Supermassive Festival Line-Up


GROUNDED was recently announced as the newest Adelaide Fringe 2018 pop-up precinct in Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, opening from Friday 16th February through to Sunday 25th February 2018. GROUNDED is all about being in the heart of Adelaide in summer and connecting young people and their adults to great experiences – a music festival, a film screening, theatre shows, interactive art installations, and great participatory workshops to name a few! There are plenty of FREE activities at GROUNDED along with great value and affordable event ticket prices for individuals, families and groups.

The finale of the two-week event at GROUNDED will be SUPERMASSIVE, a music festival programmed for people of all ages with a packed and unique program that ranges from slam poetry, music and dance to art up close, installations that inspire, creative workshops, activities PLUS delicious food and great coffee! There will be something for everyone kicking off from 11am on Sunday 25th February and offering a full day of entertainment through to 7pm.

Headlining the SUPERMASSIVE lineup will be highly acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter SARAH BLASKO who is bringing an exclusive album release performance to Adelaide for the festival. Joining the bill is Australian alternative indie pop/rock outfit FRENTE! featuring iconic (Adelaide born) front woman Angie Hart on lead vocals and fellow original band member Simon Austin on guitar.

The SUPERMASSIVE music lineup also includes Adelaide’s HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS who took home the South Australian Music Awards “Best New Artist” gong in late 2017 and were also named 2017’s #4 Most Played Artist on triple j Unearthed; Australia’s youngest ever national slam poetry champion 13 year old SOLLI RAPHAEL, Adelaide based multi-instrumentalist ADAM PAGE who will create spontaneous symphonies on stage through his looping techniques; and electronic music guru DJ TR!P presenting a specially created set unique for SUPERMASSIVE.

Away from the SUPERMASSIVE Main stage, there is an amazing array of installations and arts workshops designed to provide a huge ‘To Do’ list across the day. Kids will have 8 hours to explore the GROUNDED site during SUPERMASSIVE and discover a world of adventure, new fun experiences, entertainment and culture, all to be embraced and enjoyed with uninhibited freedom.

The megaphone project is an interactive sound field, an installation that allows people to discover a game of sound and physical play: a world of private and public broadcast. A collection of striking red megaphones of different shapes and sizes compel a joyful manipulation of voices that are naturally reinforced through simple acoustics then mysteriously and ambiguously returned via a custom spatial audio network. The megaphones create an interactive performance field where the audience creates a lively environment of play with sound that is all their own invention.

Split Screen presents the Retro Digital Museum – a mecca of retro and future tech. Come and explore a fun filled room of interactive games, have a play on the first electronica instrument – the 100 year old future of music creation and have a go making your own DIY video game controller out of some very unexpected materials. Good games never get old.

Split Screen presents the world premiere of Game Jockey, where the DJ and the audience collaborate to mash up video games in real time to create a one-of-a-kind experience for the player on stage. Experience dozens of games in a handful of minutes; one moment the player will be saving a princess, next driving a super car then defending themselves from a horde of zombies.

Solli Raphael has maturity far beyond his years with an innate ability to digest complex worldly topics with a light-hearted, respectful approach. Offering his reflections throughout his poetry, Solli has a desire to share his poems with the world and in particular, youth of all ages. Being an enthusiastic and motivated young entrepreneur, Solli has written an abundance of poetry and loves to slam all day long! Being the 2017 National Australian Poetry Slam Winner, and an avid award-winning writer, Solli ignites emotion and imagination, creating powerful and influential poetry. Come and join Solli in an Open Conversation and hear about his experience as a performing poet, a slam poet and his process of writing poetry.

Multi-instrumentalist Adam Page invites you to join his looping workshop to create symphonies of yourself using only your voice and looping effects….you will be going loopy for days! And in the tradition of New Orleans iconic brass and percussion street parades that take over the city, Adam and his Second Line, the Piping Shrike Brass Band are going to interrupt the status quo and turn Grounded upside down. Joined by students from Concordia College, the Second Line will parade through Grounded at Victoria Square, playing on anything they can get their hands on.

It will be impossible not to catch some of the infectious, irreverent enthusiasm for the music and its beats.

Follow Me Three – You can’t beat dance moves from a 3 year old – or can you? Join us on the grass at SUPERMASSIVE and follow the dance moves of 3-6 year olds to some funky beats. Great way to start the day! They say that we have over 2000 different movements and gestures that we regularly use as a toddler. By school age this is halved, and by adulthood it is less than 10%. Young dancers are invited up to the stage one at a time, to have a turn of showing off their dance moves – and we follow, if we can! The result? Excellent dancing and lots of laughs.

Created and conceived renowned Adelaide based choreographer and dancer Larissa McGowan, Jungle Gym entices young and old to participate in an interactive play space. Be led through a maze-like structure with audio directions from a downloadable app. Once you’ve worked your way through the structure, you can recreate the same moves and discover that you’ve actually just learnt a contemporary dance piece! This is a great way to understand more about dance movement and get moving to a beat.

The delightful MIST ME sculptural water play performance is a fun and very wet 30-minute show set on a magical, silver contraption that glistens in the sun. As the 2 performers explore every leaking part they splash, wash, water plants, shower, go sailing, get rained on, everything and anything you can think about water. Be ready to get a little bit wet and maybe even help to win the water fight war. Bringing together the skills of acclaimed performer/director Jason Cross (5 Angry Men) and award-winning director Elena Vereker (Advent Calendar), MIST ME will premiere at Grounded/SUPERMASSIVE to cool you down and make you laugh.

Join Nunga Circus Kids as they tumble and balance and fly through the air with ease. These kids are superstars who train at Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub and with Cirkidz at the SA Circus Centre. Have a go yourself after the show with a come and try workshop, where you can juggle, tumble and run away with the circus.

Sally Chance Dance Present – An Intimate Space in the Toddler Tent Sally Chance is recognised internationally for her theatre & dance work for young people aged 1 to 3 years old. Felecia Hick, Heather Frahn and Sally Chance will perform “An Intimate Space”. Created especially for SUPERMASSIVE, Sally will create an intimate and protective environment for very young children (ages 1-3 years) their siblings, parents and carers to share, reflect and engage with sounds, soft objects and dancers. Once you enter the Toddler Tent and An Intimate Space we suspect you will not want to leave.

Gathered Tides brings together locally based Indigenous artists in a collaborative and cross-cultural weaving experience that highlights the significance of nurturing land & water. Throughout the festival this gathering of Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and local artists will work together with textile designer Chantal Henley (Nughi / Mununjali) and festival participants to create large woven nets that pay homage to the many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities that collect, gather & live on country. The weaving installation will incorporate customary and current techniques, material and styles that festival participants will have the opportunity to participate with and assist the artists at work. During the development of this interactive installation come and listen to creation stories told by Ngarrindjeri elder Aunty Lena Rigney, and deepen your cultural knowledge through shared stories of how fishing nets and other hunting designs are used in Kaurna culture by the Wiltja with Kaurna elder Tamaru.

This installation embodies this intention providing a contemporary space for cross cultural collaboration and yarning between the artists as well as an opportunity for participants to learn weaving techniques and cultural knowledge from the elders and artists alike. YOU ARE INVITED to participate in this interactive installation of weaving, story telling and cultural sharing with the artists and elders and contribute to this inspired weavers gathering.

The first annual SUPERMASSIVE Music Festival is a must for any Fringe devotee and will bring Victoria Square to life on Sunday 25th February with the best and biggest full day offering of entertainment for kids and their adults.

11am – 7pm

Tickets: Full price – $33.00*/ Family (2 Adults, 2 Children or 1 Adult, 3 Children) $112.00/ Group 6+ $28.00*
(*Online transaction fee may apply)

All tickets available from FringeTIX 1300 621 255

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