The Fringe Ukulele Festival
Sunday 3 March | Carclew Mansion
12am - 7pm
Love Ukuleles? Love Festivals? Love workshops? Love Kids Free Entry?
Even if you don't play a ukulele, we promise you'll love this festival!
The World's first Fringe Ukulele Festival (FRUKE FEST) kicks off at this year's Adelaide Fringe. Curated by the Global Phenomenon, the Ukulele Death Squad, this community festival will offer Uke enthusiasts everything their nylon string hearts desire.
Expect Workshops running all day, Incredible Local and Interstate Ukulele groups, Ukulele stalls, Food Trucks, Boutique Beers, Delicious Wines, and lawned areas for the kids to roam free. (Kids Under 12 are eligible for a free ticket)
Held at the stunning Carclew mansion and grounds, in North Adelaide.
Bring a picnic rug, your kids, and most importantly don't forget your Ukulele
Get your tickets before they sell out
There will be limited tickets available at the door.
Kids are free but due to limited numbers you have to make sure you register your child to come to the event. Note the Adelaide Fringe charges a booking free for free tickets.
First Round Artist Announcement
Ukulele Russ & His One Man Frontier Band
By locking himself away in his dark, tiny cabin he has developed his own unique style of “ukuleleing,” discovering that they can in fact be used to create music other than the songs you hear at the Honolulu airport, and he has been capturing audiences’ attention ever since. From rock and roll to funk, bluegrass to hip-hop, Russ takes the ukulele into uncharted waters and has compiled a selection of humorous stories and multi-genre songs about Alaska and the people who call it home.
The Gypsy Rumble
Heralded as “Australia’s quirkiest Celtic/Folk band” the Gypsy Rumble has its roots in Celtic, world and bush dance fun. The band’s enthralling, highly energetic performances carry audiences back in time as the Gypsy Rumble blends showmanship, artistry and tradition.
This is a band that knows how to entertain. “If you can find the time to catch your breath from dancing these guys are just as fun to watch”
Ash Ran has without a doubt the most amazing voices in Australia. From soul, to accapella to pop, her vocal range is beyond impressive.
As front woman of The Coconut Kids, she's toured Australia extensively as well travelling Texas and going to SXSW festival.
This is her first time branching out into the world of solo music. Expect to be blown away by a voice that will leave you quite simply speechless.
Ukulele Death Squad
Organisers of the festival, The Ukulele Death Squad strive to entertain and wow their audiences by pushing the boundaries of the small four stringed instrument– the Ukulele.
Exploding onto the scene in February 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, they blend their own ukulele style with Flamenco, Mexican, Rap and Folk, with an energetic performance that goes beyond anything audiences have ever seen. Enter at your own risk
Blackwood Ukulele Group
The Blackwood Ukulele Group are found strumming away twice a month at the Belair hotel blessing the hills with their wonderful tunes. Regulars at the Adelaide Ukulele picnic and other events, there's a reason why they continue attracting numbers to their flock!
The Kukes (Kensington Ukes)
Meeting every wednesday at the Kensi hotel, the Kukes are known for having a good time. Expect some classic ukulele tunes and some tunes to strum and sing along to. It's hard not to have a laugh and smile with this wonderful bunch.
The Leroys are a part of Ink Pot Arts' AHUG (Adelaide Hills Ukulele Group) activities. They are an alternative uke outfit playing blues-influenced music led by Derrick Allen. They supported Ukulele Russ's (USA) 2017 tour, have played various cafes but can usually be found on Saturday mornings playing at the Farmers' Market in Mt Barker.
The Northern Ukuleles have been rocking the Northern suburbs for many years. Their tunes have been quick to catch on and they've quickly exploded to more than 100 members. Catch them jamming out at Fruke Fest!
All those pesky questions answered
How do I get to the Ukulele Death Festival?
The address is 11 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide SA 5006. Head to Adelaide Metro's website to plan your journey.
Will there be workshops?
Of course there will! There will be plenty of little workshops for all levels at the festival and a ukulele bookship.
What time does the it start & finish?
The event kicks off at Midday and it will be all done by 7pm
What about the weather?
This is an all weather event – so it will be happening rain, hail or shine!
Do I need to bring cash?
We always recommend you bring a bit of ol’ fashion dosh with you – but we’ll make sure all our food vendors have Eftpos facilities.
Can I bring food?
We encourage everyone to bring a picnic along with them. There will also be a selection of food trucks on the day.
Can I bring my alcohol?
No. We’ll be running our own bar, with delicious beer wine and cocktails, so leave that to us :)
Is the event kid friendly?
Yes it is! We’ll have a kid’s zone complete with activities for the kids and workshops for kids. Best of all kids are free.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
It certainly is.
Where can I buy tickets?
Online – right here.
Are pass-outs available?
What time does the event start & finish?
The event kicks off at 12pm and it will be all done by 7pm.
Can I bring a ukulele?
Yes… of course it’s a Ukulele festival 😊 In fact bring two!
12:00 - Doors Open
12:30 - The Nukes
1:15 - Ash Ran
1:45 - Mister Move It (Kids)
2:15 - The Kukes
2:45 - Mister Move It (Kids)
3:15 - Ukulele Russ
4:15 - Blackwood Ukulele Group
5:00 - Gypsy Rumble
6:00 Ukulele Death Squad + Strum along
7:00 - Close
12:30 - Ukulele Blues Cal Williams Jr. (Free)
1.45 - Ukulele Russ ($10)
2.15 Ash Ran "Uking for Kids" (Free)
2.45 Joe Murphy "Gypsy Uke" ($10)
3.45 Ben Roberts "Strumtastic" (Free)
4.15 Chris Car ($10)
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