Handpicked is one of the premiere South Australian festivals and this year they’ve managed to knock it out of the park with their stellar lineup and confirmed changes. Best of all, it’s on this weekend, and the weather is set to be gorgeous!
Last years festival was filled with enthusiastic crowds that flooded the bars causing slow service. Well, the team behind Handpicked have listened to the feedback and the Barrel Bar has been doubled and so has the staff on service.
The Barrel Bar, which is created out of a five-metre high wall of vintage wine barrels, will also swap plastic cups for reusable and recyclable Globelets. The festivals Cocktail Forest has also been extended to a 12 metre bar to cope with demand.
Handpicked organiser, Kate Cooper assures us that there’ll be delicious cocktails and wines on offer alongside the ‘The Food Garden’ where various different trucks will be available for treats.
“There will be something for everyone with catering from SA favourites, Let Them Eat, Staazi & Co, The Pasta Guy, Squid Inc., Clark Street Catering and sweet treats from PōPSICOOL,” said Kate.
These changes are necessary since they’ve announced their biggest line up to date, with five-time ARIA winners Boy and Bear, electro-pop siblings Broods, indie sensation Ball Park Music, powerhouse Vera Blue, and compelling singer song-writer Alex Lahey.
They will all take to the stage at the festival on Saturday November 10 at Langhorne Creek’s Lake Breeze Wines.
In even bigger news, this will be the only 2018 show for rockers Boy and Bear, who are busy working on their new album. They took out an ARIA for Album of the Year will enchant the crowds with songs off albums Moonfire, Harlequin Dream and Limits of Love.
Joining Boy and Bear will be punchy, deliciously dramatic, electro pop siblings, Broods, who are embracing a sunny, new vibe with
new track, Peach.
After spending the past few years in LA, the Kiwi duo, comprised of Georgia and Caleb Nott, have bust back onto the global music scene, preparing to tour New Zealand alongside Taylor Swift.
Brisbane band, Ball Park Music, will bring a blend of indie rock and pop to the line up, with hits Exactly How You Are and It’s Nice to Be Alive.
Also headlining the festival is singer-songwriter, Vera Blue, who has seamlessly synthesised from her folk past to a bold, electronic pop
future, with her new, groundbreaking record, Perennial.
The 24-year-old, known for her heartbreak anthems and feminist empowerment, will be sure to get the mosh pit moving with
album tracks, Lady Powers, Regular Touch and Magazine.
Compelling, Melbourne singer song-writer, Alex Lahey, will bring her catchy, guitar-driven hooks to the line up, with hits You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me, and Every Day’s The Weekend.
Indie-pop rockers, The Sundance Kids, along with soul singer, Neon Tetra, Ollie English and Laura Hill finish off the list and will play to
their home crowds in Adelaide.
The boutique festival is a complete sensory experience, showcasing Lake Breeze’s award-winning wines, food trucks serving delicious
local produce and a range of local arts, crafts, jewelry and homewares at The Lane.
Festivalgoers can party well into the night with at the tent city, with space for up to 1000 campers and even an opportunity for some to indulge in glamping.
And if you’re after a VIP experience – this is like nothing else we’ve seen pop up at an event.
Festival goers can watch Australia’s top bands from the best seats in the house, with Handpicked launching its new, Cellar Door Premium Space, boasting a double decker bus bar with roof top viewing.
Nestled amongst Lake Breeze’s hundred-year-old gum treesand positioned at the side of the stage, the new cellar door offers a private, furnished, bohemian space, personal bathrooms and private bar.
“The year we have chosen a brand new location for our cellar door and created a space where guests can soak up the magic of Handpicked, relax with friends and not have to worry about queues or lining up.
“The double decker bus bar is truly one of a kind… It has a viewing platform metres above the ground, which allows guests to overlook the trees and have an amazing view of the Lake Breeze grounds as well as the stage,” said Handpicked organiser Kate Cooper.
For those after the ultimate Handpicked experience, the premium cellar door pass provides entry into the festival, five complimentary drinks and gourmet catering by theOl Factory Inn for $200 per person.
Guest will also have the chance to rub shoulders with Handpicked’s VIP’s, with Adelaide’s very own Laura Jade Stone, Elise Cook and The Bachelorette’s Ali Oetjen attending the cellar door.
Want to get your hands on tickets stat? Head to handpickedfestival.com for info.