Parkland Picnic With Live, Local Music Hits Adelaide This Weekend

The first of three, free, outdoor music events will kick off this month, bringing live local acts to Adelaide parklands every month until the end of the year.

Rocking the outdoors this month, Parks and Rockreation is part of Music SA initiative Umbrella presents GO LIVE, a major marketing campaign reimagined when the winter music festival that couldn’t go ahead in its traditional form due to Covid-19.

On Sunday October 18, live-music lovers will grab picnic rugs at the gates, then lay back and enjoy the sounds of Parks and Rockreation Ep 01 featuring South Aussie artists like Wanderers, Neon Tetra, Alana Jagt, Brian’s Marquette Band and Broken Waves.

With many venues only recently being able to reopen their doors as restrictions ease, City of Adelaide has partnered with Umbrella Festival to make city parklands available for live music in outdoor, open-air spaces with leafy surrounds.

Event organiser Steve Pitkin said he is looking forward to treating music lovers to some awesome bands in the parklands when the series kicks off.

“These outdoor events are here to remind people that live music is back, and in a safe environment. The entire industry including venues and artists have really taken a hit over the pandemic and with travel restrictions, now is a great chance for audiences to really embrace the amazing talent here in South Australia,” he said.

Parks and Rockreation Ep02 and Ep03 will bring a fresh setlist to more parkland stages in November and December, hosting the likes of SA rising stars Heaps Good Friends and Stellie.

GO LIVE started last month and has been encouraging audiences to continue to support local live music safely and within regulations and guidelines, and it’s not limited to Adelaide’s parklands.

A gig guide which sits at the centre of GO LIVE gives regular updates of where to go and what to see all across the state, with some featured gigs such as the sold out Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Botanica Lumina program, which partnered up with Noise//Nature to bring the garden to life with an audio-visual attraction by twilight, while NAIDOC week will bring a special presentation to be announced featuring key First Nations artists J-MILLA and Katie Aspel.

Parks and Rockreation Ep01 plays at 88 O’Connell Street on Sunday October 18 and tickets are free. Bars are run by Royal Oak North Adelaide, The Stag Public House and Sparkke at the Whitmore.

Check out the Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/750336229143249

With the spring weather fast approaching and live music making its way into the city streets, what better way to support local musicians than spreading out a picnic blanket and getting along to a show near you.

Visit the complete GO LIVE Gig Guide at https://www.umbrellafestival.com.au/golive/

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