Multi ARIA award winning artist, Kate Ceberano, has been in the business for over 35 years - writing and performing both jazz and pop music - with seven Platinum and seven Gold albums to her name. Kate first came to prominence in the mid-80’s as a 15 year old sensation fronting pop funk band, I’m Talking.
Five consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album, Bear Witness, led to a swag of awards including Best New Talent at the 1984 Countdown Awards, followed up by Best Female Artist in the '85 and '86 Countdown Awards. After launching her solo career, Kate took
out Best Female Artist at the '88 and '89 ARIA awards with her triple Platinum album, Brave, nominated as ARIA Album of the Year.
In 1992, Kate hit the stage to perform the role of Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. The show’s star-studded cast, which included John Farnham, toured nationally, performing over 80 arena shows - the album being the biggest hit of the year earning four times platinum status. Ceberano has barely drawn breath since, racking up 25 albums over 35 years to be the most prolific Australian female recording artist of this era.
In 2014, Ceberano became the first - and only - Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters' Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. 2016 saw Kate on the Queen's Birthday Honours List, becoming a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts and charitable organisations.
Kate is widely respected across multiple industries of film, television and music. In recent times, she has been celebrated in her three year tenure as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret
Festival, transforming it into one of the most successful festivals in the country. She is now codirecting the Live Love Life Festival with renowned artist, David Bromley.
Her work, her craft and her vision are now imbued in our collective DNA. Kate Ceberano is a bone fide national treasure, possessing one of the great voices of her generation. Long may she run.
Bustamento is a musical ensemble led by renowned Australian musician Nicky Bomba. Paying homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles, Bustamento are a tropical shaking seven piece ensemble with drums, guitar, ukulele bass, piano, steel pan, trumpet and saxophone.
Since the bands inception in 2012, they have released two ARIA nominated albums, ‘Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands’ and ‘Intercontinental Journey 7’. Touring constantly Bustamento have featured at most of Australia’s premiere festivals such as, Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Mullum Festival, to name just a few. Also touring internationally they have entertained audiences at major events including, Glastonbury Festival (UK), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Northern Lights Festival (Canada), Vancouver Folk Festival (Canada), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (US) and many more.
Always playing energetic shows with an undeniable performance quality, Bustamento is a must see on the live scene. The live reviews speak for themselves…
“Nicky Bomba would have to be one of the most amazing and entertaining performers Iʼve had the fortune of witnessing. Whether you like his music or not, he puts on a brilliant show, works the crowd unlike any other, and will make sure that you leave with a big fat smile on your face.
"Definitely the best show Iʼve seen so far this year!”
RIP IT UP, Adelaide
“Bomba made every effort to involve the crowd…. And before long he had them eating from the skin of his bongos. It was a giant love-in, and everyone was invited.”BEAT, Melbourne
“Highlight of the weekend was the debut performance of Nicky Bombaʼs latestcombo Bustamento, which ignited the dance floor”THE AUSTRALIAN Iain Shedden
Elly Poletti is a secondary music teacher from Leongatha, South Gippsland. Aside from her day to day teaching, Elly has a love of performing. With a bachelor degree in Music from Monash University and Masters of Teaching in primary and secondary teaching, Elly has pursued her dream to expose young students to the world of performing.
Elly sings regularly in Melbourne, appearing at jazz clubs such as The Paris Cat. She has performed in festivals such as The Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne’s Jazz festival and during her degree completed a 3-week intensive course in New York learning all about performing. She has supported acts such as The Black Sorrows and Clare Bowditch, has sung in a private show for Robbie Williams and her voice has won her multiple awards.
Aside from singing in intimate jazz clubs, Elly also has a love of music theatre and has performed in lead roles in such shows as Cabaret, Chicago and Gypsy and was awarded two Victorian Bruce Awards for her role in Cabaret in 2011. Her powerful voice was used as the voice of ‘The Plant’ in Little Shop of Horrors in Wonthaggi and her talent for singing such powerhouse songs was seen in the shows ‘We may never meet again- The music of Amy Winehouse’ and ‘All I Ask- The music of Adele’ performed alongside Melbourne 9-piece band ‘Movement 9’.
Elly has toured up the east coast performing in different towns/cities, selling out 48 Amy Winehouse shows. Elly nowadays focuses her time mentoring students at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha, where she creates as many opportunities for her students to be exposed to the stage so they too can follow their dreams to be a performer like she did as a student.
The shining beam of sunlight that is Alana Wilkinson has had a big few months since the release of her debut single Closer in late 2018. Now following up Closer is the release of her second single, Partner In Crime, and if you have not yet fallen in love with Alana Wilkinson, this is the track that’ll send you swooning.
Partner In Crime is a poignant and moving tale of adventures with her childhood bestie, Amy, capturing the spirit and carefree nature of growing up in the Melbourne burbs. Accompanied by a beautifully crafted video where Amy and Alana are played by their own respective ‘mini me’s’, Partner In Crime is sure to build on the reputation for whimsical, funny and brilliantly executed words, music and visuals that Alana has established.
Described as equal parts vulnerable folk singer and vitriolic poet, Surf Coast based, Alana Wilkinson has turned heads recently with stellar performances across major festivals such as Blue Mountains, Queenscliff, Woodford and Nannup. She’s also spread her magic touring with The Porch Sessions and supporting the likes of the Pierce Brothers, Bob Evans, Eddi Reader, Sarah McLeod, Shaun Kirk and the Badloves, amongst many others.
Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin. Her songs skewer ex-lovers, would-be suitors, ridiculous social norms and the absurd challenges of suburban life in a merciless, yet strangely affectionate way, leaving audiences feeling like they’re sitting in her living room, chatting about life over a steaming cuppa.
Equally at home in the intimate confines of a house concert or in the expansive surrounds of a festival, Wilkinson engages audiences with revealing and hilarious stories and songs that leave you pondering the joys of life with a smile on your dial.
Alana Wilkinson, in all her sunshiney glory, is one to watch.