Celebrating its fifteenth year with another stellar line up, the Semaphore Music Festival will once again take over live music venues of the west from 4-7 October.
The annual festival kicks off the weekend with a hot opening night at the Semaphore Workers Club featuring legendary crooner Andy Seymour Hot Buttered Soul with Adelaide’s dream super group comprising guest vocalist Urszula White, accompanied by James Muller, Con Delo, Brad Polain and Paul White, and supported by Courtney Robb & Snooks La Vie.
Saturday night will see a double header hit Semaphore Workers Club when local legends The Streamliners with psycho-billy team up with NSW trio 19-Twenty, who are making their Adelaide debut. And then from 11am from Sunday, the line-up includes Kelly Menhennett, Ollie English, Oh Lion, SEABASS, Fleur Green & the Keepers, Susan Lily & the Gorgeous Cowboys, Horse Lords, Cherry Pickers, Nobody’s Sweethearts, Born on Monday Choir, Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society with Comedian Lori Bell as MC.
Sunday and Monday is spread across two stages with two bars fully stocked with Coopers beer and local wines, and new multicultural food court Flourish in Mundy Street offering delicious sustenance to keep everyone rocking. And of course, the Hart Beat Market returns with art installations, vintage fashion and quirky stalls in the Packing Shed. There will be weaving and ukulele workshops too, so you can strum along or have a yarn while you learn to weave.
Monday winds up the festival in style with the inaugural Down by the River event, which celebrates UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. Down By The River will see Jack Buckskin performing the Kaurna Welcome to Country before internationally acclaimed Aboriginal singer songwriter Frank Yamma appears alongside important Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists who will share their culture through storytelling, song writing and dance, featuring Vonda Last, Corey Theatre, the MERRg, Eddie Peters & Friends, Dhungala Baarka, and Of Desert & Sea Dance with Comedian MC Joshua Warrior keeping the tide high and the deadly vibes rolling.
And this year, punters can pick up special Season Gold Star Ticket which gets you entry into all shows at the Semaphore Workers Club, Hart’s Mill Flour Shed on Sunday and the inaugural Down by the River project on Monday. Gold Star Tickets are limited, so get in quick!
In true western suburbs style, pub rock rules the long weekend as hotels, clubs and venues in the area curate their own amazing shows and events to get into the spirit.
Semaphore Music Festival Creative Producer and founder Debra Thorsen said the 2019 SMF is the most special program yet.
“This year, more than ever, we are celebrating local, live music with some impressive interstate flavour thrown in to mix it up,” she said. “And Down by the River is an excellent opportunity to honour language, music and culture and truly celebrate UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. It is an honour to work with these artists and I feel humbled and moved listening to their stories and songs.”
The team at SMF are looking ahead to a fun and exciting weekend with plenty of special things to do for all ages; you might even spot a dolphin while paddling a boat along the Port River.
More program announcements and set times to come.
Visit www.semaphoremusicfestival.com for tickets and further information.