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With a heavy focus on international heavyweights this year, Sugar Mountain, the consistently excellent summit of music and art is back with a banger of a lineup to get you dancing next January. 

J Hus, London rap lord and Mercury nominee, was the first to be announced last week, but is now joined by Joey Bada$$, who owes a visit since he was last here in 2015, Cut CopyActressGerd Janson, Jamila Wood (Chance the Rapper’s collab mate) + more. Pushing the envelope for Australian tastemakers, the Sugar Mountain lineup holds more experimental must-see acts like Laurel Halo and a cracking army of DJs to storm the Boiler Room decks all day and all night including Eclair Fifi, Honey Dijon, Project Pablo + more. Local acts doing big things feature on the lineup too, with the likes of Ara Koufax, bilinguist Kardajala KirridarraStella Donnelly and more. 

As always, Sugar Mountain is one of the few festivals not only about the music. The art installations get more insane each year, if you were lucky enough to have a poke at the laser walls last year. For 2018, they’ve recruited artist-musician pairs like Marcus Whale x Athena ThebusCorin x Justin Shoulder x Tristan Jalleh and a few others. The sensory restaurant is back again, with a small catch – dessert only this time.

Get moving on tickets for our favourite Melbourne festival, with a special announcement presale going today here.

Sugar Mountain 2018 
Saturday 20 January | VCA, Melbourne

Music Lineup
Actress (UK) 
Ara Koufax 
Body Type 
Cut Copy 
Dan Shake (UK) 
Eclair Fifi (UK) 
Fantastic Man 
Gerd Janson (GR) 
Honey Dijon (USA) 
Joey Bada$$ (USA) 
Jamila Woods (USA) 
J Hus (UK) 
Kardajala Kirridarra 
Laurel Halo (USA) 
Love Deluxe 
Project Pablo (CAN) 
Sevdaliza (NED) 
Shanti Celeste (UK) 
Stella Donnelly

Visual Art Lineup
Via Alice feat. Waangenga Blanco x Khalif Diouf (USA) 
Amrita Hepi x Pasefika Victoria Choir 
Justin Shoulder x Corin x Tristan Jalleh 
Hiroyasu Tsuri (JPN) x Jun Inoue (JPN) 
Marcus Whale x Athena Thebus


Michelle He

Live music enthusiast. Always at gigs with my camera.