Scene News: Unsound Adelaide returns in 2017

Unsound returns to Adelaide


One of the world’s most exciting and progressive experimental music festivals – Unsound – will return to Adelaide on 16-19 November.


From Krakow to New York, London and Toronto, Unsound Adelaide is the first major international festival exclusive to Adelaide since WOMADelaide.


Unsound Adelaide’s 2017 incarnation will be under the direction of former Adelaide Festival Artistic Director David Sefton, and Artistic Director and co-founder of Unsound Mat Schulz.


The ground-breaking and globally recognised event will not just bring experimental and underground music to venues such as The Thebarton Theatre, the program has also been expanded to feature a talks program presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA and a major sound art installation at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.


David Sefton says:


The artistic success and massive popularity of Unsound was a personal highlight of my four Adelaide Festivals. I am therefore delighted to be able to bring Unsound back as a stand-alone, fully-fledged festival in its own right. It really is back by popular demand.


Unsound is a major new addition to the Australian arts landscape and unlike anything currently on offer.


The line-up is truly amazing – I can’t wait to share the full thing very soon! I know the Unsound audience in Australia is going to love it.”


Unsound Adelaide’s full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.


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Unsound Adelaide previously appeared as a themed concert series presented as part of the Adelaide Festival between 2013 and 2016, where it was a massive critical and public success.


Unsound Adelaide will be presented by Random Harvest/ David Sefton, Insite Arts, who produce Tasmania’s MONA FOMA festival, and Malgorzata Plysa and Mat Schulz, the Polish-Australian co-directors of the global Unsound organisation.


Unsound Adelaide is supported by the State Government’s Live Music Events Fund and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.


Presenting partners will include the Thebarton Theatre, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.


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