Semaphore Music Festival | About ’17
Semaphore Music Festival is held on the October long weekend each year. Purchase your General Public Tickets for the 2019 Semaphore Music Festival. Local South Australian artists line up for Semaphore Songs.
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2 to 5 OCTOBER, 2020



The Semaphore Music Festival has grown since the inaugural event in 2005, to four nights and three days of concerts presenting South Australian home grown, live music to a niche market of music lovers. It is held annually over the Labour Day Long Weekend (Labour Day is the first Monday in October) around the community of Semaphore and Port Adelaide.
The SMF develops artists’ skills giving them performance opportunities and exposure to new audiences, as well as developing community arts and culture in the North Western Suburbs. It is a boutique, family friendly event located 20 minutes from the Adelaide easily accessible via public transport trains or buses departing from Adelaide CBD.
In 2020 the Semaphore Music Festival will be held in pubs and clubs around Semaphore and Port Adelaide from Friday 2 to Monday 5 October. Live Music concerts will be curated by the programming team who will invite artists to perform at the Main Stage and various venues such as the Semaphore Workers Club and other participating pubs and clubs.
The SMF is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Government through Renewal SA, Arts South Australia, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, APRA AMCOS.
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The Semaphore Music Festival team acknowledge and respect that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands of the Kaurna people, and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.





  • To promote South Australian original contemporary music with a focus on Original, Alt. Country, Roots and Blues genres.


  • To promote businesses and local venues in and around the Semaphore/ Port Adelaide area.


  • To attract inter and intra state and regional tourism to the area through the promotion of the event annually on an on-going basis.



  • To become a national and internationally recognised music festival attracting audiences because of its cultural qualities that reflect a socially inclusive community.


  • To provide a state of the art music festival in an iconic setting that is sustainable over time.


  • To promote the Semaphore/Port Adelaide area as a safe tourist destination, for families to holiday and visit.


  • To expand recreational activities, promoting healthy lifestyles and social inclusion by introducing culturally rich, diverse music and dancing.


  • To engage the community and visitors in healthy, positive outdoor activity.


  • To pay artists, musicians, and technicians industry standard wages.


  • To provide Events Management students the opportunity for volunteer work experience.


  • To give young people the opportunity to be mentored by experienced technicians.


  • To provide professional development opportunities for emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous bands.


  • To engage volunteers in the production of the event.


  • To engage a Festival Director responsible for administering, programming and representing the event on all levels.