With Soundwave shutting up shop in 2015 and various other music festivals dropping Adelaide from their lineup list, we welcome the inaugural Houndwave to the city’s west end with open arms this weekend. We’ll also be using those open arms to cuddle as many doggos as possible at the mini music festival that’s for humans and their furry friends held in Light Square this Saturday, April 1 – and the only criteria is that you #MustLoveDogs.
Get ready for a day filled with plenty of activities for you and your pooch (or someone else’s pooch!) You can learn how to include your dog into your yoga session, jump into the photo GIF booth together, strut the dog-walk in the best dressed competition or enjoy a Little Creatures “Dogs Day” beer while your pup refuels on the waters. For obvious reasons, this doggy day out has a cat-free policy and dogs must be on a leash at all times to ensure the safety of all attendees.
The music line-up will be put on by local (dog-loving) musicians including Thom Lion, Donnarumma, Paige Court, Sasha March music and Todd Sibbin who will cater for everyone’s taste with genres from indie to pop or rock.
There will also be a selection of stallholders setting up on the day for all your pet needs, including Veggie Paws Vegan Dog Treats, Ruffin Pet Wear, Dog Cologne, Ultimutt Treats, Astley Wright Collars, Geeky Paws + More.
For the little ones of the non-furry kind, the Adelaide City Council will be setting up the ACC Imagination Playground and they can get their face painted as their fave pet.
Event Manager Helen Page says the idea of Houndwave came about as the Adelaide West End Association were looking to host an event that focused on Adelaide being a liveable and creative city, as well as promote responsible pet ownership and to encourage more dogs in the CBD. We couldn’t agree more, as we love spotting dogs on our morning walk to work and lunch breaks.
“Since establishing the concept – which we call ‘Project Houndwave’ – we’ve seen West Franklin Apartments develop a small pet policy,” Helen says. “Thirty-nine per cent of Australian households have dogs, yet only 800 are registered in the City of Adelaide.”
The Adelaide West End Association has also teamed up with both the RSPCA and AWL and asks people to come along with a generous spirit to contribute to these pet-loving charities.
“We plan to make it an annual event,” Helen adds. “We would also like to see other parts of the city and state run similar events.”
Houndwave takes place on Saturday, April 1.
Light Square, Adelaide
Licensed event – BYO not allowed