The GC Adelaide – Fringe Media Preview

After three spectacular seasons at the German Club, the highly popular Grand Central hard-top Fringe venue will now call the Dom Polski Centre in the city’s East End home for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019.

Starting as a Fringe venue-operator in 2016 named the “GC” after the German Club, the venue will now go by the name of the Grand Central as it is set to become the home of musical entertainment for the Adelaide Fringe in 2019 and beyond.

GC Director Alan Rosewarne said moving from the previous venue of the German Club to the Dom Polski Centre on Angas Street “has proved a bonus”.

“Dom Polski’s Showroom is an underutilised concert hall: most people are surprised that such a grand room hasn’t been discovered by the Fringe,” Mr Rosewarne said.

Boasting a spacious foyer and bar complete with lift access, air conditioning and ideal acoustics, the Grand Central Showroom seats 700 whilst the Grand Central Underground offers an intimate 100 seats.

Adelaide Food Central were invited to a Media Preview where we were able to sneak a glimpse of just some of the endless musical performances that will be showing at the Grand Central this Fringe 2019 season.

With a lifetime’s worth of experience working in the live music industry, Grand Central Directors Alan Rosewarne and Colin Koch have fine-tuned their program with a focus on providing high quality tech production, longer rehearsal times and changeovers between acts.

English-born actor and musician John Waters channels the essence of music legend John Lennon in his dramatic musical concert-meets-biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February. Accompanied by Stewart D’Arrietta on piano, the dynamic duo will take audiences on a magical mystery tour through thirty-one of Lennon’s greatest musical hits, ranging from ‘Imagine’ to ‘Strawberry Fields’.

Paying tribute to the musical legacy of the late Leonard Cohen, Stewart D’Arrietta and his six-piece band deliver a moving and powerful performance in My Leonard Cohen on Friday 15 – Saturday 16 March. Delivering gusty vocals and a passionate performance on the keys, D’Arrietta’s performance has earnt him accolades from all the way from Edinburgh to New York.

ARIA award-winner Ross Wilson transports audiences on a musical journey spanning his fifty-year career as co-founder and front-man of Australian rock group Daddy Cool in Daddy Who? On Friday 15 February. Appropriately named after the band’s 1971 debut album, the show includes hits from Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock such as ‘Eagle Rock’, ‘Hi Honey Ho’ and so much more!

Fresh from their 2018 sell-out concert tour, internationally acclaimed Boys in the Band bring Jukebox Revolution: Every Record Tells a Story to Adelaide on Friday 1 – Saturday 2 March as a Fringe-first! Featuring the musical talents of leading men Hugh Barrington, Keane Fletcher, Damon Grebert Wade and Justin Rynne, Jukebox Revolution celebrates the most iconic artists of the 20th century with fifty years of classic hits ranging from Elvis’ ‘Jailhouse Rock’ to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.

Featuring Les Gock and Rick Lum from Australian Glam-Rock band HUSH and Mark Gable from Choirboys on lead vocals, Get Rocked! sees three Oz music icons retuen to the stage to relive epic hits and retell stories that influenced their award-winning careers in the music industry. Playing for one night only on Thursday 21 February, Get Rocked! is sure to get audiences off their feet to timeless hits such as ‘Bony Maronie’ and ‘Glad All Over’.

Loved nation-wide by people of all ages, Australian children’s icon Humphrey B Bear will also be making his first-ever family Fringe appearance in Humphrey’s Fringe Adventure on Saturday 16 February. Entertaining households on TV screens since 1965, Humphrey brings an interactive show filled with music and dance that is perfect for the children and grandchildren!

To see the full list of Fringe shows The Grand Central has to offer and book tickets, head online to

Words by Tayla Giles

WHERE: 232 Angas St, Adelaide


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