Summer Sounds 2016

Presented by Maliganis Edwards Johnson

Great variety of music for our community!

The Australian National Botanic Gardens together with the Friends of the Gardens are proud to bring you Summer Sounds 2016. We are delighted with the variety of this year's program with performances ranging from gypsy jazz to kids rock, with a taste of folk, indie and big band party sounds.

General information | Entertainment line up | Food and Drink | How to get here | Disability Parking & Assistance | Weather check | Survey

  • General Information

    As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

    Presented over eight nights, the concerts commence at 5.30 pm and finish at 7.30 pm (except our special Australia Day concert which finishes at 8.00 pm, Sunday 24 January).

      • General entry donation - $5 Adults, $2 Student and Concession, Children 12 and under are free.
      • Please note that these events have limited venue and parking capacity.
      • All funds support projects for the Gardens initiated by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
      • Summer Sounds 2016 is a Smoke Free event.

      The Australian National Botanic Gardens and Friends of the Gardens thank our generous event partners for supporting this event.

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  • Entertainment line up

    Presented over eight nights, the concerts commence 5.30 pm and conclude 7.30 pm (except our special Australia Day concert which finishes at 8.00 pm, Sunday 24 January).

    • Saturday 16 January: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Amber Nichols - supported by Micky Sulit

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      Canberra's best kept secret, Amber began her career as lead singer for atmospheric rock band Angels Are Architects. Amber Nichols recently lit up televisions across the country appearing on The Voice Australia where the nation declared she had the "voice of an angel". Amber progressed through to the live shows captivating audiences across Australia all whilst carrying her second child. With influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Sia, her emotive tone and genuine love for creating beautiful music has shown Amber is on the rise as one of Australia's great new talents.

      Amber has chosen 17 year old Mickey Sulit from Gungahlin College to perform with her at the Summer Sounds concert series. "Her tone is exquisite....I can't wait for her to blow the audience away".

    • Sunday 17 January: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Lulu Swing a Manouche - with Monica Moore

      Official Site - Lulu Swing Canberra

      Lulu Swing is a gypsy swing sextet of guitars, violin, double bass and percussion - joined by soulful local vocalist Monica Moore. Their sound is an eclectic blend of traditional and modern 'gypsy jazz' swing with Latin rhythmic side dishes of bossa, bolero, tango and valse musette.

    • Saturday 23 January: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Big Boss Groove

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      Canberra's finest 10 piece big band with three vocalists, horn section and grooving rhythm section....this Summer Sounds concert promises to have you up and dancing. Big Boss Groove is Canberra's premier and most entertaining corporate party band. Made up of nine incredibly talented and professional musicians, Big Boss Groove will set the mood for a great evening of entertainment.

    • Sunday 24 January: 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm (special extended concert for Australia Day weekend)

      Franklyn B Paverty - supported by Humbug

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      Franklyn B Paverty is one of the most enduring folk/bush bands in the country. Since the mid 1970s Paverty has performed in Canberra and the nearby region and travelled extensively to appear at the nation's major folk and entertainment venues. The band has made nine albums and many TV and radio appearances - including the ABC TV series Peach's Gold. Sing along to the old bush songs and bring your dancing shoes.

      Humbug is a Celtic band playing traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish songs and tunes, some to dance to, stomp your feet to, sing-a-long with and some to stir your heart. Humbug has been playing at festivals, pubs, clubs, celebrations and events for years and is passionate about Celtic music. Featuring soaring harmonies, groovy rhythms, tapestried instrumentation and funky bass lines, Humbug continues to energize and mesmerize audiences near and far.

    • Saturday 30 January: 5.30 - 7.30 pm

      Annie & the Armadillos

      Official Site - Annie-And-The-Armadillos

      Canberra's best exponents of R&B, groove and modern dance music, Annie and the Armadillos play hip wiggling tunes sure to please...a little R&B, perhaps a bit of jazz and maybe even some Macy Gray or Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Whatever Annie and the Armadillos play, there's no doubt they will have the audience entertained. Annie and the Armadillos are a favourite for special events, famous not only for their wide range of musical talent but also for their ability to interact with the crowd while performing.

    • Sunday 31 January: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Belle Whyte

      Official Site - bellewhytemusic

      Belle Whyte is a descendent of the Murrawarri people of North West NSW and has been involved in the performing arts since she was a child. Belle writes her own music and has experience performing various genres including pop, soul and jazz. She has performed at many different venues and events both as a solo act and with various ensembles in NSW and the ACT. She has also been invited to perform interstate at major events held in Adelaide, Perth and Cairns.

    • Saturday 6 February: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Concert sales commence 4.00 pm on day of event only.

      Justine Clarke - supported by Mr Tim & the Fuzzy Elbows

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      Justine Clarke is one of Australia's most versatile entertainers - author, best-selling children's music artist, star of TV, stage and screen. She is also a regular presenter on ABCKids' TV show Play School. Justine will bring her unique brand of engaging performance and live music - her first set including familiar favourites for the whole family to sing and dance along with, followed up by a second set of jazz standards which started her singing career.

      Supporting Justine is Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows who promises to spread joy and laughter through his music - which he refers to as 'Tweenies' Rock'. Singing songs about learning from your mistakes, breakfast foods with a horse, jumping and fuzzy animals, rocking rock, the reason for rainbows and the art of flying, there is something for everyone to relate to…totally inspired by 'Classic Sesame Street' meeting the 'Muppets' with a little twist.

      NOTE - This will be a popular concert and patrons are advised to arrive early. Limited capacity to Eucalypt Lawn and limited parking.

    • Sunday 7 February: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

      Young Monks

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      Listed as a TripleJ 'Unearthed' talent, the Young Monks are a self produced 5 piece experimental collaborative that enjoys producing sounds that are melodic, hypnotic, punchy and somewhat organic in flavour. Although they claim to have their roots with traditional instruments such as acoustic drums, guitars and bass, they also appreciate the sounds that analogue electronic instruments have to offer on a sonic level, and find great pleasure fusing the powers and details of both.

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  • Food and drink

    Enjoy the onside catering from our food and drink stalls including wood fired pizzas, cold bar, gelato ice-cream, pulled pork burritos and barista coffee.

    • Pizza2U

      Woodfired pizza in two sizes (regular and large)
      • Chicken & feta with lemon oil
      • BBQ Meatlovers
      • Hawaiian
      • Basil Pesto
      • Three Cheeses

      Kransky Brothers & Kings Of Corn

      Delicious Kransky rolls with a drink and the succulent steamed corn on the cob also with a drink. With both a range of condiments will be available to compliment the meals beautifully.

      Pure Gelato

      Variety of gelato flavours served in cups or cones, and Italian softdrinks Find out more at

      Freshlyn coffee

      Barista coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and confectionary

      Hellenic Premium Catering Cold Bar

      • Asahi Beer on tap
      • Mirritu Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, NZ)
      • Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet (Riverlands, SA)

      Burra Berkshires - (23/24, 30/31 Jan & 6/7 Feb)

      • Free range pasture pork burgers with caramelised onions and homemade tomato and apple relish
      • Summer salad with grilled pieces of pork marinade in lemon, oregano and thyme (chickpea, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, capsicum, radish, mint and parsley with pita crisps)

      Bush Goddess Foods - (16/17 Jan only)

      Ploughman's platter with country pork terrine, dukkah, sourdough, pickled cucumbers, oven roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh greens

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  • How to get here and entry to the concert

    Address: Australian National Botanic Gardens. Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Limited capacity to each performance and Gardens will be closed when capacity is reached.

    • Parking

      Limited parking within the Gardens with additional parking available in car parks adjacent to Gardens (enter from Clunies Ross Street) and at CSIRO site (enter from Clunies Ross Street). No parking permitted on Clunies Ross Street. Please see the parking map.

      Bus Routes

      ACTION bus route 981 travels to the Gardens from City Platform 9 on weekends. The last bus departs from City at 4.19pm and from the Gardens at 5.02pm.


      The Gardens are an easy 5 minute ride from the city or 40 minutes from Woden. Bike racks are provided at the major entry points to the Gardens. Please remember to bring a lock as bikes are not permitted within the Gardens.


      Summer presents warm balmy evenings so perhaps leave your picnic basket at home and walk to the Gardens where you can enjoy the onsite catering.

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  • Disability parking and assistance

    Disability car parking is available but spaces are limited.
    A complimentary assistance vehicle will operate from the two main car park areas to the Eucalypt Lawn. This service will operate both ways from 4.30 pm (one hour before concert start) and conclude at 8 pm (30 mins after concert finish).

  • Weather check

    Concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban or severe weather conditions. Contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6250 9540 or monitor Twitter or the Friends Website for updates.

  • We'd love to hear what you think!

    We value your feedback on Summer Sounds 2016 and invite you to complete our short survey.

    Each survey participant will go into the draw to win an annual double pass to Gardens' ticketed events (valued at $400)