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THE VANNS

Rowdy guitars, tight drums and a raw-rock vocal that cuts like a blade. There’s a reason The Vanns have gone from comp winners in the ‘Gong to east coast touring machines. From cruising jams to epic mainstage moments, they love to bang it out live and loud. Raise your beers for feel good, golden hour rock that sends hearts and hands soaring as the sun sets.

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MAY-A

Capturing the twisted and beautiful reality of being young in 2022, MAY-A gives an epic quality to life’s little moments, crafting vulnerable indie pop that’s all heart. Having already collaborated with the likes of Budjerah and Flume, she’s on a fast-track to global renown. Catch her at Lost this summer, so you can say you saw MAY-A before she was a superstar.

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FURNACE AND THE FUNDAMENTALS

Humanity’s most exhilarating dance party. Cover band on steroids (and also on acid). The tightest group of musicians this side of the equator. 6 men in suits dancing like they’ve OD’d on red frogs. However you describe them, Furnace and the Fundamentals have to be seen to be believed. Prepare to get absolutely effing hysterical to the greatest songs of all time.

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KING STINGRAY

Now for some Yonglu surf rock, the sound of one of the most in-demand acts in Australia. A band so original they coined their own genre, King Stingray wraps rolling guitars around haunting vocals beaming straight from the red heart of Arnhem Land. Cruising coastal licks, bursts of didge and plenty of lyrics in language – it doesn’t get more Aussie than this.

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PACIFIC AVENUE

Four mates from Gerrigong making big and beautiful rock music, Pacific Avenue is the soundtrack to the moments that mean something. Powerful guitars swirl around a Gallagher-esque vocal delivering melodies that stick in the head and tug at the heart. A balance of strength and vulnerability, there’s something about a Pacific Avenue original that says ‘classic’ straight out the gate.

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TELENOVA

Some acts arrive fully formed. Telenova’s 2021 debut single ‘Bones’ soared directly into triple j’s Hottest 100 (#91) while garnering global accolades from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Apple Music, NME and Vogue Paris. Helmed by enigmatic frontwoman Angeline Armstrong and multi-instrumentalists Edward Quinn & Joshua Moriarty, Telenova’s vivid aesthetics and sharp pop smarts are captivating, a world unto their own.

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1300

There’s no blueprint for this beast. Bilingual rhymes over gutter-grime bass lines, these Korean Australian space cadets are rolling 90’s breaks, hard hip hop and even a squidge of K-pop into their hyperactive live performances. It’s expertly crafted pure chaos, and everyone in Australia wants a piece. This is some fast and freaky shit – dial 1300 for a sweaty good time.

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STUMPS

Sydney dance-rock trio STUMPS walk a fine vintage. With their single ‘I’ve Had Enough’ hailed as ‘arguably one of the year’s catchiest’ by triple j, STUMPS make records just at home soundtracking the prime of a night on the town as they are in the early moments of the morning after. Confident, contemporary and compelling; STUMPS channel the best of Britpop and 90s alternative rock into a sound uniquely their own.

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BIG TWISTY & THE FUNKNASTY

Legend has it Big Twisty & The Funknasty descended from space in 2019 to show Sydney how to get down with intergalactic flair. Mission accomplished, you freaky alien funkskanks. A big line-up and even bigger sound, Big Twisty’s rhyme-spitting, bass-hitting energy explodes from the stage – a fully-loaded force in the future of Australian hip hop. Get that funk.

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EGOISM

EGOISM make acoustic-laced indie-pop with meaning. Duo Olive and Scout’s rich harmonies and weighty lyricism combine into something greater on tracks such as ‘2016-2018’, ‘For Ages’ and breakout single ‘What Are We Doing?’. Tender, emotional and euphoric, EGOISM are the vivid soundtrack of an introspective youth.

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