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Barrio Late Night | Adelaide Festival

January 17th 2013 00:17

The unrepeatable Adelaide Festival late-night club program is finally revealed.

The bustling shantytown on Hajek Plaza re-awakens to bring back the wild, ever-changing nightly mix of market place, bar, stage, dance floor plus performers and DJs from around the world.

Over 10 nights during Adelaide Festival from 9.00pm, Barrio combines the chaos of Hawkers market Vs Mexican cantina. It is a place where festival-goers mix with artists and entertainers as they wander through the maze of markets, themed bars, streetfood stalls and strange happenings.

The late night music line-up features international and local performers and DJs including: Soul II Soul (UK), DJ Hugo Mendez (BRA), Toro Y Moi (USA), Keb Darge (UK), The Snowdroppers (AUS) and more.

Read on to find out more about the themes, music line-up and food & beverage vendors.


Every night Barrio will wow you with the incredible live music line-ups and engaging themes for punters to get involved.


Fri 1 Mar - Lunch Lady

It's all about food: the kind of food which comes straight from the heart and the backyards of South Australia's communties: nonna's gnocchi or ya-ya's souvlaki. Watch the traditional methods and then get stuck in. Perhaps wear your stretchy pants in preparation for the eating contest.

Live Music:

The world's only surviving triple one-man-band band Puta Madre Brothers (AUS) bring their filthy-faced Mexican-surf-soundtrack-rock to the famed Barrio stage; plus producer, instrumentalist and DJ extraordinaire Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) (USA), plays a house-infused DJ set complete with a percussionist to get your hips wiggling.

Sat 2 Mar - Bunga Bunga Party

There are many definitions of what a Bunga Bunga party is; all we can say is this night of naughtiness is definitely for over 18s only.

Live Music:
Bring yourselves Back to Life with Brixton's original, two-time Grammy Award-winning sound-system Soul II Soul (UK) lead by DJ Jazzie B. Then get your dancing pants on when three of Adelaide's best DJs (HMC, Sanjit & Eric The Falcon) come together to form Los Adelados.

Sun 3 Mar - Key to Barrio

The decorated Mayor of Barrio presents the key to the shantytown to Adelaide's Lord Mayor: The Right Honourable Stephen Yarwood. Ceremonies are the theme and ceremonies there will be; become an Australian citizen, scatter the ashes of your loved one or get married in Barrio (yes, actually married).

Live Music:
ARIA Award-winning funk-master Ross McHenry and the exciting producer and keyboardist Mark de Clive Lowe (USA), team up with four of the world's foremost musical innovators for the first time, to form Ross McHenry Future Ensemble. The ensemble features Myele Manzanza (NZ), multi‐instrumentalist Adam Page (NZ/AUS), Dylan Marshall (AUS) and Jonathan Hunt (AUS). Later that night NYC's world-music wizard, Nickodemus (USA) casts a dancing spell on even the stubbornest feet.

Thu 7 Mar - Phobia

Anuptaphobia, Batrachophobia, Chorophobia, Dipsophobia, Enochlophobia, Francophobia, Geliophobia, Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia or just plain old Phobophobia? Whatever your phobias, there will be always be a liquid councillor nearby to help you work through your feelings.

Live Music:
Surreal Hillbilly beat jazz maestro, Cory McAbee (AUS) and Billy Bob's Jam Team (AUS) come to tear it up. Think Frank Zappa meets Neil Young and then hit them on the head with Dr Seuss... Then, gear up your heartache and set it to angry for the killer Kira Piru and The Bruise (AUS).

Fri 8 Mar - Heaven's Gate

Planet Earth is about to be recycled. Your only chance to leave, is to leave with us on the journey into the next plane of human existence. Get your white robes and bowl cuts ready.

Live Music:
Toro Y Moi (USA), the man responsible for the chillwave movement, brings his indie-dream-funk to the party joined on stage by his full band.

Sat 9 Mar - Diceworld

Ever wanted to know what life would be like if you lived by the dice? Join us in our homage to the famous novel Diceman and spend a night in Barrio letting the die dice-ide.

Live Music:
Surahn (AUS) takes time out of his busy multi-instrumentalist touring lifestyle with Empire Of The Sun to show Barrio his dreamy disco love ballads, followed by Keb Darge (UK) who will knock your bobby socks off spinning the rarest of rare rockabilly-surf records.

Sun 10 Mar - Old Maid

Games that you play by yourself, games you play with your partner. Games that you play with people's minds, games that you play on your mother. Games are what tonight's all about and we want to find out, what do you play?

Live Music:
The sexier than Stevie and cooler than Curtis quartet Electric Empire (NZ/AUS) will soothe your soul and have you calling for more, while later, DJ Hugo Mendez (BRA) spins the tropical disco and calypso tunes late into the night.

Thu 14 Mar - Animal House

Rhinoceroses, giraffes, elephants... these are just some animals which we can't get permits to have at Barrio. That aside, there'll be more animal action than you can poke a swordfish at.

Live Music:
Electronic Latin legends, Cumbia Cosmonauts (AUS) and their signature heavy Afro-Colombian rhythms, bugged out accordion, sci-fi sweeps and synth, kick off the night followed by the dance floor obsessed DJ Saca La Mois (AUS).

Fri 15 Mar - Road Kill

A celebration of all things Ozploitation: Barrio honours the Australian horror movies which turned into cult classics offshore: think Wolf Creek, Razorback and Road Games. Pack a second set of pants. Oh, and backpackers get in free.

Live Music:
Legendary DJ Pole (GER) visits us before his set at Unsound Adelaide with a cool reggae set, then, their sound plays out like a long lunch followed by a round of cocktails - Client Liason (AUS) pop into Barrio to play us their new-jack swing. To finish up the night Sydney's filthy blues-punk fellas The Snowdroppers (AUS) play us their ribald songs about fornication and intoxication.

Sat 16 Mar - Slumber Party

Did you bring you pyjamas and retainer? You're having a PJ party in Barrio. Hot chocolate, pillow fights and ghost stories are what are in store, all to help Mission Australia raise funds for SA's youths at risk. Mum says there are limited spaces to sleep-over in Barrio, so keep an eye out on our facebook for booking details. You'd better shhhh! Mum and dad are in the next room.

Live Music:
Gramatik (USA) will fit as many dance genres into one set including dubstep, electro, chill and funk, for the last night of this magical wonderland named Barrio, this DJ will never let you leave the dancefloor. Supporting Gramatik, fresh from her show with Archie Roach, gutsy indigenous soul singer Emma Donovan (AUS) and her band The Putbacks funk your face off.

As always each night there will be multitudes of pop-up music, mayhem and madness around Barrio in places you'd never expect.


Barrio serves up the sights and sounds of some of Adelaide's favourite and newest street-food vendors, sourcing only South Australian produce.

Returning triumphant with their sexy brand of Australexican comestibles, The Happy Motel present Neon Lobster, a taqueria which is 50% fresh-cut deliciousness, 35% eye-candy art installation and 15% nuts. For the first time at Barrio, The Vendor serves up the finest Argentinean, Asian and amazing tastes from his playground of fire. Existing off the grid, the pedal-power Veggie-Velo gets very-vegetarian; Smooth Revolution also jump on the bike to serve up bicycle-blended smoothies; and Cibo fill all our sweet-tooth needs.

For those in need of another type of refreshment, the bars again come loaded with their own individual style. Choose from cocktails at Crack-at-o-a, (part volcano, part bar), bourbon-inspired tipples at Dusty Boots Bourbon Bar, sweet-spirits at Candy Bar or you-know-what at Gringo's Tequila Bar. Feel like a cocktail while your mate wants a beer? Never fear; there will be beer and wine at each fancy bar also and the good ol' Coopers Bar overlooking the event.

The soul of the festival, Barrio opens for just 10 nights with strictly limited admission. Come early and stay late, for Barrio will once again vanish as quickly as it appears, never to be repeated.

Booking details:
Barrio - Adelaide Festival's Late Night Club

Entry: $5 @ the door
Where: Barrio, Hajek Plaza, Adelaide Festival Centre
When: Thursday to Sunday throughout Adelaide Festival 9pm to late (excluding Sunday 17 March)
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