Under the radar at Australian Music Week

Australian Music Week is about discovering new talent and we’re here to help.  Blank Gold Coast editor Samantha Morris pored over the live lineup to unearth some of the talent you might otherwise miss.

Paddy McHugh

Paddy would have totally slipped under the radar for me if it weren’t for Blank’s awesome intern Catherine Gunther – an Americana artist herself – who saw him at BIGSOUND and raved about Paddy’s set.  He was raised in Tamworth but found his musical roots in Sydney’s gritty punk scene and now calls Brisbane home. Yet his current offerings sit firmly in the country- Americana stable. His songwriting is honest and true and when it came to putting together a band, he went straight back to those punk roots and enlisted a clutch of players who used to tread the three-chord boards with him. Sounds intriguing? Paddy McHugh hits the Rhythms Stage, 3 November at 6.20pm.

Minnie Marks

When Sarah McLeod says that Minnie Marks is a prodigy, you should probably stop and take notice. With an insane talent playing what she calls dirty sweet rock and roll this young singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi instrumentalist has been eating up girl bands since 1994. Minnie Marks is a blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and triple threat: singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Be warned, her show will take you on a dizzying, riff rock rollercoaster ride. Catch Minnie Marks on 2 November at Croydon Lane from 9.45pm.

Elegant Shiva

Byron Bay two-piece Elegant Shiva comprising Josh Swan (bass guitar/vocals) and Matt Swan (drums) weave thunderous bass riffs with mad-man drumming and lyrics that chuck a big fuck you to that relentless human fear of failure. Elegant Shiva transport you to a place of confidence, where you are lifted up above the mould and transported to the higher. Get elevated when they hit Brass Monkey, 2 November from 10.45 – 11.15pm.

Ant Beard

Ant Beard returns solo to the stage following over 150 shows around the world over the past year with touring troubadours Caravãna Sun. Another Byron-based singer songwriter, Ant’spresence onstage weaves a delicate tapestry of heartfelt songs falling somewhere between Carol King and Bill Withers. Ant plays at the Rhythms Stage on 2 November twice – at 6.15pm and at 10.00pm.


If you like your indie rock, one part funk and one part punk, then Sydney-siders Borneo will deliver in spades. They’ve been selling out headline shows, and causing a ruckus on the live circuit, while their single ‘Hold me In the River’ was added to rotation on FBi Radio, and the music video scoring a spot on Rage. Find out why they’re gaining fans everywhere they go when they hit El Sol, 3 November at 10.30pm.

The Dead Love

Sydney grunge lords The Dead Love can be described as nothing less than incendiary. Since their inception, The Dead Love have maintained a blistering pace, touring relentlessly and honing their Aussie grunge-punk sound that has captured hearts and minds. They’ve supported a big list of big acts, including COG, Aerosmith, The Delta Riggs, The Smith Street Band and Everclear and had airplay across all the big radio stations here and internationally in the USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. The Dead Love are at Brass Monkey, 3 November from 11.20pm.

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