5 Highlights of the Umbrella Festival 2022

Umbrella Festival is an open-air live music festival held annually in South Australia during the winter.

Presented by Music SA, the aim of the festival is to champion the local and national music scene while keeping SA buzzing through the colder months.

Umbrella Festival hosts hundreds of events across the state that people register via their websiteas well as hosting their own shows for audiences to engage with.

Here are their Top 5 organized events coming up in July, created by some of SA’s cultural superstars.

Umbrella Festival Opening Night

For the first time, the Umbrella Festival Opening Night (July 1) event will be held at four venues across Adelaide City, with each event being free.

NOLA will host an acoustic folk and jazz alley night hosted by local troubadour Aidan ‘Jazzy’ Jones.

The Crown and Anchor will turn into a boisterous affair of psych rock and delicious riffs thanks to Going Steady Music.

The Grace Emily will play pub rock and country belts handpicked by the wonderful Cookie Baker.

And Jive will sing indie rock songs brought together by a very special guest.

Voices of First Nations

This live show at Nexus (July 8) is a round-robin concert featuring three Indigenous artists (TBD) performing original songs and sharing their stories of culture and life journeys.

The performance is staged in a ring of fire, fueling the mosaic of our sacred land, where you can identify with the cultural stories shared through generations past and present.

Enjoy the love of the countryside, an infusion of nomadic soul, wide open plains, colorful urban blues and rock, cultural dancing and traditional cuisine.

Adelaide International Folk Festival

Brought to you by folk duo Mt Kazoo, this outdoor mini-festival (at Carclew Grounds on July 23) will be the first of its kind in Adelaide to bring global musical traditions right to our backyard.

Here you will discover unique instruments, sounds and stories played by top musicians from Japan to Ukraine, as well as those with roots in traditional Australian and colonial music.

Whether you’re hoping to be enchanted by otherworldly melodies or just want to throw yourself into a hoedown, this celebration of diversity and culture shouldn’t be missed.

MUD Carnival Improv Festival

A multidisciplinary exploration by visual artists, musicians, ritual artists and dancers, with installations and performances that will reclaim our right to the transcendent worlds of pleasure, grief and terror from the parasitic class of billionaire scumbags.

MUD, an Adelaide-based arts initiative that promotes the work of performing artists who push the boundaries of their respective practice, presents a larger-scale show for Umbrella (at Ancient World on July 28), celebrating the art of improvisation and experimental art forms.

woolly mammoth

Get ready to open your cupboards and dust off your fluffy coats because Uncle Mum and Umbrella Festival are delighted to announce Adelaide’s favorite winter festival, Woolly Mammoth 2022.

Spotlighting the best Australian indie rock talent to light that fire within, Woolly Mammoth will perform 12 acts on the UniBar Adelaide stage (July 9).

Headlined by dream pop bands EGOSIM and Montgomery, this year’s edition will feature one of its most diverse lineups.

Umbrella Festival 2022 takes place across Adelaide and the South Australian region from July 1-31.

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