The Lab Opening Weekend

Fri 12th February, 2021 – Sat 13th February, 2021
The Lab at Light
63 Light Square, Adelaide
Price: $26.50
Adelaide’s new live music and arts space in a 150-year-old CBD building raises the curtain this weekend.

The CBD’s new multi-genre music and arts venue The Lab opens this weekend with performances over two days by multi-instrumentalist Adam Page, hip hop artist Dysp0ra, singer Carla Lippis, producer DJ Tr!p, and more.

The digitally immersive performance space – lined with 50-square-metres of LED video screens that can “transport the artists and audiences to any place, real or imagined” – will feature visuals by Max Brading and Chris Petridis.

The Lab is the first space to open inside Light, a multi-faceted arts and hospitality hub (including a restaurant, cafe and outdoor bar) in a 150-year-old four-storey site on Light Square.

Founders and philanthropists Nick and Sophie Dunstone bought the heritage-listed property early last year with the intention of making a significant contribution to the arts community. “This will be a place to unleash the creativity of South Australians and connect them with the best opportunities and technology available,” says Nick.

As well as live shows, The Lab will provide a space for experimentation so artists can play with new ideas and develop new work. “We want the venue to be an available, accessible and comfortable space where new work is commissioned and people come to play with tech that hasn't been on offer before,” says curator and Music SA chair Anne Wiberg.

The concept will double as a training ground, providing education and mentor programs to people looking to work in the arts and hospitality.

Along with the opening weekend, The Lab has announced its first run of shows including hip hop and soul singer Elsy Wameyo, Melbourne electronic producer Roland Tings, South Australian Playwrights Theatre’s part exhibition, part musical, part theatre production Deep North, and a 24-hour show performed by multi-instrumentalist Adam Page.

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