One of the world’s most exciting and progressive experimental music festivals, Unsound has grown to be one of the world’s most adventurous music festivals – with Adelaide being its only Southern Hemisphere event. The adventurously curated multidisciplinary festival has been described as “one of the great festivals in the world” (The Quietus).
2018 program highlights included some of the most vital artists of our times edging into the outer limits of sonic performance: Nicolas Jaár in a special ambient live A/V show as an Australian exclusive; a one-off exclusive performance from legendary experimental electronic U.S. duo Matmos; one of Australia’s best known experimental music exports, Ben Frost, with the Australian debut of the stunning A/V show for his album The Centre Cannot Hold, created with Berlin-based visual artist MFO; rapidly rising star Yves Tumor who received a whopping 9.1 from Pitchfork for his new LP on Warp which was described as “a benchmark in experimental music” in an exclusive premiere; and the sublime and mesmerising Polish cello player and electronic musician Resina, in another exclusive debut for the Unsound Adelaide audience.
Unsound’s club program brought a disorientating energy with everything from heavy club music to industrial techno, deep house and a debut Australian appearance by DJ Lag, one of the originators of gqom. The free discourse program offered audiences a chance to interact with the artists through astute discussion.
“UNSOUND Adelaide 2018 was freedom time. What a remarkably well executed festival.”
“2018’s festival is a sellout, but its essence is intact: uniting an incongruent diaspora of electronic music’s outliers and iconoclasts under the Unsound umbrella.”
“The sixth Australian edition basked in its ability to attract exclusive performances by genre bending sonic terrorists to a city that more usually bemoans its exclusion from high profile tours.”