Australian National Botanic Gardens

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 7/8 March, 14/15 March and 21/22 March 2020

— Eucalypt Lawn

As part of an epic event program to celebrate the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, Summer Sounds 2020 is set to entertain the whole family this March. With a great line-up of local musicians and dance talent spread across three themed weekends, Summer Sounds 2020 will get you moving and grooving to the sounds of your favourite top 40 hits through to the smooth sounds of jazz.

There’s loads to entertain the kids too inside the Gumnut Hut with face-painting, storytelling and craft activities.

Summer Sounds is a picnic haven, but if picnics are not your thing then grab a bite to eat at the concerts - mobile bar and sweet and savoury menu options are all on offer.

PARTY WEEKEND – Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today
Saturday 7 March - Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah with Canberra Swing Katz
Sunday 8 March – Sistas in Song with Jumptown Swing

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends
Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards with Kokoloco
Sunday 15 March - Sweet Little Lies with the National Capital Bootscooters

JAZZY WEEKEND – Smooth jazz and swing
Saturday 21 March – Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz
Sunday 22 March – The Liam Budge Jazz Quartet with Jumptown Swing

A complimentary assistance vehicle will operate from the car park areas to the Eucalypt Lawn. This service will operate both ways from 4.00 pm and conclude at 7.30 pm.

Frequently asked questions about this event

Summer Sounds 2020 Visitor Survey

Program

Saturday 7 March – Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah with Canberra Swing Katz

Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah has captivated audiences in Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne with their unique and soulful tone in their live performances. They have a huge repertoire including Soul, Motown, Pop, RNB, Reggae, Top 40, Rock, Latin, Country and more.

To get the crowd warmed up and ready to go, Canberra Swing Katz will offer a pre-band dance workshop for the young and old. Known for their high energy, high flying performances and super fun classes, Canberra Swing Katz specialise in Charleston, Lindy Hop and related Swing Dances.

Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah and Canberra Swing Katz

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Sunday 8 March – Something Like This with Jumptown Swing

Something Like This’ priority is that all people listening to them hear the songs they know and enjoy. They play a mix of everything from classic rock, jazz, top 40, soul, reggae, disco and hits from every decade!

Jumptown Swing will join the fun with a dance workshop for young and old. Jumptown is a not-for-profit organisation who have inspired and taught hundreds of students to swing dance in Canberra for more than 10 years.

Something Like This and Jumptown Swing

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Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards with Kokoloco

The Drinking Lizards are a hard rocking, high energy Canberra based Rock Band covering five decades of classic solid rock featuring Ven Licciardello as lead vocals, Cam Shelley on lead guitar, Damian Ashcroft on bass and Daniel Cooke on drums.

To add extra colour to the concert, Kokoloco will get the audience on their feet with a spectacular Latin and Zumba performance. Kokoloco is one of Canberra’s most prestigious dance studios and the best place to learn to dance, get fit and have fun!

The Drinking Lizards and Kokoloco

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Sunday 15 March – Sweet Little Lies with the National Capital Bootscooters

A Celebration of Fleetwood Mac, Sweet Little Lies takes you down memory lane performing the greatest hits, cult favourites and the best of Stevie.

Continue the top-tapping with the National Capital Bootscooters and bring on some line dancing fun!

Sweet Little Lies and National Capital Bootscooters

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Saturday 21 March – Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz

Annie and the Armadillos are a popular jazz, swing and blues band. Lead singer Annie Sloane delivers sultry jazz and popular songs with great style.

Canberra Swing Katz will be back to dance the night away with Annie.

Canberra Swing Katz

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Sunday 22 March – The Liam Budge Jazz Quartet with Jumptown Swing 

Award-winning Jazz vocalist Liam Budge performs an intense and mellifluous vocals accompanied by his quartet – piano, bass, drums and saxophone.

Joining Liam and his Quartet is Jumptown Swing.

Liam Budge and Jumptown Swing

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Major Partner

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Supported by

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Media partner

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When

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 7/8 March, 14/15 March and 21/22 March 2020

Where

Eucalypt Lawn

Price

$5.00  Adults
$3.00  Friends, concession and children