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WAM’s Essential Guide to State Of The Art Festival THIS SATURDAY!

28 May

READY, SET, GO!After around 8,000 happy punters showed up last year and firmly agreed that WA music is where it’s at, and with this Saturday’s line-up boasting even more bounty for those chasing incredible music, proudly brought to you by Celebrate WA in association with WAM, it’s no surprise this year’s State Of The Art Festival tickets are selling fast. Yet aside from 60+ diverse, homegrown and WA-linked acts – from ARIA winners to the hottest upcomers – there is much, much more to get excited about at #SOTAFest 2015. After all, it’s a festival with a difference. Make that hundreds of differences! As such, we’ve created a guide of highlights to help maximise your good times  this Saturday 30 May, from perfect weather to mind-blowing interactive music installations from the future!

Drapht was one of the many highlights in the WA Museum stage at #SOTAFest 2014 – Photo by Travis Hayto

Essentially for the price you’d normally pay to see just one of the headliners, #SOTAFest offers you an extra 60 or so acts. In other words, State Of The Art is the best priced festival ticket around at only $55 + BF! Though hurry as presales close 7am this Saturday, otherwise tickets will be more on the door. They also allow you a chance to win the ridiculously huge Bestival competition. One ticket provides access to the WA Museum Grounds Stage, the Urban Orchard Stage and the State Theatre Courtyard Stage. And unlike other festivals, passouts are all part of the deal, so you can also enjoy the free SOTA Surrounds stages, do some shopping, visit your gran, take an Instagram with your dog (hashtagged #SOTAFest) etc…

With over 60 acts, seven stages and 12 hours of non-stop entertainment at this year’s #SOTAFest, be sure to plan ahead. Venues are subject to capacity, so get to the right stages a little earlier to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

All ages section in WA Museum stage at #SOTAFest 2014 – Photo by Travis Hayto

With pop-up bars and sectioned drinking areas in all main stages, the 18+ crowd can enjoy relaxing with the finest refreshments on the day. But don’t forget all stages are also ALL-AGES friendly! Those over 18 will need to show their valid ID at the entrance to any of the licensed areas to receive an 18+ wristband, in addition to their festival wristband.

With this week’s weather warming up, Saturday is forecast to be right in the middle of a perfect weathered long weekend for dancing, talking, eating and frolicking to WA’s best acts. Plus all main stages are covered (including a must-be-seen-to-be-believed see-through tent addition for all the stargazers) and there will be heating to help warm you when sun goes down.

When cruising around #SOTAFest you might come across something that makes you think we’d stolen Dr. Emmett Brown’s Flux Capacitor. Say hello to Sonic BollART! Ready to play out like a ‘WA music meets Back To The Future’ movie script on the day, Sonic BollART is an interactive music and art installation like you’ve never witnessed before. You can expect a playable thermin and a wifi music ‘deaddrop’ powered by WA music, and you.

Whilst we’re not going to go into details about how good the more obvious acts on the line-up are (we don’t have space), it’s worth noting there are a treasure trove of superstars amongst the line-up that are perhaps less obvious to some. As such, we recommend you make sure you see the following golden talents:

  • Gareth Liddiard – as the frontman for Australian Music Prize winners The Drones, he’s one of Australia’s most intense live performers
  • We Two Thieves – A collab that pairs the WA Music Award winning Mama Kin with Tinpan Orange’s Emily Lubitz, quietly responsible for soundtracking the viral sensation Dumb Ways To Die (now over 104 million views)
  • The Scientists – Putting Australian post-punk on the international map in the late 70’s and 80’s, Kim Salmon and James Baker’s reformation is unmissable
  • The Community Supergroup – The WA beats scene has long been fed by the talents of this extensive collective, and the Supergroup includes leading homies Diger Rokwell, Empty, Wisdom 2th and more
  • Rob Snarski - An iconic Australian voice, Rob role in The Blackeyed Susans has earned him a revered stature in Australian rock history
  • Katy Steele – Once known as the ARIA-dominating Little Birdy, Katie flew away to NYC to evolve her sound, but is now back better than ever
  • Ben Witt – The frontman for the now defunct The Chemist and a player for a heap of bands including The Growl, Witt’s solo genius is one of many solo artists stepping out on the day from their frontperson duties

Saying no to below par festival food, no taste buds will be left disappointed at this year’s #SOTAFest. WA Street Food Lane will cover your cravings. Plus SOTA also is all about quality control when it comes to having a tipple, with tasty beverages for cheap prices on offer.


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#SOTAFest will take over the Perth Cultural Centre, which not only happens to be one the coolest places in town, it’s also right next door to the train station and busport. Happy days. Have FOGL (fear of getting lost)? Then let this above map turn you into a living GPS.

Get down early to find out who is the slickest wordsmith in WA when the MC Battle hits the free PICA stage, acts battling it out to be crowned the SOTA hip hop champ. It will be hosted by local legend Optamus from Downsyde, also playing their return show later on the WA Museum main stage.

Be part of an interactive art experience with world-renowned graphic artist, Noma Bar, on the day. The Israeli born, award-winning artist, novelist and visionary created the artwork for Celebrate WA’s #WADay long weekend festivities, #SOTAFest’s artwork included, and we can’t wait to show you what he has in store!

Take the opportunity to visit the State Library of WA and check out the music exhibition: A Backwards Glance: Western Australian New Music 1970-2015. It features audio and video recordings of key WA new music works, displays of graphic scores and event posters, and a collection of ruined pianos.

Three performances at SOTA will also be by new music artists whose work will feature in the WA New Music Archive (which you can access here, and use the codeword: LetMeContribute. A highlight will surely be what happens when Stuart James plays renowned WA sound artist Alan Lamb’s self-made ‘Infinity Machine’.

Free PICA Amphitheatre stage at #SOTAFest 2014 – Photo by Travis Hayto

If the piggy bank is empty then never fear, #SOTAFest has got you covered with SOTA Surrounds. Catch the best up and coming and established acts at four free stage, including stripped-back performances in Foodies Lane plus the Rough Love DJ sessions taking over PICA Bar. Times above.

Apart from being within skipping – or literally even crawling – distance from Perth train station and the Northbridge bus port, City of Perth Parking have a new mobile app to plan ahead. The nifty app enables you to locate the car parks closest to your destination and view exactly how many bays are available in real time across 12 of CPP’s major car parks. Click here to download for free!

This is your last chance to WIN the ultimate trip for two to catch Perth’s own Tame Impala and Pond at UK’s Bestival, including:
2x VIP camping tickets to Bestival, to see WA’s own Tame Impala and Pond;
2x return economy Etihad flights from Perth to London;
Camping tent and bedding included; and
Travel insurance and UK transfers.
Further Information on SOTA Fest and FAQ’s can be found here.

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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.