Sugar Mountain 2013 first round

“Sugar Mountain delivered in spades; the marquee acts delivered, a few locals boosted their stocks, and the whole thing held together as an event, permeated by a distinct character.”

This was our take on last year’s Sugar Mountain, the boutique music and visual arts festival, which will make its return to Melbourne’s CBD next January. The festival will be held over multiple days and venues, including ACMI, Rooftop Bar, Polyester Records and Melbourne Central, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre on January 19.

Curated by To and Fro Family, Two Bright Lakes and Wing & Gill, the bill includes: New York outfit ESG, who came to prominence in the South Bronx in the late 1970s; US underground rapper Action Bronson; Melbourne-born, London-based duo HTRK; a live collaboration between Kirin J Callinan and video director Kris Moyes; Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo; Peanut Butter Wolf (aka producer and Stones Throw founder Chris Manuk); and Broolyn’s Woods.

Tickets for the 2013 Sugar Mountain festival will go on sale at 9am on September 24 via The Forum Box Office, Ticketmaster and Polyester Records.

This year’s festival featured performances by Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, Thee Oh Sees, Shabazz Palaces, John Maus, Sun Araw, Prince Rama, World’s End Press and Lost Animal.

Sugar Mountain first round:


Action Bronson


Kirin J Callinan/Kris Moyes

Laurel Halo

Peanut Butter Wolf