Unsound Adelaide

One of the world’s most exciting and progressive experimental music festivals, Unsound has grown to be one of the world’s most adventurous music festivals – with Adelaide being its only Southern Hemisphere event.

Produced by
Insite Arts

One of the world’s most exciting and progressive experimental music festivals, Unsound has grown to be one of the world’s most adventurous music festivals – with Adelaide being its only Southern Hemisphere event. The adventurously curated multidisciplinary festival has been described as “one of the great festivals in the world” (The Quietus).

2018 program highlights included some of the most vital artists of our times edging into the outer limits of sonic performance: Nicolas Jaár in a special ambient live A/V show as an Australian exclusive; a one-off exclusive performance from legendary experimental electronic U.S. duo Matmos; one of Australia’s best known experimental music exports, Ben Frost, with the Australian debut of the stunning A/V show for his album The Centre Cannot Hold, created with Berlin-based visual artist MFO; rapidly rising star Yves Tumor who received a whopping 9.1 from Pitchfork for his new LP on Warp which was  described as “a benchmark in experimental music” in an exclusive premiere; and the sublime and mesmerising Polish cello player and electronic musician Resina, in another exclusive debut for the Unsound Adelaide audience.

Unsound’s club program brought a disorientating energy with everything from heavy club music to industrial techno, deep house and a debut Australian appearance by DJ Lag, one of the originators of gqom. The free discourse program offered audiences a chance to interact with the artists through astute discussion.

Performance History

  • 2018
  • 2017

Queen's Theatre

Australia

Thebarton Theatre

Australia

Media

Mikey Cahill

“UNSOUND Adelaide 2018 was freedom time. What a remarkably well executed festival.”

Herald Sun
Kate Hennesy

“2018’s festival is a sellout, but its essence is intact: uniting an incongruent diaspora of electronic music’s outliers and iconoclasts under the Unsound umbrella.”

The Wire
Daniel De Jongh

“The sixth Australian edition basked in its ability to attract exclusive performances by genre bending sonic terrorists to a city that more usually bemoans its exclusion from high profile tours.”

Speaker TV

Credits

Co-Artistic Directors
Mat Schulz
Krakow
David Sefton
Adelaide
Executive Director
Małgorzata Płysa
Unsound Productions
Producer
Lee Cumberlidge
Insite Arts
Associate Producer
Kylie Maslen
Insite Arts
Marketing Manager
Selena Battersby
Media Manager
Sophie Miles
Designer
Aleksandra Grünholz
Unsound Productions
International PR/curatorial advisor/website
Łukasz Warna-Wiesławski
Unsound Productions
Production Manager
Lachlan Turner
Head of Audio
Byron Scullin

Contact

Producer
Lee Cumberlidge → Email