Filippo Palermo is one of the founding directors of Australia’s largest independently-owned music and events company; Untitled Group. The Untitled Group brand encompasses music festivals, artist management, artist touring, a record label, as well as a partnership with talent booking platform Muso. Since organising their first music festival in 2014, the U.G festival roster has grown to 10 different touring, camping, and one-day festivals, including Australia’s first all-inclusive one-day, charity festival for people with disabilities. Ability Fest is run in partnership with the Dylan Alcott Foundation and has raised over $500,000 AUD since the first event to support Australian children with disabilities.
After cutting his teeth on the Melbourne night club scene, Filippo partnered with his now-business partners to begin planning their first large scale camping festival, Beyond The Valley, which has since played host to Tyler, The Creator, Chance the Rapper, Jamie xx, Stormzy, Rüfüs Du Sol and more. Every year tens of thousands of people attend Untitled Group events around Australia; their diverse offering spanning all musical genres, each with their own unique audio, visual, and experiential components. These events include Beyond The Valley (VIC, sold out at 25,000 in 2019), Wildlands (QLD, sold out at 30,000 people in 2019), Pitch Music & Arts (VIC, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, Mount Kimbie, Nina Kraviz), Ability Fest, Grapevine (VIC, NSW & WA), Duke St Block Party, For The Love (VIC, NSW, QLD & WA), and Sun Cycle.
Notable Untitled Group tours have seen Hip-Hop heavyweights Wu-Tang Clan, pop sensation Gus Dapperton, Anjuna Deep, electronic producers 16BL and Ben Bohmer and local stars Dom Dolla, Crooked Colours, Hayden James, and Mallrat all grace Australian music stages and venues.
Untitled Group has differentiated themselves from others in the industry through being at the forefront of lighting, sound, and production design, as well as pioneering a new direction for venues by activating alternative locations for events. The Coburg Velodrome, Duke Street, and The Wool Store warehouse; a historic heritage-listed Melbourne landmark turned-temporary event space, have all set the scene for performances by artists such as Solomun, Jamie Jones, John Talabot and more.
Filippo is heavily involved in the creative direction for each event and collaborates with local artists, designers, stage architects, and production experts to carefully curate and craft the interactive displays. The high level of production and creative direction have landed Filippo editorial interest from notable music outlets Triple J, Resident Advisor (featured in Resident Advisor’s 2019 Melbourne Real Scenes), Industry Observer, and awards such as the In Theory Design Award in 2018 the Muse Stage Design Award in 2019. Untitled Group has also been listed in The Music’s 50 Most Influential Figures in the Australian Music Industry 3 years running, as well as Pitch Music & Arts polling in Resident Advisor’s Top 10 Festivals Around the Globe in March since beginning in 2016.
Through innovation and a way of thinking that can only be described as a little left of field, the U.G brand has gone from strength to strength and expanded into artist touring, artist management, but also more recently their new record label Daily Nightly.
Under Filippo’s management are two rising stars of the Australian music industry, Big Words and Cassettes For Kids.
From their humble beginnings as one of Melbourne’s best-kept-secrets, Big Words are rapidly becoming a prominent part of Australia’s music scene. Their continued success has seen them support Hobo Johnson nationally, sell-out Melbourne’s iconic 170 Russell music venue, and hit over 8 million Spotify streams on feature playlists such as Viral Hits, New Music Friday’s AUS/NZ, Indie Arrivals and more.
Solo artist, DJ and producer Cassettes For Kids aka Zak, on the other hand, has warmed up the decks for some of dance music’s biggest names, such as Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, and Dj Koze, and has been hailed by industry critics such as Triple J’s Andy Garvey and Finding Figaro as Australia’s breakthrough artist in the electronic scene.