Melbourne music and arts summit Sugar Mountain will return to the Victorian College of the Arts on Saturday 21 January, for an abundance of all you’ve come to love from the festival… and probably some stuff you don’t know you love yet. With Australian firsts and Melbourne exclusives, plus an assembly of cutting edge locals, Sugar Mountain 2017 is set to be one for the ages.
Here is what we know so far:
The first Australian performance since 2012 from cultural icon and chameleonic vanguard Blood Orange (UK), will be his only Melbourne show. Other Melbourne exclusives include: innovative electronic legend Pantha Du Prince (Germany); Canadian wunderkind Jessy Lanza; London rap prodigy Little Simz (UK); plus an exclusive collaboration between synth legend Suzanne Ciani (US) and her spiritual heir Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (US). Virtuosos Moses Sumney (US) and Kelsey Lu (US) will also make their first ever appearances on Aussie soil at SM17. Additionally there will be dancefloor dons Mood II Swing (US) and Beppe Loda (Italy); folk innovator Weyes Blood (US); and a swathe of emerging electronic figures: Baba Stiltz (Stockholm), Palms Trax (UK), Kornél Kovács (Stockholm).
The local talent? Alt-pop boundary-pushers Big Scary; Melbourne live stalwarts MY DISCO and Black Cab will be leading the charge, as well as blistering outfits The Belligerents, Methyl Ethel, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Jaala and Jack River. On the electronic tip, illustrious Melbourne selectors Tornado Wallace, CC:DISCO! and Daydreams DJs; and live heat from the likes of Slum Sociable, Sui Zhen, KUČKA, ALTA and Dro Carey will be there to represent too.
International big guns are set to deliver large-scale interactive activations, courtesy of heavy-hitters MOMO (USA), Supergroup – Morag Myerscough x Luke Morgan (UK), Robyn Moody x Caroline Polachek (Canada) and Melbourne’s March Studios. They’ll be joined by acclaimed artists Karan Singh (Tokyo/Melbourne), Caleb Shea (Melbourne), Elliott Routledge (Sydney), and Myriam Bleau (Canada). If that weren’t enough, Sugar Mountain’s experimental Sensory restaurant, which debuted at SM 2016, will return in an even more ambitious format next year delivering an astonishing line-up yet to be announced.
It’s ‘the home of underground music’ whose broadcasts have become a global cultural phenomenon. Sugar Mountain is the only festival in Australia to house a Boiler Room stage – one of eight festivals worldwide. With a new locale featuring better access and more space for shape cutting, it’s gonna be the same intimate BR x SM experience you love. Possibly even better? Big call.
Return of the Theatre Space
In 2015 you might have witnessed Kirin J Callinan’s infamous skype duet with Neil Finn and Oscar Key Sung’s scorching set with Cassius Select. After a year off due to renovations, 2017 sees Sugar Mountain moving back into VCA’s indoor theatre space. This is where you’ll find dynamic, one-off collaborations – including a very special performance by Suzanne Ciani x Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, whose album Sunergy was named in Pitchfork’s Best New Music.
Limited first release tickets to SM17 are on sale now and for only $99! Prices will go up once these sell out – get in early if you want to snap up one of these puppies. Buy them here. For more information see www.sugarmountainfestival.com
Images courtesy of Sugar Mountain Festival