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Unsound contemporary music and arts festival returns to Australia


After missing the Adelaide Festival this year, the Unsound music festival returns in November as part of global tour.

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AN international contemporary music and arts festival will return to Australia in November.

The Unsound Festival will bring experimental and underground music to venues across South Australia’s capital Adelaide during its global tour.

Unsound previously appeared in Adelaide as a themed concert series presented as part of the Adelaide Festival from 2013 to 2016.

This year Unsound will be a stand-alone event, with its Adelaide program expanded to feature a talks program presented by the University of South Australia, a film score component and sound and visual art installations.

It will stop exclusively in Adelaide during the Australian leg of its international tour, which also includes London, New York, Krakow and Toronto.

Unsound Adelaide Co-Director and former Adelaide Festival Director David Sefton said Unsound would be a major new addition to the South Australian arts landscape.

“There’s no festival in Australia quite like Unsound, with its mix of unique and interesting programming. It was one of the most successful aspects of my four years as Adelaide Festival director,” he said.

“A lot of artists will feature who have never played in Australia before, so it’s great to provide a platform for them to come to the country and have that experience.”

Unsound will be presented by Sefton’s own business Random Harvest alongside Insite Arts, and co-directors of the global Unsound organisation Malgorzata Plysa and Mat Schulz.

The festival is supported by the South Australian Government’s Live Music Events Fund, and will compliment other prominent music events in the state including WomAdelaide, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said Unsound would cement the state capital’s credentials as a UNESCO City of Music.

“This festival, with its focus on experimentation and cross-cultural art forms, ties in perfectly with our objectives to showcase Adelaide as an innovative and switched-on city that celebrates live music at its core,” he said.

South Australian Arts Minister Jack Snelling said the festival would follow on from a spring season full of events in the state’s capital.

“Unsound is another great example of why we are known as the Festival State,” he said.

The festival will run from November 16-19, with a full line-up to be announced soon.

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