Summer Sounds 2017

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Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

Relax into summer with a two-weekend program featuring some of the best bands in the nation’s capital. As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy the summer holidays in Canberra with outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing – all within a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.

The 2017 concerts will be on two weekends: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January followed by Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 of February, featuring these performers:

Saturday 28 January

Jazz ‘n’ Jive

Good Gosh
Funky Fedoras

Sunday 29 January

World Sounds

Los Chavos (Latin American)
Dubba Rukki (Dance Reggae)

Saturday 4 February

Family Frolic

Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows (Children’s Rock)
Pablo's 3D Stunt Show

Sunday 5 February

Big Band Beats!

Royal Military Band of Duntroon (Swing/Big Band)
Jumptown Swing Dance Troupe

Concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 5.30 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site. Entry $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 years and under free.

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.


Here are some photos of the 2016 season, taken by members of the Friends' Photographic Group.


Lulu Swing with Monica Moore                                                                                   Big Boss Groove

(Photo: Ann Eldridge)                                                                                                (Photo: Liz Kay)


The Audience for Big Boss Groove            Big Boss Groove              Justine Clark

(Photo: Liz Kay)                                          (Photo: Liz Kay)               (Photo:David Cox)