There’s something in the air in Adelaide this week….it’s a lingering mix of melancholy for the weekend that’s just been and buzzing anticipation for the next few weeks ahead. There are people in every corner of the city and random bars and eateries popping up in every spare space there was.
You see, everyone, it’s Mad March.
The reason we call it Mad March is because, well….it’s mad. Crazy, crazy mad.
In one weekend alone, the one just gone, we had the V8 Supercars in town for the Clipsal 500 Adelaide race; metal, punk and rock muso’s here for the Soundwave Music Festival; and artists and performers warming up for the two-week Adelaide Festival of Arts. This all on top of the Fringe Festival that has already had the city busting at the seams since mid-February.
I think it’s a wonderful time to be in Adelaide! Sure, the number of people in the city and the road closures causing traffic nightmares is a tad annoying, but, I think it’s worth it for all that it brings to our otherwise “sleepy” city
….something to do! And lots of something to do!
The Adelaide Festival of Arts began in 1960 to celebrate art in multiple forms, such as opera, theatre, dance and cabaret. It is one of the world’s largest arts festivals and also encompasses Adelaide Writer’s Week and WomAdelaide. The two weeks before the Festival starts is it’s more alternative cousin, the Fringe Festival, which also began in 1960. The Fringe is getting bigger and better every year, spreading further afield and infiltrating all sorts of nooks and crannies in the CBD.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen street performers, random $1 shows, visited awesome pop-up bars and new Fringe venues. On Friday night, I was lucky enough to witness (another) one of the best concerts I have ever seen, Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, as part of the Festival Opening Concert. Neil Finn and Paul Kelly are two Aussie (Paul)-Kiwi (Neil) icons and amazing performers. It was a brilliant concert and feel so lucky I had the opportunity to see them both perform.
Phew! Are you tired yet? I can tell you I am! So much so, that I’m skipping out-of-town this weekend for a “quiet”er weekend in Sydney
I need some energy for the next few weeks, you see!
Here’s a clip from Neil Finn and Paul Kelly’s concert in Melbourne (recorded by eckythump74) in February. Due to technical difficulties, the one I recorded of the opening concert didn’t work! Hope you enjoy