Monday, February 15th, 2010
The countdown has begun – there are just four days to go until the 2010 Adelaide Fringe blasts off with a stellar free opening night parade and concert on Friday, February 19.

The Adelaide Fringe Parade will deliver a payload of spectacularly colourful entertainment from 7pm with everyone from clowns to dancers, cheerleaders, DJs, fire twirlers, gymnasts, drum troupes, roller derby girls, samba dancers, wrestlers, brass bands, fire breathers, giant dinosaur puppets and astronauts joining the fun.

Thanks to the Adelaide Fringe’s intergalactically cool tutu-clad astronaut, the parade theme is space. Adelaide Fringe Parade artists Kathryn Sproul, Juniper Van den Ende, Mark Timberlake and Tsubi Du have helped artists and community groups create a string of spectacularly out-there floats.

Not only will the Adelaide Fringe Parade be a visual and aural space spectacular, in a parade first, it will also be an olfactory experience… but you’ll have to roll up to see how the parade’s roller derby girls dressed as airline hostesses, truck stop waitresses and sailors will give the parade a little smell-o-vision.

Among the record 1500 performers there will be 25 colourful and kooky floats, including a 5.7m tall kangaroo made from thousands of hand-made boomerangs which will carry Kaurna elders; a house of doors on a scissor lift complete with a soundtrack of chimes and doorbells to welcome parade spectators; a toy dog created by Norwood Primary School; a pop-up book made by Home Educators SA; a Trojan horse full of tumbling Cirkidz; beach change huts carried by fish-head lawyers Fisher Jeffries; a giant liver blowing bubbles from the Hep C Council; and a giant birthday cake celebrating SCOSA’s successes.

Preparation is key for this mission. With 80,000 spectators expected to attend over the Adelaide Fringe Parade’s hour-and-a-half duration, the Adelaide Fringe recommends families arrive early and be in position by 6pm. The best family-friendly vantage points are on the eastern end of Rundle Road at Rymill Park and on the corner of Grenfell Street and Hutt Street.

In a first for the Adelaide Fringe Parade, all the mayhem will begin in the east before proceeding west into the city. From 7pm parade performers and floats will start at the Dequetteville Terrace end of Rundle Road, moving along Rundle Road before turning left on East Terrace and proceeding for a block along Hutt Street.

The 2010 Adelaide Fringe opening parade will be followed by a free opening night concert from 8.30pm to late at Rymill Park (Mullawirraburka).

Out of this world artists performing at the opening night concert include Art vs. Science, The Killaqueenz, The Kill Girls, Canvas Kites and Spin DJ Comp winner DJ Sanchez.

Adelaide Fringe Parade schedule

4.30pm Street theatre performers begin on Rundle St near the Exeter Hotel.

5.15pm Roving street theatre performers on the east end of Rundle St.

5.45pm La Bomba samba dancers and drummers perform on the east end of Rundle St.

6pm La Bomba samba dancers and drummers move to the east end of Rundle Rd to lead dance session with crowd participation. Clowns and dinosaur puppets entertain crowds in the family area in Rymill Park.

6.30pm If you haven’t already found a great spot to watch the parade from you’d better get in position now!

7pm Adelaide Fringe Parade begins at the Dequetteville Tce end of Rundle Rd moving along Rundle Road before turning left on East Terrace and proceeding for a block along Hutt Street.

8.30pm Adelaide Fringe opening night concert begins at Rymill Park with Art vs. Science, The KillaQueenz, The Kill Girls, Canvas Kites and Spin DJ Comp winner DJ Sanchez.

Concert schedule


Concert start with Kaurna welcome, speeches and Spin DJ Comp winner DJ Sanchez.

8.55pm - Canvas Kites

From the very recently smouldering and unconfirmed ashes of Sydney sonic indie darlings Mercy Arms comes another project with a sharp sensibility. Vocalist and axeman Thom Moore swaps the booming reverb pedal for something more akin to a sunny late-80s jangle for this newly-hatched three-piece. Canvas Kites appear pretty damn dapper in their new skin, and are well schooled in the sounds they’re splashing round in. Look forward to seeing where the road leads these three!

9.45pm - Spin DJ Comp winner DJ Sanchez

DJ Sanchez mixes world-class turntablism with an impeccable track selection of classic underground hip hop. He makes regular appearances on Radio Adelaide, 3D Radio and Fresh FM and has supported heavy-weight acts such as Grandmaster Flash, Funkoars, Delta and Muph & Plutonic.

10pm - Killgirls

The Killgirls are an Adelaide-based rocktronic timebomb. This synth heavy indie grid-rock five-piece band are gaining momentum, having picked up national airplay in Australia on triple j and supports for Art vs Science, End of Fashion, Bang Bang Eche, Oh Mercy!, Hercules in NY and The Bumblebeez. Get ready for these home town heroes who know how to rock out!

11pm - KillaQueenz

KillaQueenz are one of the most promising hip hop acts coming out of Australia right now. They are renowned for their high energy shows and unrivalled dedication to the art. Hailing from Uganda and Belize, Kween G and Belizean Bombshell draw inspiration from their respective homelands to bring a fresh sound to the Australian hip hop scene. The girls first met at the 2000 Olympic Games where they were individually performing and have since performed across the country and supported the likes of Public Enemy, Lady Gaga, Shapeshifter and Bone Thugs N Harmony. Their live performance consists of rhymes, beat boxing, dancing and the raw energy that only KQ can deliver. Expect the unexpected and keep it locked for KillaQueenz.

midnight - Art vs Science

There is a reason why night clubs play the music they do: it’s the right tempo for dancing, it’s got hook lines you can sing along to, and a beat steady enough hypnotise. Art vs. Science not only makes the sort of music played in nightclubs; it is one of the few outfits in Australia which can actually play in night clubs – live. No laptops, no backing tracks, just drums, keyboards, synths and three sets of funky hands. Use your flippers to get down!

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Adelaide Fringe 2010

Top tips for opening night parade and concert


Adelaide Fringe recommends families arrive early and be in position by 6pm, with access from Rundle Road, Kent Town. The best family-friendly vantage points are on the eastern end of Rundle Rd at Rymill Park and on the corner of Grenfell St and Hutt St.

Dry zone

Rymill Park has been declared a dry zone for the evening of the parade with the exception of the Fringe Bar designated area.

Getting home

Thinking about drinking? Don’t take the car. The best way to top off the fun of the Adelaide Fringe opening night is to get home safely. The Adelaide Metro After Midnight service will be running on Friday, February 19 until the early hours of Saturday, February 20. Buses will be running between midnight and approximately 4.45am.

Check the timetable at
Duncan Fraser
P: +61 8 8100 2019
M: +61 404 334 049

Road Closures for Fringe Opening Party

Friday, February 19

12pm - Midnight: Bartels Road between Dequetteville Terrace and East Terrace

12pm - Midnight: Western lane of Dequetteville Terrace between Bartels Road and Rundle Road

Friday, February 19 to Saturday, February 20

4pm - 3am: Rundle Street between Frome Street and East Terrace

4pm - 3am: Union Street between Rundle Street and Ebenezer Place

6pm - 3am: Rundle Road between Dequetteville Terrace and East Terrace

6pm- 3am: East Terrace between North Terrace and Grenfell Street

6pm – 9pm East Terrace between Grenfell Street and Pirie Street

6pm – 9pm Local traffic only on Grenfell St from Frome St to East Terrace
Michelle Read, Publicity Coordinator
P: +61 8 8100 2018
M: +61 418 805 001


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