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HerCanberra Team

Canberran music, food and art festival Spilt Milk has revealed their star-studded 2018 artist lineup.

Making its third visit to the nation’s capital, Spilt Milk will return to Commonwealth Park on Saturday 17 November 2018 with a lineup of international superstars and fierce local talent including Childish Gambino, The Wombats, Peking Duk, Vera Blue, Jack River, RL Grime, The Jungle Giants, Miss Blanks, Hayden James and more.

Kicks Entertainment says, “We’re excited to be bringing International superstars such as Childish Gambino and RL Grime, together with some incredible Australian talent, great food and art to Canberra for Spilt Milk this November. To have an artist the calibre of Childish Gambino choose Canberra and Spilt Milk is quite amazing!”

And as a cherry on top of this massive line up, Canberra locals will have a chance at scoring a Homegrown ticket first via a Spilt Milk pop-up on July 1, while the rest of Australia can sign up to pre-sale for their opportunity to secure tickets on July 3 at 12 pm.

Yes, that’s right. Canberrans get first dibs.

“Especially for Canberra we’ve created a special Homegrown Ticket Sale so that locals can get first access to tickets via a Spilt Milk pop up on 1 July in Braddon.

“We want to make sure the Spilt Milk neighbours and our Canberra fam have first chance to get tix to the sell out event!”

So what’s in store for 2018?


International superstar Childish Gambino heads the Spilt Milk lineup. His most recent chart-topping single “This Is America” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts and received viral widespread acclaim, proving again Gambino’s artistic flare is everlasting.

In addition, hugely loved UK act, The Wombats touch back down on Australian soil in November. Touring their 2018 release, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, expect a delectable smorgasbord of current hits “Turn” and “Cheetah Tongue” alongside pop classics such as “Let’s Dance to Joy Division”, “Jump Into The Fog”and “Your Body is a Weapon”.

Meanwhile, Canberra born-and-raised and loveable locals Peking Duk will take to the Spilt Milk stage like hometown heroes with their electrifying, full throttle presence. The dynamic duo, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles bring their latest hit “Fire” and the track that launched a national tour “Wasted”, alongside international collabs like “Let You Down” feat. Icona Pop, “Fake Magic”feat. AlunaGeorge and “Stranger” feat. Elliphant.

Bringing her Lady Powers and effervescent aura to the Spilt Milk stage for 2018 is the incredibly talented and ethereal wonder that is Vera Blue. Since releasing her EP, Fingertips in 2016 and highly acclaimed album, Perrenial, she has sold out a whopping four Australian tours, with Paper Magazine claiming the Australian artist as “undoubtedly on the path to world domination”.

Joining the ranks with her is multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer, Jack River. Known by her friends as Holly Rankin, she is a master of creating electro-tinged alt-pop songs, such as “Fault Line” and the glittery jam “Fool’s Gold”, both featured on her debut LP, Sugar Mountain released just last week.

Days away from releasing his second full length album NOVA, Los Angeles producer RL Grime will bring his signature mix of space, texture and bass to Spilt Milk for 2018. His latest festival anthems “Undo” feat. Jeremih & Tory Lanez and “I Wanna Know” feat. Daya will bring an unforgettable cinematic experience to our shores. Having built a cult following for his highly streamed annual Halloween mixes, Australia eagerly awaits the return of RL Grime.

Adding to the international heavyweights for Spilt Milk 2018 like hip-hop royalty YG, are some of Australia’s own musical juggernauts. Sydney’s anthemic producer Hayden James will bring his dance floor ready hits like “Just Friends”, “NUMB” & “Just A Lover”, Brisbane’s The Jungle Giants and their stand out tracks from their 2017 release Quiet Ferocity, while Perth rockers Methyl Ethel join the lineup after a stand out year in 2017 with their Triple J Feature Album, Everything is Forgotten.


Alongside the mammoth musical line-up is a team of innovative visual artists, who will transform Commonwealth Park into a weird and wonderful playground of visual delights. Leading the pack is Hamburg based artist, Stefanie Thiele. First and foremost a painter, Stefanie’s extensive background across photography, graphic design, textiles, sculpture and more, will guide a team of local Canberran artists to create artistic experiences, installations and decor that will overload your senses and transport you to another world.


Between acts, a delectable selection of food vendors will be there to satiate your appetites and keep you going all day long. Awaken your tastebuds with the enticing Asian inspired street food from Bao Brothers, go full, finger-lickin’ guilty pleasure with Dirty Bird Food Truckor stick with the cult classic burgers from Chur Burger. Happy as Larry will be serving up traditional Napoli style wood-fired pizza, while Sofrito will bring the Paella straight from the streets of Spain.


Having exhausted all tickets in 18 minutes for 2016, followed by a record-setting 9 minutes for 2017, this is not one to sleep on.

Canberra locals will have a chance at scoring a Homegrown ticket first via a Spilt Milk pop-up on July 1, while the rest of Australia can sign up to pre-sale for their opportunity to secure tickets on July 3 at 12 pm.

General admission release will go on sale at 12 pm on July 5. See the website for full details.

Feature image: Pat Stevenson.


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