The Adelaide Festival Palais returns in 2018

The Adelaide Festival Palais

Adelaide Festival welcomes the return of its glorious Palais in 2018 with an outstanding line-up of live music, lunchtime forums and special events set to draw crowds to the beautiful Adelaide Riverbank from sunrise ‘til sunset and beyond.

The Palais program features 47 free and ticketed acts involving more than 130 artists and special guests across 17 days and nights. Transforming its look and feel from early in the morning until late at night, in one 24 hour cycle the Palais becomes a funky floating nightclub, long lunch haven, live music and dance hotspot, breakfast sanctuary, lively centre for debate, and go-to meeting place; once again set to become the beating heart of the Adelaide Festival.

Joint Artistic Director Rachel Healy said: “Whether it’s enjoying a glass of SA wine in the Starlight Bar with the summer breezes and gorgeous river vistas in full view, or watching a great band in front of a nighttime cityscape or being part of the cut and thrust of daytime debate and interviews, the Palais proves that Adelaide in March is not only a party city, it’s also a city of muscular ideas, of thrilling creativity, and of unmissable entertainment”.

Joint Artistic Director Neil Armfield AO said: “In addition to hosting some of the most thrilling acts at this year’s festival, the venue will 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 Palais is made possible through the support of partners  PenfoldsSA Power NetworksThe AdvertiserThe Balnaves FoundationCoopersLucesco LightingRenewal SA and the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia.

“In short, it is a fantastic place to listen to live music.” (Editorial in The Advertiser 15/3/17)

The Palais’ music line up for 2018 is a brilliant check list of Australian and international acts. Queer icon Perfume Genius will bring his fearless and celebrated live show to Adelaide, hot on the heels of sell-out performances in London. Also featured is Brooklyn art-rock indie innovators Grizzly Bear, the soulful indie-pop sensation Lauv and UK electro-pioneersMount Kimbie. The soul and funk of legend Lee Fields and The Expressions will have festival-goers grooving on The Palais dance floor well into the night with their catalogue of hits.

In addition to the great line up of international artists is an outstanding cohort of Australian acts including rock legends Regurgitator, firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire Harry James Angus and dance veterans Art vs Science, who will have The Palais swinging into the wee hours. For those who prefer something more laid back, The Palais is also home to a string of spellbinding Australian songwriters including Vikki Thorn (of The Waifs), dreamy folk star Julia Jacklin and the angelic Lior. Rounding out the locals is Archie Roach AM, a three time ARIA Award winner and one of Australia’s most treasured performers who will be playing a set spanning his three decade long career, including tracks from his forthcoming album.

A stand out from last year’s festival, The Palais Long Lunches will be returning in 2018 set to the theme Under the Influence of Adelaide. Featuring a unique food and wine program curated by Gill Minervini (Dark MOFO Winter Feast, City of Sydney Events), The Palais’ Long Lunches invite diners to enjoy the art of hospitality as leading guest chefs thrill with their latest culinary creations and stories, in the ultimate Adelaide setting. The 2018 program explores South Australia’s place as an industry leader and contemporary breeding ground for creators of progressive, seasonal, delicious food.

The lineup includes:
O Tama Carey was raised in Adelaide and grew up exploring the Central Markets each Saturday with her family. Formerly of Berta and Billy Kwong in Sydney, Tama’s passion for food extends beyond the kitchen by way of keeping bees for honey, breeding and curing pigs for salami, and writing for SBS Food online and Australian Gourmet Traveller. She is soon to open her new restaurant, Lankan Filling Station, in Sydney.

Jared Ingersoll (Dank Street Depot/Dark Mofo Winter FeastLola’s Pergola) is one of Australia’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, writers and TV presenters. For the past thirty years he has displayed uncompromising commitment to supporting local, seasonal, sustainable food from small growers, fishers and farmers. Ingersoll pursues work which inspires him and satisfies his love for the city of Adelaide and South Australian produce.

Alex Herbert (founder of Bird, Cow, Fish in Surrey Hills, Sydney) acquired her love of cooking by watching her mother, aunts and grandmother preparing food. Her love affair with South Australia and her appreciation for good produce began after moving to the Barossa Valley where she spent time at 1918 and then at Pheasant Farm working with Maggie and Colin Beer. She has worked alongside some of Australia’s leading chefs, including Christine Manfield and David Thompson.

Jordan Theodoros (co-founder of Adelaide’s Peel St Restaurant) worked in Sydney, Myanmar, Shanghai, Miami and India before moving back to Adelaide where he has run Peel St Restaurant for the past four years. Chef of the Year in 2005 and 2014, Theodoros is an Adelaide food legend whose menu for the Palais Long Lunches is inspired by the many cultures who call Adelaide home.

Janet Jeffs (formerly of Neddy’sPossums and Kilikanoon in South Australia and Juniperberry in Canberra) began her food story in Adelaide. Her interest in cooking, farming and love of regional, seasonal and ethical produce manifested as a young chef working with the likes of Maggie Beer at Pheasant Farm and Cheong Liew at Neddy’s. With a focus on French and Asian cuisine using regional and seasonal produce, Jeffs has a string of awards to her name including food ambassador for ACT Tourism.

Having worked nationally and internationally and with strong connections to South Australia, each chef will guide diners on a sumptuous exploration of South Australian food and how it fits into a global landscape. Each long lunch will be expertly paired with wine by iconic local brand and official wine partner of the Adelaide Festival, Penfolds.

Gill Minervini said: “What a pleasure it is to return to the Adelaide Festival for The Palais’ Long Lunches and once again work with some of Australia’s best chefs who all have a compelling connection to Adelaide. The Palais’ Long Lunches are a true culinary experience. Each chef will tell their own story through an inspired menu exploring both our food heritage and food future. I invite everyone to come along, enjoy the art of hospitality, and really discover what makes us taste and feel great over a long, lazy lunch.”

The Palais will be open for breakfast from 7am daily with the return of Breakfast with Papers. Guests can enjoy coffee and light breakfast by CIBO Espresso and newspapers provided by The Advertiser as Tom Wright and his panel of local and visiting journalists, writers, academics, thought leaders and artists dive into an intimate daily discussion of news and current affairs. Each morning event will feature a curated discussion of the news of the day and the issues that matter. As 2017 audiences will attest, it’s an invigorating and rewarding start to every day of the Festival.

Journalist and author David Marr returns to the Adelaide Festival with his fabulous Festival Forums, a weekday lunchtime event in which he interviews a fascinating festival artist. With characteristic wit, perspicacity and all the strengths of a good listener, David enriches the festival experience with an unmissable behind-the-scenes conversation.

The Palais is open to the general public free of charge from 2 March to 18 March 2018. For ticketed events and shows please check the guide for details.

The Palais
Adelaide Riverbank and Elder Park
Friday 2 – Sun 18 March
Visit for exact times
Festival hospitality options are available.

Booking Details: or BASS 131 246

Sunday 4 March – O Tama Carey
Saturday 10 March – Jared Ingersoll
Sunday 11 March – Alex Herbert
Monday 12 March – Jordan Theodoros
Sunday 18 March – Janet Jeffs
Time: 11.45am – 3pm
Cost: $169 per person. Transaction fees apply

Palais open from 7am daily
Hosted panel session 8-9am
No sessions Friday 2 March and Monday 5 March
Free Entry – No bookings required

Friday 2 March 12.30pm
Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March 12.30pm
Tuesday 13 March – Friday 16 March 12.30pm
Duration 1hour. Free Entry – no bookings required

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