Semaphore Music Festival | Press Release
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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Press Release 2018

For Immediate Release 25 August, 2018

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2018 is the 14th year that the Semaphore Music Festival proudly supports local South Australian live music around the heritage precincts of Semaphore/Port Adelaide over the Long Weekend Friday 28 September to Monday, 1 October.

The participating venues this year are Hart’s Mill Flour Shed in Port Adelaide, as well as pubs, clubs and businesses around Semaphore, Glanville and Exeter, including Semaphore Workers Club, Lickerish Kitchen & Bar, Exeter Hotel, The Fed, Cumberland Hotel, Hades Hula House, Mr V Music, Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL, The Palais Hotel and St Bede’s Church.

Venues will present their curated SMF18 program from Friday 28 September through to Monday 1 October starting with the Official Opening Event at the Semaphore Workers Club presenting double headlining acts Kings & Associates and Gail Page & Friends. Country sweetheart Amber Joy Poulton will return to her hometown on Friday night appearing at Lickerish Kitchen and Bar whilst the Young & the Wrestlers will be at Hades Hula House and RoKoUstika at the Exeter Hotel.

The Americana Music Association of Australia will host acts appearing at the Semaphore Workers Club on Saturday 30 September with Tara Carragher presenting ‘Righteously: The Music of Lucinda Williams’ supported by Matt Ward and The Heggarties.

Local pub The Exeter Hotel will transform into a Honky Tonk for the weekend featuring some of Adelaide’s best Rockabilly, Blues and Roots acts including Exeter Blues, Wanda Jackson’s guitarist Johnny Siegel, The Memphis Suns, Nobody’s Sweethearts and the Roots V Retro Record Hop.

The Cumberland will feature The Original West Enders and shows over the weekend including Lily & the Drum and Raging Thirst, whilst the Semaphore Workers Club will present favourites The Streamliners and Eric ‘Tooch’ Santucci on Sunday 4pm to 8pm. The Semaphore/Port Adelaide RSL is hosting a very special tribute to ‘Cohen & Waits’ with Rohan Powell and Ian ‘Polly’ Politis on Sunday 30th September 8pm to 11pm.

This is the second year that the Semaphore Music Festival hub will be located at Hart’s Mill precinct in Port Adelaide on Sunday 30 September & Monday 1 October. ‘This popular location is perfect for live music and cultural events,’ says Event Organiser Debra Thorsen.

Sunday 30 September will see the return of community groups Born on Monday Choir and the Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society, followed by an amazing selection of local live music chosen from over 150 applications including Already Gone, Angelik, Dirtyfrank, The Northern Lites, and Ron the Ox.

The BSide Community Stage will host local singer songwriters and acoustic acts over the two days with Alana Jagt, Paula Standing, David Robinson, Sofia Torchia, Rapscallion, Ben Searcy, Courtney Robb & Snooks La Vie, Kylie Brice, James Hickey, Fergus Maximus, Henry D. Fenton and more to be announced.

The APRA/AMCOS sponsored Semaphore Songs composers will present their offerings on Monday 1 October at Hart’s Mill Flour Shed. They are Nancy Bates, Tara Carragher, Emily Davis, Jessica Wishart, Mary Webb, Naomi Keyte, Nick Kipridis, Ange & Stephen Portolesi who will participate in a songwriter speaks panel discussion convened by Alana Jagt. They will perform throughout the day, winding up with a rare performance by Velvet Moth and the Emily Davis Band presenting songs from her new album – You, Me and the Velvet Sea.

Favourites The Rustlers and The Satellites will appear at The Palais Hotel 3pm to 7pm on Monday 1 October.

Full line-up and playing times will be announced Sept 1 at

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