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Surrender: Let's Get Weird


Surrender: Let's Get Weird

Alice Brooks

It was only a couple of days ago, that I just happened to meet a couple of bright-eyed young Canadians who are visiting little old Radelaide on university exchange. Of course the first question on their lips was, “where should we go for a good time?” My response, for possibly the first time ever was, “let me think, there’s so much to do!”

Yes, Mad March is in full swing and of course that means more shows, party venues, food hubs and artsy fartsy things to do than you can poke a stick at.

So far, both the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival has delivered to monumental proportions.

One of my personal favourite experiences so far has been delivered by Surrender Bar. Popping up behind the Adelaide Festival Centre, Surrender has been split into two levels, which leaves plenty of room for lots of dancing, getting creative and of course, being very festive.

On entry, I immediately decided that this was the place to be and as The Black Eyed Peas once said, ‘tonight is gonna be a good night’.

An exciting array of lights and decorations lit up the entire complex, with pineapples attached to lengthy wire hanging from the roof.

Lower level of Surrender, via This is Radelaide

Lower level of Surrender, via This is Radelaide

The music consisted of a wickedly mixed compilations of songs with a smooth backbeat, giving way to both a full dance floor and plenty of space to (in most cases drunkenly try) sit and chat to friends.

Unlike most hip and trendy bars around at the moment, Surrender has managed to pull together the unlikely combination of arts and crafts mixed with a big ol’ party.

Creations such as alien headbands, cardboard space ships, glittery wigs and god only knows what else were floating around, liberating each person’s innovative, alcohol fuelled ideas.

Up the stairs on the above level, an array of small bars and food stalls overlook the Adelaide Oval and Blinc (another of Adelaide Festival’s wonderful hotspots), giving way to that tingly ‘I am so lucky to live here’ feeling.

The view from the second level of Surrender... ahhh Adelaide you've done it again, via This is Radelaide

The view from the second level of Surrender... ahhh Adelaide you've done it again, via This is Radelaide

So, with the weekend fast approaching and the festivities soon to wind down, do yourself a favour and get to Surrender and prepare to get weird.