Illuminate Adelaide, the city’s mid-winter festival, has just announced a major coup with the news that the Gorillaz will be including Adelaide in their Australian tour this year. The festival, which got off to a patchy start last year, brings a whole host of local, national and international artists and companies to fill the city’s streets and laneways with art and this year’s celebration is gearing up to be a big one. Cue, the Gorillaz.
The British-virtual band created by comic artist Jamie Hewlett and Blur frontman Damon Albarn was originally only planning stops in Sydney and Melbourne after their Splendour in the Grass headline. However, now the band (Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs, Noodle and 2-D) will perform in Adelaide at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 28 July. Sha, sha-ba-da, sha-ba-da-ca, feel good.
The BRIT and Grammy Award-winning group will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble as well as a group of talented collaborators to bring to life the performance and wow us with songs from their seven-album catalogue. From Gorillaz to Strange Timez through Demon Days, you’re not going to want to miss this.
But that’s not all the music that’s going to be on at Illuminate Adelaide. Joining the Gorillaz as part of the festival will be The Avalanches who will be teaming up with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for a recreation of their seminal debut album Since I Left You.
Illuminate Adelaide has also secured the ground-breaking international series KLASSIK underground. It will be taking over Adelaide’s Dom Polski Centre for an immersive concert series that combines classical music with live visuals.