Up Here 3 Reveals a First Round of Six Artists for 2017

By May 9, 2017 No Comments

Up Here is returning to Downtown Sudbury from August 18-20 for its third edition, transforming downtown Sudbury into an art-filled wonderland. Over three days, festival goers will experience over 45 performances by established and emerging acts, the live creation of new murals that leave a lasting mark on the city, interactive art installations, and a few surprises along the way.

Up Here festival’s live music focuses on presenting an eclectic and captivating lineup of emerging artists from San Francisco to Mozambique via Toronto, Montréal and Sudbury that is sure to stun audiences, leave them spellbound and wanting more.

Performing at Up Here 3

San Francisco’s Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music that make them one of the most acclaimed acts of the past 20 years. Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as “the best band in the world.” From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. This concert is presented in collaboration with Arboretum and Wavelength festivals.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are an Asian/indigenous, psychedelic, noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-cesspool of east meets west culture clash in giant monochrome paper.

The Fleshtones have been blending rock & roll and rhythm & blues since 1976, serving it across the globe armed with smiles, attitude, push-up contests, and sweat! The American garage rock band from Brooklyn, NY is known for its intoxicating performances that put most young performers to shame.

Samito is a Mozambican/Canadian artist who’s bringing the groove into a new era where modern Afro sounds are the heart of musical trends. Named Radio-Canada’s 2015-2016 Revelation in World Music, Samito blends highly rhythmic compositions and texts inspired from his African roots and his childhood spent in Maputo. Nostalgia meets political satire, loaded on electronic rhythms and sharp lyrics written in Portuguese, English, French and Tswa.

Lido Pimienta is a Colombian born, Toronto-based interdisciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist who exists in a roulette of musical journeys from traditional Colombian percussion to darker avant-garde electronic soundscapes, all united by her piercing and explosive yet heartwarming voice. Waving the flag for intersectional feminism, sex positivity and human rights, Pimienta is a force ready to take over the world.

Bernardino Femminielli is a detached crooner deep within a dystopian discotheque. Narrating in French and Spanish, from classical arrangements to brutal 80’s inspired Italo-disco, from heavy cosmic drone to mutant industrial: his sonic ventures reflect his adopted personas. On stage, the confrontational yet intensely vulnerable performer explores the rich and dark energy of French and German cabaret– emphasizing the “total” performance where poetry, music, film, and dance coalesce.


A limited amount of Early-Bird Passports are currently available at uphere.com for $80. Passports guarantee access to all concerts presented at Up Here 3. The full schedule of performances, the names of the 40 other artists and muralists will be revealed in the coming weeks.

About Martin Bertrand

Founder and director of Shoeclack - He loves a bit too much everything about music festivals!