9 Australian Music Artists to Listen to Now

Updated 05/06/19

We’re completely captivated by new talent in any industry, but when it comes to the music industry we are even more intrigued than usual. We’re always ready for the next big star to take to the world stage to captivate us with their lyrics, cords, and charm. The best part? The pool of emerging talent in Australia is literally overflowing and we’re watching these rising local stars very closely from the sidelines. Read on to find out which new Australian acts we’re predicting will be the next big things.

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Gang of Youths

Who: Max Dunn, Jung Kim, David Le'aupepe, Joji Malani, and Dom Borszestowski. 

What: Indie Rock

Why: Their debut album The Positions, peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart last year ahead of their sold-out national tour. Thanks to their deep, meaningful lyrics and ambitious performances, there is no sign of slowing down for this cool act.

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Montaigne

Who: Jessica Cerro

What: Art Pop

Why: Currently touring with Boy & Bear, this Sydney-based artist is renowned for her quirky, percussion-heavy tunes and her unique, powerful voice. Stay tuned for her highly anticipated debut album later this year. The future is looking very bright for this young talent.

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Cloves

Who: Kaity Dunstan

What: Scandinavian soothing metal.

Why: With over 3 million streams, this Spotify Spotlight artist of 2016 and Melbourne local is headed for Coachella next month and is sitting high on our ones to watch list. 

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Nicole Millar

Who: Nicole Millar

What: Electronic, Indie, Pop

Why: Best known for fronting Peking Duck’s electronic hit High, the 22-year-old Sydney girl has impressed the socks off the music industry with her debut EP featuring her trademark smooth and sultry beats.

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Tonight Alive

Who: Jenna McDougall, Whakaio Taahi, Jake Hardy, Cam Adler, and Matt Best

What: Rock

Why: Australian rock band from Sydney are a class act. This five-piece is currently on a US tour for their third album, Limitless and are doing the Aussies extremely proud with their undeniable world-class talent.

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Nathan Hawes

Who: Nathan Hawes

What: Folk

Why: The NSW Central Coast native is swooning all music lovers with his soulful, melancholic sound that could be compared to the likes of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Ben Howard. Listen to his brand new five-track EP immediately.

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Vera Blue

Who: Celia Pavey

What: Folk, Alternative

Why: This small town girl from Forbes in New South Wales is raw, real, and powerful. She mixes her love for folk music with a dash of electronica and the result is mesmerising. 

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Adam Martin

What: Singer-songwriter

Why: His new single Over It was produced by John Castle—who is behind the success of You Am I, Vance Joy, Megan Washington—and we can’t get enough. His authentic sound and raw talent is simply charming.

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Bonnie Anderson

Who: Bonnie Anderson

What: Pop/Soul

Why: She won the very first Australia’s Got Talent series at the tender age of 12. Fast-forward seven years, and 19-year-old Bonnie Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. If her latest single The Ones I Love is anything to go by, we’re in for an absolute treat.

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