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HerCanberra Team

There will be a strong female lineup as some of Australia’s coolest musical talent takes to the stage next month for Googfest 2017.

Thousands of music fans will head to Rockley Oval in Googong on Saturday 4 February for what has become one of the biggest live music gigs in the Canberra area.

Aria award-winning Sneaky Sound System will headline, fronted by glamorous Connie Mitchell and partner Black Angus McDonald. The legendary dance music duo will perform all their big hits including I Love It, UFO, Pictures and their newest release I Ain’t Over You.

Besides the big names, Googfest is fast making its mark as the place to see some of our hottest new talent and this year’s line-up is no exception. The festival launched in 2015 with Dami Im, the year before she broke records at Eurovision, then struck a big chord with Canberra Indie pop sensation SAFIA, in 2016.

“Googfest is one of the biggest live music events in the Canberra region and we are thrilled to raise the bar again with international stars Sneaky Sound System and some amazing homegrown talent,” said Malcolm Leslie, Project Director for Googong township, which hosts the annual festival.

“We love to showcase local bands and to give young performers experience and exposure in front of a big audience.

Slow Tourismo

Slow Tourismo

“But it is the fun atmosphere that really makes Googfest so popular. There is nothing Googonians like more than to get out into the community and have a good time.”

The excitement will kick off at 5pm with 15 year-old singer-songwriter Lucy Sugerman. The self-confessed Taylor Swift fan from Chapman has been crowned Australia’s National Busking Champion two years running. She’s a familiar figure around Canberra’s markets for the past five years, when she’s not playing before a live crowd or writing and recording her own material.

High school rock chicks, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers will then take over the stage at 5.30pm. The 16 year-olds from Canberra’s Orana Steiner School have been BFFs for years but only formed a band 18 months ago. Since then, their tracks have been played on radio stations around the world. Their aim is to spice up Canberra with some 90s style grunge rock, funky beats, and snazzy tunes inspired by the likes of The Strokes, Nirvana, The Pixies, The Arctic Monkeys and Violent Soho.

Lucy Sugerman

Lucy Sugerman

Rounding out the program will be the formidable talent of Canberra Indi rockers Slow Turismo and the chilled, psychedelic pop vibe of the Young Monks before Sneaky comes on at 8pm.

Australian fans have had little chance to see Sneaky Sound System in action since Connie and Angus headed to Spain in 2015. The couple were married there and celebrated the arrival of their son Iggy Ajax McDonald last August.

Since joining forces on stage in 2004, the pair have been nominated for 14 ARIAs, with two wins and three top-selling albums to their credit. In 2013, Connie was a guest mentor for contestants on television’s The Voice.

Googfest 2017 is set to be the biggest night yet. The event is free and suitable for all ages and Googong is a short half an hour drive from most of Canberra. Get there early to claim a great seat on the grass, indulge in tasty eats from more than 20 international food stalls and enjoy the buzz of fireworks when the curtain comes down at the end of the night.

the essentials

What: Googfest 2017
Where: Googong
When: 5-9pm Saturday 4 February 2017
Cost: Free
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