Semaphore is one of the most popular beachside suburbs in Adelaide, having a laid back feel without seeming desperate for a dollar. It's also home to several large festivals including the Semaphore Street Fair, and the hugely popular Semaphore Music Festival - enjoying its tenth birthday this year.
The Semaphore Music Festival is held over the October long weekend from Friday October 3 to Monday October 6. More than sixty acts will offer family entertainment on the Semaphore Foreshore Reserve and in venues all about Semaphore. There's live music to suit pretty much all musical tastes - country, jazz and blues, rockabilly and folk music.
A Large Crowd Enjoys the Family Entertainment at Semaphore
On Friday night the festival kicks off with a funky Blue Ball at the iconic Semaphore Palais ballroom with The Dirty Roots band featuring Snooks La Vie, Nick Kipridis and Billy Bob.
The Semaphore Foreshore Reserve will be the place to catch many of the bands on Saturday and Sunday with around 30 bands playing between 12-8pm. Entertainers include Kaurna Cronin and Sam Brittain (recently returned from European tours) with Koral, Dexter Jones, Filthy Lucre, and The Weeping Willows from Melbourne.
The Perenially Popular Semaphore Carousel in the Semaphore Amusement Park
The entire reserve was packed last year, and there will be multiple stages again giving you a broad choice of live music. Don't forget to bring the young ones along as there's plenty of kids' activities and family entertainment, and the Semaphore Amusement Park is a short walk away too. Have all the fun of the Royal Adelaide Show for a fraction of the price with the sideshows, rides and waterslide, and the amazing Semaphore Carousel.
Semaphore has some fantastic restaurants such as the El Toro Espanol tapas bar, but if you want something a little less formal you will find a fleet of food trucks including La Chiva, ChurrOz and Moorish Bites (Vegetarian) at the Semaphore Foreshore Reserve. Alternatively grab some locally caught fish and chips, and eat them on the jetty while seagulls valiantly try to steal them from your hand.
La Chiva, One of the Popular Food Trucks in Adelaide
People wanting to take a little music home with them can visit the Semaphore Record Fair at St Bedes Hall on Monday from 10am – 4pm. Who knows you may even find a funky quadrasonic sound record that was so popular in the 70's.
Local music has always been encouraged at the Semaphore Music Festival through the Semaphore Songs Project, and local musician Kelly Menhennett will join singer songwriters in composing and performing an original Semaphore Song at the Semaphore RSL Club on Monday October 6. It's a good place to keep in mind if you want a great value meal too.
Also on Monday at the Semaphore Foreshore Reserve tap your toes to rockabilly with the Jam Jets, Dead Lucky, The Villenettes, The Saucermen, and The Silverados. Back at the Semaphore Palais ballroom the closing party from 5pm will be entertained by The Lincolns and The Satellites, and promises to be a fantastic finale.
Like the Semaphore Street Fair and other Semaphore events, the Semaphore Music Festival is all about having a top time. Kick off your shoes and dance the night away, sing along to the music, or have a romantic evening with a good friend - the choice is yours. Children will have a ball with all the kids' activities, and you will probably be looking forward to a quiet day at work after this action packed long weekend.
For more about the Semaphore Music Festival see the website, or browse the program here. You can also find them on Facebook. Tickets for the Semaphore Foreshore Reserve concerts start at $10 per adult for one day, kids' under 16 are free, and there are other concessions too.
If you're on a tight budget you will find several of the local pubs have free performances too. Don't let your finances frighten you from these fantastic Semaphore events - just enjoy.