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SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett & more announced for Sugar Mountain 2016!

Before the weekend, Le1f was the first name leaked/revealed for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival, quickly indicating that the organisers had another vibrant and eclectic line up in store. This morning, they've gone and announced the full line up of artists, musicians and individuals set to take part in the event next January at the VCA and Melbourne Arts Precinct!

Sugar Mountain returning to the Victorian College of the Arts next January!

The Sugar Mountain Festival brings out some of the best and eclectic artists from Australia and beyond - a guaranteed crowd please and cause of crowd intrigue every year. In 2016, the festival returns to the Victorian College of the Arts and we're putting money on it that the line up is sure to represent some incredible and diverse talent once again.

Exclusive: Ian Laidlaw captures Sugar Mountain artists backstage in this special portrait gallery

This year we headed backstage at Sugar Mountain Festival to capture some of the performers from the day. Ian Laidlaw set up his studio and got straight to shooting throughout the day. Enjoy them exclusively on the AU, starting with the one and only Dan Deacon, above:

Photo Gallery: Sugar Mountain Festival - Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne (24.01.15)

The boutique festival Sugar Mountain returned to Melbourne yesterday following a year off in 2014, moving to its new home of the Victorian College of the Arts for a day of music, arts and great times. Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the epic day:

the AU interview: Raf Rundell of The 2 Bears (UK) talks live show, Sugar Mountain, Bears in Space and more...

the AU review sat down with Raf Rundell of UK electronic duo The 2 Bears while he was in Sydney, Australia in January 2015 to discuss their latest record, a Bears in Space project, upcoming performance at the Australian festival Sugar Mountain, being a family man and much more! They're touring Australia right about now... dates are after the video below!

The best moments from Sugar Mountain Festival's years at The Forum in Melbourne (2011 to 2013)

Since launching onto the Melbourne scene in 2011, with an annual event at the Forum Theatre, the boutique festival Sugar Mountain has become one of Australia's most anticipated events. Always boasting an incredibly well curated lineup, the event endeavours to provide an experience you won't have at any other festival. And by all accounts it achieves it with flying colours.

Bo Ningen confirms DZ Deathrays DJs and Siberia DJs as support for their Australian shows!

Japanese acid-punk rockers Bo Ningen are fast becoming favourites on the Australian scene with recent visits out this way going down incredibly well with punters. They're going to be returning to Australia this month for Sugar Mountain and will be performing an exclusive headline show at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney before the festival - to sweeten the deal, Frontier have announced that Bo Ningen are to be supported by DZ Deathrays DJs and Siberia DJs at the Sydney show!

the AU interview at Clockenflap: Dan Deacon talks about his next album, touring with Arcade Fire and more.

Ahead of his return to Australia next month, playing Sugar Mountain, MONA FOMA, Sydney Festival and more, we caught up with Baltimore electronic artist (and one of the greatest live acts you'll ever see) Dan Deacon while he was in Hong Kong to play Clockenflap Festival. We get the latest on his much anticipated new album, reflect on his tour with Arcade Fire (and The Unicorns!) and much more...

Nas debuts new single at Run The Jewels album release party

Hip hop icon Nas has a proud look on his face as he humbly surprises the small group of guests at the album release party for the latest Run The Jewels album RTJ2. The acclaimed emcee joins El-P and Killer Mike on the small stage and proceeds to state how proud he is at having RTJ part of his Mass Appeal label, and that what they are doing has inspired his new material, right before he drops a brand new track that uses a jazzy beat made by the late great J Dilla. Title "The Season", our snippet of the track plays out like a classic Nas record with bravado and clever wordplay twisted over the catchy horn sample. Check the video out below, we'll have the full stream when the track is officially released.

Festival Review: Sugar Mountain - The Forum, Melbourne (19.01.13)

Sugar Mountain 2013

Sugar Mountain Festival - not your ordinary summer event. A summit of music and arts, a sensory splendour, a conglomeration of creative culture. The AU was there to see, hear, and report from the floor.

Photo Gallery: Sugar Mountain Festival - The Forum (19.01.13)

Sugar Mountain Festival

Serena Ho takes us to the annual Sugar Mountain Festival in Melbourne featuring Dirty Projectors, HTRK, Hunx and his Punx, Jonti, Boomgates and many, many more...

the AU interview: Jarvis Taveniere of Woods (New York)

New York group Woods have just released their new album Bend Beyond. They'll be playing bits and bobs from it in and around our town soon as they come for their first Australian tour and the Sugar Mountain Festival. El spoke to the boys about their gigs as well as 'flip flops' ....what?

Sugar Mountain Festival First Artist Line Up for 2013 Edition!

Sugar Mountain, Melbourne's boutique music and arts festival is returning to the city's CBD next year and have released a line up sure to impress! Held over multiple days in January, Sugar Mountain will be utilising The Forum, ACMI, Rooftop Bar, Polyester Records and Melbourne Central to showcase an impressive array of talent, both local and international.

The first artist announcement is as follows:

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ACTION BRONSON
KIRIN J CALLINAN X KRIS MOYES

The AU Interview: Zayd Thring of Pets With Pets (Melbourne)

We catch up with another homegrown act to be featured on the Sugar Mountain line up, Pets With Pets.

Congratulations on how well Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid has gone. Did you envision the record bringing the extent of attention it did to the band?