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December 13, 2018

A Day on the Cans to take over Pirate Life’s Port Adelaide brewery

Brand new beer, food, art and music festival A Day on the Cans will debut at Pirate Life's Port Adelaide brewery in March next year, featuring a lineup of national and local musicians and live street art curated by Vans the Omega.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Supplied
  • Image 4: Drapht
  • Image 5: Press Club

From two of the minds behind the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, Gareth Lewis and Aaron Sandow, and Pirate Life co-founder Jack Cameron, comes a brand new beer, food, music, and art festival concept – A Day on the Cans.


A Day on the Cans

2pm-11pm on Saturday, 30 March 2019.
Pirate Life Brewery, Fisher Street, Port Adelaide.

Tickets via Eventbrite.

Rather than the beautiful green vistas and natural amphitheatres of its cheekily referenced namesake, A Day on the Cans will make use of grimier settings.

“It’s all about using urban spaces and spaces that aren’t traditionally thought of as event spaces – so no grass, no beautiful vista, more industrial, under-loved,” Gareth says.

“Everyone sees the beautiful side, the Little Bangs and that sort of thing, but most breweries end up in industrial parts of town.”

Gareth Lewis. This image by Julian Cebo.

The debut event will be held at Pirate Life’s brand new Port Adelaide Brewery on 30 March 2019, and will see Trials (of Australian hip hop duo A.B. Original) host a lineup that includes Drapht, The Delta Riggs, Press Club, and The Southern River Band, along with local upstarts Young Offenders, Madura Green, Wing Defence and Oscar the Wild.

Street artist Joel van Moore (AKA Vans the Omega, AAKA curator of Wonderwalls and BIG Picture Fest) has also organised a live art project for the day, in which two water tanks on the property will be painted throughout the course of the festival.

“The aim is to have some live painting at every event, to give the space that we’re moving into a bit of a stamp of the brewery and of the event” Gareth says.

The food lineup is yet to be announced but we’re assured we can “expect something hot” from the Beer and BBQ crew. And to cap it all off, there will be tattooists, barbers, and markets to peruse all housed within Pirate Life’s Port HQ.

“The Port revival is in full swing and we can’t wait to show people what we have done with the old Dalgety Wool building, it’s a pretty bloody cool space to throw a music festival,” Jack says.

From the archives: L-R: Pirate Life co-founding brewers Jared Proudfoot and Jack Cameron. This image by André Castellucci.


While the inaugural incarnation of the festival will be hosted in South Australia, A Day on the Cans will move on to different brewery or brewery-adjacent locations across the country.

“We’ve definitely locked in a space further afield, even more industrial and grungy,” Gareth laughs.

Tickets are available now through the website and Eventbrite, and for updates on the festival keep an eye on their social media.


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