Sunday 10 Feb 2019

NEW MUSIC STAGE COMPETITION

The New Music Stage was back in 2020, with a stellar musical line-up!

Ten of the nation’s hottest emerging acts battled it out for your vote, with the crowd favourite taking home $5,000 cash and an invitation to play the Main Stage at next year’s festival!

BAD BANGS | DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE | FACE FACE | FRANCESCA GONZALES | HANNAH KATE | JUNO DISCO | MESSY MAMMALS | MIKHAELL | RAT!HAMMOCK | THE HUNTER EXPRESS

Our top ten finalists have already beaten hundreds of applicants for a spot on stage, but who will be crowned the ultimate winner?

That’s for you decide! Vote below, and enter your email address to win a year’s membership to the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS)!

New Music Stage Artists

Refined, frenetic, and hooked-laden as all heck – Bad Bangs mixture of garage-rock stomp and silky glam-pop commands a raw, yet unassuming precision. All fuzzed out but in no way up tight, the trio have made a serious impression whenever they’ve played.

Iron out those flairs and cancel all your plans. You really don’t want to miss this trip.

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Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice (DSUP) make high-energy post-punk of and for the times, spouting potent political themes but always with tongue firmly in cheek.

Appearing on the Melbourne scene fully formed in November 2018, DSUP have been going hard in their short lifespan – touring up the East Coast four times, releasing a cassette, a series of surrealist video clips and most recently their debut album ‘The West’. Released independently on their own sharehouse record label, Marthouse Records, the album went on to debut at Number 2 on the Australian 100% Independent charts (AIR/ARIA).

Having set themselves a blinding pace in their first year they show no signs of slowing down – with a second album well underway and a handful of festival appearances under their belt, 2020 is looking even bigger for Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice.

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Face Face are three Melbourne mates serving up indie-rock for nostalgic 90s kids.

For a few years, they’ve been winning over punters with their intricate bass lines, fuzzed-up guitar tones, candid lyrics and one of the fastest drummers in Melbourne.

Since the release of their debut self-titled album, they’ve supported the likes of Slowly Slowly, Clowns, The Hard Aches, Jade Imagine, Cry Club, Moaning Lisa, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Painters & Dockers. Their new EP ‘Cartoon Villain’ is a celebration of their live sound, providing a thoughtful backdrop to some pretty angsty lyrical content.

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Francesca Gonzales has a voice that will stop you in your tracks. She crafts a fusion of neo-soul electronica, telling stories self discovery and growing pains. With two EPs under her belt, Francesca is set to release her debut record early next year.

A recent re-vamp of her band, Gonzales’ live set has never sounded better.

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Hannah Kate is a garage pop outfit from Melbourne. From fast, fuzzy punk to jazzy, wandering rock, the band’s full time immersion in Melbourne’s music scene is evident.

Moreland, the second single from the band’s upcoming debut album, offers an intimate glimpse at the diverse and exciting songwriting ability of 20 year old frontwoman Hannah, who has earned a reputation for her band’s raucous live shows, her sense of humour, and her DIY attitude.

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Melbourne synth-nerds Juno Disco make irresistible dance music that makes you want to sip Piña Coladas on an interstellar journey to Mars. The duo have been spreading the disco inferno across the nation since forming in 2018, releasing a string of certified dancefloor heaters which have been backed by Triple J, Spotify, and Apple Music alike.

Their debut EP is set for release in late 2019 and is sure to get hearts pounding and hips moving.

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Messy Mammals are an up-and-coming psych-pop band, comprised of seven musicians from Melbourne’s rich creative scene. Their sound is electric and uplifting, full of warm and warpy analog textures, RnB-esque melodies, and funky grooves.

The band released a well-received series of live-filmed studio sessions in 2018, and a spate of exciting shows followed. Over the past few months, they have been recording their upcoming EP, and are due to support GL at Howler next month – as well as perform at Strawberry Fields in November.

With more announcements in the pipeline, the hype surrounding this exciting act only continues to grow.

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Mikhaell is a Melbourne based rapper, singer, songwriter and producer.

His lyrical, up-tempo hip hop music is based on past and current life experiences, and futuristic ideas.

Inspired by Michael Jackson, Mikhaell has been writing and producing music since 13 years of age. Over this time he has released numerous EPs online, including his recent single ‘Pegasus’ which has over 9,000 streams on Spotify.

Mikhaell loves engaging with fans and always brings a great energy to the stage.

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Melbourne’s favourite rockrodents RAT!hammock have just announced that they will be teaming up with Adelaide’s Horror My Friend for a double-headline tour, hitting the road in November.

As this year’s Chinese zodiac foretold, 2019 (the Year Of The Rat) has already been fantastically fortunate for the charming three-piece.

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The Hunter Express have gone from strength to strength, growing audiences for the past year and selling out venues across Melbourne. Accompanied by well established musicians on stage, their live show is a demonstration of heart-felt, honest music with creative hooks and stories.

Their new album ‘Should Have Come On Sunday’ has already travelled far and wide – from recording the songs at Newmarket, to mixing in Santa Monica LA.

Lead singles ‘Bad Line’ and ‘Weekdays & Weekends’ have been well supported across community radio, RAGE and Triple J, and was premiered to Australia live by Nkechi Anele on her program Roots n All.

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