Pitch Music & Arts Festival appears to be thoroughly living up to the second aspect of its title in 2022, announcing an intriguing array of artists and installations.
Pitch festival has grown renowned over its relatively short lifetime for showcasing a dazzling array of international electronic talent, often boasting the premier techno showcase of the year among Australian festivals. What it’s less known for is its artistic array, often overshadowed in the past by long-running monoliths like Rainbow Serpent.
This year, especially with no Rainbow taking place, Pitch appears to be making a statement. The festival has announced a fascinating artistic lineup, including Clayton Blake (Burning Man’s 2018 winner of best art), Adnate (who painted the tallest ever mural on a building in the Southern Hemisphere at the housing commissions in Collingwood), and Kit Webster’s ‘AXIOM’ (sculpted from a matrix of more than 700,000 LEDs) among many more.
They’ve also enlisted Melbourne’s favoured lighting studio for electronic events, Studio John Fish, as the festival’s creative director. Fish’s audio-visual feasts will be familiar to most who’ve attended Melbourne electronic parties over the years, and the studio has been tasked with creating an unforgettable experience for Pitch attendees through their renowned ethereal designs and spatial architecture.
Pitch Festival’s 2022 arts lineup
Ambrose Zacharakis & Henry Howson
Full Throttle Entertainment (Funktion One)
Studio John Fish
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Pitch’s festival director, Filippo Palermo, said the event’s aim this year was to integrate ephemeral architecture, artistic lighting design and an expansive arts line up, with a focus on sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
“We’ve been working hard to deliver a unique experience for our comeback this year,” he said. “The site layout, bespoke stage structures, lighting installations, soundscapes, activities, entertainment and food / bar offerings have been carefully considered, planned and designed. We feel very lucky to be working with Studio John Fish, and an extended team of talented creatives on this year’s event.”
Pitch’s comeback lineup will feature the likes of Denis Sulta, Floating Points, Jayda G, Maceo Plex, Skin on Skin and Inner City, and subsequently quickly sold out. The four-day festival is set to return to Moyston this coming labour day weekend at the foothills of The Grampians from 11-15th March.