The State Of The Art music festival is back and bigger than ever. Adding a new, entirely free concept, SOTA Surrounds; the event will now feature a free stage to showcase up and coming artists such as The Brow, Dallas Royal, The Amani Consort, Tired Lion, Warangka Band, The High Learys, Silver Hills, Moondog, Jake & The Cowboys, Kat Wilson and Cri$i$ Mr Swagger
Some 40 other local acts spread out across the festival grounds. Watch out for Morgan Bain, Steve Parkin, Timothy Nelson, Catherine Traicos, Leure, Patient Little Sister, Adam Livingston (Emperors), David Craft, Joe Bludge, Luke Bostelman (ex-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 and Bernardine.
There’s also an MC battle, with SOTA’s hip-hop showcase seeing 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 champ.
As we’ve noted in previous issues, the main attraction, hosted by Celebrate WA, will feature Drapht, Eskimo Joe and San Cisco joined by iconic and emerging WA musicians including The Stems, The Blackeyed Susans, The Kill Devil Hills, Kim Salmon, Split Seconds, Bitter Belief and Sable at a cost of $35.
State Of The Art happens at the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 31, as part of the WA Day long weekend. More details at sotafest.com.au.
The High Learys, State Of The Art Pic: Rachael Barrett