The program, from artistic director Julia Zemiro, boasts more than 380 artists in 245 performances over 16 days and nights. This will include 17 Adelaide exclusives, 17 Adelaide premieres and seven national premieres.
One of the exclusive shows is from Tripod-member-director Steven Gates, who will debut “witty, rude, politically incorrect” show Suburban Gothic, while Tex Perkins teams up with former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy for Presentation Night and Dami Im makes her cabaret debut with My Life In Songs.
Aussie singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will be returning to Adelaide after appearing at Eurovision in May, RocKwiz are taking over the Thebarton Theatre, and Lior will reinvent some of his most beloved songs alongside Paul Grabowki, Vika and Linda Bull.
The opening night event The House is Live will feature festival regulars Paul Capsis and Meow Meow alongside Saskwatch, Omar Musa and more. Modern cabaret favourite Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy, 8MMM and Kiki & Kitty) will make her festival debut, and Iota returns with new show Slap And Tickle. As previously confirmed, Megan Mullally will bring her punk/vaudeville act Nancy & Beth to South Australia.
“From glitzy and shiny through to grit and heartbreak, let what cabaret can be take you away and escape to be seen,” Zemiro said.
“New venues, new faces and an opening night that will surprise! I am so thrilled to launch our program so that I can finally declare the doors are open and welcome audiences in.
“If you love all things shiny, it’s there. If you love to laugh, or reminisce and hear a dark story, it’s there. If you love a big bold stand-alone main event, it’s absolutely there!”
Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs from 7-22 June. For tickets and more info head over to their website.