Local musicians shine at Enlighten illuminations

Canberra’s musical talent will be showcased during the opening weekend of Enlighten Festival as local acts take to the main stage one after another. Located in the heart of the Parliamentary Triangle, the Enlighten Main Stage will fill the air with music as you explore the illuminations, feast at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and enjoy an array of exclusive experience as the national attractions open their doors after dark.

If the thought of this much local brilliance is overwhelming, fear not. We’ve put together our guide to the best beats at the first weekend of the illuminations, 2-3 March.

Canberra RnB Collective

Friday 2 March, 7:45pm
National Library of Australia

The name says it all, this is a group of Canberra based music pros that get together to celebrate the best of old school RnB funk! This six piece collective will provide the perfect soundtrack to the unveiling of the illuminations, as we officially switch on the architectural projections.

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The Advocates

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March, 6pm
Enlighten Main Stage

This local duo are renowned for their imaginative takes on contemporary and classic covers. Crowd favourites, The Advocates are an institution within the Canberra music scene – just don’t ask the drummer to sing!

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The Colours Are

Friday 2 March, 7:15pm
Enlighten Main Stage

The Colours Are invite you on an emotional journey full of dreamy psychedelic licks, powerful angelic vocals and mega rockin’ drops to thrill and inspire listeners before they explore the wonderful wonderland of Enlighten’s illuminations.

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Ned Philpot

Friday 2 March, 8:30pm
Enlighten Main Stage

Ned is what we call an overachieving, musical genius. Having picked up a guitar for the first time when he was six, Ned composed his first song at the ripe old age of 8 and has continued his fast-paced mastery of music ever since.

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Owen Campbell

Friday 2 March, 9:45pm
Enlighten Main Stage

Slide guitarist, banjo player, blues singer, song writer and rock performer. Owen Campbell can do it all as we saw during his rise to fame on Australia’s Got Talent.

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Hard Cover

Saturday 3 March, 8:30pm
Enlighten Main Stage

With a delicious mix of soulful vocals and clever medleys we guarantee Hard Cover will have you on your feet dancing.

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Simon Anau

Saturday 3 March, 9:45pm
Enlighten Main Stage

After migrating from New Zealand to Canberra at a young age, Simon has seamlessly combined his love of old school Motown music with today’s popular hits. Warning, once you hear Simon you may fall in love…with his signature sound.

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