DISHES UP A FOOD & DRINK EXPERIENCE FINAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW – SAT 20 JAN
Whet your appetite! With over 30 international and local artists on the line-up, Sugar Mountain will be the hottest party in Melbourne next week. With just 10 days to kick-off, it’s time to reveal the festival’s top-notch food and drink offerings for 2018 – including the debut appearance of one of Melbourne’s most iconic food destinations. Read on…
‘Welcome To Sugar Mountain’ – A collaboration between Absolut, Jameson and Welcome to Thornbury
They reinvigorated High Street back in 2015 and now the masterminds behind Welcome to Thornbury have teamed up with Absolut Vodka and Jameson Irish Whiskey to create ‘Welcome To Sugar Mountain’ – your delicious, must-stop food and cocktail hub. Featuring Absolut and Jameson cocktail caravans and eight enticing vendors (see more on those below), the WTT team brings their unique design and culinary talents to the site. Expect delectable food-truck offerings with a bespoke cocktail experience, which will take care of all things brunch, lunch and after-dark.
Says founder Daragh Kan: “I’ve been going to Sugar Mountain as a punter for years, so it’s super exciting to get involved on the food side. We’ve worked with some of our regular trucks from Welcome To Thornbury, such as Sparrows Philly Cheesesteaks, Pasta Face and of course Mr Burger, as well as Absolut, Jameson and Dave Kerr from Tender to put together the perfect food truck and cocktail lineup for partying in the sun.”
Licensed for 700+ people and a true an icon of the North, Welcome To Thornbury boasts Melbourne’s biggest menu, featuring a rotating calendar of more than 100 food outlets with a different five every night of the week. We’re thrilled to have them join Sugar Mountain in 2018!
London-born cocktail aficionados Trash Tiki aren’t typical bartenders. Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths are punk loving, plastic-hating champions – and will unveil their first ever Melbourne pop-up at Sugar Mountain featuring the likes of the ‘Absolut Disco Cosmo’ and the ‘Jameson Baller Buck Chuck’. Trash Tiki is an online platform and a world touring, anti-waste drinks pop-up, the sustainable duo utilising organic food waste from local restaurants, cafes and bars (after they’ve arrived in each new city). Check out their chat with Uproxx here.
New Artists Added + Estrella Damm Beer Garden
Estrella Damm, the beer from the iconic cultural city of Barcelona, is adding two new acts/artists to this year’s line-up, whose talents will be on display at the Estrella Damm Beer Garden. Catch Melbourne producer DJ Prequel spinning four sets of funk, future R&B and bass between 1pm-9pm. Check out his latest release, ‘Freedom/Lefty’, to get the vibe.
Joining DJ Prequel will be acclaimed Adelaide visual artist and painter Billie Justice Thomson, who has been commissioned by everyone from Qantas to Harpers Bazaar in amongst multiple exhibitions. Billie will be creating an interactive ‘Paint By Numbers’ scene that festivalgoers can take part in: think kitsch, nostalgia and iconic food imagery. Check it all out in the Estrella Beer Garden, where you can also enjoy a delicious Estrella Damm on tap.
Natural wine is the hottest thing in drinking circles right now: barely there human intervention, a product free of sulphur and pesticides. Sugar Mountain introduces our first ever Natty Wine Bar! Campbell Burton (2014 GT sommelier of the year, Campbell Burton Wines) and Gus Carmichael (Otis Armada, The Moon) are the duo behind Soulfor Wine, and now they’ll be serving up a medley of pink, white and orange goodness at Sugar Mountain.
CTRL + ALT—a transcendent oasis amidst the festival bustle, brought to you by VICE and ALT.
CTRL + ALT celebrates the launch of a new range of soft drink done differently, naturally sweetened with only 2.4% sugar. ALT will be encouraging Sugar Mountain attendees to‘Keep Doing You’ through an immersive, personalised experience.
In the ACCA forecourt, festival-goers will enjoy a moment to maximise self-expression/
reflection in an alternate realm complete with a giant waterbed, interactive digital ceiling, and GIF photo booth—plus the chance to create their own bespoke bottle label. Free ALT will also be available to all!
Be sure to keep on an eye out for Sample Brew’s roving kegs and delicious Red Bull cocktails on-ground.
Welcome To Sugar Mountain’ food vendors:
Australian’s best gelato team will be on site for the very first time, bringing their ‘The Lowdown’ van. The team are back fresh from Italy, where they attended the world gelato championships. Get in line!
Melbourne’s first and only gourmet pasta food truck. Pasta Face handcraft delicious and authentic pastas, sauces and snacks with much love and dedication to their Italian roots.
Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks
The only authentic cheese steak in Australia: a long, soft hoagie roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed scotch fillet, onion and melted cheese. Vego? Try the smoked organic tofu cheesesteak, or a vegan option with pulled jackfruit and nooch.
Salivate to tempura fish with mashed peas, home-made tartare sauce and hand-cut chips, seafood skewers with seaweed salad and Yuzu mayonnaise, grilled chilli king prawns and lobster rolls.
Wrap Roll It
Wrap Roll It source ingredients from local farmers and use family recipes to produce traditional Vietnamese street food: grilled pork rolls, plus old school dishes with a modern twist.
Starting off as a single truck in 2012, Mr Burger has expanded into five restaurants and multiple trucks in Melb and TAS. These are damn tasty burgers, made without compromise.
Copa Food Truck
Tender and juicy steak, chicken or sausage? Yes please. Copa offer incredible Brazilian street food, with a focus on traditional BBQ, all cooked over charcoal in a traditional Churrascaria oven.
The Greek Trojan Yiros
Dedicated to bringing the true Foods of the Gods to Melbourne. Wraps of high-end lamb and chicken souvlaki or vegetarian grilled halloumi, Greek-style chips with crumbled feta, homemade dips.
It’s time. With summer around the corner, Sugar Mountain – Melbourne’s beloved music and arts festival – is back, and it’s time to reveal another tantalising, boundary-pushing line-up. Sugar Mountain returns on Saturday 20 January2018 to its home at Victorian College of the Arts, expanding the footprint to also encompass the neighbouring ACCA and the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Featuring international game-changers alongside Australia’s finest, 2018’s event is packed with the very best cutting-edge music and immersive visual artists you’ll find anywhere – it’s peak Sugar Mountain.
Limited First Release tickets to SM 2018 are on sale now at a special first day only price of $109 – buy here. Prices go up tomorrow, so get in early.
Let’s get to it… appearing at SM 2018 is:
A Sugar Mountain debut from one of Melbourne’s most seminal artists this side of the millennium and off the back of a cracking new album: Cut Copy. It’s set be a massive appearance from red hot ‘Devastated’ rapper Joey Bada$$ (USA); rising Chicago R&B star Jamila Woods (USA) makes her much awaited 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; expect intensity from beatsmith Actress (UK). Experimental pop prodigy Laurel Halo (USA) will deliver a set from Berlin-by-the-way of Michigan; Chicago DJ/icon Honey Dijon (USA) will bring the heat in spades. Get ready for Gerd Janson, one of the most highly respected DJs in the world of house and techno. Locals Beaches, Body Type and Stella Donnelly are hotly tipped; as is London trailblazer Dan Shake (UK) and Scottish DJ/producer extraordinaire Éclair Fifi. Montreal tastemaker Project Pablo (CAN) will get it popping; it’s Sydney’s summer jam maestro Love Deluxe; and Melbourne’s own Ara Koufax. Witness the magic of all-female, ‘NT Song of the Year’ winners Kardajala Kirridarra; and Iranian-born, Dutch-based pop auteur Sevdaliza (NED). Certified immense-vibe-supplier Shanti Celeste (UK) and selector extraordinaire Fantastic Man round out the fun.
Staying true to the vision that shaped the festival’s early formative years, SM 2018 brings together a multitude of artists and mediums, featuring a selection of unique collaborative projects, and performances.
VIA ALICE features dancer/choreographer Waangenga Blanco (Bangarra Dance Theatre), and New York artist/producer/dancer Khalif Diouf (Le1f). Its debut earned a ★★★★ review from the Sydney Morning Herald: a moving 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 (who has created videos for the likes of Oscar Key Sung); painter/sculptor/artist Hiroyasu Tsuri, aka TWOONE (JPN) will join artist, friend and collaborator Jun Inoue (JPN) in a physically performative artist exchange.
First joining us as the opening performance of Sugar Mountain 2011, songwriter Marcus Whale (also of BV and Collarbones) returns with new music, a collection of live players, and goes head to head with the multi-disciplinary artist and rising talent Athena Thebus.
NEW SITE REVEAL
Arrive via the Sturt St festival entrance and SM 2018 reveals itself afresh, as we’ve introduced an expanded site and key new spaces. Expect the same ease of access and amenities that Sugar Mountain always nails. Indoor venues include the Grant Street Theatre and Margaret Lawrence Gallery. For the first time ever, SM will expand into the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) footprint, and take over Grant Street (the area between). Plenty of green and new places to discover.
Sugar Mountain’s acclaimed immersive restaurant experiment is back, and the 2018 offering will be a love note to the real MVP… dessert. The new-look Sensory will be light-hearted and fun, coming to you in collaboration with one of the absolute benchmark eateries in Australia. You can book your Sensory add-on at the same time as your festival ticket, which is recommended if you don’t want to miss out – tickets are on sale here. Stay tuned for full info revealed soon!
THE RETURN OF BOILER ROOM
Boiler Room, the global cultural phenomenon makes its very welcome return to Sugar Mountain in 2018 for another huge broadcast. With the stage newly relocated to a new location, expect the same intimate vibes, sunshine and easy access. And as the only Australian festival (one of only eight worldwide) to be broadcast live to BR’s global audience, who knows who’ll be watching. Time to polish those moves.
A new world order. 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.
Future Culture pays homage 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.
See you there! In alphabetical order, introducing Sugar Mountain 2018:
Actress (UK) • Ara Koufax • Beaches • Body Type • Cut Copy Dan Shake (UK) • Eclair Fifi (UK) • Fantastic Man • Gerd Janson (GER) Honey Dijon (USA) • J Hus (UK) • Jamila Woods (USA)
Joey Bada$$ (USA) • Kardajala Kirridarra • Laurel Halo (USA) Love Deluxe • Project Pablo (CAN) • Sevdaliza (NED)
Shanti Celeste (UK) • Stella Donnelly
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
SUGAR MOUNTAIN 2018 SATURDAY 20 JANUARY
Melbourne | VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) (18+)