The centrepiece of the Adelaide Fringe, the Garden Of Unearthly Delights, will head to Kangaroo Island next week, thanks to a campaign from Mix102.3’s Jodie and Soda with Erin Phillips.

Some of the nation’s best and most-loved comedians will perform at the Kingscote Football Club on Monday 17 February from 5.30pm.

Tickets have now sold out for this event but more information is avaliable at

When tickets sold out, the following notice was posted “The tickets for The Garden Gala on KI have now sold out. There are a few key members of the KI community who are holding emergency tickets for those who have been affected by the disaster. Please get in contact with us if you would like to connect with them.”

”We are completely overwhelmed with love that our little idea what been taken up so positively within the Kangaroo Island community and can’t wait to see you all.
“Any questions about the venue, food and beverage, please contact KI Ocean Safari on 0417 222 905.”

Headlining the event will be Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, with a huge line-up of comic and circus talent joining him including Frank Woodley, Harley Breen, Heath Franklin’s Chopper and Nina Oyama.

The event came about from a conversation just last week between Soda and Erin Phillips on Mix102.3.

“We were having a brainstorm on-air on Friday,” Soda said on Monday morning. “We were chatting to some of our Friends Of The Show and thinking why don’t we get a whole bunch of people from Kangaroo Island, get some ferries and bring them over to the Garden of Unearthly Delights.

“We spoke to Michelle Buxton who runs the Garden, and then you said…”

“I said to Michelle, ‘why don’t we take the Garden to Kangaroo Island,” Erin recalled this morning.

“Just a simple little idea isn’t it,” Soda replied sarcastically.


“Logistically we were thinking this was impossible but everyone has worked their butts off.”

Michelle, who lost a family home and property in the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009, worked around the clock over the weekend to lock in the performers and venue.

“Every single person I rang just immediately said yes,” Michelle told Erin and Soda this morning.

“I really hope that after a long, hard summer, it means they can bring their kids, and have two hours where they take a load off, have a laugh, relax and get together with their friends.

“It’s going to be a great show that’s for sure.”

The performers have all donated their services for the event. Harley Breen even cancelled a trip to Hawaii so he could be part of it.


‘The Garden Gala on Kangaroo Island’ Full Line-Up

MC Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom
Tom Gleeson
Frank Woodley
Harley Breen
Heath Franklin
Dilruk Jayasinha
Nurse Georgie Carroll
Werk it
Markus Birdman
Brass Monkeys
Nina Oyama

Doors will open at 4.30pm with the show running from 5.45pm – 7.30pm.

While the event is specifically for Island residents, we also want to amplify the voices of Kangaroo Island’s fabulous artisans and entrepreneurs by saying – loud and proud – that Kangaroo Island is open for business. #BookThemOut!

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights returns to Rundle Park in Adelaide from Thursday 13 February.

Hear Jodie and Soda with Erin Phillips every weekday morning on Mix102.3 from 6am-9am.