Adelaide Guitar Festival Line-Up


The Adelaide Guitar Festival returns from August 11-14, 2016, with local and international acts scheduled to play and a host of other events locked in.

Headline acts include The Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck, Maria Bermudez, Flamenco Areti, Ricardo Gallén and Ken Murray, all set to play over the four days at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

“It is the breadth, creativity and calibre of guitarists in this year’s program that perfectly reflects why Adelaide was named as a UNESCO City of Music. The Adelaide Guitar Festival has gained an international reputation as a prestigious and successful event that showcases both Australian and overseas talent,” said Adelaide Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier.

It won’t all be about the headline acts though, as there is plenty to do other than see them play, including Meet the Maker sessions with luthiers, the Guitar Expo, where people can check out some rare guitars and the Yamaha Come and Try room, as well as film screenings, workshops, talent shows and artist talks.

In the lead up to the festival, the Guitars in Bars and Other Places program will see up to 300 local acts play in over 100 different venues from mid-July, which is sure to raise awareness and get people interested in the festival. This program will also work with SALA to get local artists playing and collaborating together at local exhibitions through August.

The 2016 Adelaide Guitar Festival program is available here: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL

This year, the Festival stretches into new territory: throughout the city, across artforms, into ideas and musical adventures – with some of the best guitarists from around the world.

From indie rock to bluegrass; concertos to flamenco – there’s something to get everyone in the mood for music.

11 Aug 2016
Fresh on the back of their Grammy nominated latest record, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.

12 Aug 2016
A one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern singer-songwriter; Fleck has the virtuosic ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist.

13 Aug 2016
The Panics return to Adelaide to play highlights from their back catalogue, launch songs from their forthcoming album, and perform their own enigmatic soundtrack live to film.

14 Aug 2016
The Australian premiere of the award-winning documentary about guitar legend Paco De Lucía. This event will include a Q&A with filmmaker Curro Sánchez, plus live flamenco performances.

13 Aug 2016
Stellar soloists and the stunning Adelaide Symphony Orchestra unveil a collection of world premiere compositions in an extraordinary concert event.

14 Aug 2016
Psychedelic grooves and swooning slide guitar jams

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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