2018 was an enormous year for Australian music, but 2019 is set to be even bigger.
A procession of Aussie artists dominated charts both at home and overseas, and the same can be said for their representation on iconic festival lineups around the globe.
So with the industry primed for a record-breaking year, we were lucky enough to have a peek into the crystal ball at the Island Records showcase (fittingly hosted on The Island in Sydney Harbour).
With a mix of established and rising stars blowing the crowd away with unheard material, it’s safe to say Australian music is in great hands.
It takes someone with a tremendous amount of talent and self-belief to take to the stage with nothing but their voice and a piano.
While comparisons are never perfect, the Melbourne singer-songwriter’s crystal clear, soaring vocals and haunting ballads are certainly reminiscent of UK superstars, London Grammar.
At the showcase Eliott performed her spine-tingling hit ‘Calling’ from her Bold Enough EP and pulsating new tune ‘Shaking My Hips’ – slated for release in March.
Her raw, vulnerable performances are something to relish, and hopefully Eliott gets the chance to take her songs around the country.
For fans of Aussie hip-hop, Briggs needs no introduction. One half of A.B Original, he’s one of the most important voices in the industry – bringing Indigenous issues to the forefront of the country’s consciousness.
His trademark wicked sense of humour was on full display at The Island (“nah..try talking during my performance, see what happens”) and performed three new tracks.
Two of them ‘Change The Game’ and ‘Life Is Incredible’ were more upbeat, optimistic and cheeky than his verses as part of A.B, while ‘Go To War’ made it clear he’s still very much retained his biting, activist streak.
Sonically speaking, Winterbourne have positioned themselves right in the centre of Aussie music’s zeitgeist.
Evolving their sound from their folksier roots, Winterbourne have captured that infectiously joyous sound that’s served bands like Lime Cordiale and Jungle Giants so well in recent years.
The Central Coast duo showed off their slick guitar licks and catchy melodies with their current single ‘Take The Golden’ and brand spanking new track ‘Too Many’.
Expect to see these guys getting crowds shaking their butts at festivals around the country.
Vera Blue is a bonafide star. The enchanting songstress can set your soul on fire with arresting ballads or get you moving with pounding dance tracks.
Her latest track (due to be released tomorrow) was another step in the direction of the latter as she solidifies her poisiton as a dance-floor goddess.
The acoustic guitar has been swapped out for the trigger pad and with a #6 charting ARIA album, it’s clear she’s making a lot of smart decisions.
Very few people had a better 2018 than Dean Lewis.
The boy from Sydney went nuclear last year on the back of his heart-wrenching smash hit ‘Be Alright’, and now has his name to ONE BILLION streams.
As he puts together his upcoming debut album, Dean gave us a sneak peak with two unreleased tracks ‘Stay Awake’ (self-described as a “happy song” with sad lyrics) and the stirring ‘Hold Of Me’.
With his wonderfully Australian voice on full show, he also powered through his three hit singles ‘Waves’, ‘7 Minutes’ and ‘Be Alright’ – proving that a year touring the world has moulded him into a truly special live performer.