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Spilt Milk (festival)

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Spilt Milk
Genreindie, alternative rock, electronic, hip-hop
DatesNovember-December
Location(s)Canberra, Australia
Years active2016-present
Founded byKicks Entertainment
Attendance25,000+
Websitehttp://www.spilt-milk.com.au/

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Spilt Milk is a music and arts festival held annually in the national capital, Canberra, and is Australia’s fastest-selling one-day festival. Taking place at the beginning of summer each year, the event has been running since 2016 and was founded by Kicks Entertainment.

The festival hosts international and Australian contemporary music performers as well as art installations and an eclectic food village. The art instllations are created at the festival by local and national artists, while the main festival artwork is designed by a different artist each year. The artwork is then brought to life through the website, marketing and throughout the event site.

Spilt Milk brings together street food vendors and restaurants from around Australia, with a focus on artisan, organic, ethical and delicious foods. Each year the event showcases around twenty independent vendors ranging from burgers to Filipino cuisine to smoked meat. Previous food vendors have included Mary’s, Gelato Messina, Down N’ Out and Hoy Pinoy.

As Australia’s premier single-day destination music and arts festival, a majority of attendees travelling from interstate for Spilt Milk. In 2017 75% of attendees travelled from outside of the ACT to attend the festival. 

In a report completed by Social Economics Sydney, it is estimated that Spilt Milk has generated more than $25 million in total economic benefit to the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) economy in its first two years of operation (2016 and 2017).[1]. Spilt Milk interstate ticket holders represented over 8% of all 18-24 year old inbound overnight tourists to the Canberra region in 2016[1]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

2016[edit | edit source]

Spilt Milk was announced on 15 May 2016 and the lineup announced 9 June. Tickets were placed on sale on 16 June at 9am AES and were sold out within 18 minutes.

The inaugural line up thirty-three Australian and international musicians and bands:[2]:

Angove Stage Basquiat Stage Box Cutter Stage
Flume

Sticky Fingers

Violent Soho

DMA’s

Gang of Youths

Client Liaison

Vera Blue

Olympia

E^ST

Young Monks

Sondrio

Hot Dub Time Machine

Peking Duk

Hermitude

Vince Staples

LDRU

Allday

Slumberjack

Cosmo’s Midnight

Paces

Dena Amy

Turquoise Prince LTC

Coda Conduct

Skin & Bones

Genesis Owusu

Randomer

Lucy Cliché

Magda Bytnerowicz

Honey Dijon

FB Permiter B2B Honeysuckle

Emma Stevenson

Kangaroo Life Saver

Champion Ruby

The artwork for Spilt Milk’s inaugural year was designed by Beast, a Canberra-based artist. He was inspired by the city and incorporated hands, cups and liquids to reflect the festival name. Food vendors and restaurants included Bao Stop, Happy as Larry, Mary’s, Gelato Messina and Yalla Yalla.

2017[edit | edit source]

The lineup was announced on 8 June 2017 with tickets on sale to the general public via Moshtix on 15 June at midday AEST. The 25,000 tickets sold out within nine minutes, making Spilt Milk Australia’s fastest-selling single-day destination music festival[3].

The 2017 music line up featured by thirty-one Australian and international musicians and bands[4]

Angove Stage Basquiat Stage Through the Trees Stage
Lorde

Vance Joy

Tash Sultana

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

San Cisco

Dune Rats

Vallis Alps

Dean Lewis

Bad//Dreems

Alison Wonderland

What So Not

Illy

Cashmere Cat

Carmada

Jax Jones

Kilter

Remi

Sampa the Great

Winston Surfshirt

Mallrat

Mia Sorlie

Blanke

Feki

Super Cruel

Crooked Colours

Pon Cho

Megan Bones

Avon Stringer

Casual Connection

Sports

Manila Folder

The 2017 artwork was created by Australian visual artist Jeff McCann. Eighteen food vendors and restaurants attended in 2017, with 2016 food headliners Mary’s, Gelato Messina and Hoy Pinoy returning, joined by Down N’ Out, MEET Food Truck, The Avocado Hut and Tsuru.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Spilt Milk Festival Draws Tens of Thousands to Boogie in the 30 Degree Heat".
  2. "Check out the huge lineup for Australia's newest festival, Spilt Milk". FasterLouder. 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  3. Winchester, Bree. "Music festival Spilt Milk sells out in under 20 minutes". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  4. "Spilt Milk Festival 2017 Set Times Announced". Music Feeds. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-05-25.


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