Taking on the issues of our lives and times are six diverse live acts ready to prove that university life is about more than just the books at Kambri at ANU. The expert custodians of good times, Yours & Owls, have curated a lineup that merges great venues with great crowds performing right here at the Cultural Centre's Manning Clark Hall and Drama Theatre (Lewis Spears only).
From popular psych-punk supergroup Tropical F**k Storm, punk-rock group The Chats and the alternative rock produced by Birds of Tokyo, to comedians Isaac Butterfield, Frenchy and Lewis Spears, Kambri at ANU continues to put together a live entertainment program teeming with unhinged energy.
The entire Canberra community is invited to enjoy Kambri's state-of-the-art venues and bustling nightlife, with its huge choice of indoor/outdoor retail and dining offerings and tranquil public spaces, all designed to build upon its intention and reputation as a true communal meeting place.
The dynamic curated lineup of live music and comedy over the next three months includes:
Saturday 24 August, 7:30PM: Isaac Butterfield – 'Why So Serious?' National Tour – Isaac Butterfield returns to the stage for his brand new hour of social observations. 'Why So Serious?' explores our changing world. With a fast growing audience, his commentary videos have had over 60 million views.
Thursday 12 September, 7PM: Frenchy – 'Turn It Up' Tour – Ben 'Frenchy' French is the teacher-turned comedian from Wollongong who is back with a show full of impromptu banter, stories and crowd work, not to mention his eccentric and unorthodox ballads.
Thursday 26 September, 8PM: The Chats – 'Identity Theft' Tour – After forming in 2016, this young Australian punk rock band (heavily influenced by the Cosmic Psychos) have experienced huge success, best known for their song 'Smoko' and its music video which went viral. Fresh from touring the US, they'll be playing songs from their first two EPs and their upcoming studio album, 'Identity Theft'.
Friday 27 September, 8PM: Birds of Tokyo – 'Good Lord' Tour – With their single 'Good Lord' already going gold, and having sold out multiple dates on the tour, Birds of Tokyo are proving their position as one of Australia's most popular contemporary rock bands. Since forming in Perth in 2004 they've won an ARIA Award for Best Rock Album, had 11 separate songs make Triple J's 'Hottest 100', performed at every major festival in the country and been the headline act at the AFL Grand Final and NRL State of Origin. With the 'Good Lord' tour, they'll be unveiling their first pieces of new music in over two years.
Friday 11 October, 8PM: Tropical F**k Storm – After spending the past year hammering the world with their commanding live performances, Tropical F**k Storm return home to tour their new album 'Braindrops', the follow-up to 2018's epic odyssey, 'A Laughing Death In Meatspace'. 'Braindrops' will be released on Flightless Records on 23rd August 2019 and is an experience to dive into and get wild with. Joining TFS will be Melbourne post-punk outfit Pinch Points and energetic Hobart trio All The Weathers.
Friday 25 October, 7:30PM: Lewis Spears – #NoSlideSeason – Australian standup comedian Lewis Spears believes that for far too long we've been letting things slide – from slow walkers to people with blogs and America in general. In his fifth tour in as many years, Lewis is back with a new show full of material he's developed to let the audience know it's time for #NoSlideSeason
All shows at Manning Clark Hall are 18+.
Venue address: Kambri Precinct, Australian National University, Cultural Centre – Manning Clark Hall, Kingsley Street, Acton ACT