RCC returns tonight for another season of revelling

The Royal Croquet Club is back for another year of live music, food, art and shows. RCC is kicking things off tonight, Friday 14 February at 5pm (image source: RCC)

By Lara Pacillo| 

Scratch your afternoon plans from February 14 to March 15 because RCC is back and bringing a line-up that you’re not going to want to miss.

Its program this year celebrates the experience of art through live music, quirky shows and yummy feeds.

Describing itself as “a festival within a festival”, RCC 2020 is based at the University of Adelaide (UOA) for its second year in a row; despite last year’s worrying concerns from UOA students.

Hosting the best of local stars to international legends, attendees can expect serious party vibes, captivating theatre and unique experiential art. 

From 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights on the UOA Maths Lawns, RCC transforms into a party paradise called Utopia.

The event hosts a line-up of euphoric energies spread across two stages; Dusk Till Dawn and NEON. Alleyways of bars and bites connect the two stages.

The live music stage Dusk Till Dawn feeds your eclectic grooving needs from heavy base to indie feels.

It will feature indietronica Cut Copy, arty rock band Methyl Ethyl, wholesome experimenter Running Touch, soulful Sampa The Great, hype rapper Tkay Maizda and many more artists to provide rich sonic nourishment. T

he NEON stage brings hardcore bangers, tantalising techno and floor filler beats with sets from AndrasProject PabloSleep DStrict Face and more. 

Door entry into Utopia is $20 with no presale.

The UOA X RCC Membership program is available for UOA students, staff and alumni where they have access to exclusive offers and discounts.

The rest of us are welcome to purchase an RCC Cult Membership for $119 which acts as a season pass for Utopia. It entitles guaranteed express entry to all 11 nights of Utopia, merch packs and other cult benefits.

The music at RCC 2020 is not just limited to Utopia; it will also be hosting the unapologetic Amanda Palmer, psychedelic Mood Duo, legendary Laurie Anderson, avant-pop band Stereolab and many more icons. 

If you’re one for a laugh or enjoy questioning the power structures of the world around us, you will want to head along to a show or two at RCC this year.

The theatre program features all things freaky and fun, from a reimagined gig theatre twist of Frankenstein performed by skilled young beatboxers in Frankenstein: How to Make A Monster, to a sensational experience of queer thinking, failed heroism and triumphant femininity in Being Dead (Don Quixote).

An inflatable air structure Luminarium: Daedalum comes to the Barr Smith Lawns to provide a luminous experience. Likened to travelling through a stained-glass window, guests are welcomed into a walkthrough of complex tunnels of radiant colours that transition according to the weather and lighting outside. 

After you’ve seen a show, had a boogie and enjoyed some art, it’s time to chow down in Chow Town.

Transforming the cloisters of the university into an open-air food hall, hungry attendees can feast on a wide variety of their favourite local vendors.

RCC is also home to Roberta’s Italian Disco Diner, bringing you an authentic summer night experience of dining at an Italian piazza.

Find the full program and tickets at theRCC.com.au/.

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