A Musos Guide To Adelaide's Live Music Venues With Josh Kroehn

Josh Kroehn is an Adelaide indie songwriter; he lists his favourite live venues in Adelaide. Josh Kroehn is an Adelaide indie songwriter; he lists his favourite live venues in Adelaide.

With influences ranging from Ben Howard to City and Colour, and Bon Iver, Adelaide indie songwriter Josh Kroehn is marking his first release for 2020 in the striking 'Never Found'.

Recorded at Island Studios in Adelaide, 'Never Found' came together at the end of last year, documenting personal change and realisation. "I've found that the more I stay true to myself, the less involved I feel in certain relationships and friendships," Josh says.

"I feel like in the past, I've tried becoming something I'm not in order to keep people happy, which I don't want to do anymore as it took its toll on my own happiness."

As South Australia continues to re-open, Josh shares a few thoughts about some of the live music venues he likes to frequent. "What I love about Adelaide is everything is 20 minutes away. Whether that be the beach, the city, the hills, wine country, Adelaide has it covered.

"When it comes to festivals and support of the arts we are truly blessed here in Adelaide. We are home to the Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide and have such a great musical community, with the support of great organisations like Music SA, Northern Sound System and SCALA just to name a few.

"Here are some essential Adelaide venues and artists to see if you're in town."

Crown and Anchor

The 'Cranka' band room is a key hotspot of the Adelaide live music scene, and has seen many local acts make their mark as well as luring acclaimed national and international artists on tour.

I've had many great times sinking beers, shooting pool before venturing to the band room to see gigs at the Cranka.

Notable nights with notable Adelaide acts include West Thebarton in 2018, a local band with a huge live show, and a tight performance from a band that continues to do great things, as well as Donnarumma in 2019 with the scintillating vocal performance of lead man Louis.

Wheatsheaf Hotel

I love the Wheaty. For awhile it was like a second home when I was at the peak of my craft-beer nerd expertise.

I have played multiple gigs at The Wheaty and it's always a great time. With the brewery mash tuns visible from the stage, it's thirsty work. The fairy lights, the PA, the round tables and the eclectic array of seating furniture make for a uniquely intimate indoor/ outdoor vibe.

I've seen some great gigs at The Wheaty over the years, but one, local band that blew me away last year was Richter, who brought about alt-rock vibes with some funk elements, making for a very good time.

The Jade

I have a soft spot for The Jade; it is where I launched my debut EP, 'Something I've Found, last year.

It's also one of the prettiest venues in Adelaide and there's nowhere else like it. The band room feels theatre-ish and like The Wheaty is very intimate, but charming in its warmth.

The Jade is one of the best places to see emerging artists who are just starting out doing their thing, and is an essential ingredient of the Adelaide music scene's recipe.

The Gov

The Gov is the quintessential live music venue in Adelaide, and there's nothing really to be said that hasn't been said already.

I'll always remember my first time at The Gov seeing Parkway Drive as an angsty teen. I've managed to catch other Aussie icons like Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and sleepmakeswaves over the years to name a few, and it's always an epic night guaranteed at The Gov.



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