The festival state is adding another event to its calendar: an all ages, family friendly boutique festival with top quality food and wine and an impressive line-up.
Paul Dempsey, Dallas Frasca and BONJAH, amongst others will be playing at Glenelg on October 5th for Follow The Sun Festival.
The licensed festival founded by David Elmes (Publican at The Watermark, Glenelg) is promising a ‘backyard bbq’ vibe without the hassles of long queues and with a commitment to high standard hospitality.
Regan Lethbridge of BONJAH is looking forward to playing the brand new festival in iconic Glenelg on the October long weekend.
“We reckon it’s a great idea,” he said. “I saw a picture of the site the other day and it looks like a beautiful spot and something great to do on a Sunday.”
With a line-up of some of Australia’s most talented and a beautiful location, Lethbridge said the band jumped at the chance to play.
“Paul Dempsey is a song writing god and Dallas Frasca always puts on a great show so I think it’s a really good line-up. We’ve never done a festival in Adelaide so that’s really cool. Ticket price is really good too,” he said.
The band, who are currently touring are also heading to Adelaide this month to play at Pirie Social Club to promote their new album Beautiful Wild.
The Melbourne based band who came over from New Zealand to pursue their music career love Adelaide and any reason to play here.
“We’ve toured Adelaide a few times. We love it there. We’ve played Jive a couple of times and we’ve played The Gov but everyone keeps saying what a cool little venue Pirie Social Club is so we can’t wait,” he said.
The high school friends, who moved to Australia in 2006 with nothing but backpacks and guitars struggled to find a gig so they played on the street selling albums.
Their unique sound attracted the right attention and they built a loyal following selling tens of thousands of records independently.
Beautiful Wild, their third studio album charted at number two on the AIR charts and number 41 on the ARIA charts and is an evolution from their original sound.
“Our sound’s evolved from the old roots/reggae to more blues/rock and roll for the third record. It’s a bit more upbeat,” Lethbridge said.
“Touring the album has been incredible and the shows have been off the charts. It’s just a really fun album to play live. The record was made relatively quickly and we love it.”
BONJAH started out as Bonjahbango until the band realised no one could spell it and they dropped the ‘bango’ to become BONJAH.
Regardless of whether they have bango or not, they have a fantastic sound so check them out at Pirie Social Club on August 30.
And pick up tickets for Follow The Sun Festival through Oztix to support what looks like an awesome event at Glenelg.
Story by Libby Parker
More info: http://www.followthesunfestival.com