Loosen your fun pants, it’s Adelaide festival season. Can’t decide what to spend your cold, hard cash on during Mad February and March? These are our top picks.
Grace Jones is an enigmatic performer and a living legend. The fact that you can see her at Adelaide Festival is mind-boggling. She is a trailblazer and trendsetter – popularising ‘performance-art’ into pop music before it became mainstream. Her stage-show will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. 28 February, Elder Park.
Jackson Polley, graphic designer and writer.
The Architects of Air
It is your barefoot, music-filled, nature-soaked mood reset for the year. Art, wine, food and community-minded revellers sharing in the joy of music. Hit WOMAD from 9 to 12 March. I’m particularly looking forward to The Architects of Air’s new inflated luminarium and The Manganiyar Seduction from India.
Mahalia Tanner, social media content coordinator.
If you’ve ever found yourself questioning life choices at 3am as you drop limp bits of lettuce down your front from the half-eaten kebab while you drunk text your ‘just a friend’ for a garlic-themed booty call, Fleabag is the show for you. Viciously unflinching, complicated and compelling, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge speaks a truth rarely divulged, revelling in the funny, sad and hyper-sexed morass of attempted adulting. 27 February to 18 March, Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Kirstie Forbes, digital editor.
It’s a Sin
Is it just us or is Gluttony getting better every year? In addition to Jackson vs Jackson (Michael and Janet Jackson hits performed by The Gospo Collective), local funny man Mickey D was tasked with curating the world’s best comedians to fill the Adelaide Fringe hub’s 12 venues this year. There’s also a zombie zone and a new cocktail bar. MoMA’s sommelier will manage the beverages.
Katie Spain, editor.
First Class Cabaret
Frankly (Nicole O’Rielley) is coming to the Fringe after a sold-out Cabaret Festival season last year with her show Publicly Private: The Introvert Cabaret. Expect Björk-esque vocals, honest stories of life, incredible outfits, and swearing. Frankly is all the good bits of festival season. 21 February to 11 March at the Crown and Anchor Hotel.
Caitlin Tait, writer.
Floating Gigs and Touch of Drag
A nod of respect to local lass Emma Knights who works her posterior off to bring events to Adelaide that challenge us. There’s Floating Melodies on The Popeye, the curation of a new Fringe venue at the National Wine Centre, and a family-friendly Fringe week at the Woodville Town Hall featuring musicals and unusual concerts (think walking through a maze to find the gig). Brilliant. You’ll also find me soaking up words at Adelaide Writers’ Week and ogling towering London drag queen Gingzilla at Gluttony.
Katie Spain, editor.
Hans: If You Don’t Love Me… Leave
Wit as sharp as a sequined switch blade, production value out the butt (or in depending on how you like it), and all the tunes to keep you singing and dancing for however long the ticket price gets him performing for. 27 February to 18 March, Gluttony.
Aaron Nassau, digital video content director.
I love everything about Fabulous February and Mad March. My absolute pick is the four days of WOMADelaide. Why travel the world at this time of the year, when the world comes to us? Arrive early on the Friday night, find a shady spot, claim it, meet your friendly festival neighbours and let’s get this party started! Shoes off. Glitter on. Be ready for a cultural jolt of music, art, food and dance that will transport you to India, Syria, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cuba, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Ghana, Iceland, the United States and beyond.
Mikyla Gilbert, creative director.
When Harry Met Willy
When Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe open the show, you know you’re in for a fun time. The Arkaba hosts Will Metzer and his big band for a night of Harry Connick Jr classics and original compositions. Will’s piano and singing skills are known around the world. To start off the evening, you’re in for a treat with Break the Ice Entertainment’s popular guests Marilyn and Doris. Then settle in for a night of timeless tracks to take you back. 4 and 8 March, Top of the Ark at Arkaba Hotel.
Ellen Morgan, deputy editor.
Keep your eyes peeled for artist Lindy Lee’s six-metre-high Life of Stars sculpture on North Terrace as part of the Adelaide Biennial and Adelaide Festival. She’ll also work with Adelaide Fringe to create a moving image. Art Gallery of South Australia, mid-February to 3 June.
Katie Spain, editor.
What are you looking forward to seeing this festival season? Let us know in the comments, below.