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After hearing American DJ Skrillex, Canberra electro-indie trio SAFIA experimented with the electronic genre until they found their own sound.
City's super chilled vibe appeals
SAFIA are spending more time on the
road these days, but will head home to
headline an all-Canberra line-up at
Googfest on Saturday, February 6.
The electro-indie trio will take the
stage at the free mini music festival at
Googong with ACT artists including
Guyy and the Fox, the Burley Griffin,
Amber Nichols and the Kaleid Trio.
Band members Ben Woolner,
Michael Bell and Harry Sayers grew
up together in Canberra, and still
spend a lot of time in the city between
I like it especially even more
now, Woolner said.
It s a good place to grow up. It s
super chilled, still got a little bit of
kind of city vibe.
He said Canberra bands had the
mindset that to make it as artists they
had to leave the capital. But the
territory had a lot of industry stuff
and it was a good place to write and
get stuff done .
At school Woolner, Bell and Sayers
formed many bands and got to a point
where they wanted to experiment with
It was then that they heard Skrillex.
We used to have this stigma about
electronic music beforehand. We
didn t listen to a lot of it, but hearing
Skrillex was crazy, because he came
from a metal background so that early
dubstep stuff and the stuff he does now
has, like, a really strong base in metal
and rock music, Woolner said.
Without much knowledge of the
genre the trio learnt by doing and
tinkered with sound until they found
With the burgeoning power of the
internet SAFIA managed to get heard.
The tipping point was getting the
support slot for the Lorde tour.
Opening for her across the country
at basically the stage when she was the
biggest artist in the world was insane,
We did our own headline tour
before that, playing small clubs, which
was really cool. Most of the shows
sold out and they were, like, you know,
200, 300 cap, and then jumping from
that three weeks later on the Lorde tour
to, like, 10,000, that was a crazy
Even more than 10,000 are expected
at Googfest. SAFIA s set will be
followed by a 9pm fireworks display.
There will also be food vendors at the
all-ages event, and free buses will run
from Tuggeranong, Woden and
When: Saturday, February 6, from
Where: Rockley Oval, Googong
Protect new plants from sun damage
Clematis is a desirable acquisition for summer bloom.
In the garden
There is a palette of summer colour in
your favourite nursery right now.
While it might be wise before
planting to keep new purchases in an
area of light shade until there is some
relief from the bout of extreme
temperatures, it s a good opportunity
to replenish any patches previously
denuded by frost or drought.
Apart from potted annuals, which
offer instant colour, some of the best
fillers are the herbaceous perennials
such as argyaranthemums (Shasta
daisies in numerous colour forms),
convolvulus as a ground cover;
gerbera; pentstemon; daylilies; and
Clematis and shrubs such as
hydrangea, polygala and crepe myrtle
are also desirable acquisitions.
Without forethought, however, hot
summer soils will soon take their toll
on newly planted stock so some prior
attention will pay dividends.
Clay ground first needs to be
amended with generous helpings of
organic matter, which will help retain
moisture within and reduce the
temperature of the soil, plus coarse
river sand to assist with the drainage.
Add an organic plant booster, such
as Seamungus to the planting hole and
water in the new plant with Seasol or
similar, to reduce transplant shock.
Keep evenly moist and mulch
lightly with sugar cane, pea straw or
lucerne. Use lightweight shade or frost
cloth on any tender-foliaged plants to
prevent sunburn until they re well
established. Sunburn can be a
disappointing occurrence on a number
of shrubs, particularly evergreens such
as camellias and aucuba, the gold dust
plant, both of which grow best in fully
or partially shaded sites. Old foliage
will eventually be replaced, but can
look unsightly meantime.
Tomatoes, which ripen by
temperature rather than sunlight in an
Australian summer, often become
scalded when exposed by the practice
of removing foliage from the vine to
let in the sun .
Think carefully about
feeding plants with chemical
fertilisers in hot weather when
the risk of plants being burnt
by the sun is great. Better to
select organic plant foods in
the form of compost, mulches
and manures. Liquid plant
foods can be safely applied in
the early morning or the cool
of the evening.
Tuberous begonias make
magnificent container or
basket plants in brightly lit but
sheltered sites out of the full
summer sun, which will scorch
the foliage. However, they
need to be watered with care
when the soil starts to dry out.
A constantly saturated
medium tends to encourage
Remove any fully matured
fruit from citrus trees e.g. the
Meyer lemon whose main crop
ripened in October. Not only
are many now softening and
rotting on the tree but they
can attract fruit fly. Pick off
and confine to the trash pack.
Sow seeds of winter greens
in punnets now, to plant out as
seedlings in March. Crops such
as cabbage, broccoli, brussels
sprouts, cauliflower and kale
need to be well established
before the onset of cooler
for local groups
Not-for-profit organisations and
groups are invited to apply for funding
from IMB Bank s Community
In the ACT, 45 projects have
received a boost since the initiative
began, with more than $567,000
donated to the local community.
Another Chance Op Shop in Scullin
was among the enterprises to benefit
last year and the new-look business is
due to reopen on January 27.
Our renovations are thanks to
some great community funding from
IMB Bank and kind donations from
businesses in the Belconnen area,
said volunteer manager Bronwyn
The Belconnen Community Men s
Shed also received funding in 2015
and used the money to buy
To apply for help from the IMB
Bank Community Foundation, go to
imb.com.au and click on the
Community Foundation tab to
download a form. Applications close
at 5pm on Wednesday, February 24.
ACT RESIDENTS OWN
Gun ownership has risen 3 per cent in
the past year, with one firearm
registered for every 20 residents in the
ACT. There are now 583 more
firearms belonging to 197 more
licensees in the capital than there were
at the start of 2015. ACT Policing
figures have revealed 19,200 guns
were legally registered to 6083
licensees, about three for each owner,
at the end of November last year.
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