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Music& Performance

LET YOUR HEART, MIND AND BOOTY 

Be Moved

 BY THE AMAZING ASSORTMENT OF FEMININE TALENT! 

Seven Sisters Festival boasts a talented collection of local musicians, dancers, poets, singers, Dj’s comedians, storytellers and entertainers. 

Please see below for info about our performers for March 2020. 

Music & Performance

STIR YOUR HEART, MOVE YOUR HIPS, TOUCH YOUR SOUL 

There are those performances that transcend beyond and deliver you to states of deep presence and remind you of the glorious gift of each moment, the gift of your body and it’s incredible ability to move.

There are also those performances that demand your hips to shake, your hair to flow and your feet to dance as it is too fun, funky and soulful to do otherwise. 

There are those performances that move you to tears of joy, comedians who provoke cascades of laughter and roving dancers and performers who inspire and delight with their grace, beauty and extravangance.

We have all of that and more! 

Experience it all at Seven Sisters Festival.

Music Spaces

There are three music performance areas within the festival; enjoy a great array of female performers in the Chai Tent, Main Stage (at The Hub) and the silent disco.

THE HUB

The Hub will host bands, DJs and solo performers at our exclusive Seven Sisters Showcase on Friday and Saturday night.

CHAI TENT

Sit back and enjoy an exciting assortment of talented female musicians and Open Mic sessions from Friday to Sunday. Then, it’s your turn! Join in for open mic from 2.30pm – 5.00pm Friday Saturday and Sunday. 

MYSTIC TEMPLE

By night, let the music guide you on your own individual dance journey. Open your heart, lose yourself and dance off to delicious tunes by Melbourne’s finest DJs.  In the afternoon it’s time to disco for the young maidens from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm.

APPLY TO PERFORM

 

Want to be part of Seven Sisters Festival? We love supporting local talent and up and coming artists. Come share your gifts, enchant our audiences and enjoy a 3 day 3-night experience you will never forget.

Applications close August 15th 2019

 

Performers Timetable

Get your groove on with these Performers…

THE HUB

AISHAH ESPINOSA

Outer Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Aishah Espinosa is a relative late bloomer in the world of music. She draws on her multicultural roots, using her loop machine, powerful vocals mixed with a driving desire to create her sound.  A variety of genres, from tribal dance to soulful RnB, the result of which is a diverse spectrum of songs which will have you moving your feet one minute and holding back tears the next. A raw and passionate performer, her music and lyrics are written to heal and awaken the soul.

ECLECTICA

Eclectica Performance Art are a multi-talented performance troupe based in Melbourne. They offer dynamic expression through a diverse fusion of dance genres and theatrical displays. Eclectica specialise in psychedelic theatrical displays and storytelling through dance, they strive to show up with high quality performance services to awe and captivate an audience inspiring them into a space of self-realisation and creative freedom.

MĀMĀ MIHIRANGI AND THE MĀREIKURA

“A powerful show of stunning contemporary Māori music, dance, instruments, language, stories and costumes. The queen of live loops is back in force and this new show is her best yet”. Songlines MagUK.  A fierce all-female Māori world-roots production showcasing the virtues of feminine power.  Ancient chants, intricate harmonies, traditional and contemporary instruments, beats and bass. Songs sharing Indigenous values, lore and customs and dances that feature women’s haka, weaponry and Māori martial arts, an inclusive, informative and inspiring performance. 

KATTIMONI

Inspired by creativity as a catalyst for self-creation and social change, Kattimoni (KATTI-MON-NI ) is a fierce Creatrix who weaves together powerhouse Soul vocals, spoken word, embodied dance and sacred ritual to reawaken our human spirit and share a transmission of empowerment, transformation and compassionate social change. 

Kattimoni provides a diverse sonic sustenance of powerful raw Soul, driving deep Funk rhythms, luscious Jazz-infused melodies and vibrant energetic Reggae grooves with a natural mystic poetic flow of conscious hip-hop. 

CILLA

Playing music at magical gatherings is what makes Cilla’s heart sing, as she invites her audience on a musical journey aimed to lift one’s spirit, evoke smiles and playfully connect people through dance. Mixing her beloved vinyl collection with digital formats, Cilla feels for the vibe of the dance floor, mixing up deep house with melodic, funky, tribal or juicy upbeat flavour. 

LOLA SOLA

Folk/Blues/Soul Singer-songwriter Lola Sola is a touring devotee, a lover of cheap wine, laughter and long conversations and has been making her mark in the hearts of both Australians and Kiwis over the past three years. No stranger to a suitcase, an open road or a budget airline, she has been carefully crafting both a life on the road for herself and a repertoire of honest songs and stories. 

ESSIE THOMAS

Under the umbrella of contemporary folk, Essie Thomas mixes soulful vocals, a roots/blues twist with just a pinch of bohemian gypsy jazz. Described as “A songwriter who doesn’t mess with her words” (Blank Magazine, GC), Essie incorporates live loops and awe-inspiring guitar. 

Drawing crowds to Australian festival stages since the early 2000s and after extensive international touring across Canada and The USA, Essie returns to home soil to celebrate the release of her new Live EP with a national tour. 

BURNCITY QUEENZ

Burncity Queenz are Melbourne’s premiere Dancehall and Afro all-female dance crew made up of five powerful women from diverse backgrounds including Kitty Cat, VizuaLee, Twinkle T, Gizz Mery and Ashante. Joining BCQ at Seven Sisters will be DJ SO Fire, founder of Melbourne’s longest-running Dancehall party ‘I Love Dancehall’, and Zimbabwean-born, Melbourne-based vocal songstress Quashani Bahd. 

WILMA

Fusing powerful, emotive live cello with formidable DJ skills, Wilma’s stunning live show is unlike anything else in the global electronic music scene. Armed with a sound that encompasses the full gamut of the house and techno spectrum, Wilma has found her way onto the line-ups of premiere Australian festivals Rainbow Serpent, Splendour In The Grass, Earth Frequency, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Elements and Happy Daze.

MC: FLEASSY MALAY

Two times TEDx speaker and viral poet, Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist, speaker and coach. A global advocate for Women’s and LGBTQI+ rights anda fierce voice for the power of authenticity and courage as a social change tool. Founder of Melbourne’s acclaimed Women’s Spoken Word event, Mother Tongue. A passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest performer whose words and courses leave a  profound impression.

DJ WHITECALF

“Whitecalf” has devoted the past 20 years of her life to exploring what it means to use dance, authentic movement and ritual for healing and empowering individuals and communities.

LUCY WISE

Accompanying herself on guitar, ukulele and Appalachian dulcimer, Lucy Wise creates a contemporary sound that draws upon her roots in folk, old-time American and celtic music. She has toured three albums and two EPs nationally and internationally, and her songs explore themes of love, friendship and the relationships people form with their environment. “Lucy infuses songs with a sense of place so strong you can almost feel the dusty earth crunch beneath your feet as she sings,” says The Brag. 

CHAI TENT

CASS ELEVEN

Cass Eleven is a passionate songstress and multi-instrumental one-woman band based in Byron Bay, NSW. She uses live looping with her saxophone, flute, guitar, beatbox and vocals to create layered tapestries blending jazz, bossa nova, soul, reggae and blues. She has performed locally and internationally, from the Sydney Opera House to Splendour in the Grass.

KATE B

Here you will find words of peace, love and joy that float in mellifluous contemplation, songs to uplift the heart, songs to be still and rest amongst and songs to slow dance. With a modern infusion of eclectic styles including traditional sanskrit chants, beautiful folk songs and sweet harmonies, this music is truly a pleasure to the ear and the heart. 

Kate plays her harp, ukulele and guitar, sharing sweet original sounds. You can rest, you can sing, you can enjoy the vibe! Seek rest for your soul no more: it is here. 

CHELSEA STORM

Chelsea Storm crafts a unique and soulful mix of ‘world folk’ music, with a captivatingly raw expression that pulls listeners into silence. The authenticity echoes out through her angelic voice and through the heartfelt lyrics that speak to the deepest part of our human experience. 

ESSIE THOMAS (SOLO)

Under the umbrella of contemporary folk, Essie Thomas mixes soulful vocals, a roots/blues twist with just a pinch of bohemian gypsy jazz. Described as “A songwriter who doesn’t mess with her words” (Blank Magazine, GC), Essie incorporates live loops and awe-inspiring guitar. 

Drawing crowds to Australian festival stages since the early 2000s and after extensive international touring across Canada and The USA, Essie returns to home soil to celebrate the release of her new Live EP with a national tour. 

 

PENY BOHAN

Peny Bohan is an award-winning local Melbourne singer songwriter whose sweet croonings will make you want to stay, buy a drink and let yourself be wrapped up in her melodies. 

Honest, gritty and a wee bit seductive, Peny tells heartfelt stories of love, anguish, learning to stand on her own and all the times in-between. Her style pulls elements of Jazz, blues and folk together in one tasty parcel. 

MC/HOST OPEN MIC: CAROLYN MANDERSLOOT

Carolyn Mandersloot’s comedy is like having a good biscuit and a cup of tea with your hilarious best friend. Only better. She weaves together a narrative exploring the grand complexities and challenges of the human experience birth, life, death and parenting teenagers. Carolyn draws her experience of palliative care nursing to deftly hold a compassionate space in which audiences can laugh at the both the unthinkable and the undeniable.

MYSTIC TEMPLE

MAIDENS DISCO / KATHARINE

Sublime sounds and hypnotic funk stimulate her being, compelling her to source, mix and access dimensions too many to mention. Katharine has dj’d along the East Coast and run Motion:Theory: Music parties with her dj husband Ben Abrahams for 15 years. Known for her unique taste, minimal funk and infectious enthusiasm she creates mixes for renowned international podcast series. She can be found dancing, reading, breast feeding, home-schooling her children and bending spoons with her chi.

 

CILLA

Playing music at magical gatherings is what makes Cilla’s heart sing, as she invites her audience on a musical journey aimed to lift one’s spirit, evoke smiles and playfully connect people through dance. Mixing her beloved vinyl collection with digital formats, Cilla feels for the vibe of the dance floor, mixing up deep house with melodic, funky, tribal or juicy upbeat flavour. 

MISS GABRIELLE

Miss Gabrielle, a passionate lover of house, tribal, techno, and Balearic. Host of Ibiza In September, on KISS FM Dance Music Australia, this new talent mentor and electronic music feminist co-founded Melbourne fem DJ collective Vinyl Vixens, created and leads Yarra Youth Services’ DJ skills program for girls and gender diverse young people, and is one half of Latin Tech House duo AY AY AY with Colombian bombshell Muiscaya. Miss Gabrielle shares her passion for dance music on many platforms. 

WAX FOX

WaX FoX is back to set the silent disco dance floor on fire with her eclectic mix of Breaks, Disco, Funk, and House. She plays gigs around Melbourne’s pubs and clubs, Hobart during Dark Mofo and at the Melbourne International Film Festival for the Centre piece Gala at the Forum. On International Women’s Day 2016, WaX FoX Co-founded the Vinyl Vixens DJ Collective, a collective that represents female and gender diverse DJs, VJs, selectors and producers.

RISING SUN

Rising Sun is Ebony Keegan, 25 years old from Melbourne. In no box with eclectic taste, Rising Sun builds her sets by exploring the sound scapes of and fusing together psychedelic world music, techno, tech house, deep tech and minimal beats. Designed for pure expression, a space to play with sounds and to craft sets that take you wherever you need to go. Coming from a musical background, her purpose behind this project is nothing more than to expand her roots of her musical consciousness. Stay tuned.



ROLA ROUGE

DJ Rola a passional musical alchemist. From whomp to funk, she aligns her eclectic music collection to take you on a journey to the roots of your gut and the crown of your joy, connecting ourselves to our bodies, and to each other. The core of her passion stems from her own dance practice where she allows herself to fully embody every nuance of the sounds, allowing it to become her and heal her.

ROVING PERFORMERS

AURORA FLAIR

Aurora Flair is a performing artist who dreams of synergising circus and flow arts with dance. Her mesmerising and sensual moves are coupled with a fiery spirit that illuminates the hearts of others. Drawing her inspiration from her background and passion for Latin dancing, every move she makes is from the heart. Aurora always aspires to share her art and aims to innovate and inspire others.

COSMIC TWIN

Cosmic Twin are Astrid Serpentine and Zenith Flume – roving musical witches who cast their spells through song. Catch them as they weave their magick through the festival, singing up the secrets to guide the women home… A theatrical blend of folk melody and nostalgic vocals, songs about women’s rites and rights, these cosmic tunes are conjured to soothe, inspire, empower and heal.

ENTWINED BELLYDANCE

“Journey down the silk road – delight on exotic beauties, and be hypnotised by the serpentine goddesses of Entwined Bellydance. Their set of earthy, ethereal and temple and tribal fusion pays homage to the Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian – Ishtar, Hathor and Durga – goddesses of creation, creativity and rebirth.

Their emotive and intricate fusion draws on ancient traditional bellydance form and modern dance theatrics to create a heady, innovative and unique blend.