Cementing himself as one of Sunshine Coast most exciting and entertaining live electronic acts and highly requested party liaison, Raw Ordio and his amazing lineup of musicians have hit the ground running in 2021 creating waves of hype where ever they perform. Since headline Thrive festival on New Years eve the act have been selling out their own Sunshine Coast Beatz day parties and have gathered a solid following with their infectious unique party vibes.
The Raw Ordio formula is simple but infectious, deep electronic grooves with mashups of well known classics that people love and know. The crowd sings and is then drenched in the fatness of the signature ‘Raw Ordio’ sound that sends dance floors ballistic. Joined by the amazing talents of Andy V on Sax and Keys, the fire energy of Damian Campbell on Percussion, the act put on a show of improvised musicianship that is of a world class standard.
Emerging artist Sari Abbott is a powerhouse of an original singer/songwriter and guitarist, unapologetically standing on her own two feet. The Sunshine Coast artist skips across the country, folk, pop scenes, indicative of the new wave of artists carving their place in the industry.
Telling her stories her own way through music, the 17 year old is working with other strong female artists to create her work, promoting self-discovery and independence.
She has performed on stages at Byron Bay Blues Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Country on Keppel and this is her first appearance at Caloundra Music Festival thanks to Sea FM’s Big Break.
Sunshine Coast based Alternative Roots outfit ‘Flaskas’ create truly unique music with a distinctly Australian rhythm.
Debuting on New Year’s Eve 2016, Flaskas have evolved into one of Australia’s most exciting live acts – sharing the stage with luminaries such as Ash Grunwald, Boy & Bear, Tijuana Cartel, The Black Sorrows and many more. Their latest single, Song Bird, continues their musical tradition of Earth Rock: an organic blend of alternative world, coastal and Indigenous music that fuses the high-powered spirits of roots, funk, folk and blues.
Globally conscious, with a distinctly Australian heart, Flaskas personify the new vanguard of artists whose work forges an unbreakable connection between our planet and the diversity of people who call it home.
We play the Didgeridoo, we slide the Strings, we beat the Drum, We are Flaskas…..
Sugarbag Blonde hail from the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Sunshine Coast. For their self-titled debut album the band approached Grammy Award winning producer Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Bjork) to consult on the development of the bands songs and sound, turning out to be a near two-year project of revisions and late night Skype sessions with the New York based engineer.
The bands sound is an eclectic mix of guitar driven alternative rock, blues influences, driving rhythms & melodic hooks.
Thelma Plum is a 24-year-old Gamilaraay woman, musician and creator. She grew up in Brisbane and spent many of her childhood years on her Grandparents’ farm in Delungra, a small country town in rural New South Wales. She has been making music for her whole life, but hasn’t always been ready to share her story, until now.
Thelma Plum’s debut album Better In Blak is a story about culture, heritage, love, and pain. With incredible strength, courage and heartbreaking tenderness, her debut album captures so deftly what it’s like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia.
JaZZella is a 23 year old soulful travelling musician who grew up on the Sunshine Coast. JaZZella's voice shines with individuality and attitude, she has a natural gift for songwriting, and her self-taught guitar skills will melt your face. Taking to the stage with an explosion of personality, JaZZella connects with listeners on an intimate level through songs about her life, self reflections and big dreams. The talented songstress recently entered the studio to record her debut album StarZ & GuitarZ, which is set to be released in October 2021. Inspired by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Tash Sultana and Mac Miller, StarZ & GuitarZ comes alive with story-telling lyrics, original flair and catchy melodies that you won't forget!
Chris Ah Gee is an exciting songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based on the Sunshine Coast. No stranger to the Australian music scene, the supremely high falsetto, soulful growl and unlimited vocal range are all parts of Chris Ah Gee’s signature sound that has taken him around the world to perform thousands of live shows with his band.
The Steele Syndicate is all about the groove. Steele McMahon’s Brisbane-based octet is raucous, punchy and fun, with a genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. The band packs a roaring, four-piece horn section and a rhythm section to match.
Emerging electro artist DÉ SAINT. releases debut single FEVER available on all major digital and streaming platforms Friday 25h Feb 2021
Andrea Kirwin is an Australian-Fijian Artist/Producer based in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. With a warm stage presence, retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling. Andrea's unique brand of island soul has continued to evolve over the past 8 years since she has been recording her original music. Her original tunes are influenced by artist's such as Carol King, Otis Redding, Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones. Andrea's laidback style of folk-soul-jazz has crystalized in her new album, BLOOM, which was launched on 1 May 2021
The Superjesus are one of Australia’s most respected rock outfits. Hailing from Adelaide in the late 90’s they won 3 x ARIA Awards and released 3 platinum albums, Sumo, Jet Age and Rock Music. Best known for their hit singles Gravity, Secret Agent Man, Enough To Know, Shut My Eyes, Down Again, Now And Then and many more. The Superjesus are no doubt one of Australia’s most successful and respected rock bands who remain a staple on Aussie rock radio.
T H U M P are a vintage classic yet modern influenced funk band featuring some of the finest groove musicians in Australia. An energetic band playing feel good, happy music! Inspiring the people of the world to let loose & get under a groove.
A simple idea born of fatherhood, friendship and music has flourished and taken shape.
THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA, formed in mid-2015 from a concept devised by the bands late guitarist Liam Guthrie, evolved quickly into a powerhouse combination of some of Tasmania’s premiere contemporary musicians.
A traditional line-up with; vocals, electric guitars, bass guitar, drum kit, Hammond organ & a 3-piece horn section (tenor sax, trumpet, trombone). Big grooves, snappy horn lines and catchy as hell vocals. Critics have likened THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA to the classic sounds of Australian pub-rock with a modern twist, whilst others have named it a unique brand of soul.
Kurilpa Reach are a contemporary roots 7-piece based in Brisbane’s inner-south suburb of West End. When approaching music, Kurilpa Reach have utilised their own interpretation of West End’s melting pot attitude, following in the footsteps of other genre-blending groups such as KOOII, Kingfisha and Laneous. Based on a strong rhythmic foundation of dub and reggae, Kurilpa Reach blends blues, neo-soul and rock resulting in an eclectic sound difficult to pigeon-hole into a single sound or genre.
It was back in 2004 when Miss Connie and producer/DJ Angus McDonald started making beautiful
music together. A series of singles at first then, in 2006, their self-titled, 3 x platinum debut album.
Spearheaded by a spectacular salvo of chart topping hits – UFO, Pictures and I Love It – Sneaky Sound System won ARIA Awards for Breakthrough Artist and Best Dance Release, the first of 14 nominations to-date.
With COVID-19 putting the brakes on Angus and Connie’s extended touring schedule, they’re ensconced in their Bondi beachside studio whipping up some magic. Sneaky’s first release for the decade is Tell The World, a collaboration with French legend/DJ/producer Norman Doray. It’s available now anywhere you find good music.
Recently formed Gold Coast 7-piece Roots group HEAVY WAX come hot off the pan ready to serve up their high-energy Rock-Soul-Funk-Reggae mash. For those in search of hi-fidelity music with feeling, solid beats and that extra punch only a horn section can deliver, these guys could just be your new favourite band.
HEAVY WAX are excited to produce the unexpected, whilst still making music that is digestible. With so many stylistic influences and an open-minded approach, they leave the door ajar creatively to avoid being boxed into a specific genre. HEAVY WAX should be on all music lover’s radars in 2021!
Juice-Box Punk-Pop with Cahli & Tahlia
Living up to their ones-to-watch status, Teenage Joans deliver the next taste in their ever-growing catalogue with single ‘Ice Cream’ alongside the announcement of their debut EP Taste Of Me.
Says the band of the track, “Ice Cream is about feeling like your best just isn’t good enough. Sometimes in life it feels like you’re trying so much harder than the people around you, but you’re still falling behind (like getting a head start in the race of life, but still placing last). We wanted people screaming along to wanting to feel better, like a toddler screams about wanting their ice cream. One of our favourite things to do in our songs is juxtaposing serious topics using childlike metaphors to get the point across in a different way”
The Fins are a charming four-piece rock and funk ensemble that are known for their unapologetic, theatrical and dynamic live shows.
Residing from the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane, The Fins have ignited onto the music scene in 2019, playing at respected venues such as The Foundry, The Northern Hotel- Byron Bay and Solbar, with acts such as Death by Denim, Wanderers, Vaudeville Smash, The Kava Kings and First Beige just to name a few.
When experiencing The Fins, expect to feel elements from artists such as David Bowie, Queen, Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave dripping into your mind, think of the funk-infused rock sounds of yesteryear meeting the fresh perspective of today and you will get The Fins.
Enter GENIIE BOY, the fresh Indie Pop duo based on the Gold Coast of Australia. They're badass like HAIM, sweet like Corinne Bailey-Rae and really, just a couple of weirdos who live to make music. Alisha's silky vocal is at the centre of it all, dancing around topics of human existence and complete fantasy, while Scott French’s multi-instrumental experiments and slyly sophisticated production style completes the GENIIE BOY sound. On stage, Alisha radiates energy, holding you captive and filling every space, while Scott juggles technology and becomes ear candy for the guitar-nerd and their live drummer, Michael McCartney (San Mei, Little Georgia) completes the live GENIIE BOY power triangle.
KIORE is a Brisbane born artist with a heart that reaches the farthest corners of the earth. Inspired by the stories told by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simonne, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, every song she writes aims to be an experience that can be shared, treasured and celebrated.
KIORE's self-proclaimed style of “Heart and Soul” was well received as a fusion of anything from Soul, RnB, Pop, Jazz and Funk to create a dynamic, interactive soundscape for her audience. Her journey so far highlights the direction that KIORE aims to continue along in her musical journey: discovering and uncovering, listening and speaking stories that are underpinned by various musical scapes and explorations
Electrik Lemonade is a merry band of funklords that play a repertoire of funk, hip hop and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Loviní in their live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes.
There is nothing predictable about the remarkable rise of Brisbane, Australia native Jaguar Jonze, moniker for musician-artist Deena Lynch. Her success stems from hard work, passion, and drive, and Jaguar Jonze’s second EP - the transcendent, indie-pop ANTIHERO (out April 16, 2021 via Nettwerk Records) - is a testament to that.
Deena is a determined emotional multitasker. She continues to nurture Jaguar Jonze’s adjacent projects, her narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze which is a conversation with the mind, and her male gaze-subverting photo-project Dusky Jonze, which is a conversation with the body. Each Jonze project has its unique identities, but a common thread of confronting shame and taboos runs through everything she does.
Bootleg Rascal are an Australian East Coast-based band comprising of long-time collaborators and friends Carlos Lara and Jimmy Young.
Taking cues from the likes of staple influences Gorillaz, Kid Cudi and Massive Attack, the duo combines an eclectic mix of hip hop, reggae, indie-rock, dub and electronica; all while simultaneously delivering a cohesive sound they make their own.
Brisbane’s melancholic pop masters Ball Park Music are made of five curious minds that thrive on musical experimentation. Their inventiveness is akin to that of UK supergroup Superorganism’s playful collaboration; the Avalanches’ ability to synchronise diverse genres, and Elliott Smith’s knack for carrying sadness with an honest wit.
It has been a tremendous journey since the five-piece formed in 2008 while studying music at university. In seven years, they’ve produced five albums – the last four having consecutively debuted in the top 10 of the ARIA charts.
KARLOU is the latest indie pop project from Sunshine Coast musician,
Karrie Hayward. Cutting threads from her past folk singer-songwriter
path, KARLOU has turned a new chapter indulging herself in sweet
nostalgic pop hooks and weaving, sonic melodies with her latest release
of her single, ‘Closer’.
Australia’s most electrifying punk band, WAAX, emerged from Brisbane in 2015, possessing an intensity and captivating, barely-controlled chaos that had been missing from the local music scene for years. New single 'Labrador’ is undeniably the biggest song of their career. Above all else, the focus continues to be drawn to De Vita’s concentrated vocals, sounding smoother and more emotionally raw than ever.