Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies, seering lyrics and an authentically striking voice. She was just 21 when her 2004 debut, ‘The Sound of White’, exploded in Australia. The nine-times Platinum, six-time ARIA Award winning album was the first of her five domestic #1’s. Her 2007 follow-up, ‘On A Clear Night’ followed with another chart topping single, ‘Steer’, plus RIAA gold-certified U.S. breakthrough hit, ‘Where I Stood’.
Missy remains one of Australia’s most revered voices. 2018’s ‘Solastalgia’ probed the existential crises that come with climate change and was accompanied by a stadium tour with Ed Sheeran while her work on the soundtrack to the acclaimed TV Series “Total Control” earned her several songwriting awards in 2022 and inspired the Total Control mini-album. Most recently, Missy received the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022. The triennial award honours Victorian artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music and to cultural life.
THE CAT EMPIRE
Aussie icons The Cat Empire have had an illustrious career, spanning decades and genres. Illuminating stages across the globe, the band are a magnetic force that have captivated millions of adoring fans with their high energy performances and explosive sound and visuals. With the band’s infectious groove and vibrancy, audiences are guaranteed to shimmy, shake, and sing their way through a Cat Empire set. Continuing the legacy and the driving force behind a fresh new era for the band is Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, two of the original three founding members of the group. Breathing energy into the band, the new project will showcase a wonderful collective of musicians who will make sure to retain the core DNA of The Cat Empire but include more collaborations, influences, and diverse artistry.
The Cat Empire’s new album 'Where The Angels Fall' drops August 25 and celebrates movement, vibrancy, and playfulness. With a history of multiple platinum records, awards, sold out tours and over 250 million streams – The Cat Empire have officially entered their golden era.
BIRDS OF TOKYO
Birds of Tokyo have grown from independent roots to become one of this country’s most popular rock bands. The Perth five piece have released three chart topping albums driven by top 10 hits like ‘Good Lord’, ‘Plans’, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Lanterns’. One of Triple J’s three most played artists of this millennium, they are also the only artist in history to win 'Rock Work of the Year' on five separate occasions at the APRA Awards. Having performed twice at the AFL Grand Final and the NRL’s “State Of Origin”, and toured as special guests for everyone from Muse and Bon Jovi to Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel, Birds Of Tokyo’s songs have become a soundtrack for contemporary Australia.
A trip that began in a van in 1992, playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA Awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. With a career spanning more than 25 years off the back of relentless touring and ground-breaking records such as Up All Night and A Brief History, the hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound them together as friends.
The original road warriors, The Waifs have built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years, reuniting with old friends, and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures. Four years on from celebrating their 25th anniversary and their #1 ARIA chart topping album Ironbark, Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham (with ever faithful and long-standing rhythm section of David Ross Macdonald and Ben Franz on board as usual) continue to share their folk-infused, feel good sounds with adoring, now multi generation audiences.
An earnest vulnerability combined with an uplifting message to seize each moment has buoyed Hollow Coves and their fans through a journey of mutual understanding—the dream isn’t success but rather the acute awareness of life’s fragility.
Hollow Coves is the indie-folk voice of connection to beauty and community—a reminder to look inside the self and embody gratitude for the natural world. Living on the Gold Coast and weaving their own perspective on paradise, Matt Carins and Ryan Henderson are equal parts songwriters and vocalists, alternating lead roles to best serve the song. Driven by the energy of their audience, a grounding oceanside lifestyle, and a sound that genuinely reflects their mindset, the band continues to push forward to live their own recipe for a good life. Now, the band is finishing an album with an exciting group of collaborators including Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby while continuing to tour the world.
Betty Taylor is the friend that holds your hand after your hearts been broken. Their music is the perfect blend of indie hooks with honest poignant lyrics delivered by the hugely endearing Sophie Patrick. This is stunningly complimented by the undeniable harmonies and dreamy guitar of Kayla Smart who is hugely accomplished in her own right with her solo project Dorah Jacson.
Together they are equal parts power and grace that makes you feel like every song is written just for you. The band is named after Sophie’s grandmother which in itself is a testament to the warmth of this group.
Betty Taylor’s unforgettable, often cheeky and beautiful live show has carried them onto stages playing support shows for the likes of Girl in Red, Pacific Avenue, Teenage Dads, The Terrys and more.