Adelaide Festival’s floating nightclub to make a splish-splash
The Adelaide Festival’s “floating nightclub” on the River Torrens, the Palais, is back in 2018 with diverse all-day programming covering live music in the night to daily discussions of the day’s news over breakfast.
The boat, with its steel beams and plywood, was set up to pay homage to a decadent floating dance hall that was Adelaide’s most prominent nightclub during the roaring ’20s.
The nautical space will facilitate forums, meeting places, long lunches, breakfasts with papers and special events.
The Palais Long Lunches are set to showcase South Australian food and drinks, with a series of chefs.
They include O Tama Carey of Sydney’s Berta and Billy Kwong, Jared Ingersoll of Dark Mofo and Lola’s Pergola fame, Alex Herbert of Bird, Cow, Fish, Jordan Theodoros from Peel St Restaurant and Janet Jeffs of Neddy’s, Possums and Kilikanoon in SA as well as Canberra’s Juniperberry.
Journalist David Marr’s Festival Forums come aboard with a series of weekday lunchtime events will see him interviewing and fishing for fascinating insight with selected festival artists.
“The Palais proves that Adelaide in March is not only a party city,” said the Festival’s co-artistic director Rachel Healy. “It’s also a city of muscular ideas, of thrilling creativity, and of unmissable entertainment.”
Joint artistic director Neil Armfield AO said that in addition to hosting live acts, the venue would also “showcase the best food and wine our state has to offer. And that’s a big call!
“Set amidst the beauty of the Torrens and Parklands, it will breathe with light and life and provide a place for pleasure, reflection, and stimulation: there’s truly something for everyone at The Palais.”
The music program is:
Tuesday 6 March & Wednesday 7 March – Grizzly Bear
Thursday 8 March – Perfume Genius
Friday 9 March – Regurgitator
Saturday 10 March – Lior
Saturday 10 March – Art vs Science
Sunday 11 March – Julia Jacklin
Sunday 11 March – Mount Kimbie
Monday 12 March – Lee Fields and The Expressions
Wednesday 13 March & Thursday 14 March – Harry James Angus
Thursday 16 March – Vikki Thorn
Friday 16 March & Sunday 18 March – Archie Roach
Saturday 17 March – Lauv