Check out our guide to music, comedy and entertainment for the month of May! There’s something to suit every music taste but to take the stress out of forming the best itinerary, OutInCanberra’s top picks are the Canberra International Music Festival and the anticipated Groovin The Moo festival.
27 April – 7 May
A vibrant fusion of thought-provoking conversation, culinary adventures and exceptional music making that pays tribute to the spirit of revolution, the Canberra International Music Festival is an annual treat for Australia’s culture lovers. From 27 April to 7 May, the festival gathers some of the world’s most creative artists together to create a joyous explosion of music that, for eleven exhilarating days, will resonate throughout the city. Full program on the Canberra International Music Festival website.
8pm Wednesday 3 May
If you were lucky enough to score yourself a ticket to Seth Sentry’s Play It Safe National Tour kicking off at Transit Bar, you’re one of the lucky ones. The new single Play It Safe will knock the socks off Transit Bar and is sure to be an unbelievably fun event. Being at Transit makes this gig an intimate one, which is what Seth wanted for his fans, so have fun getting up close and personal Canberra!
10.30am Sunday 7 May
The biggest Canberra festival event of the year is nearly here! 2017 GTM is featuring a bunch of popular artists including Allday, PNAU, SLUMBERJACK, Snakehips, Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, and The Wombats. Unfortunately all tickets for UC are sold out, but hopefully you can nab them from somewhere else! With heaps of international artists and local favourites playing this year, get ready for some Sunday funday action at Canberra’s favourite festival.
8pm Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 May
Who doesn’t love Akmal? This hilarious comedian will be performing from 9-14 May at the Canberra Theatre with a new show, Trial and Error and new content! At $25, it’s a cheap price to pay for quality entertainment. We can assure you, you’ll be crying from laughter from this guy’s stories. He is one of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics – and even without seeing the show yet, we know it will be more than entertaining.
7.30pm Thursday 11 May
Australian comedian, actress, writer and television presenter and producer, Julia Morris’ presents her Lift and Separate tour, which is set to be one of her best. This one-woman show is headlining at huge venues all over Australia, and Canberra is no exception. With tickets starting at $59.90 you better get in quick, because they’re selling fast. If you want some ‘hurty tummy laughter’, as Julia likes to describe her performances, be sure to score yourself a seat!
8pm Friday 26 May
The Voice 2013 winner and superstar is coming to Canberra during his Australian 2017 Tour! His newly released album Kings of Vegas comprises remakes of all his favourites and tracks from his most influential artists who have shaped him as a performer today. Harrison has come up with his own original takes on music icon’s songs including legends Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Frankie Valli. As Harrison is a classy guy, his tour will not shy away from that persona.
7pm Saturday 27 May
The final metal show at ANU Bar features Live Evil, WitchSkull and Wrench, and they will probably blow the roof off the place. This should be fine though as, unfortunately, the ANU Bar is set to close later this year with final events being held in May/June. Tickets are only $18.50 and it may be one of the last chances to rock out at ANU Bar! Even if heavy metal isn’t your thing, this line-up may surprise you.
7.30pm Wednesday 31 May
The Welsh queen of rock and blues is excited to announce her Australian Tour – Total Eclipse of the Heart. Playing all her greatest hits including It’s a Heartache, Holding Out for a Hero, Bitterblue, and of course – worldwide number one, Total Eclipse of the Heart. Paired with her unmistakable, smokey, husky voice, this gig will take Canberra by storm. With special guest, Rick Price, tickets start at $89.90 so get on board.