Sugar Mountain returns to Melbourne

After a one-year hiatus, 2015 brings in the third instalment of Melbourne’s highly-anticipated contemporary music and arts festival SUGAR MOUNTAIN. Somehow, the wait is now less than two weeks away.

This year you can expect things to be bigger: both in venue and in veritable line up. New host is the Victorian College of the Arts, and by welcoming us into the heartland of one of Melbourne’s most key cultural institutions they’re also adding the delicious treat of a major increase in space.

For your pleasurable prancin’ or cool-guy-slouch-glancin’, there are five stages: three outdoor and two indoor. Melbourne’s iconic Mushroom group have joined forces with Sugar Mountain this year, and the result is an impressive line up of heavy weight headlines like NAS, performing his integral hip-hop album Illmatic, and Body/Head (Sonic Youth’s eternal babe Kim Gordon paired with improv master Bill Nace) performing alongside an eclectic mix of international and local alternative artists we’re ridiculously excited about.

Sugar Mountain bases its immersive aesthetic on a place where contemporary music, visual art and new media intersects.  But it’s also about the food! Check out the food and drink maestros that’ll be serving up here, including a truck from Hammer & Tong: Melbourne’s 2014 top voted cafe by Time Out.

Below you’ll find the full music and arts line-up. We’re praying to the patron saint of that sugary mountain that there will be no clash between Terrible Love ft. Kirin J Callinan and Ariel Pink, or No Zu with anyone for that matter. The truth is, at Sugar Mountain any clash is going to be a sad one, because the line-up below is killer.


Body/Head (Kim Gordon + Bill Nace)
Ariel Pink
Soul Clap
Horse Meat Disco
The 2 Bears
Anthony Naples
Dan Deacon
Terrible Love feat. Kirin J Callinan
How To Dress Well
Midnight Juggernauts (MJX Pty Ltd)
Bo Ningen
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
NO ZU + Sal P (Liquid Liquid)
Oscar Key Sung x Cassius Select
Rat & Co
Slum Sociable
Wax’o Paradiso
LA Pocock
Noise In My Head

Visual Artists

Leif Podhajsky
Hisham Bharoocha
Ash Keating
Abby Portner
Robin Fox
Johann Rashid
Cara Stricker x John Kirby
Keith Deverell
Sean Morris
Cornelius Brown
Poppy Lane
Confetti System

We’ll see on the dancefloor for No Zu, and for the time being, check out their absolute banger below:

Sugar Mountain takes place on Saturday, 24th January 2015 at the Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne. Tickets are still available via Moshtix and Sugar Mountain Festival website, so chuck on your sports luxe ski suit and sunnies, and head to the Mountain for summer’s most exciting one-day festival.