SOTA Surrounds & Playing times!
SOTA Surrounds will see the State of the Art (SOTA) music festival expand with even MORE musicians, an MC battle, pop-up performances, a food truck market AND a visual art exhibition.Info below, but firstly the playing times…
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Presented by Celebrate WA, in partnership with West Australian Music (WAM), SOTA will be hosted at the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 31 May as part of the WA Day long weekend celebrations. A new concept for the third annual SOTA festival, SOTA Surrounds is an entirely FREE element that is accessible to all and features more than 40 acts, and it’s so big we couldn’t even include on the above playing times! So here they are;
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PICA will play host to the newly announced FREE stage dedicated to showcasing both exciting up- and-comers and established acts, as well as a not-to-be-missed SOTA hip-hop battle from the best local MC’s:
The Brow | Dallas Royal | The Amani Consort | Tired Lion Warangka Band | The High Learys | Silver Hills | Moondog J Jake & The Cowboys | Kat Wilson | Cri$I$ Mr Swagger Mc Battle
SOTA’s West Oz hip hop showcase will see entrants Azmatik, Complete,Two Worlds, Selekt Few, Bryte One, Intellect, A.Saxon, Chani, Bfumes, Intrusive Thoughts, Shadow & Chef, Frenze And Tonight battle it out for the name of SOTA hip- hop champion. The winner will receive great prizes of beats from WA’s best hip hop producers, and studio time at the OptShop.
SOTA Surrounds will also see a collection of over 40 local acts performing free stripped back pop- up sets throughout the festival grounds:
Morgan Bain| Steve Parkin|Timothy Nelson| Catherine Traicos| Leure| Patient Little Sister| Adam Livingston (Emperors)|David Craft |Joe Bludge| Luke Bostelman (Flanders)|The Ghost Hotel (Duo)| Lucy Peach| The Jayco Brothers (Duo)| Methyl Ethyl | Rachel Gorman| Mei Saraswati| Davey Craddock| Steven Aaron Hughes (Usurper Of Modern Medicine) | Rob Walker| Luke Dux| Polly Medlen| Adrian Hoffman (The Morning Night) Junior Bowles |Elk Bell |Michael Strong (The Disappointed) Alex Arpino (The Autumn Isles)|Chris Gibbs| Turin Robinson| Fox Cat Rabbit| Black Swan| Jane Azzopardi| Todd Pickett| Dan Durack (Tenderhooks)| Latehorse| Jordan Mcrobbie| Lucinda Nicholls| Elli Schoen| Tj O’donovan| Northshore Shoals| Franca Dobbin| Bernardine
However sounds are not the only free art form on show for this year’s SOTA Surrounds. An exciting live audio-visual exhibition by local artist Kynan Tan will be created at the State Library of Western Australia especially for the festival. The new work, titled hyperthymesia, utilises 5 screens of video and accompanying sound, creating a new representation of Western Australian music through rearranging and reforming the archives of material.
In a stellar line-up of over 80 artists, SOTA also includes 3 paid stages, in which headliners Drapht, Eskimo Joe and San Cisco will be joined by iconic and emerging WA musicians including The Stems, The Blackeyed Susans, The Kill Devil Hills, Kim Salmon, Split Seconds, Bitter Belief, Sable and much more!
As an all-ages event, SOTA will include multiple licensed areas as well as cover and heating throughout, to protect patrons from the elements. Festivalgoers will also be treated to a food truck market, with vendors including Merrywell, Comida De Sol, Ben & Jerry’s, JP Sancho, Jumplings, Jus Burgers, Farmhouse Pizzas and Juice Company providing the best in locally sourced West Australian cuisine.
All- Access Ticket = $35 + BF
SOTA Surrounds = FREE
State of the Art is a licensed all ages event.