Melbourne’s finest music and arts summit Sugar Mountain returns this January with another limit-shoving line-up to set the mood for summer! Once again, the vision unites a multitude of artists and mediums, featuring a selection of unique collaborative projects, and performances.
Occupying its home of Victorian College of the Arts Saturday, 20 January – this year the festival also expands to take over the neighbouring ACCA and the Melbourne Arts Precinct, which simply means more space to dance + flex. The excellent line-up invites international legends alongside Australia’s faves – it’s peak Sugar Mountain.
Leading the day but closing out the night will be Melbourne’s Cut Copy – one of the most seminal bands who have released one of the best return-to-form albums of the year. Sharing the night and bringing his All Amerikkkan Badass will be NY rapper Joey Bada$$ (USA), alongside rising Chicago R&B fire-cracker Jamila Woods (USA) making her v-anticipated Australian debut. Coming in the black Benz, leaving in the white one is Mercury Music Prize nominee and London rapper J Hus (UK), who will deliver cuts from his excellent LP Common Sense.
The festival also introduces intense beatsmith Actress (UK) and experimental pop prodigy Laurel Halo (USA), Chicago DJ/icon Honey Dijon (USA) and Gerd Janson – one of the most highly respected DJs in the world of house and techno.
Local flag-bearers and alt-rock legends include Beaches, Body Type and Stella Donnelly and Sydney’s nu-disco maestro Love Deluxe and Melbourne’s own late-nighters Ara Koufax. The magical all-female, ‘NT Song of the Year’ winners Kardajala Kirridarra will also make their SM debut.
The day will showcase London trailblazer Dan Shake (UK), Scottish DJ/producer extraordinaire Éclair Fifi, Montreal tastemaker Project Pablo (CAN) and Iranian-born, Dutch-based pop auteur Sevdaliza (NED). Ya girl Shanti Celeste (UK) and selector extraordinaire Fantastic Man will provide some kind of middle ground throughout the day. Or not.
It wouldn’t be SM without an art curation to bend your mind. The day will launch with a performance from songwriter Marcus Whale returning with new music and collection of live players, going head to head with the multi-disciplinary artist and rising talent Athena Thebus.
The festival will also showcase VIA ALICE, which features dancer/choreographer Waangenga Blanco (Bangarra Dance Theatre), and New York artist/producer/dancer Khalif Diouf (Le1f) to create a meeting of two worlds, part virtual reality/part live audio/dance performance. Dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi will team up with Pasefika Victoria Choir to bring us a contemporary Waiata celebrating cultural resistance. Performance, sculpture, video and production genius Justin Shoulder collaborates with classically trained electronic artist CORIN and digital video artist Tristan Jalleh and painter/sculptor/artist Hiroyasu Tsuri, aka TWOONE (JPN) will join artist, friend and collaborator Jun Inoue (JPN) in a physically performative artist exchange.
Sugar Mountain’s acclaimed experimental and fully-immersive restaurant experience is back – but this year it will be a big ol love letter to the real MVP of dining… dessert. Standby for the full reveal coming soon.
Future Culture pays tribute to cultures from around the world and will be an explosion of colour, fashion, photography, art and music. The curation will be centred around creative pillars with a focus on shifting paradigms. Stay tuned for the reveal on a brand new space and initiative on-site within ACCA. Curated by Grace Dlabik it is a collaboration between BE. x i-D.
Limited First Release tickets to SM 2018 are on sale now at a super-special first day only price of $109 – scoop it up here. Prices go up tomorrow, so buy today + $ave tomorrow.