Two very dissimilar music festivals took place in Adelaide over the long Labour Day weekend. One was all tie-dye, dreadlocks and ale, the other was white wine spritzers, hipster food and high street fashion.
Follow the Sun was held in Glenelg for the first time, a one day boutique but conventional commercial festival replete with wrist bands, food trucks, two stages and a star (ish) headliner: Paul Dempsey of Aussie 90s band Something for Kate. The highlight was his cover of Florence’s Sweet Nothing, known through national radio Triple J’s Like a Version series.
In another seaside suburb, the annual Semaphore Music Festival celebrated the grass roots and the alternative hippie-folkie fringe, mainly for free, in a range of pubs, churches and other venues, including the unsurpassable Semaphore Workers Club. Star acts? Local resonator guitar hero Don Morrison and a guest broadcast of the Hillbilly Hoot, an anarchic folky jam on local station Three D Radio.
A weekend of music that dispelled the winter blues and made the summer feel much nearer.
Additional photos by Kathryn McClintock