Every year there’s a crop of Australian artists hitting the top of ‘must see’ bands for fans to see. Usually a smash debut album will land them in the open arms of the triple j community. Perhaps a touring ethic and independent approach to growing a passionate fan base will pay off, and when international opportunities arise, they’re ready for it.
After 12 months of attention for some of these artists, they enter 2016 taking steps to gaining incredibly in-demand status overseas too. In Australia, their profiles have extended far beyond a triple j Feature Album slot and a Splendour in the Grass festival slot – these names are now some of the most beloved artists in the country.
Hailing from Sydney, The Griswolds haven’t been seen in Australia as frequently as some of the other artists on this list, since the release of their debut album Be Impressive in 2014. Their last tour took them around the country at the beginning of 2016 with Walk the Moon and for many fans, it was very much a long awaited return home by the band.
Instead of continuously pounding the pavement as a touring back in Australia off the back of the album, The Griswolds have instead focused on their fast-growing international standing, particularly in the USA. Their fan base has grown exponentially off the back of well-received shows with Walk the Moon and recently, Magic Man and Panama Wedding, not to mention the stages they’ve been taking to. Now frequent visitors to the likes of Terminal 5 in New York City and popular right down the US west coast, The Griswolds have also been able to add successful festival sets at Bonnaroo and the Hangout Fest to their lists.
Currently working on their sophomore album amid all of this, The Griswolds have been able to go from strength to strength overseas while continuing to grow a passionate presence for themselves at home.
Find out more about where the boys are in the world, HERE.
The Perth trio have been one of the most talked about Australian bands overseas off the back of some incredible showcase gigs at SXSW, The Great Escape and most recently, Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Since inking and international deal with 4AD, the band’s impressive debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle has now been given the opportunity to reach more and more people around the world and, as Australians have already noted, it’s an album worthy of a ‘classic’ label.
At home, Methyl Ethel this year have been impressing crowds on their own headline tour and on the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – a beloved favourite of triple j at the moment, they’re definitely riding a strong wave of attention and success right now.
As for the next few months, Methyl Ethel have got some impressive international festival dates coming up including Outside Lands in San Francisco and the Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam. Currently, the band is still in Europe locking down some sweet shows and generally getting on their music grind.
Keep up to date with Methyl Ethel, HERE.
Hers is a voice that has captivated audiences around Australia strongly over the past year and in 2015, Meg Mac was able to take that soul-soaked talent overseas to great success. Touring with D’Angelo introduced Meg to an audience demographic most young artists would dream of connecting with at that point of their careers and since, she’s been enjoying the momentum that has come as a result.
This year has seen Meg spend more time in the US, with slots at the Hangout Festival in Florida (same as The Griswolds above) and at the popular Governors Ball in New York being just two of her Stateside commitments. While she’s been out there performing, Meg has also been working on her much-anticipated debut album, spending time out in Texas working on new music.
Another Aussie artist who has been spending quite a bit of time overseas working on new material is Adelaide’s Tkay Maidza. Returning home for some select shows, the rapper has been spending much of 2016 in the US writing and recording with some of the industry’s biggest names for her debut album.
Her Switch Tape EP dropped in 2014 and since then, her profile skyrocketed and has taken her right round the globe. Signing with French tastemaker label Kitsune, supporting the likes of Years & Years and Rita Ora, Maidza has been making a name for herself on huge stages through Europe, the UK and America. Her recent link up with Martin Solveig on “Do It Right” saw Tkay hit up some absolutely stunning locations in Spain for the film clip – check it out and get jealous:
On the homefront, Tkay recently headed to Darwin for the first time to perform at the BASSINTHEGRASS festival, as well as hitting up the east coast for some small club dates and the Big Pineapple Festival.
Keep up to date with her new music, HERE.
Now a global name on the DJ/EDM circuit, Alison Wonderland is doing well in holding her own against the genre’s heavy hitters. Recently seen touring on the homefront on the Groovin’ the Moo tour, Wonderland’s album Run has propelled her to new heights of success. She’s been a popular fixture on the Australian circuit for a few years now but it does seem that in the last few years in particular, Wonderland has really gone to the next level with her music.
In the US in particular, her name has become more and more well-regarded and as the crowds have continued to grow, so has her presence on larger stages around the country.
GANG OF YOUTHS
Since The Positions was released in 2015, Sydney’s Gang of Youths have been solidly in the hearts of many Australian music fans right around the country. Their story is one that has been worn on their sleeve at every show and with their rousing, anthemic rock music that has continued to develop on the live front, it’s no wonder that Gang of Youths have gone from grimy club stages to selling out the Enmore in Sydney quite quickly.
Recent showcases at The Great Escape and Primavera Sound went down extremely well for the band, while they sold out two shows in London and were popularly received in Amsterdam in between. They’re taking on the US this month, with various shows on the east and west coasts set to bring the crowds out in force.
Australian fans can next see Gang of Youths back home for Splendour in the Grass this July, before they continue to work on album number two and continue to promote the release of forthcoming EP, Let Me Be Clear.
Keep up to date with the band, HERE.
Courtney’s rise to success as one of the country’s beloved young songwriters has been so well-documented over the last year, that it would seem as if Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit was released 10 years ago, not in 2015. Overseas, crowds have been drawn to her consistently developing live shows and of course, the album that has been continuing to find new corners of fandom around the world.
The terrible weather New York’s been lashed with cancelled the Governors Ball last night, so bands have been making do and have been bringing fans shows where they can elsewhere in the city. For Melbourne’s Barnett, she brought the party to The Bowery, where a packed out venue kicked on, regardless of the weather.
At home, Barnett is set to head to Central Australia for the Barunga Festival this weekend, where she’ll be performing alongside Jen Cloher, Wildflower and a whole range of talented Indigenous Australian artists. She then eyes up another solid international touring schedule through Europe and the US.
Check out what she’s been up to, HERE.