Hold onto your hats as Ungus Ungus Ungus, your friendly local peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia, strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance and mayhem. This is carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined, traversing territory from global dance beats to swing, hip-hop and jazz. Featuring mind-tickling on-stage antics and a bold visual presence, their cosmic circus has come to town with the express purpose of making you boogie, gawp, and expand your perceptual horizons.
Now touting their latest release, The Cosmic Carnival (2016), the band have a concept album to accompany their swinging sci-fi concept show that has been destroying dance floors across Australia for the past two years. Few stones are left unturned in their efforts to infiltrate festival culture at levels, with their list of appearances including electronic, folk, jazz, arts and circus festivals alongside boutique parties and club nights. Having played and toured in various guises for six years, all the while managing to avoid being pinned to a genre, the band's innovative flexibility has afforded it the unique ability to jump between sounds and scenes with surprising ease.
With a background of facilitating and rocking out some of Sydney’s longest running underground events for the last decade, the Ungus camp are firmly grounded in grassroots musical culture and delight in making community music happen. This tendency manifested in 2015 as the emergence of the Melbourne-based Bandhaus artists collective and its associated record label, which is run by band crew.
What makes you interested to perform at Luminate? "We've been wanting to play in NZ for ages - beautiful country! Love the mixture of styles, stages and vibes outlined here - sounds like a great fit for us."