Sugar Mountain released their 2017 lineup this morning, and boy is it sweet. Cultural icon Blood Orange (AKA Dev Hynes) will lead the festival with his distinctive sound and lyrical tapestry of the personal and political. This will be the New York-based artist’s first Australian performance since 2012, and his only Melbourne show. Other acts to watch for are German electronic extraordinaries Pantha Du Prince, Canadian beat princess Jessy Lanza, and rising London rap prodigy Lil Simz. There’s plenty of local talent too, from the likes of Big Scary, CC:DISCO! and Sui Zhen. If all that’s not enough reason to get you scrambling for tickets, underground music broadcasters Boiler Room will also have their own stage.
Set at the Victorian College of the Arts, the festival is not only a celebration of music but also the visual arts. The 2017 Sugar Mountain team will deliver interactive art installations, as well as an exciting new addition of an augmented reality experience presented in collaboration with Tokyo artist Karan Singh.
For those who want to indulge in the ultimate festival experience, the Sensory restaurant will be back after its debut in 2016 – so you can eat, drink, listen and watch all at the same time.
The full music/art lineup is as follows:
ALTA • Baba Stiltz (SWE) • Beppe Loda (ITA) • Big Scary • Black Cab
Blood Orange (UK) • CC:DISCO! • Daydreams
Dro Carey • Jaala • Jack River • Jessy Lanza (CAN) • Kelsey Lu (USA)
Kornél Kovács (SWE) • KUČKA • Little Simz (UK) • Methyl Ethel
Mood II Swing (USA) • Moses Sumney (USA) • MY DISCO • Palms Trax (UK)
Pantha Du Prince (GER) • Rolling Blackouts C.F. • Slum Sociable
Sui Zhen • Suzanne Ciani (USA) x Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA)
The Belligerents • Tornado Wallace • Weyes Blood (USA)
Caleb Shea • Elliott Routledge • Karan Singh (JPN / AUS)
March Studios • Miriam Bleau (CAN) • MOMO (USA)
Robyn Moody (CAN) x Caroline Polachek (USA)
A limited number of first release tickets are available for only $99, and can be purchased here. These babies are sure to sell quick, so get onto that ASAP.
- Words: Maki Morita