Adelaide Festival

The Summerhouse returns in 2022 as Adelaide Festival’s hub and Festival Club

With an exciting line-up of events drawing crowds to the beautiful riverbank precinct in SA’s balmy autumn for the 2022 Adelaide Festival, there’s plenty to look forward to.

With an exciting line-up of events drawing crowds to the beautiful riverbank precinct in SA’s balmy autumn for the 2022 Adelaide Festival, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The Summerhouse is returning, allowing punters to be wowed by Australian entertainment royalty.

Located on the fall of land between the Festival Theatre and the Dunstan Playhouse, The SummerHouse is the Festival’s home and hub for a three-year period, after launching in 2021.

The design consists of a distinctive tessellated facade, which at night evolves into a graphically illuminated beacon. Structurally, the pavilion adopts construction methods involving a kit-of-parts that consist of scaffolding and a modular fabric facade. This allows the building elements to be reassembled annually for the 17 day festival.

Pop-princess-turned-soul-queen Kate Ceberano, and quirky, bittersweet The Whitlams are headed back to SA to perform at Summerhouse, plus the likes of Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Genesis Owusu, Josh Cohen, Connan Mockasin, Montaigne, Ladyhawke, Babe Rainbow, Client Liaison, Isaiah Firebrace and plenty more in an enticing and eclectic mix of popular genres.

Summerhouse musicians and bands confirmed to date include:

  • Soul, future-funk and jazz, gospel, R&B and hip-hop tunes by virtuosic keyboardist, composer and producer Billy Davis, backed by 11-member band The Good Lords;
  • Psychedelic pop-based rock from New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin;
  • Melbourne four-piece punk rock band Amyl and the Sniffers, led by ‘human firework’ Amy Taylor;
  • Jazz pianist extraordinaire and former AF Artistic Director Paul Grabowsky together with the unique soulful sounds of Ngaiire in an event that combines jazz standards and re-orchestrated songs from her new album 3;
  • Multifaceted pianist and recipient of over 8 million online views, Josh Cohen who has the band’s blessing to reinterpret the best of Radiohead, along with a live visual response from artist Joshua Batty of art/technology studio Mindbuffer;
  • Genre-hopping ‘showman savant’ Genesis Owusu encompassing jazz, hip-hop, no wave and post-gospel soul;
  • Australia’s 2021 Eurovision representative Montaigne with her trademark powerhouse vocals;
  • Electronica pop from Melbourne-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Running Touch;
  • Infectious indie pop from Ladyhawke sharing tunes from her fourth album, Time Flies;
  • Mind-expanding and meditative psych-rock from Byron Bay beach lovers Babe Rainbow;
  • Nostalgic dance sounds, elaborate costumes and multisensory dance ballads from keyboardist Harvey Miller and frontman Monte Morgan who together are Client Liaison;
  • The world’s most-streamed First Nations pop artist and stage companion of Jessica Mauboy, Isaiah Firebrace with an evening of original songs including his brand-new single, You;
  • Kate Ceberano showcasing her evolution from pop princess to soul and jazz queen via ten covers and two new tracks from her 2021 album, Sweet Inspiration;
  • Spiderbait stalwart KRAM who teases a touring yarn or two alongside songs that have inspired and shaped his musical career in a solo show, Alone with You;
  • Raucous six-piece band Northeast Party House with contagious melodies and booming bass build-ups;
  • Two concerts paying homage respectively to Dr Dre and Daft Punk from interstellar party-music masters Alternative Symphony, complete with light show;
  • The ultimate closing night experience from The Whitlams with the debut of their long-awaited newest album Sancho;
  • Late-night deck spinning throughout the Festival for those who just need to keep the party going a little longer from HMC, Stafford Brothers and TV Rock, K.I.M. and The Jawbreakers, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Dr Packer and Mel Hall, John Course and Vinyl Destination

Enter The SummerHouse from Elder Park on King William Road.

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