What is a festival without music? With a grand selection of musicians demonstrating the power of music in many different genres, Vegan Festival Adelaide is certainly a festival. Stretch out on the grass and soak up in the tunes, or take to your feet and dance.
Minority Tradition was formed on the foreshores of Henley Beach in early 2010. The band members comprise of good friends Mason, Caellyen, Matt, and Rachel. They would like to believe that their songs give some hope in a world of chaos and misunderstanding. Optimistic, uplifting and beautiful, they want their lyrics to draw you into experiences of pain and hope. Their songs are based on themes of social justice; their own stories and the experiences of others, as well as the beauty of community. The band strives to better themselves and their world always and love that they can use music to share their passions. They want to continue to live the Minority Tradition way and hope to continue to write songs that inspire and engage. After a few years away from playing, they have new music and new members, but the same passionate energy that brings the unique sound that is Minority Tradition.
Juno is an all-girl band hailing from Adelaide. Lead singer Gloria Jung, with her smooth vocals and effortless riffs, is a soul-wrenching testament to her music idols Etta James and Amy Winehouse. With heavy influencers Damien Rice and John Mayer, guitarist Lucie Vano is a Jekyll and Hyde of hip swaying blues and acoustic sounds. Percussionist Wallis Prophet has more rhythm and swagger than one person should legally be allowed to possess. Add violinist Ella Moeck who is able to replicate a melody by ear and harmonise like fish can swim and you’ve got the full band.
Pipe Guy is an Adelaide based street performer and live artist, famous for playing his home made PVC pipe instrument with a pair of thongs (flip-flops to non Aussies). His music has been described as an acoustic version of contemporary electronic dance music. The music itself is influenced by House and Techno as well as artists such as The Knife, Jon Hopkins, Grimes, Fever Ray, Bjork. The result is a high energy performance that makes you feel like you're in a nightclub as you walk down the street. Pipe guy has performed at various events around the world such as the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi, The Dubai International Skydiving championship, and featured in commercials for BONDS clothing (Australia) and Hotlink Mobile (Malaysia).
A Party with Kate
A Party With Kate is an energetic cover band in Adelaide that loves to play around Adelaide and any event you need awesome music! They have a wide variety of songs that will please everyone, from Foo Fighters to Cyndi Lauper, Bruno Mars to Led Zeppelin. Kate Lewis' beautiful, powerful voice takes the lead, ably supported by a multi-talented four piece band. Tim Wedding on guitar brings his own unique style with solid riffs, Phil Portella rocks out on bass, Paul McInerney on hammers the keys on keyboards and backing vocals (and a few lead songs of his own), and lastly Nicole Wedding on drums will always be there to provide a solid back beat with a little bit of flare. A Party With Kate will definitely get you dancing!
Cal Williams Jr.
Multi-award winning Blues singer/songwriter, Cal Williams Jr, combines the gentle fingerpicking of British Folk with the raw intensity of Delta Slide Blues to create a sound that is both intricate and powerful. Blues Blast Magazine, USA, said “Cal Williams Jr’s guitar work is impeccable under his gorgeous voice. A marvellous quilt of tones and textures from this masterful player” and Rhythms magazine said that “Cal’s gentle high tenor voice, delicate fingerpicking and snaky bottleneck fretwork evoke the sound of Mississippi John Hurt in his exceptional guitar playing”. Cal was awarded the 2014 ARBA Best Blues Soloist Award and was voted in the Top 3 Best Blues Guitarists for the Derringers Music Awards. Cal has performed with: Jeff Lang, Ben Kweller, C.W. Stoneking, Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall, Martin Simpson, Shawn Mullins, Robert Randolph, and The Audreys.
Hey Harriett is an eclectic bunch of Adelaide musicians, with a sound sitting somewhere between indie/pop and surfer/folk. Hailing from the south coast of Adelaide, lead singer and songwriter Georgy Rochow grew up among the grapevines, where the rolling hills hit the coastline and this pull to nature shines through in her lyrics. Writing fiercely and honestly, Georgy isn't afraid to lay her heart out on the table for the world to see. Captivating you with ethereal vocals and rhythmic melodies, the best way to enjoy Hey Harriet's tunes is to shut your eyes, soak up the warm guitar tones, and let your imagination run away with the lyrics.
LL Cool Jazz
LLCoolJazz is led by vocalist Lis Beltrame, an experienced jazz singer with an extensive repertoire that also spans pop and latin genres. In 2016, Lis received the Southern Jazz Award for Voice and performed alongside Kate Ceberano at the Helpmann Academy’s Evening of Jazz; completed a Bachelor of Jazz Performance Degree majoring in Voice, and made her debut at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival in sell out show “Leading Ladies of Jazz” where she portrayed her jazz idol Sarah Vaughan. In 2017, Lis directed and performed in the sold out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with the show “Disney meets Jazz”. Her counterpart, Luka Poulain, is a guitarist who is currently studying jazz performance at the Elder Conservatorium. Luka is currently in his second year under the tutelage of guitar gurus Paul Whitney and James Muller. He is thoroughly enjoying his time at the Conservatorium and performs both duo and solo gigs. Luka's study and work allows him to carry on honing his craft in music.
Take yourself on a majestic journey with indie-pop artist, Madelena. Be enlightened by the harmonious melodies and natural talent of this gem from Hobart, Tasmania. Madelena is a thought provoking and tuneful songwriter, her voice a fusion of innocence and strength sprinkled with an Australian lilt. Since launching her debut single"My Lightest Shade" in September last year, Madelena has played at a number of notable Tasmanian festivals including Falls Festival Marion Bay, Cygnet Folk Festival, Taste of Tasmania, Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival, and Dark Mofo. Over winter she put the finishing touches on her EP and set about planning the launch party ahead of kicking off the tour in October in Tassie. Madelena is a supporter of Brightside Farm Sanctuary, Animals Tasmania, and Animal Liberation Tasmania. She has performed at a number of fundraising events for these organisations to help promote compassionate, mindful living.
Rob Rowland never thought he'd be a musician. Playing guitar for his own pleasure and healing for almost 8 years, he performed rarely and wrote music honestly, not expecting it to be shared. After going on his own life journey, originally beginning a career in the Navy, he redefined his values and choose to pursue a path of awareness and spirituality. He came back to music and took seriously how it could be used not only to express his own experiences but to heal and serve others. With colourful instrumentals and conscious lyrics, he hopes to move, inspire, and help us connect to a greater empathy and understanding of ourselves and others, while highlighting the often invisible challenges we can face exploring the inner landscape of who we are, and our place in the Universe.
Roddy Gordon Band
The Roddy Gordon Band plays a varied range of music styles, including rock, blues, soul and celtic. Moving to Australia during the 80’s, Roddy worked extensively in the country/rock circuit. During this time he had the pleasure of working with Australian Country legends, Smokey Dawson and Gordon Parsons. The Roddy Gordon Band have been involved in the Vegan Festival Adelaide for many years and it is a pleasure to have them back again in 2017
MC Pony writes and performs hip hop in a distinctive and heartfelt style, both delighting and educating audiences with her trademark ‘mindful rhymes for kinder times’. Her Veganthused project is all about inspiring and encouraging people to explore and embrace veganism. Within Australia, MC Pony has featured at the Sydney Vegan Festival, Living Green Festival (ACT), and World Vegan Day (VIC), as well as internationally in the USA and UK. She is especially excited about this visit to Vegan Festival Adelaide as it will be her first South Australian performance. MC Pony’s singles cover a broad range of styles, from “Happy Veganniversary”, a fun celebration for vegans anywhere who want to mark their veganniversaries, to “Born to Die”, a powerful and evocative "first-person" account of a broiler chicken's sad existence. Despite performing material that raises awareness about animal rights, environmental, and social justice issues, an MC Pony show is fun, upbeat, and entertaining. Demonstrating her positive outlook, MC Pony created the portmanteau word “Veganthused” out of a combination of veganism and enthusiasm.
DJ Stixx, under the umbrella of Stixx Music, is an artistic musical being (musician and DJ) who brings the joy of music and memories to the people! The name Stevie Stixx was given by various band members he has collaborated with over the years, due to being the drummer. "Sticks" became "Stixx" to add to the classic retro feel of the songs and music he was writing, and to pay homage to the old school music he loved to create, emulate and play for everyone! Stevie is currently the resident DJ at The Mile End Hotel, and DJ Stixx can be found "playing them favourite tunes" from decades gone by. Songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s feature in the mixes from week to week, with hand selected tracks to take you back and shake your groove. A fan of many music genres over the years, DJ Stixx takes pride in finding and playing the songs that you many not have heard for a while, but really get you tapping your feet and feeling good!