Do you feel that change in the air? That bristle of electricity? Festival season is upon us. The Adelaide Fringe Festival – the biggest annual arts festival outside of Edinburgh, with more than 1300 shows this year alone – begins today and runs until March 17.

“To say we are excited about the 2024 season is an understatement,” Fringe CEO Heather Croall said in a statement.

Croall is joined by a trio of ambassadors helping to promote all thing Fringe. They include R’n’B singer Prinnie Stevens, who returns to the festival with volume two of her show Lady Sings the Blues, telling the stories of women who have shaped the history of music; Isaac Humphries, the one openly gay basketballer currently playing in a professional league, whose heartfelt originals and catchy covers in Unearthed tell the story of his personal struggles and triumphs; and Adelaide-bred Adam Liaw, who brings a live version of The Cook Up to Woodville Town Hall.

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Other local talent includes Annabel Crabb, with her one-woman show The Grilling Season; comedians Nazeem Hussain, Joel Creasey, and Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson; and Myf Warhurst and Zan Rowe, who’ll be recording a live episode of their podcast, Bang On.

Elsewhere, experience Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon amid immersive projections in a planetarium-style dome; see 12 theatrical weddings a day with the “irreverent vicars and unruly bridesmaids” of The Inflatable Church on Light Square; and stand in the platform Docs of rave’s early adopters in virtual-reality experience In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats. And, on Saturday February 24, Poppin Out Festival turns Adelaide Gaol into “a temple of love and freedom”, with performances from Sneaky Sound System, drag royalty Anetra and Kween Kong, and heaps more.

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