Mad March will be madder than hell next year!

With The Fringe usually stealing the headlines every summer, its more classier cousin the Adelaide Festival of Arts has stamped its arrival on the upcoming festival season with a diverse line-up that will satisfy contemporary music lovers, movie fans and generally anyone who likes shiny bright lights in the sky!

As the organisers declared at this week’s launch at the Adelaide Oval, the festival is “elite but not elitist”, the proof is in the program. 2015 will include some awesome artists we’re familiar with, some weird shit we’re gonna love, plus the largest & most ambitious outdoor show Adelaide has ever seen!

Here’s a guide to the best of the fest in 2015:

The Buzz

First up – Blinc! Remember the name because it’ll be all your mates and social media will be talking about in a few months time. Who didn’t love that light show on buildings on North Terrace a few years back? Well it’s back, kinda. Times 100! As Festival Artistic Director David Sefton called it, this will be “Northern Lights on steroids!”

Set on the Adelaide Riverbank and featuring 20 of the best digital artists in the world, the immersive 3D laser, light and sound spectacular will turn the Torrens and the surrounding skyline into a sensory wonderland every single night of the festival!

Fans of Barrio, the Persian Gardens and the Royal Croquet Club from past years’ festival seasons will love the new hotspot, the Blinc Bar in Elder Park which will give us all a front row seat to Blinc. And best thing – it’ll be free!

The Biz

A big part of the Festival is theatre & artistic dance – not always our cup of tea, but that changes in 2015. Fresh927 listeners will be treated to a number of artists on our radar. DJ Kid Koala is well-known to audiences of Freakin’ It, The Lesson and Dancehall ‘N Ting. He’s teamed up with Oscar nominated production designer KK Barrett (I Heart Huckabees, Where The Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich) to produce Nufonia Must Fall – a story about an out-of-work robot and a lonely girl. It’s part theatre & part movie featuring awesome music, puppets, go-pros, a turntable and live string instruments. It promises to be one of the coolest things you’ve seen in this town since cronuts!

Fela! The Concert is a celebration of the life & music of Afrobeat and world music pioneering superstar Fela Kuti. The concert features a 10 piece band plus the original singers and dancers from the hugely successful stint on Broadway, straight outta NYC! Fela’s powerful music and lyrics will be familiar to fans of The Joint and Beats ‘N’ Pieces on Fresh.

Other musical highlights include the electro post-rock sounds of UK legends Mogwai making their first Adelaide appearance in 13 years and English electro-rock veterans 65daysofstatic.

Unsound is back for another year, showcasing the best of noise, drone and experimental music, plus presents their Late Sessions featuring a host of DJs and mixmasters every night.

The Cool

Now if you wanna be cooler than your friends and get on a good thing early then my tip for the Festival is a bunch of French acrobats doing gravity-defying tricks inspired by ancient Moroccan acrobatics! It’s called Azimut. Check it!

The Popcorn

In an unusual twist, the Adelaide Festival is delivering for moive buffs, with the announcement that Grammy and Emmy award-winning Hollywood composer Danny Elfman will present the music from the movies of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton! Elfman and Burton have worked together for years on classics such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, the original Batman films, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory just to name a few.

Plus fans of old-school Michael Caine films such as The Italian Job, Alfie and Get Carter can re-live the swinging music that inspired the new cinematic era of the Sixties in “Blow the Bloody Doors Off!!” Featuring the music of Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins, the show is packed full of swinging tracks from a 26 piece band and hosted by Phill Jupitus from the TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

The Lowdown

2015 Adelaide Festival runs from 27 February to 15 March 2015

Program is out now. Tickets on sale here

For bookworms and thinkers, the Festival also includes Adelaide Writers’ Week 28 February to 5 March


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