Spirit Festival Concert
Saturday 10 November
1pm – 10pm
Wauwi (Light Square), Adelaide
Wauwi (Light Square) comes to life as Kevin Kropinyeri and Natasha Wanganeen host some of the hottest music from around the country in a mini festival for all the senses.
There’ll be free workshops for young and old, all kinds of stalls to browse, and all kinds of things to eat and drink. Whether you’re a family of five or just flying solo, don’t miss the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the Spirit Festival!
1.10pm | Eskatology
A kid of the early 90s, Eskatology grew up on a healthy diet of N.W.A., as well as Death Row Records and Ruthless Records artists, diving deep into the burgeoning world of gansta rap. After the loss of his grandma, and a spiral into panic anxiety, he began to craft his thoughts into his own rhymes.
Entering his twenties, and moving to Adelaide from his home town of Port Augusta, Eskatology trod the hard road as he battled poverty, anxiety and drinking. Today, writing from a personal and thoughtful place, his verse grapples with systems and social norms in contemporary Australia.
1.55pm | Hannah Yates
If you like infectious pop hooks married to nostalgic stories, then Hannah’s got your number. In fact, she’s probably got a few. Blending smooth vocals with rich guitar lines, her songs weave storytelling folk with charming tunes, all undercut by a mischievous edge that takes you to a haunting, almost uncomfortable place at times.
Hannah’s upbringing growing up alongside the Kaurna and Adnyamathanha community in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide burns bright both in her songwriting and in her social activism. Smart, sassy, and brimming with talent, Hannah will make you laugh, she’ll make you swoon, and she might just make you cry.
2.40pm | The MERRg
Hailing from Ceduna, The MERRg bring driving jams reminiscent of Ben Harper, the John Butler Trio, and Xavier Rudd. Getting together to play music when the time is right, their live shows will show its multi-talented members regularly swapping instruments between songs to get that sound just so.
Now working from Adelaide, the band’s west coast roots can be heard in their unique brand of desert rock infused with the rhythms of the Torres Strait Island and Koonibba rock traditions. So if you liked Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, and the Warumpi band, don’t miss this thumping night of desert rock.
3.30pm | Dhungala Baarka
A guitar, a double bass, and two of the most exquisite voices in Australia today. Thrown together these ingredients make this divine duo one of the most distinctive acts around.
First working together in Archie Roach’s band in 2016, Nancy Bates and Allara Briggs-Pattison have forged a unique musical relationship that spills into their emotionally charged songs. While developing contemporary music by Australia’s ‘First Women,’ Bates and Briggs-Pattison are the continuation of Ancient Songlines, connecting Yorta Yorta and Barkindii.
Once seen live, there is no denying that Roach was right proclaiming Bates as one of the Finest singer songwriters in contemporary Australia.
4.20pm | Frank Yamma
Crossing cultural and musical boundaries, Frank Yamma’s songs tell, sometimes almost brutally, honest stories. This intimate style sings straight to the heart, and when Frank sings it’s impossible not to be transported.
An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in both his native language as well as English, singing songs about country, protection, heartache, travel, and pure present-day raw emotion.
Famous for his almost magical guitaring, his live show is dominated by his evocative voice which drives home the conflicting truths in his unforgettable songs. A gritty stripped-back punch to the gut that will take you on a journey with one of Australia’s truly remarkable songwriters.
5.15pm | Shellie Morris
Proud Yanyuwa and Wardaman woman Shellie Morris is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter creating and singing in around 17 Australian Aboriginal languages.
While Shellie has been in the spotlight over the years for involvement with Black Arm Band, ARIA nominations, Music Australia award and G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award; by and large, she works on the ground empowering and gently effecting change.
Shellie is the 2014 NT Australian of the Year, the 2014 NAIDOC National Artist of the Year, a multi Deadly Award winner and a driving force of the acclaimed album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu and the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs.
6.00pm | Sunset Gathering
For tens of thousands of years, we have gathered across this great land to celebrate what is the oldest living culture in the world.
With dusk falling, rhythms sounding and local Aboriginal dance groups paying tribute to our country and our ancestors through the gathering of community, join us for this special gathering.
7.00pm | The Merindas
Melbourne duo The Merindas drop pop hooks and sultry vocals over gyrating beats that will have the whole crowd dancing from curtain to curtain.
Commanding the stage like warrior queens, Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett’s kick-arse attitude promises an electric show, that bounces to the infectious rhythms of mix-master Jake Steele.
Make sure you bring your dancing shoes, because when these women hit the stage, it’s almost impossible for your hips to not start gyrating as you lose yourself in their unique atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop.
7.55pm | David Spry
Modern day nomad David Spry brings his deeply honest songs to the Spirit Festival in a concert that is equal parts emotion and experience. A powerful storyteller, David travels the world with an open heart, trading truths along the way.
The result? A seemingly endless catalogue of powerful and uplifting songs fusing everything from Blues and Roots to Reggae, songs navigating themes from abandonment and loss, through to his experience of the world as an Indigenous Australian of Maranunggu and Marrithivel heritage.
A must see performance from a master of the microphone as his penetrating lyrics take flight against his hallmark stripped-back, almost cinematic, compositions.
8.50pm | Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Treaty yeah. Treaty now. Today, these now iconic cries from late Australian music legend Dr M Yunupingu AC are as important as ever. As founding member Stuart Kellaway says ‘Treaty’ never goes away… People still to this day are asking what’s going on, what’s going to be in the treaty if there is a treaty. People want to hear the songs of the Yothu Yindi band.’
In this innovative and exciting new setting, original band members are joined by a host of contemporary artists including Shellie Morris and Kamahi Djordan King, serving up Yothu Yindi’s classic songs for a new generation.