Adelaide enjoys a vibrant live music scene and there are always plenty of venues around town that are hosting gigs. To keep up to date on what is happening each week, local Adelaidians turn to their trusty street press for information on major stadium concerts down to the little hole in the wall venues featuring garage bands. Any night of the week you can find blues, rock, punk, jazz, dance, trance, classical and practically any other style of music busting through amps somewhere in the city.
The Adelaide Entertainment Centre is the place where many international performers and shows come to tread the boards and wow the crowds. The centre is able to seat up to 12 000 people and has plenty of onsite parking provided for concert goers. The centre is located at Corner Port Road and Adam Street, Hindmarsh. You can get to the centre by train with the Bowden Train Station just 100 metres away, there are also bus services that stop near the centre and there is a free tram service that runs from the city to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre stopping in front of the centre.
The Adelaide Festival Centre is a venue that is commonly used for musicals, opera, plays and festivals. There are various venues that comprise the centre including: Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space, Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Amphitheatre and the Artspace Gallery. The Festival Centre is located on King William Street in Adelaide, just a short walk from the CBD.
The Royal Adelaide Showground is the largest venue in the city and many music events are held there each year. It is not only used for big international acts, but is often used by performers drawing smaller crowds too. In addition to concerts and music events, it is often used for trade shows and conferences. The showground is just five minutes from the CBD on the south west end of the Adelaide Parklands. There are bus, tram and train connections to the grounds.
There are infinite smaller venues throughout the city that have regular live gigs for music lovers.
Located on Hindley Street, the Worlds End Hotel has live music every night of the week. Monday nights are open mic night, where new talent and acts can have a crack at the big time, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are reserved for acoustic groups and Thursdays are devoted to rock. Over the weekend, there are visiting DJs who come to get everyone moving.
The HG Complex is located on North Terrace in the CBD and it is a huge venue where live music gigs are on at least a couple of times a week. The venue is on three levels and on Saturdays it is packed with dance music lovers who come for the DJs and the light shows.
This cosy venue located on King William Street offers an eclectic music mix throughout the week with Thursday nights devoted to hip hop and R&B, Fridays devoted to indie music and Saturdays given over to the turn tables. What makes this venue interesting is that they are committed to helping develop new talent and will give newcomers a chance at the limelight.