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Not just clothes: The female artists making waves at FASHFEST

Elsie Adamo

Those not in the know could be forgiven for thinking FASHFEST is all about the fashion.

But Canberra’s most stylish of nights is so much more than clothing. A melting pot of local talent, FASHFEST aims to celebrate as many Canberra creatives as possible, with a line up of live music always a highlight. This year is no exception, with a host of female-driven talent setting the atmosphere both on and off the runway and a huge 21 acts performing over three nights.

From singer/songwriters to DJs, Soul and Urban Groove, FASHFEST 2017 will be full of musical surprises. In news just in, Grammy award-winning singer songwriter musician, Tony Rich—best known for his hit single ‘Nobody Knows’—will hit the FASHFEST stage during Show 2 on Friday 29 September.

But that’s not all. Here are the female artists making waves this year.




One act making not only their FASHFEST debut—but their world intro—is neo soul, R&B and urban groove group Soulitude. Lead vocalist Mickey Sulit will appear alongside a talented group of musicians who have performed with the likes of Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and Delta Goodrem.

See Soulitude on Friday night FASHFEST, Show One, from 7pm.

Raio de Sol

Another new act is Raio de Sol, Canberra’s brand new community samba drumming band, who will be bringing the massive sound of live percussion and samba rhythms to catwalk.

See Raio de Sol on Saturday, Show Two at 9pm.

Amy Ferreira

7942 Amy Ferreira; image by Art Atelier

Sliding into a different genre altogether, DJ Amy Ferreira will be appearing at FASHFEST for the very first time and we’re looking forward to seeing her incorporate classic house with disco music to set the scene on the runway.

See Amy perform every night of FASHFEST during Show 2.

Happy Axe

FASHFEST will also be welcoming Happy Axe to the family. Described as “electro-minimalism combined with pastoral indie”, Happy Axe (AKA Emma Kelly) uses violin, musical saw and vocals to create layers of sound.

Emma graduated from the Music School at ANU, and has since performed at major festivals including Groovin the Moo and the New York City Musical Saw Festival, and was nominated for best live instrumentalist at the National Live Music Awards last year. She’s performed and toured in Europe and Japan, but this is her first time on the FASHFEST catwalk. At the event, the award-winning Happy Axe will play the violin in a high-energy set with DJ Hamish Lardi.

See Happy Axe on closing night, Show Two at 9pm.


Soul Sisters

Soul Sisters; image by Art Atelier

Attendees of FASHFEST 2016 will be happy to hear that identical twin sisters DJs Fresh Princess and DJ Lipgloss AKA Soul Sisters will be back to FASHFEST by popular demand. Sometimes deejaying individually when they perform around Canberra each weekend, they’ve played as a duo interstate and internationally across RnB, Hip Hop, Pop, Funk and even Bollywood.

See Soul Sisters during Opening Night in the Foyer from 5.30pm until 7pm.




For Chantelle Milin, the singer songwriter and solo acoustic artist behind NeonHoney, music is driven by emotion, and she aims to take her listeners on her journey with her. A FASHFEST regular, the Canberra-based singer has been writing original music for years, and together with Magnifik has released three singles that have climbed the ARIA club chart. Magnifik will perform a new single at FASHFEST featuring NeonHoney.

See NeonHoney on Closing Night, Show Two at 9pm


It’s been a big year for Felix since she hit the FASHFEST runway in 2016. The 21-year-old Canberra released her first single titled ‘Waiting Room’ earlier this year, dedicated to those living with mental health conditions, and her debut album is set to be released in the very near future.

See Felix on opening night, show 2 at 9pm.


As if you needed another excuse to grab tickets for FASHFEST, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to see these musical talents. Check out the full artist line up here.

the essentials

What: FASHFEST 2017
When: 29-30 September with two shows each night
Where: National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, City with after parties at QT Hotel
Tickets: From $49. Purchase yours here.
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HerCanberra are proud media partners of FASHFEST 2017. 

All photography: Art Atelier


Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author