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Creeping up on bona-fide international pop icon status as she prepares for the release of her third record, Halsey is hitting the absolute peak of her powers, the extent of which will be on display as she headlines Falls Festival in 2019/20. First noticed in 2014 as she self-released tracks via a quickly building social media presence (which has now grown to include over 11 million Twitter and 15 million Instagram followers), the distinctive voice and bold ambition of a young Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was plain to see. The gritty electro-pop twinges of early tracks like Ghost and New Americana from her debut album BADLANDS have blossomed into fully realised pop visions like Him & I (taken from her massive sophomore record Hopeless Fountain Kingdom) and recent mega-hit Without Me.
Probably the most consistent guitar band of the past 15 years, former Oxford Comma’s who have evolved into Fathers of the Bride, a buzz-band who became legends with a legacy, Vampire Weekend continue on a hell of a journey. Their fourth and latest album is (as we mentioned)Father of the Bride, and it marks the third time that Ezra Koenig and co have entered the American charts at Number 1. Collaborations with Danielle Haim, Mark Ronson and Steve Lacy are dotted throughout another brilliant collection of forward thinking guitar pop that includes irresistible singlesHarmony Hall and This Life, which will sound marvellous stacked up next to previous winners A- Punk, Run, Dianne Young and countless others on the Falls main stage.
Joining Falls for an extremely special DJ set will be Croydon brothers and English house royalty Disclosure. They’ll be packing up their vinyl collection and displaying a deep well of UK garage, synth pop, dance, electronic and house tracks, the likes of which they have been mirroring since 2013 to build their untouchable back catalogue of originals. Tracks like When A Fire Starts To Burnand Omen, taken from their two studio albums Settle and Caracal, have displayed a deep and encyclopaedic affinity with both the history and future of music, so it’ll be an absolute treat to see what they whip up on the DJ decks.
Described by Pitchfork as “music that fundamentally recalibrates the brain’s reward centres”, Playboi Carti is an Atlanta rapper with an overactive imagination. Building his reputation as a SoundCloud master, Carti spent his younger years working at thrift shops, working on a stylish streak that extends beyond his music and into his sartorial sensibilities. He really began to make noise as he dropped his debut album Die Lit – an astounding collection of subversive tracks that whipped up an immediate following. Beyond that, Playboi Carti is on the verge of releasing his newest opus Whole Lotta Red, a mysterious and feverishly hyped project. Expect big things.
Arguably one of Australia’s finest ever dance acts and absolutely the best thing to come out of Canberra in many years, Peking Duk are known for their tireless dedication to frivolity. Last year alone they should have been busy unleashing and touring their huge singles Wasted and Fire, butthis well coifed duo still managed to find time to open their very own speakeasy, New York style bar in Melbourne and release an illustrated book for kids titled DJ Duks. 2019 has been no less hectic as the lads revealed collaborations with Jack River (Sugar) and Al Wright of Cloud Control (the dreamy Ur Eyes) as they wound their way across the country on a massive, completely sold out tour.
A cacophony of melody, energy and gorgeous Icelandic mystery, Of Monsters and Men are huge favourites in this part of the world, and that love affair has continued with the recent unveiling of their stunning new album Fever Dream. Released in July this year, this third record represents a shift to some more muscular sounds (exhibited in the pumping single Alligator) while still maintaining all of that glacial, spectral brilliance scattered throughout well known singles Little Talks and Mountain Sounds. Iceland is often rhapsodised over as one of the most spectacular places on the planet, so it’s extremely fitting that a band like Of Monsters and Men should represent its rare beauty on the world’s stage.
20 odd years after the release of their game changing debut album Sambanova, you could forgive PNAU if they snuck a look in the rear view and put their feet up for a while…. Maybe a tropical holiday or (another) side project or two? Perish the thought! These dance denizens are actually busy adding another chapter to their sparkling biography by dropping a brand new banger namedSolid Gold. Continuing their ongoing work with vocalist Kira Divine, the tune comes as the dust settles on 2017’s epic comeback record Changa, a release which thrust this newly expanded trio back into the spotlight they’d fostered through years of top shelf live shows and iconic tunes likeWild Strawberries, Baby and Go Bang.
Arriving in Australia armed with the fastest selling UK debut record of 2019 in Divinely Inspired To A Hellish Extent, Scottish lungbuster / heartbreaker Lewis Capaldi is as humbly unassuming as he is incredibly successful. After a sensational 18 months in which his lovelorn songcraft and mind- blowing vocal abilities have bewitched listeners both at home and abroad, Capaldi will join Falls Festival in the middle of a mile-wide winning streak. His singles Someone You Loved and Bruiseshave cut deep into the souls of his dedicated listeners, proving a tonic to the jangled emotions of music lovers worldwide, especially here in Australia. Also showcasing a well honed sense of comedic timing with some tongue-in-cheek video clips (check out Grace for some pole-dancing fun), Lewis Capaldi is a delight.
Fresh from a recent AIR Awards gong, where his killer track Beautiful took out the Best Independent Dance Single, Sydney sky-walker What So Not will be joining Falls exclusively in Lorne – sprinkling a little of his disco dust on an already stacked line-up. Having spent the last decade or so touring the world and slaying festivals like Coachella, Pukkelpop and Lollapalooza (you might’ve heard of them…) What So Not recently released his debut album Not All the Beautiful Things to a critical tornado of praise. Featuring guests like Skrillex, Slumberjack and even previous Falls alumni Toto, the record was produced by Jono Ma (from Jagwar Ma) and unfurls as an addictive mix of dance, hip-hop, house and some extremely tasty sonic explorations.
Having stormed the charts and pinched our hearts back in 2013 with the adorable Stolen Dance,German folksters Milky Chance return Down Under on the back of their much anticipated third record. Debut Sadnecessary was a sensation, popping up at the top of the pops all over the world as listeners fell for the breezy, harmonic tones of these Kassel based legends. Since then they’ve forged a reputation as one of the hardest touring acts around, taking their sophomore effort Blossom to more than 26 countries in 2018, including a visit to Australia as they said g’day to their legion of local fans. On the verge of their next release, Milky Chance will arrive ready to share a whole new bag of tricks.
Whispering Jack himself. On the main stage. Falls Festival. Game, set and match. Known and loved the world over for his almighty, man-sized vocal chops, his veritable dictionary of hits (You’re The Voice, Pressure Down, A Touch of Paradise, That’s Freedom) and his iconic, sonic 80’s mullet (since nicked by Client Liaison) John Farnham is a true Australian icon. He’s won 19 ARIA Awards, was the 1987 Australian of the Year, possesses the 2nd highest selling album in Australian history (1986’s Whispering Jack) and, when it all boils down to brass tacks, is just honestly, a ripper bloke. Picture a field of friends and family all belting out You’re The Voice in perfect unison on New Years Eve: this is your new reality.
Maintaining a rare warmth and connectivity while still projecting mystery and ambiguity is a hard tightrope to walk. LA-based gem BANKS pulls it off with ease. Fresh from the release of her latest album III and operating at the absolute peak of her powers, Jillian Rose Banks has spent the last 6 years perfecting an addictive mix of trap-hop, R&B and sub-soaked electronica. Her singles Beggin’ For Thread, Fuck With Myself and Gimme have resonated with lovers of Aaliyah and seen her stand with contemporaries like Billie Eilish in a universe filled with washed out grooves, hyper- coloured harmonies and an undeniable current of emotional perseverance. A powerful, important Artist with a capital A, BANKS is essential.
Joining the Falls fun in Lorne after just having released their brand new single Heavy Hearted will be the always effervescent Jungle Giants. Having made the leap from quirky indie rockers with a permanent spot on the triple j playlist to full scale modern pop behemoth, these Brisbane Braveheart’s will be feeling better than ever heading into 2020. New music awaits as they turn their attention to following up 2017’s fantastic Quiet Ferocity – a record which spawned the singles Feel the Way I Do, On Your Way Down, Bad Dream a nd also picked them up a Queensland Music Award for Album of the Year. Long time friends of Falls, Jungle Giants will
be the perfect pick-me-up in lovely Lorne.
What started as a side project and a bit of light relief from Angus Stone’s well known day job, has now bloomed to become its very own beast. Dope Lemon recently unleashed their second studio album Smooth Big Cat and if the reaction is anything to go by, they might soon be the main concern for this multi-talented tripper. Coming just over three years after the last Dope Lemon LP, Honey Bones, and just under two years after the last Angus & Julia Stone album, Snow, the release displays Stone’s knack for easy grooves, laid-back vocals and adventurous studio experimentation with crunchy guitars and thunderous percussion. It’s a real trip and it unfolds on the live stage in a massively satisfying way.
Like a shimmering wave of cascading melody and undeniable talent, here’s Vera Blue to tease out those Falls feels. Currently spruiking her latest piece of song-craft in The Way That You Love Me, Ms Blue has had a stunning start to his career since she burst onto the scene in 2013. Achievements since the release of her 2017 record Perennial include two tracks in the top 30 of the 2017 Hottest 100 (Regular Touch and Mended), a couple of cheeky ARIA nominations and sold-out shows all over Australia and the world. Rhapsodic acclaim follows Vera Blue wherever she goes and, with that intoxicating voice and those dazzling songs, it’s absolutely no surprise.
A prodigiously talented rascal with energy to burn and the tunes to match, YUNGBLUD is returning to Australia on the back of his recently released Live In Atlanta record. A collection of tracks from his debut album 21st Century Liability as well as some older cuts from previous EP’s, the record documents a young artist in the midst of a meteoric rise to prominence. YUNGBLUD’s singles I Love You, Will You Marry Me and Polygraph Eyes represent an intersection between punk, hip-hop and English guitar pop that has proved irresistible to fans the world over.
A maelstrom of talent, colour, melody and super solid drums, Melbourne legend G-Flip exploded into our lives back in February 2018 when she uploaded her now timeless tune About You to triple j Unearthed. Recorded after a year of hibernation in which she shed her former skin as a drummer for Melbourne rockers EMPRA and dedicated herself to becoming a one-woman hit machine. About You was the first step and, as far as debuts go, it was seismic. Immediately whipping up a frenzy of online love and hype, it wasn’t long before the tune was plastered all over Pitchfork, who remarked “who needs a backup band when you can alchemise a ridiculously catchy synth-pop gem all by yourself?. They’re not wrong, and deals with major international labels, festival slots and sold out shows have been streaming in ever since.
Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches and packing a blissed-out modus operandi to match, Lime Cordiale will be the perfect addition to the Lorne leg of this years’ festival. Consisting of brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, they released their debut album Permanent Vacation in 2017 after several EP releases as they established their sound and toured extensively to establish their super loyal fanbase. With a new album on the way, their latest single Inappropriate Behaviour debuted recently to a rousing reception. The boys have even found the time to curate their very own music festival called THE SQUEEZE so they’ll have inside info when it comes to dominating the festival stage!
Sitting pretty after unleashing their sophomore album Langata on a hungry and devoted fanbase, electronic dance trio Crooked Colours are busy making good on early promises. Building slowly since 2013 when they arrived armed with with breakout singles Come Down, Capricious and Another Way (all three of which hit #1 on Hype Machine), these Perth lads have forged a reputation for carefully constructed electro-dance which tips it’s hat to the quixotic domains inhabited by the likes of Alt-J while still kneeling at the altar of legends like The Chemical Brothers. It’s a hell of a rush and is on full display throughout Langata and its undeniable singles Hold Onand Never Dance Alone (feat. Ladyhawke).
Rising International superstars who had to leave their Byron Bay home to really get noticed, Parcels are a timeless surf/folk/psychedelic explosion. First moving to Berlin in 2015, when they were barely out of their teenage years, these five musical magpies take influences from the likes of The Beach Boys and Steely Dan while still coating their tunes in a very distinctive sheen. They’ve used this ability to fantastic effect, spending the last few years travelling the globe, and impressing people of influence wherever they go. Actress Milla Jovovich is a big fan and appeared in the video for their tune Withorwithout and they’ve also co-written with the elusive Daft Punk and supported Phoenix on their recent European tour.
A hugely important voice in Australian music today, Thelma Plum presents with class, grace and head turning tunes. Better in Blak is her recently released debut LP and it stands as one of the finest Australian debut albums in recent memory. An up-and-comer ever since she picked up triple j’s National Indigenous Music Awards competition gong in 2012, Plum’s gorgeous voice and deft songwriting chops served her well as she rose through the ranks with tunes like How Much Does Your Love Cost and Clumsy Love from her first two EP’s. Bursting into full colour with Better in Blak, Plum made it a sure thing by working with the likes of Paul Kelly and even Paul McCartney (no, really) when putting the album together.
A sweeping vocal talent with songwriting chops and a knack for cutting deep into the heart of any listener, we’ve never seen anything like Montaigne before. Originally exposed through triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2012, this Sydney star was immediately earmarked for big things. Possessing a booming voice capable of subtle variations and stunning glissando’s, Montaigne’s first album Glorious Heights was aptly named as it climbed the ARIA charts and nestled in at number four. Capitalizing on this success, she picked up the Breakthrough Artist ARIA in 2016, treating us to a legendary acceptance speech in the process. Her just released second record, titled Complex is earning Montaigne rapturous reviews and she’ll be unmissable on the Falls stage.
Our favourite fathers of feels, #1 Dads join Dope Lemon as 2019/20 Falls alumni that began as side projects but are quickly becoming something a bit more important. The baby of Big Scary’s Tom Iansek, #1 Dads was originally created as an outlet for his multi faceted studio musings. These noodling began to take on new meaning once released into the public though, and the appetite for more Dad rock grew. Second album About Face featured guest appearances by Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowdon – whose haunting vocal tones are unmistakable throughout.
With their debut album Big Grief ready for release in August this year, and a swathe of razor sharp, goosebump inducing guitar rock gems in their back pockets, Brisbane champs WAAX are set to go off in a big way at Falls this year. Paying their dues in the form of several years hard tour and toil since they kicked things off in 2013, these Sunshine State soldiers are watching their ships come in as they set their long awaited debut free. Produced by Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, Big Grief features the killer singles Labrador and FU and is set to propel WAAX into rarefied air.
Inspirational, über-talented and cool as hell – Baker Boy hits this years Falls Festival at top speed. Growing up in the remote Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi and Maningrida, our man honed his early taste by devouring his Dad’s classic hip-hop collection. After hearing Puerto Rican reggae star Don Omar’s Spanish rap tracks, he decided it would be a good idea to rap in his own native tongue – that of the Yolngu Matha. From this point, Baker Boy was unstoppable as he developed a passion and skill for hip-hop and dance that has seen him win over countless crowds and industry bigwigs. The current Young Australian of the Year, his tracks Cloud 9, Marryuna and Cool As Hellcelebrate his incredible heritage and fully display his exuberant personality.
Bathing in the supernatural sepia tones whipped up by their newly released third record My Own Pool Of Light, Holy Holy are at the absolute peak of their powers. From humble beginnings as volunteer English teachers who met in Southeast Asian, Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson have built a musical empire based on searing melodies, unforgettable crescendos and first rate musicianship guided by some of the tastiest guitar work you’ll ever lay your ears on. Debut When The Storms Would Come a nd it’s much-loved follow up Paint laid significant groundwork, paving the way for this years effort to place Holy Holy in the same conversation as some of Australia’s finest bands. Prolific and terrific, Holy Holy are an absolute pleasure to behold.
Northeast Party House are a six piece alternative dance rock band from Melbourne. Since forming in Melbourne Australia in 2010 (and being ‘Unearthed’ by triple j that same year for their song ‘Dusk’), Northeast Party House have built a cult following thanks to their electrifying live shows, and songs combining the heady exhilaration of dance music with pop hooks and rock backbone.
Returning after 4 years of cruising beaches the world over, Sydney’s pre-eminent futurist DJ Wave Racer will return to the Falls stage on the back of his latest single AUTO. Famous for addictive dance bites like Rock U Tonite a nd Stoopid, this water rat has had a career littered with highlights, including supporting Chromeo across the USA, remixing the likes of Snakehips, Flume, Duke Dumont and Panama as well as winning FBi radio’s ‘Best Producer’ award in 2016. The last time we spotted Wave Racer was in 2017 for a remix of Tkay Maidza’s Carry On and,beforethatitwas2015’sFlashDriveE P.Tosaythathissun-soakedskillshavebeen missed would be an understatement.
After teaching himself to produce when he was still in primary school, in 2014 – at age 16 – Just A Gent scored a set at national festival Listen Out after winning a triple j Unearthed competition. His debut EP Stories to Tell was streamed over 20 million times and produced, mixed and mastered all by the gent from his bedroom in Maitland, NSW. Two singles from
Stories To Tell – the supersized Heavy As A Heartbreak featuring LANKS and fan favourite Loaded – have done big things, the former hitting the #1 spot on blog aggregator
Hype Machine, spending five months on high rotation on triple j and ticking over 6 million plays collectively. His follow up acclaimed single ‘Rolling Dice’ has been streamed over 10 million times and counting.
A fire forged from their Australian ancestors with confronting, intelligent lyricisms and barnstorming choruses that stay with you well past lock out, Bad//Dreems are an almighty force. Formed out of an Adelaide heat wave in 2012, they kicked things off with Dogs at Bay in 2015, earning a devoted following with their jangling dystopia’s. Follow-up Gutful w as even better, earning them an AIR nomination and cementing the love. Their new album, recorded with super-producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DZ Deathrays) is said to deal with “the absurdity of the post truth world, via a dark psychedelic vision of the end of days”. Sounds heavy. So do Bad//Dreems.
Hailing from WA and basking in a slightly lysergic lava lamp light, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are becoming rapidly infamous for their break-neck riffs, mind-boggling musical dexterity and infectious sense of fun. Flying high after the recent release of their recent album And Now For The Whatchamacallit and it’s galloping single Bills Mandolin, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have one foot in the past as they pay tribute to legends like Jimi Hendrix and Cream, one foot in the present as they breathe in Tame Impala’s florid fumes and a whole body spiralling into an extremely exciting and hallucinatory future.
Seemingly out of nowhere, young Perth based producer Christian Benson aka Luude has quickly risen to the forefront of a new wave of artists in Australia. Uploading his first track to soundcloud just one year ago, Luude has taken very little time in making a name for himself, garnering early support and cosigns from some of the biggest names in the scene including Skrillex, Getter,Borgore, Riff Raff, The Chainsmokers, G Jones and Anna Lunoe.The past few months have seen Luude release singles with heavyweight imprints Buygore and Elysian, both of which received critical acclaim. His most recent record “Right Now” reached over a million plays on all streaming platforms in under 4 weeks and topped Spotify’s viral charts in several countries.
A hip-hop prodigy emerging from Western Sydney, whiz kid Kwame has made a massive stir in a very short period. A fateful meeting with A$AP Ferg set the wheels in motion that transported a young rapper from bedroom bandit to rising star. Debut EP Lesson Learned w as released, with lead single Friends m aking mates in all the right places. Before you know Kwame was taking out triple j’s Splendour in the Grass competition, placing him on a huge national stage and propelling him into support slots for the likes of Migos, Bliss n Eso and a national spot on Peking Duk’s Wasted t our. His anthem WOW has taken hold in a major way, clocking up millions of streams and establishing Kwame as a brand-new voice in Australian hip-hop.
Benson hails from Melbourne, Australia. He specialises in house music and has been plying his trade in clubs around the country for long enough to know better. In 2016 Benson’s single“Step To Me” was number 1 on the ARIA club charts for 4 weeks straight. He followed it up with his single “Trying” which was nominated for a AIR award in the category “Best Dance Electronica” release. His latest records “Resolution” & “Hold Out” are racking up some big numbers spins on Spotify and received huge support from triple j resulting in Benson as triple j’s Mix Up resident DJ in January. Recently his music has also taken him overseas, touring countries such as USA, Canada , Japan & Singapore. A festival favourite, he’s the man you might look for when your energy is dipping and you’ve lost your friends. Why? Because at a Benson party, everyone is your newfound amigo.
From heroic hometown hi-jinx in the seedy underbelly of Melbourne’s punk scene to ricocheting across the globe under the wing of the internationally infamous Rough Trade Records, Amyl & The Sniffers have had a fairly substantial couple of years. Riding high on their just released self-titled debut album, this fantastic foursome are pub rock til they die. All Harry Highpants denim wash jeans, mullets better than an 80’s era full back and, not least, a rip-snorting collection of dirty 70’s style pop punk anthems, spat out by soon to be iconic front woman Amy Taylor and backed up by the erstwhile “Sniffers”, who bop around like 3 tins of VB on the top shelf of a malfunctioning back shed fridge.
As the solo concern of English singer songwriter Amber Bain, The Japanese House presents a beguiling, melodious wash of folky energy and electronic temperaments. Hailing from Buckinghamshire, Bain has been biding her time by quietly releasing four EP’s of increasing beauty, finally setting forth her debut LP Good at Falling in March this year and garnering rave reviews in the process. DIY Mag called it “magical” and we can’t wait to see the textures and colours of tunes like Maybe You’re The Reason and Saw You In A Dream (YouTube plays now approaching 1.5 million) on the Falls stage this year.
A man apart from a world of processed beats and trap-hats, Pink Sweat$ doesn’t rely much on the percussive world, preferring to let simple instrumentation and his syrupy vocals lead the way. “I’m tired of hearing the same varieties of styles,” Sweat$ explains. “I hear songs, and I know that’s a hit, but damn, I heard that flow…”, and if that sounds like the words of a man who knows his sounds – it’s because they are. His two EP’s to date Volume 1 and Volume 2 have garnered millions of streams, proving that Pink Sweat$’ penchant for tranquil harmonic flow is shared by listeners all over the planet.
Like that of the eponymous asphalt devourer he draws his name from, Jensen Interceptor has no time for obliging introductions and lame rides across techno dullsville. Well one to mash and smash, Mikey Melas’ sound is entirely designed to sling a brick into the game’s well-oiled mechanics by way of contribution.Speeding the Jupiterian highway for a routine, Jensen Interceptor guns for the weak-kneed and the bone-weary, luring the dancers shapeless mass into a house-of-god’esque lair to feed them on his volatile mixture of high-octane, Detroit-perfused electro, post Tour de France Kraut & EBM sounds. With a dozen 12-inches in as many months, he is a producer who’s been tirelessly gathering momentum; neither easing off the gas pedal in terms of studio grind, nor yielding to the main industry’s distinct production standards.
Mickey Kojak regularly takes his fanbase on an eclectic ride from club thumpers to abstract slow jams. The producer/vocalist takes inspiration from a merging of new and old technologies and styles, leading him down fresh, untapped stylistic paths, and we’re all too happy to follow along. Amongst his first shows were a national tour supporting Hayden James, Crooked Colours and special guest appearances at the Alison Wonderland Warehouse Project.
A smooth operator with talent to burn, Sydney MC B Wise will give Falls Festival punters a reminder of why he is one of the most sought after new talents in Australia today. A heavy hitter unafraid to speak his mind and build a world of stories around him, this Liverpool-born and raised phenom built his creative passions after spending 6 months living with his father in Nigeria as a 12 year old. This cultural shift exposed B Wise to artists like Tupac Shakur and set alight a flame that still burns today. His latest release is the impressive single Burn, coming hot on the heels of last years’ breakout record Arena Famous, released through the ever powerful Elefant Traks imprint.
CXLOE is a soaring, Sydney-bred siren with friends in high places and talent to match. Recently working with Maroon 5’s Sam Farrar on her tune Show You, CXLOE has also shared the stage with the likes of Broods and King Princess. Her songs have amassed millions of streams as audiences cotton on to her wealth of talent and potent collection of dark-pop tunes. Splitting her time between her Sydney home and Los Angeles, he also performed at the inaugural Industry Observer Awards and reunited with her Maroon 5 mates on a national Australian tour earlier this year.
It hasn’t taken long for Enschway to become Australia’s next big thing. Sydney’s Nic Schweighoffer only put his first track on SoundCloud less than 12 months ago and already, he’s built up a huge following with high-energy songs that pack a big dose of bass, a punch of synth and a hit of melody. Triple j are on board, big dons like Diplo and What So Not are paying attention and millions of listeners have already signed their approval. In the last few months alone he’s played headline support slots for superstars like Baauer and Jauz, ticked off a raucous set at Splendour in the Grass, toured Australia as the headline support act for The Prodigy, and had his music dropped on the biggest festival stages around the world.
MUTO, millions of streams on Spotify, being hand selected by ODESZA as main support on their European album tour and conquering a 26-date tour across Australia, are just a few of the milestones this proud Sydneysider ticked off. Records like ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Say Nothing’ have further grown MUTO’s musical stature, with both being added to high rotation on Triple J. With a cohort of champions such as Flume, Odesza & Hayden James and being touted as one of Triple J’s BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, MUTO’s unleashed his first extended body of work in his ‘Arcane EP’a sonic rollercoaster of a debut 7-track EP, flaunting his production prowess.
Hailing from Hobart and boasting one of the most dynamic frontmen around, A. Swayze and the Ghosts are a rising tide of blistering energy. Mates since high school and former housemates, their long-term relationships create a special kind of musical alchemy that has not gone unnoticed by record labels and music lovers both home and abroad. Recently releasing their 12” single Suddenly on the UK’s famous Rough Trade imprint, their gritty guitar-based modulations explode from both the stage and the speaker, with their reputation preceding them and their take no prisoners approach to live performance.
Punk-rock duo The Gooch Palms are known for being funny and gloriously noisy, with gritty guitars and colourful costumes. Relocating from Australia to Los Angeles in 2015, they set up a record label and played more than 150 shows across the USA and Canada. Introverted Extroverts (2016) was featured as Album of the Week on PBS FM, Radio Adelaide, in Beat Magazine and The Music. They returned in 2017 to play a string of sold-out shows in Australia.
JACKNIFE AKA Jack Duggan is a man of many talents, not only is he a professional surfer, he is also one of the most exciting dark, underground down tempo/electro house music acts that is making waves across the globe.The future is looking bright with a heap of shows to be announced and his collaboration with Dr. Fresch being released, alongside a remix for Morgan Page & Jayceeoh. JACKNIFE is a name to watch out for, and there is heaps to look forward to.
A hard-hitting shed rock outfit straight outta Wollongong, Totty are cut from the same sloth as their mates Dune Rats, Hockey Dad and fellow Falls 2019/20 alumni Good Doogs. They want nothing more than to law down some solid four-to-the-floor slabs and ease right into a singalong chorus replete with searing guitars and ear-worming hooks. They actually recently signed to Dune Rats’ Ratbag Records and have landed themselves on festival stages all over the country, as well as selling out their own shows in the mean time. Check out their debut EP Cut The Poppies for a taste of the fruits of the Gong’s best shed.
From conception in a garage in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, Press Club is the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass, razor-sharp guitar tones, merciless drumming, not to forget the emotionally charged vocals. August 2019 saw the four-piece release their second album, Wasted Energy, which landed at #4 in the AIR album chart and #15 on the ARIA Australian Album chart, and saw the band embark on their second assault of the UK and Europe for 2019 including performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as Reeperbahn Festival. Wasted Energy follows on from acclaimed debut album, Late Teens, which thrust the group into life on the Australian and European touring circuits. Fuelled by debut single, the buzz-saw guitar laden, ‘HEADWRECK’, which received loyal attention from music lovers and radio alike – landing high rotation at Australia’s triple j and Fbi radio.
You might know his voice from the unforgettable hook on Hilltop Hoods’ mega hit Clark Griswold, or you might already be a fan of his genre-bending collection of releases so far. Either way, if you don’t know the name Adrian Eagle now, you will very soon as this supremely talented artist cuts through the Australian music scene like a hot knife through butter. Thrust onto the map via that Hilltops collaboration which saw Eagle touring around Australia and Europe while supporting Eminem, his singles 17 Again, A.O.K and Housing Trust exhibit a refreshing honesty and rare positivity leaning somewhere between hip-hop, soul gospel and some other yet to be discovered land of milk and honey.
Melbourne’s favourite four-piece rockrodents RAT!hammock are placed somewhere between the lo-fi bedroom pop of Alex G and the classic 90s sound of Pavement, Unassuming but delightfully weird, RAT!hammock mine much- traversed indie rock terrain, but prove that there are still many diamonds to be found in the rough. Forming in 2017, it was the rough jangle of 2018’s ‘June’ that truly set them on the path to prominence. Laden with all those familiar characteristics of an effortless classic, the four-piece snagged a Triple J Unearthed Artist Spotlight, and a tour alongside Tiny Little Houses soon followed.
These New South Whales are many things: a band, a TV show, an experience, a phenomenon. Taking influence from punk, metal, new wave, and goth, the foursome formed in 2011 earning an early reputation in Sydney’s underground punk scene as an obscenely compelling act. Live, they wear nipple tape and cough up sonic hell-scapes with deeply-pitched vocals, jarring loops, and screaming guitars. All against a backdrop of smoke machines and hammering strobe lights.
Totally Unicorn are an Australian metal band, originally from Wollongong, New South Wales. Forming in 2010, the band are best known for their highly energetic and unpredictable live shows, which often feature partial or complete nudity, jumping off the stage or other raised platforms and interacting with individual audience members. The band’s live reputation has brought them to several high-profile tours and support slots; including shows with Kvelertak, La Dispute, The Chariot, Frenzal Rhomb, Rosetta, Cancer Bats and Tonight Alive.
Serious punk-rock propositions put forth by four girls from the Nation’s Capital who know their stuff, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are much more than the best band name you’ve heard this year. Another success story from triple j’s Unearthed High competition, these Canberran heroines deal in a serpentine line of guitar-led energy, propelled into life by the commanding vocal talents of Anna Ryan. As they develop their sound, they become increasingly dynamic, evidenced in the range of skills on show throughout their singles We’re All Henry, I Like That You Like That and See You In A Bit (I Still Care). Recently sharing the stage with the likes of Polish Club and Alex Lahey, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are the real deal.
Adelaide’s most wholesome and loveable duo TOWNS have been kicking goals of late, with a dynamite past few months cementing them as one of the country’s brightest up-and-comers. This year the release of their ripper new single ‘Safe To Stay’ saw the duo embark on a national tour in support of Sydney rockers Dear Seattle, closely followed by an add to triple j rotation and a stint as Unearthed Feature Artist.
From the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland comes a 20 year old with a voice ready to be heard. A strong, proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman, Miiesha (Pronounced My-ee-sha) seeks to use her R&B/Soul laced voice and music to bring people together, helping educate and inspire.
“Miiesha is gonna make waves…4.5 Stars” – Tommy Faith – Triple J Unearthed
“The proud, young Woorabinda woman captivated audiences at the triple j Unearthed stage and even had them singing in Pitjantjatjara for one song. It’s moving and powerful and it can’t be denied.” – 2019 Bigsound Future Favs Article – ABC
Sydney DJ and presenter on both FBi Radio 94.5 (Midnight with Mowgli May) and The Edge 96.1, Mowgli May has gone into 2019 guns blazing, with festivals such as Listen Out, Field Day, Secret Garden and Groovin The Moo already under her belt in the last 12 months.Trusted to start any party and have the crowd eating the palm of her hand with her triple threat crowd reading, stage presence, and eclectic arsenal of genre-bending and blending, her versatile killer combo has seen her at home in any setting from clubs, music festivals, international artist support slots, celebrity and fashion events alike.
Melbourne’s manic punk-rockers Private Function may have been chipping away in Melbourne’s pub scene for around two years, but it’s becoming increasingly clear the rest of Australia are gradually cluing onto yet another of Melbourne’s secret underground acts. Their most recent stint at Bigsound triggered some wild scenes, with both of their showcases so packed that security was forced to turn many a disgruntled agent, festival booker and band manager away at the door, and onstage antics so insane that the fire brigade were almost called.
Melbourne based punks -Bakers Eddy have had a big 2019 -signing to Ivy League records and Mushroom Music and having strong Triple J support for their youth anthems “Can’t Afford it” and “On My Own. After winning the Triple J UnearthedLorne Falls Festival spot in 2018 they return in 2019.Formed in Wellington, New Zealand when they were just 13 years old, Bakers Eddy began when three high school friends decided they wanted to do something other than skating with their time. The band dominated critic’s ‘best of’ lists at this year’s Bigsound Festival, with The Music gushing “everyone wanted a piece of Bakers Eddy by week’s end.” Bakers Eddy are garnering a reputation for being oneof the most exciting new live acts in the country.
Brisbane based Producer & MC extraordinaire Nerve has been making waves in the Australian Hip hop & Grime scene since late 2015. With two Grime EPs under his belt, including the game changing “Nightshift” which featured Tasmania’s Wombat, the Brisbane MC has been progressing vividly and laying his personal touch within the foundation of the ever growing movement. On the stage Nerve conveys a strong presence with high energy performances and impressive live flows supporting the likes of Method Man, Redman, YG, TripleOne, ChilliniT, Ocean Wisdom, Sir Spyro and Kerser just to name a few.
Cheated Hearts isn’t just a place to party with some of the best up-and-coming DJs on the scene, it’s a way to connect with the queer community and beyond. Aiming to coax brilliant bedroom DJs out onto the stage, CH seeks to not only prioritise newbies, but to platform LGBTIAQ+ talent and people of colour as well.
Cameron James is a quickly rising comedian, actor, writer, and podcast guy. Described by UK comedy publication, Chortle as “a natural on stage”, his laid back and confident demeanour combined with seamless crowd work and an instinctive smooth improvisation style has gained him a reputation as one of the most exciting and hilarious performers coming up on the circuit today. Cameron James is clearly a new comedy talent with a big future. He thinks you should listen to music loud, never litter and be good to your mother.
Steph is a proud Indigenous woman and is making a fast rise as one of Australia’s funniest Aboriginal comedians, putting her in a unique position to encourage other Aboriginal artists to come forward and showcase why they’re the funniest raced in the world. With a magnetic personality and a quirky stage presence that skips between gleefully playful to biting political satire, Steph’s comedy is vulnerable, real and insightful. Her witty observations challenge stereotypes in non-offensive and hilarious ways.
Rhys Nicholson is a Multi-award winning Australian stand-up, writer, podcaster and collager. After moving to Sydney in 2009 at the age of 18, Rhys was very enthusiastic but had limited success as a comedian until in 2012 when he won the Best Newcomer award at the Sydney Comedy Festival. In 2016 he was selected to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, he sold out his run, received a nomination for the illustrious Melbourne Comedy Festival Award for Best Show and went on to sell out shows throughout Australia and the UK. With an enormous passion for performing stand up, his live work continues to receive awards and accolades around the world.
Daniel Townes’ shows are packed with sharp one-liners, savage social commentary and dark-but-hilarious tales of his own failings. Society’s shortcomings and foibles — from the big questions of life through to the petty grievances of day to day existence — are neatly excised by his sharp, razor-edged wit and rapid-fire delivery, guaranteeing a ferocious hit rate of punchlines-per-minute. Townes pours 16 years of experience onstage into his dry, intelligent and brilliantly relatable comedy, with a laid-back charm that makes entertaining a room full of strangers look easy. With a knack for uncovering universal truths and packaging them with punchlines that relate to everyone, by the end of the show you’ll feel like you’ve known him for years.
Cry Club – queer bubblegum punk duo formed in January 2018. Playing shows with the likes of WAAX, Moaning Lisa & Bec Sandridge and upcoming appearances at Lost Paradise and NYE on The Hill, Cry Club are continuing their 2019 with a third single “Robert Smith”. Produced by Gab Strum and mixed by Scott Horscroft (previous credits include The Presets, Silverchair), “Robert Smith” shows a wilder side of the band, with keys and time signatures falling by the way side as they demonstrate how fun it is to be a brat.