The program for the Adelaide Festival’s late night party hub Barrio mixes the best of local and international musical revelry over its 10 nights at Hajek Plaza, which kicks off on Friday, March 1.
Barrio was a massive success for the Adelaide Festival last year, as its concept of underground bands and DJs along with street food and themed bars in a maze of Mexican and Latino inspired delights meant that it was the hip place to dance and drink the night away. So it was no surprise when the Adelaide Festival brought Barrio back for 2013. This year’s program comes with some of Adelaide’s finest musical talent in Ross McHenry (The Transatlantics, Shaolin Afronauts) and Surahn (ex Swiss and Empire of The Sun) both gracing the stage for solo shows. Also appearing at Barrio are international and international party-starters such as Soul II Soul, Hugo Mendez, Tory Y Moi, Keb Darge and The Snowdroppers.
Aside from the music there is the food and drink. The 10-night fiesta will combine the “chaos of Hawkers market meets Mexican cantina” as street stalls such as the Neon Lobster returns with its Mexican street food while new additions such as The Vendor will mix Argentinian and Asian food. The cocktail bars are back, as the Dusty Boots Bourbon Bar and Gringo’s Tequila Bar will be present once again along with the Coppers Bar.
Each night will be themed. Some of the themes include the raunchy Bunga Bunga Party, Animal House and Road Kill, which is a celebration of Ozploitation films.
The program is below
Friday, March 1 - Lunch Lady : A night of food that comes straight from the hearts and backyards of South Australia’s communities. Music: Puta Madre Brothers (AUS) and Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) (USA).
Saturday, March 2 - Bunga Bunga Party: A raunchy adults only party. Music: Soul II Soul Soundsystem (UK), HMC, Sanjit & Eric The Falcon.
Sunday, March 3 - Key to Barrio: The Mayor of Barrio presents the key to the shantytown to Adelaide’s Lord Mayor. Ceremonies are the theme with citizenship ceremonies, scattering of the ashes and a marriage. Music: Ross McHenry Future Ensemble, where local producer and instrumentalist Ross McHenry will be joined by Mark de Clive Lowe (USA) and other local talent. Also on the bill is Nickodemus (USA)
Thursday, March 7 - Phobia: A night of phobias. Music: Cory McAbee (AUS), Billy Bob’s Jam Team (AUS) and Kira Piru and The Bruise (AUS).
Friday, March 8 - Heaven’s Gate: A bit of cultish theme this one. Music: Toro Y Moi (USA)
Saturday, March 9 – Diceworld: An homage to the famous novel Diceman, as you leave your life to chance for one night. Music: Surahn (AUS) and Keb Darge (UK).
Sunday, March 10 – Old Maid: The old game Old Maid is the theme of this night: Music: Electric Empire (NZ/AUS) and DJ Hugo Mendez (BRA)
Thursday, March 14 – Animal House: This night promises to have more animal action than you can poke a stick at. Music: Cumbia Cosmonauts (AUS) and DJ Saca La Mois (AUS).
Friday, March 15 – Road Kill: A celebration of Ozploitation as Barrio honours classic Oz films such as Razorback and Wolf Creek. Music: DJ Pole (GER), Client Liason (AUS) and The Snowdroppers (AUS).
Saturday, March 16 - Slumber Party : Bring your PJs for a slumber party to help raise fund for Mission Australia. Music: Gramatik (USA), Emma Donovan and The Putbacks.