Sound Summit 2009: a festival of Independent and Innovative music - MusicNSW

Held annually as an integral part of This Is Not Art (TINA), Sound Summit will celebrate it’s 10th birthday in 2009 over the October longer weekend – October 1 – 5, in Newcastle, NSW. Traditionally an electronic and hip hop conference and festival, in 2009 Sound Summit will drop it’s genres and broaden it’s scope, inviting independent artists from around Australia and internationally to idea-share, skill-up and brain dump.

MusicNSW is thrilled to announce the first batch of artists performing at Sound Summit 2009. At this year’s festival see the raw pop collages of Ducktails (US), the loveable scuzzy surf punk of the Vivian Girls (US), beautifully rambunctuous lo-fi rock of Pumice (NZ) and Ripley – a Cali based dj/ academic who’s just come back from Jamaica. Think smart reggaeton party.

Locally we’ll be showcasing the finest independent and innovative artists throughout the festival, including a showcase event where Sound Summit teams up with New Weird Australia, exploring the spaces of Renew Newcastle and the sounds of a new breed of Australian musicians. Over the weekend hear Qua, Moonmilk, Free Choice Duo, Aoi, The Abyss, Crab Smasher, Toecutter, kyü and many many many more.

And that’s just in the evening. Prepare for your mind to be blown as we explore every crevice of independent and innovative music in Australia and internationally with a series of panels designed to interrogate ideas, techniques and trends, facilitating the exchange of these over the ultimate arts weekender.

Join us on the first weekend in October as we partner with Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals, Electrofringe and the National Young Writers Festival to bring you the most exciting emerging and innovative, multi-arts festival in Australia, This Is Not Art.

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