Mercure Canberra is excited to bring you a new concept in the world of live entertainment.

On the 29th of October 2021 the Courtyard Gardens at Mercure Canberra will come alive with the sounds of KEY GRIP, a renowned five piece Canberra Blues Band. This experience allows you to enjoy the show from your very own private VIP hotel balcony.

The band will take centre stage on a raised walkway high above the Courtyard Gardens and ticket and accommodation packages are available based on the view of this central location from the private hotel balconies.

All accommodation and ticket packages come with the following inclusions:

  • 1 nights accommodation in chosen category of room
  • Ticket to the concert- viewable from your private room balcony
  • Antipasto Platter for 2 served to your room during the concert
  • Four pack of Sydney Beer OR a bottle of red, white wine or sparkling.


*Additional food and beverage available to purchase as room service or at Olims Bar and Bistro.

Category A: These tickets are the best seats in the house. Your private balcony of this upstairs room is on the same level as the stage and you will have full view of the stage from a seated position to enjoy the show in comfort.

Category B: These rooms are located on the lower floor of the hotel overlooking the gardens. From your private balcony you will be able to view the stage from a seated position. Please note that the stage is at a higher elevation to these rooms and whilst the stage will be fully visible you will be looking upwards.

Category C: These rooms are located on the lower floor of the hotel overlooking the gardens. Your private balcony will have limited to no views of the stage but you will have all the vibes of the show if you want to enjoy the music from the comfort of your hotel room and balcony.


Category A: $369 total for two guests

Category B: $309 total for two guests

Category C: $289 total for two guests

UPGRADE: One additional guest allowed per room for an overnight stay on a rollaway bed at $80 per person. No additional food and beverage included.


*Up to 3 additional guests can view the concert from your private balcony (max 5 guests per room). Additional cost $20 per guest who is not booked to stay the night. This cost does not include additional food and beverage which can be purchased on the night.

For those who can’t spend the night with us we have a small number of picnic sites available on the lawns of the Courtyard Garden. Each picnic site can host up to 5 guests. Picnic rugs and chairs are bring your own. No external food and beverage allowed on the premises. A range of food and beverage options will be available to purchase from Olims Bar and Bistro and Bottle Shop.

PICNIC SITES: $100 total for up to five people


DATE: 29th October 2021

BAND: Key Grip

LOCATION: Courtyard Gardens Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon

TIME: 6:30pm till 9:30pm

Accommodation packages check in from 2pm, check out 11am.

Bookings essential, no tickets available at the door.

To book your concert package call:

02 6243 0000

Terms and Conditions:
A credit card guarantee is required upon booking to secure all room packages; CAT A, B & C. Packages to be paid in full upon check in/out. 100% cancellation penalty applies to cancellations made within 7 days of the concert (23rd October 2021 onwards, see covid cancellation exceptions below).

If you have booked a picnic site you will be phoned 7 days prior to event for full credit card payment. Picnic places will be fully refundable if rain occurs within 24 hours of the event or due to inclement weather on the day.
Picnic sites are capped at 5 guests maximum per site. Picnic rugs and chairs are BYO. It is prohibited to bring food and beverage onsite, a variety of food and beverage options will be available to purchase from Olims Bar and Bistro and Bottle Shop.

Due to current border closures bookings are open to residents of the ACT and NSW/ACT border bubble postcodes. Bookings for NSW residents will open when a date for the border to reopen has been announced.

All ticket types and accommodation are fully refundable in cases of government lockdown and border closures.
This concert complies with the ACT Government social distancing and entertainment measures at the time of its inception. Mercure Canberra reserves the right to amend the concert layout and inclusions to meet any changing government requirements.

More About the Band

Key Grip lives and breathes by the motto, “It’s Gotta Swing”.
Band leader Leo Joseph has been using the name Key Grip for his bands since 1992. He set up the Canberra version when he returned from the US back in 2005 after 12 years living overseas, mostly in Philadelphia.
“I really want Key Grip to be firmly in the grey area between blues and jazz so that it can explore the many shades that the blues genre has to offer. I know we have Canberra’s finest ‘bluesicians’ in the outfit, and it has become the band we play in when we are not playing on other people’s bands,” says Leo.
“At a Key Grip gig,” he continues, “we are going to give you up tempo and slower tunes, tunes with tasty, interesting progressions, great lyrics and well, tunes that just need a bit of work to get right. When the ingredients are all cooking and it’s working like a well-oiled machine, it’s to die for and we know we’ll see people up on the dance floor”.
Key Grip bring colour and texture to their sound by way of Tom Fell and Joe Taylor in the Gripping Stuff Horn Section and their bari, tenor and alto saxes, Leo’s piano and Hammond, the vocal prowess of Angela Lount as well as Leo doing vocals, Canberra’s finest blues guitarist Dave Blanken and a rhythm section you’d go a long way to match, featuring Mitch Preston on drums and James Luke on bass.