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Umbrella Festival promises to revive SA’s music scene this Winter

Venues and events can now register to participate in Music SA’s Umbrella Festival returning this July. The fest is set to happen from 1-31 July.

Music SA’s popular open-access music initiative Umbrella Festival is returning this year, promising to revive Adelaide’s music scene across the CBD, metropolitan suburbs and regional areas from 1–31 July 2022

Venue and event registrations are now open via the Umbrella Festival website and close on 19 June 2022.

“Music SA is very excited to be delivering another Umbrella Festival at a time when the live music industry in South Australia is recovering from a period of significant trauma and uncertainty,” said Chair of Music SA, John Glenn.

Moshix has also gotten involved as the event’s new official ticketing partner.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Moshtix onboard the Umbrella journey. We are grateful to the SA Government through the Music Development Office and our many corporate, Council and venue partners for keeping the faith in our Festival and our vibrant live music industry,” said John.

COVID-19 restrictions have led to many live music event cancellations – each with a significant knock-on effect. The 2022 festival focuses on providing tangible opportunities for SA live music professionals and helping the recovery of the State’s live music industry.

“UniBar, like all other live music venues, has been running on fumes for the past 2 years with less than half capacity in a seated format most of that time – not ideal conditions for rock and roll gigs!” said UniBar live music booker, Gareth Lewis.

“We’re excited to see Umbrella focus on getting punters back into those venues which are the lifeblood of the live music ecosystem and will be producing some great live shows with the expectation that restrictions on public activity will be a thing of the past. We can’t wait to burn those ‘no dancing’ signs!”

There will also be a shift to an environmentally sustainable, mostly-digital programme in 2022 as well as free venue registrations to assist with the recovery of local live music venues.

This Winter will see Adelaide’s CBD will transform into a loud, playful and colourful city, in line with our Festival State status. With support from the City of Adelaide council, Umbrella Festival will present a program supporting local venues that have struggled over the lengthy pandemic.

“As our industry continues to be devastated by the effects of COVID and restrictions, Umbrella is an important festival to encourage crowds to get out and support artists and venues through the cooler winter months to assist our industry to recover and rediscover the importance of live music,” said Jive venue owner, Tam Boakes.

Venues and performing artists are encouraged to register now to take part in this celebration of our local talent and hospitality.

Despite the many challenges with ever-changing restrictions on singing, dancing and venue capacities last year, Umbrella Festival 2021 proved there is excitement for live music during the colder months with more than 55,000 festival goers visiting 85 venues across South Australia.

As a UNESCO City of Music, Umbrella Festival champions the return of South Australia’s thriving music scene in 2022.

Venue and event registrations for Umbrella Festival 2022 are now open here.

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