Artists find common ground at Marketta for new event

A brand new Sunday afternoon artistic experience is set to take over the stage at Miami Marketta in June.

Common Grounds, a musical event designed to encourage audiences to ‘experience togetherness through music and culture’ is the brainchild of Lachlan McGuffie, guitarist of local band Ivey.

Headlining the first ever Common Grounds is Brisbane’s number one charmer Young Franco, who will be showcasing his infectious electro-disco dance grooves with a stroke of hip hop.

Franco’s no stranger to the scene, having now clocked over 50 million streams on Spotify alone, with a litany of instant ear worms in the form of ‘Juice’ and his most recent track ‘Fallin’ Apart’ with Denzel Curry.

As a self-confessed “funky bassline” junkie who loves “vocoders and old disco records,” Young Franco has a fresh new sound ready to make winter feel that li’l bit warmer.

Heading back to the Gold Coast after a breakout 2020, thanks to her colourful, pop-infused neo-soul and standout voice, Sycco is 19-year-old Sash McLeod, who debuted at #29 in the 2020 triple j Hottest 100 with ‘Dribble’, making her the highest ranked new local artist in this year’s poll.

Sycco is quickly establishing herself as one of Australia’s most promising and popular new artists, beloved by fans, media and her contemporaries alike.

After a run of infectious singles released over the past 18 months, Gold Coast quintet Ivey are thrilled to be back on the Miami Marketta stage.

They have just finished recording their next full body of work set for release later in 2021 and are currently undertaking a collaborative mixtape project which seems them co-writing exciting new songs with friends and peers across the Australian music scene.

Known as one of the most eclectic, transportive and vibrant live acts to come out of Brisbane in recent years, First Beige bring an eclectic, genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of disco, soul and funk.

Since breaking out with singles, ‘Sugary Sweet,’ ‘Pitbull Type Beat’ and debut ‘Compliment My Shirt,’ Saint Lane has amassed more than 500,000 streams online.

The rapper burst onto the scene in 2019, picking up praise from the likes of triple j, The Needle Drop, NME, The Guardian, GQ, Billboard and Beats 1 with Briggs. He’s also traversed the country, sharing stages with Lime Cordiale, JID and Bootleg Rascal.

The full lineup: Young Franco, Sycco, Ivey, First Beige, Saint Lane, Zolly, Shimmy Disco, Just Jessie, Common Concept DJs.

Natalie O’Driscoll

Common Grounds kicks off on Sunday June 27 at Miami Marketta. Tickets are available through Oztix.

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