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The Garden Of Unearthly Delights 2014

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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre
Entry to the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Image by writer.


The best thing about the Adelaide Fringe festival has to be its heart and soul: the Garden of Unearthly Delights. From humble beginnings with just one tent in 2000, the number of venues inside the Garden has grown to 11.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
The 2014 Fringe poster. Image by writer.


The Garden is the place to be when Fringe time comes around. This year's massive line-up features Cal Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, Dan Sultan, James Reyne, Josh Pike, Limbo, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, Heath Franklin, Tom Gleeson, Wil Anderson and Dave Hughes to name a few.

The Garden offers a range of comedy, music, cabaret, circus and physical theatre to suit all ages and budgets. If you're short on cash the Bank SA free concerts (Thursday to Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Bandstand) offer a great sample of what's on offer. This year the Wau Wau Sisters, Nath Valvo, EastEnd Cabaret, Asher Treleaven and Mickey D will grace the stage.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
The Garden is quite a spectacle at night. Image by writer.


The Garden is not only a nocturnal venue. The Garden sessions feature an abundance of home-grown sounds every Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 4pm at the Bandstand.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
The Umbrella Revolution features Mr Snot-Bottom, Swamp Juice, Dave Hughes, Eddie Ifft and Phatcave this year. Image by writer.


Even if you don't want to see a show it's great to wander amongst the magical circus tents and odd assortment of temporary structures and pavilions. You never know, the humorous spruikers outside may convince you to buy some tickets.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
The 'Campanile' tent is one of the smaller venues and features more intimate comedy and cabaret. Image by writer.


You can buy something from one of the many interesting stalls, check out the amusement rides, have a drink at one of the bars, watch some buskers, or get a bite to eat at the variety of food stalls which have some healthy and vegetarian options.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
I enjoyed some cocktails and the splendid view from the top level of this Double decker bus last year. Image by writer.


The Garden of Unearthly Delights is open from the 14th of February to the 16th of March 2014.

How to purchase tickets:

1. Online at FringeTix, or
2. From box offices in Rundle Mall, East End or Norwood, or from Adelaide Central Plaza, Arndale, Burnside, Marion and TTP shopping centres, or
3. At the Garden ticket booth to the LHS of the main entry, or from ticket booths inside.

Entrance to the garden is free, however if you leave you'll have to join the queue to get back in.

Adelaide Fringe festival The Garden of Unearthly Delights Rymill Park East terrace Adelaide Gluttony Bank SA free concerts The Garden sessions comedy music cabaret circus physical theatre Cal Wilson Hannah Gadsby Dan Sultan James Reyne Josh Pike Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen Heath Franklin Tom Gleeson Wil Anderson Dave Hughes Sam Simmons Charlie Pickering
I love soaking up the carnival like atmosphere of the Garden under the fairy lights as the sun goes down on a balmy Adelaide evening. Image by writer.


What is your favourite experience in the Garden? Feel free to leave a comment.
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Why? Because frenzied February and mad March is Adelaide’s best time of year!
When: Feb 14 to March 16, 2014
Phone: 1300 621 255 to book tickets
Where: Rundle Park, East terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free entry. Cost of shows varies.
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Very timely James! I have updated my Royal Croquet Club article to link here.
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