In exciting news today, organisers are pleased to announce the addition of one of Australia’s hottest rising acts: A.B. Original!
They pull no punches on stage or on record: indigenous hip-hop duo A.B. Original – (Adam) Briggs and Trials (Daniel Rankine), who respectively come from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes – absolutely conquered 2017 thanks to their amazing debut album, Reclaim Australia, released via Golden Era Records.
The 12-track album from the socially conscious pair debuted at #1 on the iTunes chart and features guests such as Thelma Plum, Dr G. Yunupingu and Archie Roach. Just some of the accolades it has won include: the Australian Music Prize (AMP); triple j’s Album of the Year; ARIA’s Best Urban Album and Best Independent Release; and Best Aboriginal Act and Best Hip Hop Album at The Age Awards.
The pair have major musical ammunition in absolutely huge singles ‘2 Black, 2 Strong’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAGvcOkCc2c) ,‘I.C.U’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0P5xflOnA) and the Dan Sultan featured ‘January 26’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ9qeX4gUeo) , with its mammoth lines like, “You watching tele for The Bachelor / But wouldn’t read a book about a f**kload of massacres?” . And there was that amazing Like A Version with Paul Kelly, arguably triple j’s best cover yet:‘Dumb Things’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICcewg7fxho&list=RDICcewg7fxho&t=7) . Making their Sugar Mountain debut in 2018, their performance at the festival is not to be missed. Catch A.B. Original live at Sugar Mountain 2018 next month!
J HUS: UPDATE
While the festival welcomes A.B. Original, we also have an unfortunate update: Handsome Tours and Astral People are sad to announce that Londoner J Hus is no longer able to make his scheduled appearance at Sugar Mountain in January 2018:
“I’m truly disappointed that I won’t be able to appear at Sugar Mountain due to circumstances out of my control. Big thanks to all my Australian fans for their love and support… will be working hard to reschedule dates as soon as possible.”