Canberra festival update: Groovin The Moo announces new home & inaugural Anthems sells out

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National regional festival Groovin The Moo has announced its new home in Canberra after a parting of ways with the University of Canberra.

It will be landing at Exhibition Park in Mitchell on April 28.

The new site is free from Commonwealth interference, and talks have already begun with festival promoter Cattleyard Promotions.

It is believed that the University of Canberra backed out of its long term deal following criticism from some quarters that allowing pill-testing at its hosted events was inconsistent with its zero tolerance for drugs.

ACT Health Minister Meeghan Fitzharris confirmed talks have begun with Cattleyard to hold a second test there.

“I’m hopeful we will be able to work with Cattleyard again to conduct pill testing at next year’s Groovin the Moo,” she said.

The minister has reconvened the cross-government working group on pill testing.

In the meantime, the inaugural Anthems festival — to be held at the National Arboretum in Canberra on Saturday (November 17) – has sold out, its promoters Complete Events Group announced this morning.

Company director Matt Clifton said, “Ticket sales have exceeded our expectations and we are officially ‘sold out’!

“This is a strong indication that events like this are welcomed and needed in the community.

“We think this is the ultimate music experience for the old and new generation of fans in the ACT to enjoy”.

Performing are John Farnham AO, Kate CeberanoDaryl Braithwaite and The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda.

Kate Ceberano is coming to Canberra for Anthems

This article was originally published on Her Canberra.

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Saturday 17 November is going to be a big day for Kate Ceberano. For one, it’s her birthday. But the Anthems event at the National Arboretum is going to be even bigger, as her mates John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite and the Black Sorrows kick off a night of iconic hits in one of Canberra’s most recognisable venues.

After a long career spanning soul, jazz and pop releases, Kate is now part of the renaissance of classic Aussie tunes (Horses, anyone?) that put the focus squarely on authentic storytelling.

“When you’re in the business for so long and you see so many different styles of music come and go, you get very fluid with it,” she explains. “What gets me is the narrative in music, when something is really well-crafted and then you add to it a voice with a particular sound, it finds the part of you that needs a voice.”

John Farnham

John Farnham

John Farnham will also be performing at Anthems.

That voice first shone on a song called Brave in 1989 that Kate describes as her own personal anthem.

“I was 17 when I wrote it, and the song has stayed with me throughout the years as a wonderful reference of who I was then and who I am now. I think it still rings true today that if you are going to run away from the pack, you’re going to have to be pretty bloody brave.”

Kate Ceberano

Kate Ceberano

As her career skyrocketed throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Kate stood out in a golden age of Aussie music. The songs of the era are tinged with nostalgia today, as they transport their listeners back in time.

“I had the great fortune in the ‘80s to perform with quite a lot of bands that had anthemic hits, like INXS and the Models, and I had my own hits like Bedroom Eyes and Pash. I still love playing them live because when people instantly recognise a song and go bananas that’s always fun.”

Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite

But that doesn’t mean she’s stuck in the past. She is currently preparing for a tour with her very first band, I’m Talking, alongside Bryan Ferry, and the trip down memory lane has stimulated her creativity.

“At the moment I’m trying to find my way home with my music. I’m Talking was a highly experimental funk band when we started in the ‘80s, actually, in a sea of Aus Rock, so for me to return to something that is dance-based but still with a very strong message is really fun.”

After Anthems, it’s back to the drawing board.

“I’m enjoying just cutting it all up again. I’m not interested in obeying the rules or trying to follow what other people are doing. I think you get to an age where you realise you’re better off being true to yourself. The artists that last are the ones who continue to seek and desire change and evolve.”

the essentials

What: Anthems
When: Saturday 17 November from 4 pm
Where: The National Arboretum, Weston Creek
Cost:Final Release tickets from $124+bf
See Oztix for more information


This article was originally published on Out in Canberra.

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A remarkable star-studded line-up of Australian icons will perform at the inaugural Anthems Music Festival in Canberra.

Whispering Jack himself, John Farnham AOKate CeberanoDaryl Braithwaite and The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda have been announced as the first group of artists to perform at the festival, which will take place at the National Arboretum on Saturday 17 November.

Industry legend John Farnham AO has won 19 ARIA Awards and is renowned for his immaculate vocal performance and his plethora of hit records.

Described by Australian rock historian, Ian McFarlane as “the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop… Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious ‘everyman’ charm which also makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history”.

2017 ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Daryl Braithwaite will join the prestigious group of artists in Canberra.

As a solo performer with numerous hit records under his belt, Daryl placed 15 singles in the top 40, including two number-one hits, and in 2017, a #1 album debut, and his showmanship is sure to ignite the Anthems stage.

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Singer-Songwriter, Kate Ceberano has been described by Australian radio stations as having “one of the greatest voices our music industry has ever produced”.

Over the years, Kate has enjoyed a successful solo career and collaborated with the likes of John Farnham and Wendy Matthews.  In the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ceberano was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.

Also joining the line-up are ARIA Award winning Australian blues rock band The Black Sorrows, spearheaded by Joe Camilleri and featuring Melbourne vocal duo and sisters, Vika & Linda. Their performance is sure to dynamic and energetic, as Camilleri is renowned for his spontaneity, with no two shows ever being the same.

Anthems is an all-ages festival being held at the National Arboretum on Saturday 17 November, gates open at 4pm with an 11.30pm finish. Ticket info here.