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Music Festivals in Adelaide

There’s nothing better than a music festival to get your toes tapping and your heart pumping. Well, there might be something better … going to a music festival in Adelaide! Known for its wine culture and superb food, the city has so much to offer that a music event only enhances its reputation further.

If you’re trying to choose a city to live, study or holiday in, give some serious consideration to Adelaide, especially if you like food, wine and music.

Adelaide music festivals that offer more than just music

Like a bit of culture with your music? Adelaide knows how to turn it on with these incredible events that will make your head spin with the variety of performances and things to see and do!

So Frenchy So Chic (Jan)

It’s a French pop garden party with an all-female line-up and it’s family-friendly … all the Fs!! So Frenchy So Chic brings French pop singers to Adelaide for an experience of the Gallic kind. Kids love the ambience too because there are activities for all ages, from face painting and lawn croquet to petanque games and even the making of gorgeous flower garlands to wear. Prepare your tastebuds for some exquisite French foods. Do you like cheese? There’ll be cheeseboards like you’ve never seen. Charcuterie platters and raclette will tempt you and the aroma of crepes will waft through the air. Don’t forget the Champagne! Mon dieu, you can’t have cheese without Champagne. You can even order from a variety of hampers and pick it up when you arrive. Because So Frenchy So Chic is a picnic-style event, you should take along your outdoor chairs or a lovely blanket, and of course, a shady umbrella.

WOMADelaide (Mar)

Held in Botanic Park, WOMADelaide is an iconic, 4-day open-air festival that attracts approximately 20,000 enthusiastic people every day. Kids are welcome and more than one third of those who attend come from interstate and overseas. Across seven stages, a bill of 500 artists fills the air with music. Hear an Aboriginal women’s choir, traditional folk singers from abroad, Celtic bands, country music, brass bands, African singer-percussionists and so much more.

Yakka Park Music Festival (Apr)

You can camp onsite at this 3-day event or head in each day if you prefer. People come from all across the country to attend the Yakka Park Music Festival and for those who arrive for the first time, the scene is a revelation. It’s held in the iconic ‘Elad’ shed, famous for being the site of the South East Field Days festival. Go along if you love country and rock music, comedy and kicking your heels up. The Sunday always features gospel music as part of the entertainment.

South Australian Country Music Festival and Awards (Jun)

They call it the ‘friendly festival’ because so many people attend every year, it’s like meeting up with old friends again. The South Australian Country Music Festival is the largest and most prestigious in the state. It centres around the town of Barmera, 200 kilometres north east of Adelaide, but some events are held in venues in the local area. Don’t miss the yodelling and comedy concert and the whip cracking competition. Life Membership, Hall of Fame and SA Awards of Excellence are given out during the festival.

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Serious music events where you can get your fix

Whatever your preferred musical flavour, there’s a festival for that in Adelaide!

Sounds by the River (Jan)

Settle in on the banks of the Murray River for an outdoor rock music festival that showcases the waterway. Sounds by the River’s headline act is local Adelaide boy, Jimmy Barnes. You’ll also find other well-known acts that fill out the bill, making the day an exciting event for all who attend. This Adelaide music festival is a multi-award winner so don’t miss it.

Coriole Music Festival (May)

Established in 1999, the Coriole Music Festival is held over two days and features chamber music. Some of Australia’s finest musicians perform there and it’s a great place to take in acts you would never ordinarily get to see. Meals and wine are included in the ticket prices.

Umbrella Winter Sounds Festival (Jul)

This is an open access festival that runs over two weeks and provides attendees with a veritable smorgasbord of live music performances. The kind of music you can expect to hear at the Umbrella Winter Sounds Festival includes rock, hip hop, spoken word, pop, swing, jazz, blues, covers and more. Venues are throughout Adelaide’s CBD and metropolitan area.

Adelaide Guitar Festival (Aug)

Guitar aficionados always make a point of going along to the Adelaide Guitar Festival. It’s a four-day biennial festival that features jazz, folk, rock, blues, roots, experimental and classical music.

Deep South Blues Festival (Nov)

If blues and roots float your boat then the Deep South Blues Festival will be just the ticket. Over three days and 10 venues, you’ll get to sit in on performances by more than 40 artists. The little township of Port Noalunga embraces its ‘boutique style’ festival status and welcomes blues lovers from all around.

Folk festivals for those who love their music ‘down-home’

Chill out and take it easy; let the cool vibes wash over you and take you away to a peaceful, happy place.

Frances Folk Gathering (Feb)

It might be small but it’s meaningful. The Frances Folk Gathering is a little way outside of Adelaide, on the Victorian/South Australian border but for those who attend, the trek is worth it. Everywhere you look, there are buskers performing and impromptu jams happening. Participation is the essence of this festival and even those who have never stepped up to a microphone are welcome to sing or play an instrument. Aside from the music, there are folksy activities to enjoy too. Art displays, poetry readings and lots of workshops will keep boredom light years away.

Fleurieu Folk Festival (Oct)

For three days, the pretty township of Willunga in the state’s premier wine region is the setting for a wonderful folk music festival. At least 50 acts from the local area, interstate and overseas get their time on stage, to the delight of the enraptured audiences. Expect to hear Celtic, Americana, roots, bluegrass, contemporary folk, acoustic and musical theatre. There’s also poetry, blackboard concerts and children’s entertainment at the Fleurieu Folk Festival.


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