Seven gigs to see you through winter in Canberra

Emily Allen

Hop off that couch, put your winter woolies on and support the impressive acts contributing to Canberra’s thriving live music scene.

We’ve rounded up seven gigs to see you through winter.


ARIA Award winning Sarah Blasko brings her distinct art-pop performance to the Canberra Theatre Centre this Wednesday. Touring Depth of Field as her sixth studio album, Blasko has performed extensively throughout Australia, the US, Canada and the UK alongside acts such as James Blunt, The Temper Trap and Snow Patrol. No stranger to the Australian festival circuit, Blasko has also played Woodford Folk Festival, Falls Festival, Homebake, Splendour in the Grass, WOMADelaide and Big Day Out.

Sarah Blasko | The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre | 23 May 8 pm | Click here for tickets


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Sam Beam of Iron and Wine is bringing his full band to Australian shores for the first time. Arguably best known to most for their cover of The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights in Garden State, Iron and Wine have released an impressive six studio albums plus several EP’s and singles since 2002. Promising rising talent Fraser A. Gorman will be joining the Beast Epic tour alongside Iron & Wine.

Iron and Wine | Canberra Theatre Centre | 1 June 7.30 pm | Click here for tickets


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With their guitar, bouzouki, fiddle and flute in tow, award-winning Glasgow-based folk group, The Paul McKenna Band, are touring Australia extensively including a stop at Smiths Alternative. Described as “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” by the News York Times, the 5-piece is sure to impress folk-followers and newbies alike with their mix of contemporary, traditional and original material.

The Paul McKenna Band | Smiths Alternative | 5 June 7 pm | Click here for tickets


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FourPlay is an Australian string quartet based in Sydney. The group are returning to the stage off the back of a new single with a stack of national tour dates. Bound is said to be inspired by Jack White and Beyoncé, written whilst the band was a guest of the Bundanon Trust’s Artist-In-Residency program in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Beginning their professional lives entering a UNSW Band Competition, their first album was one of the most successful independent releases of late 90’s. Now playing to sold-out shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre, the band has certainly come a long way.

FourPlay | The Street Theatre | 5 June 7.30 pm | Click here for tickets


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My Friend the Chocolate Cake are bringing their highly acclaimed 2017 album, The Revival Meeting, to Canberra in June. The ARIA Award-winning Melbourne-based group have had an ageless and devoted following throughout their 29-year career and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Their style has had a permanent fixture of a strings section, however, continues to surprise with a range from chamber to world music, to pop and folk.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake | The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre | 23 June 8 pm | Click here for tickets


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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper, and harmonica playing Chicago bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, are bringing their live show across Australia following their announcement as headliners at 2018’s sold out Splendour in the Grass. Touring No Mercy In This Land as a 5-piece, this is Ben and Charlie’s second joint album – their first debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Blues Albums Chart and also saw the duo winning a Grammy Award.

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite | Canberra Theatre Centre | 19 July 7.30 pm | Click here for tickets


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Hugely celebrated Australian rock band, Regurgitator, are making their way to Canberra in August. The certified triple platinum, ARIA Award-winning group were a linchpin in Brisbane’s underground scene in the early 90’s, going on to secure multiple top 20 hits in the late 90’s. With a string of albums, tours, collaborations and reincarnations under their belt since, their recent tour looks set to impress. Supporting Regurgitator are Canberra four-piece Glitoris, and Brisbane’s The Stress of Leisure.

Regurgitator | The Basement | 4 August 8 pm | Click here for tickets


Emily Allen

Emily is an arts administrator with a background in writing and music. By day, she works at the ANU School of Music, and by night she moonlights as a contributing writer, the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT, and dabbles in freelance marketing, social media and communications for the arts. More about the Author

  • GoddessMel

    Lots of great bands but how about an article on our fantastic LOCAL bands? There’s plenty of them out there playing gigs every week!

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