Music with Meaning – Open State 2017

Join us during Open State 2017.

Protest and social change have always had a soundtrack. Come and hear three up and coming songwriters working with the Northern Sound System in Elizabeth talk about their music and its meaning.

Northern Sound System (NSS) is the City of Playford’s youth development facility located in Elizabeth, South Australia. NSS uses music to engage with young people, building on the rich musical  history of Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Since the 1970s, the area has been a spawning ground for musical talent in South Australia, with popular Australian artists such as Cold Chisel, The Angels and the Little River Band earning their stripes in venues across the city.

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5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. Parking available on Torrens Parade Ground, off Victoria Drive. Refreshments will be provided.


Photo of Anthony Coleman

Anthony’s been through the wringer and decided to get back up and keep fighting. His rap music reflects his life experiences and personal perspective on Australia’s social, economic and racial issues.

Photo of Gabriel Akon

DyspOra is an African-Australian recording artist, producer & poet. The Playback 808 founder was born in South Sudan and raised in various locations across East Africa, including Kakuma refugee camp.

Photo of Hannah Yates

Hannah Yates floats storytelling lyrics on nylon string lullaby rhythms to soothe you through deep nostalgia and into an eerie and uncomfortable place.

This event has been collaboratively developed by the Centre of Democracy & Northern Sound System.

3 Oct 2017


Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive
Adelaide, 5000


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