The summit is officially in sight because today, Melbourne’s day-burning boutique festival, Sugar Mountain, have unveiled the line-up for 2017 and it’s supremely good.
Cultural icon, lord-producer and one of the most intriguing artists of our time, Blood Orange, leads the list of legends. It’ll be the UK-vanguard’s only Melbourne appearance and his first Australian stint since 2012. It’s a big ol deal.
Other Melbourne exclusives include German producer Pantha Du Prince, Canadian electronic songwriter Jessy Lanza, London rap rocket Little Simz and an exclusive collaboration between synth composers Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
The range of local talent is considered and elite. Representing home turf will be alt-poppers Big Scary and indie-rock collective Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as well local rulers Slum Sociable, Sui Zhen, KUČKA, ALTA and Jaala. Coastal acts include The Belligerents, Methyl Ethel and Jack River.
It’ll be the first time virtuosos Moses Sumney (USA) and Kelsey Lu (USA) make their Aussie debuts including d-floor dons Mood II Swing (USA) and Beppe Loda (Italy). Folk crooner Weyes Blood (USA) is one to get familiar with as well as riot of emerging electronic figures; Baba Stiltz (Stockholm), Palms Trax (UK), Kornél Kovács (Stockholm).
Once again, Boiler Room will return to provide the simmering heat; the only festival in Australia to house the stage. So will Sensory restaurant, with a presumably very tasty culinary line-up dropping soon.
Sugar Mountain is renowned for showcasing equal parts music and art, next year the festival has enlisted international heavyweights to deliver stunning large-scale interactive activations via MOMO (USA), Supergroup – Morag Myerscough x Luke Morgan (UK), Robyn Moody x Caroline Polachek (Canada), Melbourne’s March Studios. They’ll be joined by an array of acclaimed visual artists from all disciplines; Karan Singh (Tokyo/Melb), Caleb Shea (Melb), Elliott Routledge (Sydney), and Miriam Bleau (Canada).
In an SM first, the festival will create a new augmented reality experience, in collaboration with extremely talented Tokyo artist Karan Singh, presented in association with V MoVement. An AR experience designed to bridge the gap between the real and digital worlds at the festival. You gotta see it to live it.
Returning to Victorian’s College of the Arts (VCA) Saturday 21 January, twenty-seventeen, Sugar Mountain will once again, provide a truly unique and world class festival experience, tickling your senses into fits of destruction.
Limited First Release tickets to SM17 are on sale now, for a v special price of $99. Don’t snooze.