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Known for their smooth vocals and pulsating electro sounds, blended with spacey synth layered on top of rolling hip-hop grooves and beats, Boo Seeka mash together sounds you’d never expect to hear in the same track.
In October 2019 the Newcastle soul-tronic duo – Ben Gumbleton and Michael May – released their single ‘Moonlight Run’ to celebrate those spontaneous, memorable nights with mates after months of non-stop touring and working in the studio. In 2020 they added ‘Take a Look’, ‘Days Get Better’ and ‘Never Enough’.
With their jumping live shows, these night owls never disappoint crowds as they keep the energy sizzling like neon in Vegas.
Casii Williams is a Western Arrernte woman and hails from the remote community of Ntaria/Hermannsburg in Central Australia. She has made a name for herself, having released her first single ‘Desert Pop Lock and Drop’ at just 14.
ChillinIT is the definition of a home-grown, self-made star. Having cut his teeth in Sydney’s underground hip-hop scene, the Hurstville emcee has morphed into one of Australia’s most revered personalities.
He released his debut album, Women, Weed & Wordplay, in late 2018 and it has amassed more than 35 million streams since then. He remained on the ARIA charts for all of 2019, producing two Gold singles.
With his slick wordplay, heartfelt introspection and insatiable appetite for controversy, ChillinIT creates conversation wherever he goes. Without doubt, he is set to become one of Australian hip-hop’s biggest success stories.
Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took make up DMA’S – an Australian three-piece rock band from Sydney.
Nominated for an incredible five ARIAs for their critically acclaimed third studio album The Glow, they’re no strangers to success. The nominations were for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Group, Best Independent Release and Best Australian Live Act, highlighting the general all-round excellence of these guys. And they work with some of the best – The Glow was recorded and mixed by multi-Grammy Award-winning producer Stuart Price (The Killers, New Order, Madonna).
This incredible album is testament to the band’s unwavering vision to take their sound to a new level.
Darwin-based band DRAFTDAY are making their mark on the Australian music scene, currently touring across the country. Made up of lead singer Arran Barker, guitarists Tom Ford and Lucas Sharp, bass guitarist Manolis Kamitsis and drummer Rowan Dally, DRAFTDAY channels the sounds of Trophy Eyes, City Calm Down and Gang of Youths.
Georgia Flipo, better known as G Flip, is a singer-songwriter, producer and drummer from Melbourne.
Aged just 26, she’s achieved heaps in her music career so far after writing and recording music in her bedroom for years. Things really kicked off in 2018, when G Flip uploaded her debut single ‘About You’ to Triple J Unearthed. Amazingly, the track premiered on Triple J on the same day.
The following year, the young muso won Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards. She released her debut studio album About Us on 30 August 2019.
Signed to Future Classic, Aussie-born singer, songwriter and record producer Hayden James has played at major Australian music festivals, and is now adding BASSINTHEGRASS to the list.
His studio album Between Us features huge tracks like ‘Just Friends’ and ‘Nowhere to Go’. Its popularity was officially recognised when Hayden received an ARIA nomination and J Award nomination in 2019.
Hayden has previously won an AIR Award for ‘Something About You’ and an APRA Award for ‘Better Together’, and been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Australian Act.
ARIA Award-winning Australian artist Illy has released a slew of singles in 2020, the most recent being ‘Cheep Seats’ featuring WAAX.
His first single for the year was ‘Last Laugh’, jovially described by Illy as an opportunity to “point out people who keep doubting me, and I keep making them look stupid”. Instantly recognisable as an Illy song, ‘Last Laugh’ has all the energy, attitude and quick-spitting rhymes fans expect from the Melbourne local.
A busy 2020 follows a mammoth 2019, including the release of the now ARIA Platinum single ‘Then What’ in May. Shortly after, he paired up with New Zealand native Robinson for the anthemic ‘Lean On Me’.
The Jungle Giants
With more than 150 million streams worldwide and growing, The Jungle Giants are an unstoppable force. Regarded as Australian indie rock royalty, they were one of only four artists to have four songs feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100 2018.
Known for delivering explosive, high-energy live performances, The Jungle Giants are vocalist/guitarist Sam Hales, lead guitarist Cesira Aitken, bassist Andrew Dooris and drummer Keelan Bijker.
Brimming with scream-your-lungs-out choruses and charging dance hooks, the crew defied all expectations with their most recent album Quiet Ferocity. Independently funded by the band, the album topped numerous 2017 Best of Lists.
Their 2019 hit ‘Heavy Hearted’ polled at number eight in the Triple J Hottest 100.
Indie pop artist Jack River – the character and name assumed by Holly Rankin when she steps behind a microphone – has established a clear precedent for crafting meticulous, deep and shimmering worlds to draw listeners in.
Since she entered the music scene with her debut album Sugar Mountain in 2018, the singer-songwriter has sold out shows across Australia and been on the line-up at some of the country’s biggest music festivals.
At the 2018 ARIA Awards she earned nominations for Breakthrough Artist, Pop Album and Engineer of the Year. In 2019 ‘Sugar’, her gold-selling single with dance duo Peking Duk, was a contender for Best Dance Release.
In 2020 she gave us ‘Dark Star’ from her Stranger Heart EP.
Lime Cordiale’s infectious performances and genuine interaction with fans have made them one of Australia’s buzziest acts over the past couple of years. This was reflected in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2019 poll, when Lime Cordiale was the only act to have four songs under 40.
The boys have amassed a loyal following, with more than 126,000 followers on Instagram, and have played to wildly enthusiastic crowds across Australia and overseas.
Their latest album, 14 Steps To A Better You, was re-released in November 2020 with six new tracks, including the bright and breezy ‘Reality Check Please’.
The band received six nominations in the ARIA Music Awards of 2020, and won the Breakthrough Artist – Release award.
Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies, ‘arrow through the heart’ lyrics and unforgettable live performances.
Her acclaimed The Sound of White (2005 ARIA Album of the Year), and albums On a Clear Night and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, have sold more than two million copies globally.
A five-time chart topper and nine-time ARIA Award winner, in 2018 Missy launched her fifth album, Solastalgia, with its lead single ‘Futon Couch’ becoming her biggest radio success in a decade.
In 2019 she embarked on the Coming Home Tour with John Butler Trio and her first single of the new decade was ‘Carry You’, written by Tim Minchin.
She recently released ‘When the Machine Starts’.
Ocean Alley have captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock.
‘Confidence’ took out top spot in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2018, with their acclaimed second album Chiaroscuro voted #2 on Triple J’s 2018 album of the year listener poll.
The band has solidified its position as one of Australia’s most exciting touring acts, making their mark on the local and international circuit by playing an abundance of headline shows and festivals.
In 2019 the band continued their touring schedule, selling out countless shows across North America, Europe, UK and New Zealand, as well as playing memorable sets in Australia.
In 2020 they released the incredible Lonely Diamond album.
Legends Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles are Australia’s favourite music duo. They’re the guys wearing matching tracksuits on the red carpet, the showmen going viral with their onstage antics and the hit makers responsible for your favourite songs.
Peking Duk started their ascent in 2014 with ‘High’, the ARIA-winning, four-time platinum single that was Triple J’s Number 1 most played track that year.
Hot on its heels was the triple platinum ‘Take Me Over’ and gold-certified ‘Say My Name’. They returned in 2016 with ‘Stranger’, a collaboration with Swedish cool girl Elliphant that won a 2017 ARIA, plus a string of other hits.
With live shows that leave you sweat-soaked and champagne-sprayed, these guys know how to entertain.
In 2019 The Rubens’ infectious summer jam ‘Live in Life’ became something of an anthem, and they travelled to North America, the UK and Europe to tour, release their MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne album and launch their Chucka Buckas initiative.
It followed a landmark 2018 for the band, who released their third album LO LA RU, including hits ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ (2 x Platinum), ‘Million Man’ (Gold) and ‘God Forgot’, and did a mammoth headline tour across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe.
They also supported P!NK on her 42-date sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of new album 0202 on 12 February 2021.
Australian three-piece electronica/indie pop band SAFIA had a busy 2019 with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Story’s Start or End, closely followed by an extensive tour with BOO Seeka around Australia and NZ.
SAFIA, who were featured in Peking Duk’s Top 10 2012 single, ‘Take Me Over’, are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End, which includes ‘Resolution’, ‘Runaway’ and ‘Think We’re Not Alone’, continues that bold vision and adventurous arrangements.
They have placed in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for four consecutive years, toured the US, UK and Europe, and supported the likes of Lorde, Disclosure, Twenty One Pilots and Rudimental.
Thelma Plum is a Gamilaraay woman, musician and creator. Her debut album Better in Blak is a story about culture, heritage, love and pain, and captures what it is like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia.
Released in 2019, the album peaked at number four on the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs).
The title track was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2019 NIMAs and came in at number nine in the 2019 Triple J Hottest 100, making her the highest ranking Indigenous artist ever.
Thelma gave a stellar performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final.
A multi-award winning rock band from Mansfield in Brisbane, Violent Soho released their fifth studio album Everything Is A-OK in 2020.
They sold out their first planned headline dates of 2020 in under two hours; no mean feat considering they were announced with nothing but a stack of flyers, with hardcopy tickets only available at iconic record stores around the country.
Violent Soho came crashing into the public consciousness with 2013’s Hungry Ghost. It came in a hail of riffs and ‘HELL F**K YEAHs’ scrawled on arms, desks and bathroom walls all over the world.
In 2016, WACO earned the band a #1 ARIA chart debut, two ARIA Awards, an ARIA Gold certification and an AIR Award.