Umbrella Festival 2022
What is Umbrella Festival and where does it take place?

Established in 2016, Umbrella is an open access contemporary live music festival in South Australia that activates the state in Winter, Umbrella primarily takes place in live music venues but we have seen Umbrella events in other unique locations such as warehouses, carparks, trams, parklands and hospitals. 2022 will focus on existing brick and mortar venues and small businesses throughout the Adelaide CBD, metropolitan suburbs, and regional areas.

Who can register an event with Umbrella Festival?

Whether you are an artist, an event manager, a council, a promoter, agency or venue, everyone is welcome to register their event with the festival.

What are the key dates in 2022 that I need to know?

Here are all the Umbrella Festival 2022 key dates that you need to know:
Event/Venue Registrations Open (Registration fee $25): Friday 4 March 
Event/Venue Registrations Close for Printed Program: Sunday 1 May (11.59PM)
Umbrella Festival 2022 Program Launch (Printed and Online): Thursday 19 May

Event/Venue Registrations Close for online: Thursday 23 June (5PM) 
Umbrella Festival 2022: Friday 1 July – Sunday 31 July

What kind of shows will there be?

It’s a celebration of all forms of contemporary live music – from orchestras and choirs, folk, hip hop, metal, pop, acoustic, punk, electronic, metal and everything in between. Expect new artists, original music, tribute acts and more. We encourage event presenters to think wildly and outside the box.

Does my gig need a COVID Safe Plan and a COVID Marshal?

If your gig is in a traditional venue, the COVID safe plan , COVID management plan and COVID Marshal will be the responsibility of the venue.
If your gig is taking place in a non-traditional space and have questions about this, please refer to the COVID-19 resources page on the Music SA website.

To keep up to date with South Australian updates on COVID-19, or to apply your own COVIDSafe Plan please visit SA Health. 


What is an Umbrella Curated event, and can I apply?

Thanks to the support from City Of Adelaide, one of the exciting attributes Umbrella gives to the music community is the development of a strong selection of featured events within the program. The Umbrella Programmer collectively seeks local creatives and experienced event producers to take part in the curated program of Umbrella Festival across the City of Adelaide, including the North Adelaide Precinct. You will notice these events as the half page features at the beginning of the printed program. 

The curated program is not open publicly to expressions of interest. It is an internal research process by the Umbrella team and programmer. Having said this, you can share your interest with info@umbrellafestival.com.au if you are an experienced event producer with a unique event idea. Please feel free to get in touch. Please note that not all applicants are successful.

What does it cost to include my event in the festival?

Given the difficulty of the past 2 years, we have re-introduced a subsidised registration fee of $25 that will apply for the entire registration period.

How does Umbrella Ticketing work in 2022?

In partnership with the fantastic team at Moshtix.com.au we bring you a brand new and stream-lined ticketing platform exclusive to all Umbrella Festival events. Each event will be highlighted on a dedicated Moshtix ticketing page as well as our online program. Simplified interface, active tech support and heightened marketing allowing us to advertise all Umbrella ticketed events in this one place. Once you have completed your Event Registration, you will receive follow-up auto email (check junk folder) with a 3-step instruction to get your ticketing setup. This new ticketing platform will incur customer booking and transaction fees to enable us to facilitate this process. (Please see ticketing section in General Terms & Conditions).    


My venue has a ticketing arrangement with another outlet, what happens in this scenario?
In the Venue Registration platform you will find a question asking ‘Do you have a contractual ticketing arrangement with an existing outlet other than Moshtix’, if you select yes, someone from the Umbrella Festival team will be in direct contact with you to discuss, and in certain cases, processes can be arranged to opt out of the Moshtix platform.  


Is Umbrella Festival exclusive to South Australian music only?

Absolutely not! Interstate and International artists are welcomed (and encouraged) to register their event with Umbrella, if they have an event in South Australia within the festival dates. If you are a South Australian artist/promoter/venue who wants to have an interstate or international artist perform at your Umbrella Event, you are absolutely encouraged to do so.

Do I need to do my own marketing and promotion?

Yes, absolutely! Umbrella Festival aims to amplify the voices of those running live music events, and promote them wherever possible, including major print, online and outdoor advertising, but you will also need to do your own promotion. Often, the more promotion you do the easier it becomes for us to further promote your show, so please keep this in mind as an incentive!

Can I offer tickets to my gig for online Umbrella giveaways and competitions?

Yes! By doing this we can promote your event on Umbrella Festival social media platforms. Please liaise with our Umbrella Festival Marketing Coordinator at lauren@musicsa.com.au

Can you sponsor my event?

Umbrella Festival is a festival presented by Music SA who are a not for profit organisation, and are unfortunately not able to offer monetary sponsorship to any live music events. As an open access festival, artists pay a fee to be registered in Umbrella and use their own funds to stage their productions and/or run their venues and receive their own ticketing income. You are however more than welcome to bring on any external sponsors, both cash and in-kind. Feel free also to apply for any grants you can find too! 

What does my registration get me?

A limited run of the free printed program with your event listing will be distributed across South Australia. Additionally, your event will be listed in the online program on our website, which will go live on 19th May 2022. Umbrella Festival will be supported with a huge marketing campaign led by Music SA. On top of the printed guide, key marketing initiatives include venue packages, city dressing and a far-reaching general publicity campaign with digital promotion across various Social Media and other digital channels. General promotion of the festival will also occur through TV, Radio, Online and Print Media.

I'm looking for a venue for my event, what sort of things should I be considering?

Capacity – This is pretty essential; you don’t want to book a venue too big or too small. If you are realistically expecting 50 people at your event it’s not a good idea to book a venue with a 300 capacity. This works in reverse also, as a room that no one can move in is not ideal either. Please also consider any current capacity restrictions due to COVID-19.

Cost of Hire – Is it within your budget? What does the hire cost cover? Is it an upfront cost, or a cut of the ticket sales? Do they have a PA equipment and stage, a dressing room etc. On the other side of this, if the venue you want to perform at is one that regularly programmes live music, will they pay YOU a guarantee so that you can cover artist fees?

Location – Is there parking available? Is it wheelchair accessible? Is there public transport close by? Is the venue suitable – Does the venue provide staff? Is it licensed? Does the existing clientele suit your event? What genre of music does well at the venue?

My question is not answered here, how can I get in touch?

For general enquiries about Umbrella Festival please email steve@musicsa.com.au

For marketing enquiries, please email lauren@musicsa.com.au

For ticketing enquiries, please email elli@musicsa.com.au

Or anything else, please email info@umbrellafestival.com.au   

I'm looking for other artists to join my event/I'm looking for a venue for my event!

Music SA has both an artists directory and a venue directory available on the website for your perusal:

Artist Directory 
Venue Directory

Music SA does not provide a venue/artist matching service. It is up to you to plan, register, promote and run your own event. We are always happy to chat about ideas for your event and point you in the right direction.