage: ‘a powerful and quick tool that allows you space and time to gain some insights into your life.’

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