Top 5 Newcastle Acts To Watch in 2017


A staple of the burgeoning No-Fi Records scene in Newy, the band churn out catchy-as-hell Synth Punk and have built a massive following with gigs that feel more like parties than concerts. The trio opened up local festival ThisxThat last year, and will be appearing at Mountain Sounds very soon. With a new release out on the horizion, Raave Tapes are a band that could explode at any moment.

Rachel Maria Cox

The non-binary singer/songwriter won over fans across the country with their EP ‘I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings’. With a strong touring ethic and a penchant for catchy choruses, the future looks bright for Rachel Maria Cox. While a debut LP looms on the horizon, Cox is also at the helm of Sad Grrrls Club – a company that promotes gender diversity in the Australian Music Scene.


It might be a little unfair to say that Introvert is a band to watch in 2017, when they already had a huge year in 2016. Off the release of their debut EP ‘Old Taste’ the band toured Australia with Birds Of Tokyo, going from playing The Lass and Hamo to The Enmore Theatre in Sydney. With a growing local fanbase thanks to awesome support slots and an interesting take on Emo and Post-Hardcore, you can only expect bigger and better things


Brightness is a name that is still under the radar, for now. Lake Macquarie based musician Alex Knight uploaded his first track to triple j Unearthed in August of last year. ‘Oblivion’ was instantly the talk of the triple j staffroom, with positive reviews from Nick Findlay and Dave Ruby Howe. Despite their quiet nature, they’ve already supported acts such as Oh Pep!, Ali Barter, and Jack River. We’re keeping a keen eye on the next transmission from Brightness, so should you.

Dawn Laird

The last two songs from Dawn Laird; ‘Atlas’ and ‘Sandworm’ show an artist on the rise. Released over the past 13 months, they won over the staff at triple j Unearthed and the audiences on stages across NSW. Laird represents the very best of Novocastrian Hip-Hop, it’s hard hitting, fiery, and filled with presence. We are not sure what she has in store in 2017, but we are listening.

Written by Spencer Scott

Spencer is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle. He's also a Triple J Unearthed Super User and writes for many national publications.