September 2, 2019
No road trip to Canberra would be complete without an epic playlist. This playlist features local bands and Aussie classics you can sing along to, as well as tunes that will transport you to memorable moments in Canberra’s history and psych you up for springtime events.
To start the playlist with 24-hours of tunes by SAFIA may seem unorthodox; however, we promise you it’s the perfect amount. BentSpoke Brewing Co found this out first hand when they collaborated with SAFIA to create a beer brewed by music.
This Canberra band created a custom 24-hour track, which was played in the brewing tank to help the yeast propagate in the aerobic growth phase. This musical process produced a unique hop profile (not to be confused with a hip hop profile). Try this limited-edition pale ale with a subtle coconut flavour for yourself at BentSpoke’s brewpub in Braddon.
As the capital of Australia, Canberra is the heart of the nation. The iconic verse ‘I am, you are, we are Australians’ never rang so true as when it was sung at Australian Parliament House after the successful vote to legalise same-sex marriage. Head to the National Portrait Gallery to see a group portrait of the song’s writer, Bruce Woodley.
Dance around the National Portrait Gallery’s Women in Vogue: Celebrating 60 years in Australia exhibition to Kylie Minogue’s famous track. This exhibition showcases six decades of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue. Keep an eye out for the portrait of Kylie.
As Canberra continues to grow the lyric ‘from little things big things grow’ resonates louder and louder. Every month new eateries are opening, each season new bike trails are being created and every year new hotels are opening their doors.
The National Museum of Australia also feels that this Aussie classic sums up the stories their exhibition tells every day. Their artefacts never fail to provoke big conversations.
The playlist will end with a moving piece by John Schumann. Written about veterans of the Vietnam War, this song struck audiences with its raw emotion and authenticity. Today the lyrics are inscribed at the Australian War Memorial.
Originally from the capital, Peking Duk had two tracks in the Triple J Top 100 in 2018. Award winning songs deserve award winning drinks to celebrate so be sure to explore the Canberra wine region. With more than 130 wineries and more than 30 cellar doors, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
As soon as this song comes on we guarantee you’ll automatically start singing along. Featured in Shrek this hit is a favourite with all the family. Head along to DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen at the National Museum of Australia to see how the film and characters singing along to this epic tune were created.
Add tunes from your favourite DreamWorks films to the playlist, as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon are all featured in this exhibition celebrating the last 25 years of animations.
This tune is the definition of catchy. Its melody will bring with it a wave of nostalgia for the games of your youth. Head to Game Masters: The Exhibition (27 September 2019 - 9 March 2020) to immerse yourself in an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, with behind-the-scenes looks at the creative process behind the world's most popular characters. The National Film and Sound Archive will be transformed into Australia's biggest video game arcade with other 80 playable games.
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story will be taking to the stage at the Canberra Theatre Centre (10-20 October). The moment the curtain goes up you'll be entranced by this magical performance.
Shooting to fame on The Voice Australia in 2017, Lucy Sugerman first started performing at festivals around Canberra including Floriade. Thousands of artists have performed in front of Floriade’s one million blooms including The Gypsy Scholars, The Advocates, Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Ghost Noises, Tuchasoul, the Bridge Between and Hard Cover.
Check out the online program to see who will be performing at Floriade this year (14 September – 13 October). Workshops, foodie experiences and pop-up performances also await guests to this floral festival.
When the sun goes down turn the volume up and dabble in Floriade’s dark side, NightFest (3-6 October). Experience magical nights as this floral feast is transformed into an illuminated playground. Thursday to Saturday night features live music, including a performance by The Veronicas, while Sunday night will see side-splittingly funny comedians take to the stage.
Headed out after NightFest? Pump this track from local indie-punk band, Moaning Lisa, to get your crew in the right mood. Make your first stop Sideway, hidden in plain sight in E Row in the city centre, to see live music over an Aussie brew.
Keen for more live music? Head to the UC Refectory and try out your best moves on the dance floor which has been graced by many a muso, including Timomatic who attended the University of Canberra before taking the music scene by storm. Amy Shark, Carmouflage Rose and Grinspoon are all set to take to the stage in the coming weeks. Stonefest in also returning to this iconic venue, after a ten year hiatus, with the likes of Example, Mallrat, Genesis Owusu and Thelma Plum.
Jump in the car and head to Canberra this spring fuelled by this #VisitCanberra spring playlist.
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