Well hello there lovely people.
My dear friend Sophie Edwards has been blogging week by week and recounting what she's been doing rather than trying to fit months and months of stuff into a single blog post (like me), so I'm thinking I may try that.
The past few months have been an absolute whirlwhind. I started year 11- which means my grades now count towards something and work gets a lot harder. It started off rather rocky but I'm getting into the swing of things now. I've never worked harder at school in my life (which I'm proud of) and I've been totally on top of work. This is a first for me. I only had to pull one all nighter the whole term. #proud
I've also been enjoying lots and lots of music related things!
We will start with Googfest. Googfest is Googong's annual festival, and I was lucky enough to be a part of the lineup along with Sneaky Sound System (I KNOW ADHJASFKJA). The rest of the lineup were amazing bands (like Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers and Slow Turismo), so I was a little bit intimidated getting up there by myself with my guitar and keyboard! The stage was amazing, the sound guys were incredible and I had an absolute blast. About 12,000 people turned up for the evening and the leadup and the event itself was a very insane, mind-boggling time for me.
I was invited to play at Lights! Canberra! Action! which was hands down my favourite local performance I got to do. It's a film festival held during Canberra's Enlighten. The crowd was very large and the response was so warm it was such a wonderful feeling. I actually initially thought I was just background music for it but it ended up turning into a proper performance!
Side note: Enlighten is actually my favourite thing. It's incredible all the effort that goes into the event. If you don't know what Enlighten is: http://enlightencanberra.com.au/ :)
THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL AKA MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR. I have been playing there for 5 years now, but before it was on blackboards and busking. This year, I was a proper paid and booked performer. It was bloody insane, and people even packed out one of the gigs I played. THANK YOU GUYS!!!
I played my first and last performances at the Aviary Rooftop. For those of you who don't know, down by Lake Burley Griffin there is/was this beautiful venue/bar called Aviary Rooftop. It is/was made out of shipping containers and there are 50 billion stairs to get up to it. Every Sunday, Aviary held the 'Sunday Live Sessions' where they invited Canberra musicians to play live sets for an hour each. The view when you play is absolutely breathtaking and the sound system extends throughout the whole long room. The reason I say is/was the bloody National Capital Authority didn't extend the permit for the Westside Village in which Aviary resides, so Stephen and Avi (the lovely owners of Aviary) had to close it down. Aviary Rooftop will be seriously missed by the Canberra community- even as an under 18 human, I've made many good memories at that place.
I missed the final Aviary Rooftop event which sucked a bit, but...
I missed it because of something just as cool as Aviary Rooftop- YO GIRL IS GOING ON THIS SEASON OF THE VOICE.
For proof ;)
I can't tell you how it's going but I'll be sure to let you all know what day my audition is going to air.
I hope you are all having the most wonderful day. I also hope that I am able to keep up my blog posts. Thank you for reading all of this, I love you all so much!