Summer Sundays


One of Ballarat’s most popular summer events – Summer Sundays – will turn up the volume this January with a fantastic line-up of musical talent from around Victoria.

Celebrating its sixth year, Summer Sundays will be returning with a new extended time of 3 to 7pm. Spread across two jam-packed days on 8 and 22 January, the event will feature an eclectic mix of musical styles and diverse genres.

From jazz to rock ’n soul to hillbilly pop and folk music, both Sundays will feature four different local, regional and metropolitan acts. Held in the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, the FREE community event is presented by the City of Ballarat.

Accompanying the exciting line-up of music will be a delicious selection of food vendors including: 

For more information, please download the Summer Sundays Program.

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8th January 2017

Anna Oliphant Wright

With her soft melodies and thought provoking lyrics, 16-year-old Anna Oliphant Wright is quickly taking Australia by storm. Winning the 2016 FReeZA Ballarat Battle of the Bands competition, Anna’s revered style branches off into a variety of genres including alternative-country, indie folk and blues.


The Sugarcanes

Genre: Indie/Folk

The Sugarcanes are Melbourne’s most revered rock ’n soul band. Formed by brother and sister Jack and Lucy Wilson, their old soul sounds are transformed into a modern rock ’n roll take on the classic heartbroken genre.


Liana and The Petite Mort

Genre: Soul/Jazz

Liana and the Petite Mort are a duo performing James Bond themes, jazz standards and songs of old Hollywood glamour. Their sound is Nancy Sinatra meets Amy Winehouse.


The Pigs

Genre: Bluegrass

Unashamed bluegrass sinners, The Pigs have been spreading their supercharged hillbilly pop around Australia and the world for over 12 years. Their ability to turn hit pop songs into downright foot-stompers is legendary, entertaining crowds from Ballarat to Berlin.



22nd January 2017

Elvis Presently

Genre: Rock

Hailing from Regional Victoria, Elvis Presently has come from backwaters of Ballarat to perform his take on 'The King’.


John McNamara

Genre: Blues

Multi-award winning blues act John McNamara is launching his new sound in 2017 with an album featuring STAX records legends. Touring with a 7 piece band, John is bringing Memphis soul to Ballarat.


Leah Senior

Genre: Folk

Melbourne-based folk singer Leah Senior’s music falls into a dim wallpapered room of slightly out of tune parlour guitars and the ghosts of summer and 1960s Britain. Her crisply picked songs reveal a love of old world folk providing a stark canvas for her unusual lyrical wit.



Genre: Indie

Following on from a string of ARIA nominations, sold out shows, mesmerising performances and rave reviews, Melbourne art rock icon, Olympia, will play her debut album ‘Self Talk’. Combining rich harmonies with dissonant minimal guitar, Olympia has been compared to the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Anna Calvi.


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