Seven weeks to go and with 30+ international and Aussie artists on the bill, Sugar Mountain 2018 will be the hottest party in Melbourne in January. In exciting news today, organisers are pleased to announce the addition of one of Australia’s hottest rising acts: A.B. Original!

They pull no punches on stage or on record: indigenous hip-hop duo A.B. Original – (Adam) Briggs and Trials (Daniel Rankine), who respectively come from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes – absolutely conquered 2017 thanks to their amazing debut album, Reclaim Australia, released via Golden Era Records.

The 12-track album from the socially conscious pair debuted at #1 on the iTunes chart and features guests such as Thelma Plum, Dr G. Yunupingu and Archie Roach. Just some of the accolades it has won include: the Australian Music Prize (AMP); triple j’s Album of the Year; ARIA’s Best Urban Album and Best Independent Release; and Best Aboriginal Act and Best Hip Hop Album at The Age Awards.

The pair have major musical ammunition in absolutely huge singles ‘2 Black, 2 Strong’, ‘I.C.U’ and the Dan Sultan featured ‘January 26’, with its mammoth lines like, “You watching tele for The Bachelor / But wouldn’t read a book about a f**kload of massacres?” .  And there was that amazing Like A Version with Paul Kelly, arguably triple j’s best cover yet: ‘Dumb Things’. Making their Sugar Mountain debut in 2018, their performance at the festival is not to be missed. Catch A.B. Original live at Sugar Mountain 2018 next month!

While the festival welcomes A.B. Original, we also have an unfortunate update: Handsome Tours and Astral People are sad to announce that Londoner J Hus is no longer able to make his scheduled appearance at Sugar Mountain in January 2018:

“I’m truly disappointed that I won’t be able to appear at Sugar Mountain due to circumstances out of my control. Big thanks to all my Australian fans for their love and support… will be working hard to reschedule dates as soon as possible.”

Never fear: Sugar Mountain 2018 is set to return as one of the best parties on the summer calendar. Don’t delay in grabbing your tickets (hello Xmas present!) – buy here.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION INFORMATION (below info not for publication):

Media accreditation for Sugar Mountain 2018 is now open. Deadline for applications is 5pm @ Wed 10 Jan, 2018.

You will be advised if your application has been successful by Fri 12 Jan. Those who are not successful will have the option to purchase a ticket.

Before you apply, please note:

  • Single tickets only on offer (please do not ask for a guest)
  • One application per person
  • Freelancers must be on assignment for an accredited media outlet
  • Submission of this form does not guarantee entry and accreditation is strictly non transferable.

Review tickets and photo passes are very limited. We will only consider requests from outlets who have run pre-event editorial in the lead-up to Sugar Mountain.

Get in touch with your Mushroom Promo rep for any interview and editorial requests.

Head here to apply and see you at Sugar Mountain 2018!


A.B. Original • Actress (UK) • Ara Koufax • Beaches • Body Type
Cut Copy • Dan Shake (UK) • Eclair Fifi (UK) • Fantastic Man
Gerd Janson (GER) • Honey Dijon (USA) • 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


Melbourne | VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) (18+)
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