ADELAIDE FRINGE IS A CELEBRATION OF ART, CULTURE AND CREATIVITY, SPLASHING OUR STATE WITH A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.
While COVID-19 means Adelaide Fringe will look a little different to previous years, as they say, the show must go on… all 800 of them! Adelaide Fringe 2021 will showcase more than 800 events across 285 venues from 19 February to 21 March. Prepare for a non-stop party of comedy, music, theatre and art including open-air amphitheatre shows, drive-in performances, laneway activations and outdoor light displays.
After Edinburgh, Adelaide Fringe is the largest Fringe festival in the world, and is loudly, and proudly, the biggest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Find out what to do, what to see and where to celebrate. Here is our guide to the top shows to see at Adelaide Fringe 2021.
1. Ross Noble 2021 Comeback Special
Like many performers, COVID-19 forced English-born Melbourne-based comedian Ross Noble off the touring circuit for the first time in years. It also gave him plenty of time to create his newest show, Ross Noble 2021 Comeback Special. An Adelaide Fringe 2021 ambassador, Noble is raring to get back on stage and showcase his signature inventive and quirky stand-up.
Equal parts risqué, impressive and outrageous, award-winning Rouge is an adults-only cabaret meets circus, with leather pants and sequins aplenty. Returning to Gluttony’s Spiegeltent for Adelaide Fringe, expect a night filled with jaw-dropping acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque.
Adelaide-favourite Hugh Sheridan is back with a brand-new show, and a troupe of Australia’s best dances. Hughman is a sensory spectacular of music, dance and lighting in the outdoor venue Moa. Sit back and soak in Sheridan’s signature smooth vocals as he glides through classic hits from Michael Jackson, to Calvin Harris, Guetta and Sinatra.
4. THE CHOIR OF MAN
Returning after a sell-out season at last year’s Adelaide Fringe, The Choir of Man is a feel-good show not to be missed. Described as the greatest pub gig ever, nine ordinary guys take to the stage in a high energy performance of dance and live music featuring all your favourite songs from rock ballads to pop hits.
Ever dreamt of witnessing the Northern Lights? This summer, glimpse the stunning lights of Aurora Borealis… over Adelaide. High power laser beams will project luminous lights over Mullawirrapurka-Rymill Park, with each night’s projections transforming depending on weather conditions. Be transported to the North Pole by Dan Archer’s Borealis as you wander under the canopy of the free event to a stunning soundtrack.
WHERE TO STAY FOR FRINGE 2020
Kicking on for the Adelaide Fringe celebrations? Make the most of Adelaide’s jam-packed calendar of summer events and linger longer in the city. Check out our guide to the best hotels in Adelaide.
WHAT TO DO IN ADELAIDE
Beyond the festivals, the party vibes continue in South Australia. Dine at South Australia’s best restaurants, soak up the sun at one of Adelaide’s best beaches just minutes from the city, pull up a seat at a hidden bar before your show or take a break from the festivals and explore some of the best things to do in Adelaide at night. Venture a little further and discover some of Australia’s most renowned wine country at these day trips on Adelaide’s doorstep.