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Bands On Track, Live Music in Adelaide (Image: Helen Page Photography)


Festivals in Adelaide reach a peak during summer, and as we head into our wet and wild winter they slowly fade away. That's all set to change this year, with the birth of the Umbrella Adelaide Live Music Festival to entice you out of your home.

Umbrella Adelaide is the brainchild of Music SA, the state's not-for-profit organisation fostering the South Australia's music scene. With funding from Arts South Australia, the state government wants to bring more people and business into the city during winter, and we all to benefit from this cultural largesse.

Perhaps the funding is also reparation for the damage to the live music scene caused by the needless destruction of the 130 year old original Jade Monkey venue, now turned into a little used car park by the Hines Group?

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South Australian Music Awards 2015 (Image: Andre Castellucci)


The Umbrella Adelaide Festival will bring more than two hundred gigs across a diverse range of musical genres to sixty venues in Adelaide. What is particularly interesting is that this music festival is partly curated by Music SA, part open access like the Adelaide Fringe Festival. As General Manager of Music SA Lisa Bishop says, "What I love about Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is that there is something for everyone: from hip hop to classical, from rock to jazz and beyond, from 5 year olds to 95 year olds - everyone can find a way to enjoy live music in and around Adelaide."

Umbrella Adelaide brings music to the people. But importantly it also includes events that will attract people who don't normally go out to live music venues in Adelaide. Some free events will even bring the music to you!

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Lowrider, Coming to the Newest Music Festival in Adelaide (Image: Helen Page)


Rather than relying on traditional venues, unconventional spaces will be brought to life during Umbrella Adelaide including the Adelaide Zoo, the infamous Z Ward asylum at Glenside, city car parks, Adelaide Railway Station, and Rundle Mall shoppers will also get free live music entertainment too.

Music SA has commissioned 17 emerging entrepreneurs to create live music experiences in line with their own artistic visions, hoping to use this to grow a thriving festival and industry. One of the music festival highlights is a daytime hip-hop mini festival called The Warm Up. It comes from The Hilltop Hoods' label Golden Era Records, and is hosted by beatboxing sensation Tom Thum .

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Setting Up a Live Music Event at the iconic The Jade


Other highlights include the first appearance outside of Victoria for Melbourne's hugely successful Tram Sessions, exclusive never before heard compositions by virtuosic future-jazz wizards Ross McHenry, Adam Page and Matt Sheens at Grainger Studios, and karaoke for kids at The Gov with a live band called So You Think You Can Sing Along.

One of my favourites will be the AMC Sessions & SA Hall of Fame at iconic live music venue The Jade on Friday July 29.

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Radio Spectacular @ Rocket Bar Adelaide (Image: Helen Page)


Umbrella Adelaide runs from Friday July 15 until Sunday August 7 2016, and the program is out already. You can find a printed version on the streets, but techno lovers will just use the Umbrella Winter City Sounds app or search the Umbrella Festival program online.

Get in early before bookings are filled for the popular events - head to the Umbrella Adelaide Live Music Festival website, find this fantastic Adelaide festival on Facebook or even on Instagram if that's your thing. It's set to be the best festival in Adelaide to find Australian contemporary music, and a warming winter treat.

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Where: Adelaide, SA
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