Adelaide music scene icon Robert Dunstan passed away suddenly

 Robert Dunstan Adelaide music scene icon passed away

One of the most ardent and long-serving supporters of regional music, Robert “Bertie” Dunstan, passed away, unexpectedly leaving the music industry in tremendous sorrow.

He was a pillar of the Adelaide music scene and devoted to everything that originated there. Also, he was a champion of the music scene in South Australia for over 30 years.

Notably, he was honored with an induction into the AMC South Australia Music Hall of Fame. In addition to his roles, he also graced the airwaves as a DJ and radio presenter. Find out more about Robert Dunstan cause of death and career by reading this post.

Robert Dunstan died: What happened to him?

We received the news of Robert “Bertie” Dunstan’s passing at his home in Moana yesterday evening with the utmost grief. Rob was a man who lived in South Australia and dedicated his life to live music.

Rob has shared his vast knowledge of live music with us since we first opened The Gov, advising us on which acts to book and having a significant impact on the growth of our Venue.

His in-depth interviews and reviews while serving as editor of Rip It Up informed us all. He remembered tour dates, lineups, audience attendance, and set lists of essentially every band to tour to Adelaide.

Who was Robert Dunstan?

Robert had an encyclopedic knowledge of music and throughout the years had interviews with every major musician in the world.

South Australia’s music has benefited greatly from Robert’s efforts to promote local performers. Robert Dunstan has devoted the last 35 years to promoting live music in South Australia, whether it be regional, national, or worldwide.

Without Robert’s contributions, the music industry and the arts, in general, would suffer significantly because no other person or organization has covered the SA music industry to the extent that Robert has.

Robert’s efforts to support local artists have been essential to the development of music in South Australia, especially at a time when State and Federal funding for the arts is constrained. He has devoted many hours to supporting the music and cultural sectors. 

Music Editor at BSide Magazine

A print publication with an emphasis on music and the arts in general, BSide Magazine was launched in Adelaide, South Australia, in August 2015.

A website and Facebook page were also created at the same time. Robert Dunstan, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the music business, is the editor of BSide Magazine.

It was a fortnightly online publication that features interviews with visiting and local musicians, frequent film reviews and interviews, book and CD reviews, and more.

A working musician and studio engineer with years of experience in the music industry, Ian Messenger, has recently joined BSide Magazine as a partner and writer. BSide Magazine also has a very active Facebook presence with daily articles.

Robert Dunstan Cause of death

One of the most passionate and longest-serving champions of the local music scene, music journalist, the man behind BSide Magazine, editor at Rip It Up for 12 years, AMC South Australia Music Hall of Fame inductee, DJ & radio presenter.

It was confirmed that Robert passed away at his home in Moana yesterday evening. At the time of writing, no cause of death has been made public. Additionally, neither his family members nor any web reports disclosed any illness history of Robert Dunstan. 

But the tragic news has been confirmed by his family. Apart from the confirmation of his death, Robert Dunstan’s exact cause of death was not released as well.

As soon as new details regarding Robert Dunstan cause of death are available, we’ll update this post. The family’s privacy must also be protected, despite our best efforts to gather important data and quickly offer the most recent updates.

Loved ones grieve Robert Dunstan’s passing

Paul Drennan wrote,

So sad to hear I always read Rip It Up magazine and he went to every gig and was always a positive supporter of local music and the scene.

Mark Lobban wrote,

What terrible news. So much love and respect for Robert. The SA music industry has lost a legendary contributor and downright fantastic person I am grateful to count as a long-term friend. I am very saddened to hear this terrible news. Kindest thoughts to family and Rob’s many friends. Vale is a champion of the music industry.

Steve Charles wrote,

That’s sad he was one of my first and continuing supporters when I came to Adelaide. R.I.P Robert 🙁

Deanne Rose La Vista wrote,

I’m in shock – Such an iconic figure and supporter of music in SA. He will be sadly missed 😢💜


“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. I write this obituary with a heavy heart to inform you of the demise of Robert Dunstan well-known Adelaide music scene icon. 

The terrible loss of Robert has left his family and fans inconsolable, and they have been writing sympathy messages after another to convey how much it hurts.

His contributions to spotlighting local artists played a crucial role in shaping the music landscape of South Australia, making his absence deeply felt. Robert, you will be profoundly missed by us all.

Adelaide’s music scene has lost its champion. Rob Dunstan, you will be missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and everyone else whose life he impacted.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this trying time of loss and reflection. Please feel free to leave a condolence in the comment area below as well.


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