City of Music Laneways

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City of Music Laneways Naming Project

The City of Adelaide is celebrating its city culture by naming laneways after world-famous music artists, acknowledging their Adelaide beginnings and their contribution to music locally, nationally and internationally.

With a culture of diverse and rich music, the City of Adelaide was internationally recognised when it was designated as a UNESCO City of Music in 2015. Music cities all over the world have named locations and landmarks after artists and industry identities, acknowledging popular music as an important part of their heritage. Council’s Cultural Strategy commits to ensuring Adelaide’s cultural identity is unique, and our creative reputation is acclaimed. This cultural heritage project celebrates artists and fans, enhancing the City’s global reputation as a UNESCO City of Music and ‘magnet city’ for musicians and music lovers. The accompanying public artworks help create must visit destinations through playful, unexpected and globally unique experiences.

Sia Furler, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, No Fixed Address and The Angels have all embraced the opportunity to have an Adelaide laneway named in their honour.

Through this initiative, locals and visitors alike can learn more about these iconic musicians and their relationship with key sites across the city, and at the same time, discover and support Adelaide’s many excellent live music venues.

As part of creating these laneways as destinations for fans and tourists, Council is commissioning artworks by South Australian visual artists that respond to the identity and musical legacy of the musicians, and their impact on audiences and fans, locally and globally. Commemorative plaques honouring the achievements of the musicians and new street signage will also be installed to celebrate the contributions of these performers to Adelaide’s reputation as Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music and a buzzing live music capital.

The laneways will officially be launched in 2021 and on completion will form a City of Music Laneways Trail.

The Musicians

Sia Furler Lane is next to the Rockford Hotel and Jam Factory, in the precinct where she performed regularly in the mid-1990s at the nearby now-demolished Cargo Club, formerly on Hindley Street West, with her acid jazz band Crisp.

Nine-time Grammy nominee Sia has cemented her role as one of today’s biggest stars, sought after songwriters, and captivating live performers. Sia's current single, “Together," is from her forthcoming album and motion picture Music due out in early 2021. Last year she partnered with Diplo and Labrinth to form the group LSD. Their debut album, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present... LSD has 1 Billion + streams to date. She released the Grammy-nominated This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA Records) in 2016 to much critical acclaim, followed by her sold out Nostalgic For The Present World Tour. In 2017 she released the evergreen holiday collection Everyday Is Christmas. She has more videos in YouTube’s “Billion Views Club” than any other female on the planet. Along with her own successes, Sia has also written global smashes for today’s biggest acts including Beyonce, BTS, David Guetta, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ozuna, and many more.

The first public art commission celebrating the City of Music Laneway Project is in the West End precinct. The mural entitled ‘She Imagines Buttons’ (2020) by artist Jasmine Crisp, a celebration of Sia through the embodiment of a fan, which is located at the Rockford Hotel, on the corner of Hindley and Morphet Streets. These murals celebrate the legacy of the musicians and their impact on audiences and fans, locally and globally.

Reflecting upon the opportunity, Jasmine says “Sia was the first act I saw perform at the Adelaide Big Day Out in 2011. It was one of my first concerts, I had freshly turned 16 and felt nervous among the large, unfamiliar crowd. She arrived on stage in a personally crafted theatrical dress and paper crown. She stood among instruments all decorated with her bright crochet wrappings. Sia spoke with the audience as much as she sang, she shared sign language symbols with hands in the crowd and communicated with every onlooker with inclusivity and passion.”

Sia Furler
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Cold Chisel Lane is previously unnamed and in Adelaide’s West End in a nook behind Hindley St. The Lane is located next to Cry Baby Bar, Sunny’s Pizza and underneath the new Sofitel Hotel, currently under construction.

Cold Chisel was formed in Adelaide in 1973 by Les Kaczmarek, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Steve Prestwich and Jimmy Barnes. In 1975 Les left and Phil Small joined to create the classic lineup. Relentless touring and timeless songs like ‘Khe Sanh’, ‘Flame Trees’, ‘Bow River’, ‘My Baby’, ‘Cheap Wine’, ‘Saturday Night’, ‘You Got Nothin’ I Want’ and ‘When the War is Over’ established their reputation as one of Australia’s fiercest rock’n’roll bands. They were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and received APRA’s prestigious ‘Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music’. Cold Chisel’s nine studio albums released between 1978 and 2019 sold nearly 7 million copies and capture the hopes, fears, anger and alienation of multiple generations.

In 1993 Cold Chisel was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2001, Khe Sanh was named the 8th greatest Australian song of all time by APRA. 

Although, Cold Chisel broke up in 1983 they have successfully reformed several times since for national tours.

Visual Artist James Dodd has been commissioned to develop a mural celebrating the legacy of the band. The mural is titled Cold Chisel Lane. James Dodd says of the mural opportunity:

"It has been a great joy to develop an outcome in response to a band whose music and broader cultural context have been present and relevant to me, throughout my life. I have been able to bring together stories from a broad cross-section of people who all talk about how Cold Chisel has left indelible marks on their lives. The research process has deepened my appreciation of the band, their achievements and just how significant their cultural contribution has been. I hope that this artwork can inspire more people to share their experiences of Cold Chisel and continue to perpetuate discussion and appreciation of the band and their legacy."

Cold chisel

Paul Kelly Lane runs from Flinders Street through to the City of Adelaide Meeting Hall, and can be accessed from Pirie Street along the walkway located at 25 Pirie Street, through to Flinders Street. Along the laneway is the Pilgrim Church which has existed at the site since 1851. A café, Part Time Lover, also has its entrance along the laneway, at the rear of the Adelaide Town Hall.

Paul Kelly was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.

Born and raised in Adelaide, Paul Kelly has played at various Adelaide venues including The Tivoli Hotel on Pirie Street in earlier years, and Adelaide Town Hall in more recent years. Paul Kelly was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame (1997) and has been the recipient of 17 ARIA Awards. The album Women at the Well from 2002 had 14 female artists record his songs in tribute. Paul Kelly has penned and performed numerous hits with the most recognised To Her Door, Dumb Things, Darling it Hurts, and How to Make Gravy, and the co-written (with Kev Carmody) From Big Things Little Things Grow, and co-written famous anthem Treaty (with Yothu Yindi and Peter Garrett).

The Adelaide Town Hall has hosted Paul Kelly numerous times, most recently for the Adelaide Festival in March 2019 for his composition Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.

Artist Heidi Kenyon will create an artwork that will be inspired by and respond to the identity and legacy of Paul Kelly along the laneway in the form of a creative public art project using light as the medium, day and night. It is proposed that the artwork be A series of works, will be attached to the existing light posts from Flinders Street to the building at 25 Pirie Street.

Paul kelly

No Fixed Address Lane is in the heart of the city, parallel to Francis Street Laneway, just off Rundle Mall, next to the Rundle Place building. It is an easily accessible place to celebrate Aboriginal living culture.

No Fixed Address formed at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) in 1979, before going on to perform throughout Australia and Europe during the 1980s. The band performed at many venues and festivals over the years and were support to many great Australian and overseas artists.

The music of No Fixed Address was initially picked up by local Adelaide FM station 5MMM in early 1980 with the band having four of their original songs in the Top 5 playlist. Later that year the band appeared in the movie ‘Wrong Side of the Road and their music was released on one side of the album of the soundtrack. The movie went on win the Jury Prize for best picture at the 1981 AFI Awards.

During the summer of 1980, NFA joined Cold Chisel on their East Coast tour of Australia, performing their final concert with Chisel at the University of Adelaide. The band released their debut album ‘From My Eyes’ in 1982 through Rough Diamond records, engineered by Little River Band's lead guitarist David Briggs. The band made a film clip for the song at Hanging Rock in Victoria and appeared on ‘Countdown’.

Over the years, NFA have also performed with Men At Work, INXS, Goanna, Midnight Oil, Redgum, Split Enz, Mental As Anything, and international acts, Peter Tosh, Ian Drury, The Clash, in addition to touring the UK in 1984, performing at major festivals and venues throughout England

No Fixed Address were inducted into NIMA ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2011 and the AMC SA Music ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2016. The band performed live on Marngrook Gand Final footy show, which was televised nationally on NITV. The band later performed at the Saltwater Festival in Broom WA 2018, and more recently at the ‘Share The Spirit’ festival in Melbourne 2020.

No Fixed Address' songs are written from the perspective of Aboriginal youth, their songs reflect their own experiences as an Aboriginal person in Australia. NFA’s songs, sometimes mellow, other times hard hitting, both lyrically and musically, provide audiences with an insight into black Australian music, as it was performed during the land rights era of the 1980s.

Visual artists Elizabeth Close (Pitjanjatjara and Yankunytatjara woman), Thomas Readett (Ngarrandjeri and Arrente man) and Shane Cook ( Guwa and Wulli Wulli man) have been commissioned to complete a mural in the Lane responding to the impact, significance and legacy of the band.

No Fixed Address

The Angels Lane is off Gawler Place, close to the North Terrace cultural precinct.

The Angels are one of SA’s most beloved bands. John and Rick Brewster founded the band in 1970, beginning as the Moonshine Jug and String Band. Later they met Doc Neeson at Flinder’s University and decided to change to an electric band. The Angels have been cited by the likes of Guns N' Roses, and Seattle grunge bands Pearl Jam and Nirvana, as having influenced their music, amongst many others. The Angels were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 1998 and the songwriters hall of fame in 2008.

Their second album, Face to Face, was released in June 1978, which reached No. 16 on the Album Charts in November and stayed on the charts for 79 weeks, breaking Australian chart longevity records and achieving 4x platinum status. The Angels were initially part of the legendary ‘Alberts’ record label alongside AC/DC, Ted Mulry and The Easybeats, later The Angels signed to a US record deal in 1980 and toured internationally as ‘Angel City’ to wide acclaim and success. The Angels achieved several other top 10 single hits with No Secrets, Am I ever Gonna See your Face Again Live, We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place. Angels’ albums which achieve top 10 status include: Live Line, The Angels Greatest, No Exit, Dark Room, Watch The Red, Two Minute Warning, Howling, Beyond Salvation.

Other than the Beatles, The Angels have been the only popular music band to have been granted a Lord Mayoral Town Hall reception (2010). The Brewster Brothers still perform as the Angels today with South Australian Dave Gleeson out front, continuing their family’s musical legacy, which started with their Grandfather Hooper Brewster Jones who is recognised on North Terrace with a plaque on the footpath. Hooper Brewster Jones passed away backstage at the Town Hall in 1949. Although retired by the 1940s, Brewster-Jones contributed to one last performance on the 8th July 1949, playing Mozart's d minor piano concerto with the Adelaide String Orchestra, conducted by his son Arthur. He died just fifteen minutes later from a heart attack.

The Angels are based in South Australia, John Brewster lives in the Brewster family home, bass player Sam Brewster and frontman Dave Gleeson live in Adelaide. Rick Brewster lives in Tasmania.

The angels

Listen to the sounds of these Adelaide music legends through our Spotify playlist.

The Artworks

She Imagines Buttons, Jasmine Crisp, 2020

This mural is part of the City of Music Laneway Project to celebrate Sia Furler Lane. The artist Jasmine Crisp has depicted a fan’s response to Sia’s Adelaide performance in 2011: “Sia was one of my first concerts, I had freshly turned 16 and felt nervous among the large, unfamiliar crowd. Sia spoke with the audience as much as she sang, she shared sign language symbols with hands in the crowd and communicated with every onlooker with inclusivity and passion. I was never nervous in a crowd after Sia.”



Cold Chisel Lane, James Dodd, 2021

This mural is part of the City of Music Laneway Project to celebrate Cold Chisel Lane. James Dodd says of his mural: "It has been a great joy to develop this artwork in response to a band whose music and broader cultural context have been present and relevant to me, throughout my life. I have been able to bring together stories from a broad cross-section of people who all talk about how Cold Chisel has left indelible marks on their lives. I hope that this artwork can inspire more people to share their experiences of Cold Chisel and appreciation of the band and their legacy.”


No Fixed Address Lane, Elizabeth Close (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara), Shane Mankitya Cook (Guwa and Wulli Wulli), Thomas Readett (Ngarrindjeri and Arrernte), 2021

This mural is part of the City of Music Laneway Project to celebrate No Fixed Address Lane. The artist's have said about the opportunity to create this mural that "This artwork is an enduring visual expression of the legacy of No Fixed Address, whilst also being future driven and informed by the work that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists are continuing to do today in the fight for parity and equity."