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That’s right. It’s time to spice up your Thursday night and slide into that weekend mood with the COVIDEO Virtual Gigfest.

The Canberra 2020 COVIDEO Virtual Gigfest features video performances of some of Canberra’s most beloved local artists, who have recorded their performances in their homes, studios and even in iconic Canberra spaces such as James Turrell’s skyspace.

COVIDEO Virtual Gigfest was created by recruitment company Recruitment Hive, who saw an opportunity to bring local musicians together virtually, while also compensating them for their time—providing an opportunity for the kind of paid gigs musicians are missing out on thanks to COVID.

Hive’s goal for the festival is that Canberrans enjoy some of the best of their local talent, but also that when restrictions ease and live gigs happen once more, Canberrans will seek out these acts and support them further.

With the videos now live on the website—just in time for a big Thursday evening in—here’s who you can look forward to watching!

  1. Australian Voice Collective
  2. Progetti Chamber Choir
  3. Former The Voice contestant and two-time National Busking Champion Vendulka.
  4. Campbell Diamond, international award-winning classical guitarist
  5. Eden Plenty, busker Weston Creek
  6. Dana Hassall, country music singer/songwriter
  7. Dean Abbott, acoustic folk singer-songwriter
  8. Renae Stone, professional acoustic musician
  9. Acoustic trio Chillin
  10. Arianne Tan, classical violinist
  11. Tom Woodward is the singer/songwriter for three bands: The Mating Season, The Henchmen & Weekend of Noise.
  12. Tanner Clark aka Kloudii
  13. Michael Liu, violinist and DJ
  14. Aya Yves (pictured)


What: The Canberra 2020 COVIDEO Virtual Gigfest
When: Thursday 17 July
Where: recruitmenthive.com.au/virtualgigfest

Feature image: Aya Yves. Photo by Jenny Wu Photography

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