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Benjamin Fraser’s vital brand of self-expression ebbs with a primal energy that belies his years. At just 27, rising out of the bolus of the Central Coast’s creative community, his deft hand and dedication to the pursuit of his creative urges are all too evident in the costumes that he has designed for the announcement campaign for Mountain Sounds Festival 2018.
Beautiful, outlandish expressions of our inner spaces, rendered in brilliant and captivating shapes and colours. He’s a prodigy of sorts to be sure, and we were so stoked to work with him!
Check out our announce clips below:
Ben will be running a crown making workshop on December 7th called Headwhere?
Get your tickets here!
You asked…and we listened. Just after #Msf17, we asked for your opinions about what worked and what didn’t. We’ve spent some time looking through your responses and we’ve heard you: the resounding cry for more and better amenities. Here it is, we bring you..
Improvement #1: More Amenities
More toilets and more HOT showers are both things we can promise at Mountain Sounds Festival in 2018. Our brand-spankin’ new site will have more room than ever before for extra toilets in the festival site as well as within the campground. All of this is to make sure you spend less time talking to your mates in the toilet line and more time dancing to Safia.
Last year mother nature threw everything she had at us. The combination of electrical storms, power issues, road closures and more really bogged parts of the festival down (if you know what we mean). This all caused major difficulties with the toilets’ and showers’ functionality, servicing and cleanliness.
BUT we are very aware of what happened so to stop this from happening again, in addition to our existing toilet block in the festival, we will be adding more portaloos than any of our previous years. Also, the campsite facilities will also be upgraded with more toilets AND hot showers!
We can promise this year that toilets and showers will be cleaned and serviced on a much more regular basis to ensure maximum squeaky cleanliness.
With 2018 moving to a new two-day format, and our festival being bigger and better than ever before, we’re super keen to deliver the best festival experience that we can to you!
Stay tuned for more improvements soon…
Here we go again! We are super stoked to give you the second wave of artists to join #MSF18.
Along for the ride will be Safia, bringing their blue-eyed electro soul and spacy R&B to the dance floor along with producer, DJ and hook master Touch Sensitive. Known for his eclectic genre diversity, Canadian Nathan Barato is one of the most prolific DJ’s and in-demand producers on the planet right now. Jimmy 2 Sox is well known for his banging disco remix of our very own Empire Of The Sun. Also making the pilgrimage up north will be Conspiracy Crew. Hometown heroes Elaskia will be a fine edition to the Electric Lady stage.
These artists, along with a host more (listed below) will join previously announced acts like Hot Dub Time Machine, Gang Of Youths, Grouplove, Hayden James, The Preatures, Amy Shark and more.
To cap it all off there will be a massive secret headliner announced soon – one of Australia’s hottest live acts.
Excitement is at an all-time high with first release single day, two day and camping tickets sold out on day one. General on sale tickets are now available here.
Secret Headliner (announced soon)
Plus, in alphabetical order:
Alex The Astronaut // Ali Barter // Amy Shark // The Creases // Fisher // Gang Of Youths // GL // Grouplove (USA) // Hayden James // Hockey Dad // Hot Dub Time Machine // Kirin J. Callinan // Motez // Nathan Barato (CAN) // Paces // Safia // Touch Sensitive // The Preatures
AS WELL AS
Barney Cools DJ’s // Bard // Bass-RQ // Baz // Bean Dip // Bodega Collective // Cabal DJ’s // Cassette // Charles // Chymes // Classica // Club Raiders DJ’s // Conspiracy Crew // Cosmic Ken // Cpt Rhys // David Bangma // Desiki Dominique // Elaskia // Elijah Something // Eluera // Exhibitionist // Fripps & Fripps // Geords // Gibson Brothers // Hannah // Hayden Shepherd // Ivy //Jimmi Walker // Jimmy 2 Sox B2B Tim Fuchs // Joel Leggett // Joseph Raymond & Louis Stenmark // Kurt King // Little Quirks // Los Scallywaggs // LTPD Dj’s // Luca Cavallaro // Mason Clarke // Moondogs // Nelipot // Ninajirachi // Not Eve // Oh? // Peekay // Persian Rug // Pist Idiots // PITD // Rachel Maria Cox // Raave Tapes //Sam Kirk // Sammi Constantine // Seany P // Sequel // Soy // Steamboat Hollow // Steve Pike // Stoive // The Jim Mitchells // The Moving Stills // The Sea Gypsies // Tia Gostelow // Tilldawn // Triple j unearthed winner // Tropical Zombie // Vena Klymo // Wales // Waxfinz // Will Collard & Josh Gapes
Tickets are officially ON SALE! Tickets are available for purchase via Eventbrite. Get in quick, these ones won’t last long.
Festival and camping tickets can be purchased HERE.
Extras including carpark tickets, campervan passes and discounted drink coupons can be found HERE.
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All ticketing information can be found on the ticketing page on our website.
Last week came the exciting news that we are returning bigger and better for our fifth birthday edition in a newly created two-day format (with three-day camping). Now, we are ready to announce the first line-up of artists for 2018.
Joining (previously announced) Grouplove for another quality year of music in February will be chart-topping rock goliaths Gang Of Youths. Having just wrapped a Sold Out national tour playing some of the biggest music venues in Australia, the band stole hearts with last Friday’s inspired triple j ‘Like A Version’ performance. Hot Dub Time Machine have broken dance floors across the globe at Coachella, Reading and Leads Festivals and will bring their hot live show to NSW’s Central Coast. Also along for the ride will be The Preatures, performing tracks from their critically acclaimed sophomore album Girlhood as well as 2017 breakout star Amy Shark.
We will be announcing a secret headliner soon…its one of Australia’s biggest live acts but that’s all we’re saying for now.
We are also proud to announce we will be teaming up with Holly Rankin (Jack River) & Collective Artists to introduce and programme Mountain Sounds very own ‘Electric Lady‘ stage. The all-female line-up for the Friday of the festival will feature artists like Alex the Astronaut, Tia Gostelow, Exhibitionist, Elaskia, Little Quirks and lots more.
Mountain Sounds is a proudly local, environmentally sustainable event, priding itself on providing a platform to support local artists, business and the wider community. Having grown up locally, event organisers are passionate about the local area and will be taking care to prevent negative environmental impact and reducing the carbon footprint.
Hot Dub Time Machine
Plus, in alphabetical order:
Alex The Astronaut // Ali Barter // Amy Shark // The Creases // Fisher // Gang Of Youths // Grouplove (USA) // GL // Hayden James// Headliner TBA // Hockey Dad // Hot Dub Time Machine // Kirin J. Callinan // Motez // Paces // The Preatures
AS WELL AS
Ninajirachi // Triple j unearthed winner // Raave Tapes // Exhibitionist // Pist Idiots // Tia Gostelow // Los Scallywaggs // Tropical Zombie // Chymes // The Jim Mitchells // Ivy// Elijah Something // The Sea Gypsies // The Moving Stills // Cabal Dj’s // Steamboat Hollow // Fripps & Fripps
* Second line-up announcement on Tuesday, October 3
Climbing the mountain for our fifth consecutive year, we are stoked to announce we are returning in a big way in 2018 with details for a mega birthday celebration plus a brand new format.
For the first time, we will now feature music, art and live activations across two days and three nights. With live music on February 16 & 17, 2018, the festival will also feature an integrated camping and festival site in the beautifully untapped Penang Gardens – situated in the picturesque surrounds of Mount Penang Parklands in Kariong on NSW’s Central Coast, halfway between Sydney and Newcastle.
The first act to be announced for Mountain Sounds 2018 is L.A indie-pop heroes Grouplove – currently on an extensive North American tour in support of their 2016 breakout album Big Mess and this year’s Little Mess EP.
Our newly created Mountain Village will feature various local markets, hair and makeup zones, health stations, silent discos plus the Breakfast Boogie and more. The newly integrated camping sites are equipped with hot showers and power and festivalgoers now have the option to sleep under the stars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.