Cole Bennetts

Soul Defender

The truck weaponises art to defend the soul.

Initially supported through a City Renewal Authority City Grant, The Soul Defender is a 14-tonne ex-military truck transformed into a vehicle for change. It’s a big, pink military truck designed to lift souls and defend against our assailants. Climate change, heartless economics, political donations and inequality are the current targets.

When not on missions, this urban artwork doubles as an all-in-one events solution available for hire - complete with stage, sound system, lights, bubbles, and all the trimmings.

Purpose

Urban artwork and mobile stage designed to defend and uplift the soul of Canberra.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate The Soul Defender and its missions. Lots of new artillery is currently being manufactured - watch out!

When

December 2018 - ongoing

Initiatives

Countless parties, parades, talks and some important protests.

Project calendar

Project
Client
Purpose
Roles
When

Art, Not Apart 2020

Client

Art, Not Apart & Molonglo Group

Purpose

The main stage of the festival, hosting an array of soulful music and dance performances

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew

When

14 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Martin Ollman

Great Southern Nights ft Sneaky Sound System

Client

Lake George Winery

Purpose

The event is part of the Great Southern Nights program and will feature music including the ARIA Award winning Sneaky Sound System, local food, and award-winning wine, all set at Lake George Winery.

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage managers, and event installation crew

When

14th November 2020

Where

Lake George Winery

Supplied

Lunchbox Acoustic feat. Canberra Soul Club (Pt. 2)

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Lunchtime entertainment in Canberra City featuring soulful tunes.

Roles

The main stage of the event complete with a sound engineer, stage manager, and event support staff.

When

18 October 2020

Oli Hughes

Lunchbox Acoustic feat. Canberra Soul Club (Pt. 1)

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Lunchtime entertainment in Canberra City featuring soulful tunes.

Roles

The main stage of the event complete with a sound engineer, stage manager, and event support staff.

When

23 September 2020

Oli Hughes

Lunchbox Acoustic feat. Canberra Soul Club (Pt. 3)

Join the Soul Defender for a joyful lunchtime music experience featuring some of Canberra's best soul DJ's.

12pm - 1:30pm | Garema Place, Canberra City

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Lunchtime entertainment in Canberra City featuring soulful tunes.

Roles

The main stage of the event complete with a sound engineer, stage manager, and event support staff.

When

13 November 2020

Where

Garema Place, Canberra City

Martin Ollman

Molonglo Valley Christmas Carols

To get into the festive spirit The Soul Defender will be in the Molonglo Valley for a special Christmas edition event.

Our giant pink truck will be centre stage with live performances from a Christmas DJ, the Stromlo Christian Church Band leading carols and our secret agent Bubble-0-7 will be blowing bubbles throughout the valley.

To find out more information and register for the event please follow the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/molonglo-valley-christmas-carols-tickets-127794977217

Client

Molonglo Valley Mingle

Purpose

Centre stage with live performances and featuring our secret agent Bubble-0-7 blowing endless bubbles.

Roles

The main stage of the event complete with a sound engineer, stage manager, and event support staff.

When

5 December

Where

Open space, Noffs Crescent Coombs (outside Stromlo Cottage)

Freddie McGrath-Weber

Santa Got Soul

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Roving performance spreading the Christmas cheer throughout the City area with Santa on board The Soul Defender

Roles

Event strategy and implementation complete with a stage manager, driver, photographer, and event set up crew

When

12 December & 19 December 2019

Freddie McGrath Weber

Soul Defender Sessions: ACT Senate Candidates Forum

Client

Art, Not Apart & The RiotACT

Purpose

A non-partisan forum featuring the 2019 ACT Senate candidates

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew

When

17 May 2019

Where

King O'Malley's / City Walk area

Martin Ollman

Soul Defender Sessions: Canberra City Band

Client

City Renewal Authority & Canberra City Band

Purpose

Free music event featuring three ensembles from Canberra’s oldest and most decorated music organisations

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew

When

9 November 2019

Martin Ollman

Soul Defender x Nighfest

Our good natured mates at Capital Brewing are welcoming The Soul Defender for Floriade Nightfest.

Thando is fortunately stuck in Canberra during the lockdown of her home town, Melbourne, so she's jumping on the truck with a bespoke band to play 45 minutes of banging soul and RnB.

The exemplary Doppel will then mix up a storm as the beer flows on and on.

Free - booked out.

Capital Brewing Co.
Dairy Road
Fyshwick.

Purpose

Stellar live music at the pub

Type

Concert

Roles

Design and Deliver, including developing a band for Thando (who's band are stuck in Melbourne during the lockdown)

When

Friday 2 October

Website

Listen to Thando and Doppel

The Soul Defender @ Art, Not Apart 2019

Client

Molonglo

Purpose

Main stage of the festival, hosting an array of soulful music and dance performances

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew

When

16 March 2019

Martin Ollman

The Soul Defender @ Canberra Climate Action Rally

Client

Extinction Rebellion ACT

Purpose

Peaceful protest to demand action on Climate Change

Roles

Roving support vehicle and stage operations team - sound engineer, stage manager, driver, and event installation crew

When

7 October 2019

Where

Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra

Martin Ollman

The Soul Defender @ Escape Ferocity presents D-Nox

Client

Escape Ferocity

Purpose

Free boutique electronic music event in Verity lane

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew

When

18 April 2019

Where

Verity Lane, Canberra City

Caitlin Welch

YES!Fest

Client

Yes Fest

Purpose

Canberra’s annual equality street festival to celebrate the YES marriage equality vote

Roles

Complete production team - production manager, sound engineer, stage managers, and event installation crew

When

16 November 2019

Martin Ollman