The beginning of Spacey Jane’s astonishing success in Australia came behind closed doors. Their debut album ‘Sunlight’, was received with the backdrop of a continuing lockdown in June 2020. The balance of introspective lyrics and hopeful, sun-kissed instrumentation struck a chord; it provided a guide with which to get through the current moment, as well as a glimpse of what could follow when it was all over. The universal adulation duly and deservedly followed for the Fremantle-based band – vocalist and guitarist Caleb Harper, bassist Peppa Lane, guitarist Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu and drummer & manager Kieran Lama.
Over 15 years into their career, The Wombats are pulling in bigger audiences than ever before. The viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of 2015 hit ‘Greek Tragedy’ has enraptured a whole new generation of fans, a feat they’ve managed to continually repeat since their 2007 debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. The band met and formed in Liverpool, UK in the early 2000's, and have moved onto have international success over the course of five studio albums, topping the UK album chart with 2022's Fix Yourself, Not The World and reaching over 1 billion streams worldwide with their acclaimed discography. 2022 has seen the band play their biggest headline shows to date across the US, UK, Europe and Australia, including a headline show at The O2 in London.
Hayden James is a singer/songwriter and producer from Sydney, Australia, who creates R&B-influenced downtempo electronic pop music as well as more club-minded remixes. His songs typically feature lush synthesizers, intricate melodies, and sensual vocals, while his remixes for artists such as Odesza and Basecamp incorporate elements of trap, deep house, and U.K. garage. His 2019 debut album, Between Us, reached the Top Ten in his native country, and follow-up Lifted arrived in 2022.
King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and two cultures coming together. Growing up together in Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, founding members Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (frontman) and Roy Kellaway (guitar) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember.
Yirrŋa and Roy formed King Stingray with mates Dimathaya Burarrwanga (rhythm guitar, backing vocals and yidaki), Campbell Messer (bass) and Lewis Stiles (drums) in 2019, before officially welcoming Yidaki-master Yimila Gurruwiwi into the fold in 2022. The band blend ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create their unique “Yolŋu surf-rock” sound which has captivated the nation.
This far into her stellar career, Vanessa Amorosi remains one of the most exciting singers on the planet. Her song-writing and dynamic vocal range have seen the artist sell over two million records worldwide. She has released 7 commercially and critically acclaimed studio albums, received sixteen ARIA and APRA nominations, and stopped the world in it's tracks with her performance of ‘Heroes Live Forever’ and ‘Absolutely Everybody’ at the Sydney Olympics.
2009 saw the release of platinum-selling ‘Hazardous’ with first single ‘This Is Who I Am’ debuting at #1 on the ARIA singles chart and achieved Double Platinum sales.
Now Vanessa is back in the charts with her fourth Top 10 album, ‘City Of Angels,’ debuting at #1 on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart, #7 on the ARIA Album Chart and #1 on the Independent Music Charts.
CANNONS alternate between flashes of gauzy introspection, glitter-drenched dancefloor ecstasy, and gritty sensuality. The Los Angeles trio -- Michelle Joy [vocals], Ryan Clapham [lead guitar], and Paul Davis [drums keys] -- elevate alternative / electro-pop to a neon stratosphere with nocturnal production and a visual sensibility equally suited to Studio 54 or summer festival season. Thus far, the band has honed this signature style over the course of three albums, namely Night Drive , Shadows , and Fever Dream . Along the way, "Fire For You" reached RIAA gold status, generated nearly a quarter-of-a-billion streams, topped Alternative Radio, and landed massive syncs on the likes of NETFLIX's Never Have I Ever, American Horror Story, and more. CANNONS earned critical acclaim from The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, FLAUNT, and Consequence of Sound while YouTube touted them among 2021's "Artists on the Rise." Emerging as a live force, they've headlined countless packed shows in addition to lighting up festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Life Is Beautiful, Outside Lands, and Electric Forest, to name a few. Evolving yet again, CANNONS kickstart another era with the sunny, sassy, and sexy funkified strut of their 2023 single "Loving You" and much more to come.
The 4-schoolmates from Avalon (Noah Blockley, Harley Wilson, Asher McLean & TomParAngton) are primed for a big 2023 as they emerge from the studio with their strongestmusic yet. The 19-year-olds have shown a glimpse of songwriAng and musicianship wellbeyond their years, and aOer going back-to-back in consecuAve HoPest 100 countdownsthey’re set to conAnue their rise with upcoming single ‘Scary Movies’.
After taking out the triple j unearthed high crown in 2020, the Adelaide two-piece have not slowed down – the self proclaimed “Juice-box punk-pop” girls have taken out #87 in the 2020 H100, #84 in the 2021 H100, released their debut EP 'Taste Of Me’ and won a record breaking 7 Awards at the 2021 SAM Awards including awards for ‘Best New Artist’, ‘Best Live Performance’ and ‘Best Release’ as well as taking home ‘Best Punk Artist’ in 2022.
Going from strength to strength, Teenage Joans spent 2022 on tour with (now lifelong friends) Ball Park Music, Violent Soho, The Chats, Bugs, Sly Withers as well as played arenas around the country supporting Amy Shark before heading on their debut sold out national tour. They were also invited to perform at festivals such as Spin Off, Full Tilt, Summer Sounds, Yours & Owls, NYE On the Hill, Unify, Land Of Plenty & many more to come and were due to support the Foo Fighters nationally on their cancelled tour in late 2022.
This March, we saw Teenage Joans return to touring in 2023 starting by performing at festivals Great Escape in Tasmania and Best Served Loud in Queensland before heading to Austin for SXSW and retuning to Aus to support Pale Waves and tour on Groovin The Moo Festival nationally.
Generating a powerful blend of indie, pop and pop-punk influences into a fresh sound, Gold Coast-based artist bella amor is the striking Gen Z voice that Australian music has been waiting for.
At just 19 years old, Bella exudes an old-soul, worldly perspective that adds a depth beyond her years to her songs of love, life, and the complexities of navigating it all as a young person. These are themes many can relate to, but what really shines through Bella’s music is her innate ability as a storyteller, making each personal tale of hers equal parts intimate, yet engaging for a wide audience.
Inspired early on by big voices and warm personalities like YEBBA and Adele, Bella was first drawn to music by listening to artists like these use their platform to connect with the listener on a deep, visceral level. A connection that helps them feel less alone. For Bella, music is a way to relate as much as it is a therapeutic vehicle for herself. If her art can be that avenue for other people to connect with her and find a sense of belonging, then Bella has been successful.
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