Initiated to invigorate Adelaide’s quieter, colder months, the inaugural Umbrella: Winter City Sounds festival will turn up the volume on local music of all genres.
Kicking off today, Music SA’s mixture of open-access shows and curated performances takes place in both traditional music venues and more unconventional spaces such as the Adelaide Zoo, Z Ward, city car parks and trams.
With more than 260 performances across 62 venues, there’s a whole lot to wade through, so we did the grunt work for you. Mark our top 10 picks in your diary.
The Coconut Club
A pop-up musical adventure transforming abandoned CBD spaces into tropical oases. Guests will meet at the Himeji Gardens in the South Parklands before cycling (or getting a lift with Eco Caddy) to an undisclosed location for a mini music festival featuring The Timbers, Mackenzie, Hunt, The Coconut Kids and Paddy Drum.
Hyde Street will close to cars for a celebration of hip-hop. Headlined by Sydney rapper Sampa the Great, and locals Oisima and Abbey Howlett, Root Down is a journey of the genre’s early beginnings in jazz, funk, disco and soul. There’ll also be screen-printing, vinyl/beats/drum workshops, photography and street-art demonstrations.
Naomi Keyte + Band Single Launch
Modern folk artist Naomi Keyte will launch her new single Undertow in the intimate surrounds of The Grace Emily Hotel. Joined by her full band (featuring members of Sparkspitter and Swimming), the singer will preview songs from her forthcoming debut LP.
Electro Live is a showcase of four artists blurring the boundaries of electronic music. Mio, Hummingbird, Zeequil and Luke Carlino will enliven Cinema Place in a performance that will examine the processes and techniques behind the music. Usually just a thoroughfare between Rundle Street and Palace Nova, the laneway will transform into a “public lounge room” with couches, lanterns, rugs, umbrellas and more.
First Fridays at the Art Gallery with Timberwolf
He’s been quiet on the gig front while he writes and records a new album, but homegrown folk star Timberwolf will take time out from the studio to headline Umbrella’s First Friday at the Art Gallery. Enjoy his dulcet tones while taking in a series of SALA exhibitions presenting the work of Catherine Truman, Fiona Hall, Sue Kneebone and Robert Hannaford.
The Tram Sessions
Melbourne’s beloved Tram Sessions are venturing outside Victoria for the first time, as five Adelaide artists unplug for a series of transportive gigs across the city. Jesse Davidson, Ollie English and more will provide the soundtrack to your commute. Don’t be that fool ringing the bell.
Former home for people who were labeled "Criminally Insane", Z Ward will play host to a tribute to Scandinavian metal and drone-rock in the 19th-century Glenside Hospital. The line-up features Melbourne band Horsehunter and local acts Space Bong, CRYPT, Eyes More Skull Than Eyes, and Endless Loss; fitting names for an evening billed as a “winter service of doom and drone to warm one’s cold dead soul”.
Thom Lion & The Tamers EP Launch Party
After hunkering down in the studio earlier this year, Thom Lion & The Tamers are sending their new EP into the world with a launch party at Jive. Sleep Riots follows singles Mess at Best and Fire Escape, which have earned Thom et al national radio play. The hometown show comes off the back of a four-date launch tour. Expect a party.
Presented by Going Steady Music, Wintersteady is a celebration of psych-rock and shoegaze featuring a handpicked selection of Australians bands including Melbourne’s Flyying Colours and local acts The Dunes, Blush Response and St Morris Sinners. This mini psych festival will also feature DJ sets from Three D, Wolf & Cub, Glass Skies and Going Steady.
Guitars in Bars
Run in conjunction with the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Guitars in Bars features some of Adelaide’s top axe players. A festival within a festival, the four-week event will unfold across the state’s pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and exhibition spaces with a series of free and ticketed gigs.