HILLTOP HOODS

Hilltop Hoods are making their return to the world stage with their new single ‘Clark Griswold’. The song, featuring the soulful voice of emerging star Adrian Eagle, is the first taste of new music from their forthcoming album. It follows their 5 x Platinum hit ‘1955’ and 2 x Platinum hit ‘Higher’ – both lifted from the critically acclaimed 2016 Orchestral Remix Album Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung.

‘Clark Griswold’ sees the band talking frankly about the assumptions of fatherhood, and wondering honestly about their ability to live up to expectations, encapsulated best in the raw lyrics: ‘You say that I’m a beautiful mess? I’d say the truth is a stretch/I confess I’m only human, but I’m doing my best’.

“’Clark Griswold’ is a song about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it’s about being a flawed person that’s trying to do better.”

The song’s title is a reference to the bumbling, boorish dad ‘Clark Griswold’ and the group are opening up from an angle that’s not often addressed in their genre. Instead of leaning into common troupes, the group are reaching for something more honest and truthful, with Suffa at one point intoning ‘And take a look at the way that I’m living/Mistakes are better never made than forgiven, right?’

The group have sold a staggering 1.6 million singles and nearly 1 million albums. They’ve garnered enormous industry accolades with 8 x Aria’s, a J Award, 6 x songs in the Top 10 of the JJJ’s Hottest 100, 5 x Top 10 ARIA Singles, and 5 x #1 ARIA Albums to their name.

On top of these achievements, Hilltop Hoods are also one of the country’s top live acts. Their 2016 Restrung Tour – an orchestral reworking of their albums Drinking From The Sun and Walking Under Stars – remains the groups’ most creatively ambitious and biggest tour to date. The tour saw over 50,000 fans filling sold out arenas across the country. Hilltop Hoods will return to the stage to play Splendour in the Grass later this month, in what is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated performances of the festival. After that, the group will be heading off on an extensive tour across Europe, where they’ll be treating their horde of OS fans to the best of their back catalogue, while road testing new material including ‘Clark Griswold’.

DOPE LEMON

Having headlined at festivals Splendour in the Grass and a run of Falls Festival across Australia, Dope Lemon aka Angus Stone released his second studio album Smooth Big Cat via BMG Australia debuting at number 2 in the global ARIA charts, number 1 in the ARIA vinyl charts and number 1 Australian ARIA Album Featuring first single Hey You, with a US Netflix sync and album tracks Salt & Pepper, and Give Me Honey, Smooth Big Cat was recorded over three months at Belafonte, the studio on his ranch. Angus played every instrument on the record, produced and mixed every song. The new LP is Dope Lemon squeezed to pure juice, distilled to a nectar fit for the gods, sweet on everyone’s lips. A record for wild hearted escapades and fuzzy, melty moments laying back on the rug. Album and tour bundles are now available at www.dopelemon.com.
It’s been two years since Hounds Tooth, the last Dope Lemon EP, and a full three since Honey Bones, Angus’ instant-classic debut, which amassed over 100 million streams. The release saw Dope Lemon become not just a melting curio of artistic experimentation, but a fully-fledged cultural phenomenon.
Dope Lemon prowled onto the public stage with the mystical creature of leisure at sold out headline tour in Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom and will embark on 14 shows across Europe commencing May 26th

HOLY HOLY

MY OWN POOL OF LIGHT, Holy Holy’s 3rd album, released in August 2019, is unlike anything you’ve heard from the acclaimed duo before.

MY OWN POOL OF LIGHT has received critical reception with an ARIA nomination for Best Rock Album, a J Award nomination for Album Of The Year as well as a triple j feature album on release and was voted in at number 5 on triple j listener’s Best Albums of 2019. MY OWN POOL OF LIGHT has also been announced as an Australian Music Prize Nominee, it has received airplay on Radio 1 and Radio x in the UK, and has received praise from the likes of The Age, The Australian, The Guardian and more. The record features lead singles Teach Me About Dying and Maybe You Know, which placed at #61 and #50 respectively in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019, as well as Faces, which hit #1 most played on triple j.

My Own Pool of Light is an undiluted representation of HOLY HOLY’s vision, from the songwriting to the recording process and, ultimately, their decision to self-produce. It’s an album that finds guitarist Oscar Dawson and vocalist Timothy Carroll incorporating new sounds and fresh ideas. In the process they redefine exactly what kind of band they are without sacrificing the key elements – soaring melodies, lush instrumental textures, the beguiling mix of jubilance and melancholy, Carroll’s affecting lyrics – that have made them one of Australia’s most popular acts. “We always want to make music that’s exciting and interesting, and that makes you feel something, and takes risks,” says Carroll. “This is the album we wanted to make.”

Previously, HOLY HOLY released their sophomore record “PAINT” in February 2017, with a #7 Aria Chart debut in Australia, and released debut ‘When The Storms Would Come’ in July 2015. They’ve had 11 songs on rotation on triple j in Australia, with the stunning “True Lovers” hitting #40 in triple j’s Hottest 100 and reaching PLATINUM sales in January 2020.
They’ve sold out numerous headline tours across Australia, including recent shows at The Tivoli in Brisbane, and the Forum in Melbourne in support of the new album. HOLY HOLY have played festivals such as Splendour, Bluesfest, Woodford, Yours & Owls, and most recently played the full Falls Festival and Groovin The Moo national runs. They have toured three times through the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain, selling out 3 London shows and playing festivals such as Primavera, London Calling, The Great Escape, Liverpool Music Week and Reeperbahn.

HOLY HOLY

“An excellent record from Holy Holy.”
RICHARD KINGSMILL, TRIPLE J

9/10 – Best New Album
BEAT

“Holy Holy write dramatic songs that soundtrack imaginary coming-of-age films from the 80s; music with a propulsion built for highways, house parties and death pacts.”
THE GUARDIAN

“Holy Holy have the infectious urgency of a band reinventing itself.”
THE AGE

“Holy Holy are a band that embodies what music and performance should be.”
THE MUSIC

THELMA PLUM

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. Since releasing her 2014 EP Monsters, Thelma has been through a lot. “On this album I speak about how it feels being an Aboriginal woman in this country. When I was younger I wasn’t ready to share this side of me, but I’ve grown a lot in the past few years and that’s changed, says Thelma.  

Thelma started working on her debut album four years ago. In fact, she had an album of songs ready to go, but she scrapped it entirely and decided to start again. “I’d written all these songs, but they didn’t represent what I’d been through. So, I rewrote the whole thing,” explains Thelma. “The new songs just came to me, because I’d reached a point in my life where I was very ready to write them”.  

Listening to Better In Blak, you can tell that this is true. Written and recorded across New York, London and Sydney with her frequent collaborator, producer Alex Burnett (Antony & Cleopatra, Sparkadia), the album is 12 tracks of Thelma at her best; brutally honest, insightful, incisive and with her heart on her sleeve. You can hear it on the album’s title track – a tribute to family and people of colour – or on the album’s anthemic second song ‘Don’t Let A Good Girl Down’, where she spins her experiences of hate and bigotry into a hard-hitting pop song. 

On synth-laden track ‘Woke Blokes’, Thelma sings about fake allies who feign political correctness, only when it suits them. Later, she discusses representation and learning to love herself on ‘Homecoming Queen’: “I never saw Aboriginal women on television or in magazines while I was growing up. When you don’t see people who look like you in the media, it really skews your perception of yourself”, says Thelma. 

And amongst all of that, she manages to find time to make you want to dance, laugh and cry. Singles like ‘Not Angry Anymore’ and the album’s opener ‘Clumsy Love’ (#79 in triple j’s Hottest 100) are certified pop hits, while ‘Love and War’ (featuring Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’Aupepe) was written the about the events at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. There are intimate moments, ferociously honest break up songs, and the album’s wonderous closer ‘Made For You’ – a love song she wrote with Paul Kelly – that impressed Paul McCartney so much that he offered to write guitar parts for it. 

Whilst recording ‘Made For You’ in New York with producer David Kahne (The Strokes, Stevie Nicks, Lana Del Rey), musical icon Paul McCartney dropped by the studio and asked him he was working on. After days of having Thelma’s song stuck in his head, McCartney wrote additional guitar parts for the song which, of course, made it on to the album. Thelma had a chance to thank Paul in person at his sold-out arena tour of Australia last year.

For Thelma, one of the most vulnerable moments on the record arrives in the form of ‘Thulumaay Gii’, a song about healing. “I wrote this song for my mum who raised me as a single mother,” says Thelma. “We were very poor and it was hard for her, but she gave me such a wonderful life”. ‘Thulumaay Gii’ is Thelma’s middle name and translates to ‘Thunder and Heart’ in Kamilaroi, the language of her Gamilaraay people. It feels fitting for one of the country’s brightest songwriters, whose essence is indeed, thunder and heart. 

CHILLINIT

Chillinit is the definition of a homegrown, self-made star. 
Having cut his teeth in Sydney’s underground hip-hop scene, the Hurstville emcee has since morphed into one of Australia’s most revered personalities, causing nationwide conversation wherever he steps foot. His debut album, Women, Weed & Wordplay was released in late 2018 and stood assertively on the ARIA charts for the entirety of 2019, racking up well over 60 million streams and producing two Gold accredited singles. With his slick wordplay, heartfelt introspection and insatiable appetite for controversy, Chillinit has created an overwhelming buzz that even his harshest critics can’t ignore, personified by his devoted fanbase dubbed The 420 Family. Over 220,000 members strong on Instagram, they also showed up swiftly to Chillinit’s debut Australian tour The Ashes, which sold over 8000 tickets nationwide in 2019.

But Australia isn’t the only country that’s taken a shine to the larrikin emcee, with Chillinit becoming the first Australian ever to appear on UK series Fire In The Booth on Beats1 with Charlie Sloth in 2019. Having also made show-stopping appearances on pivotal UK channels like JDZmedia and SBTV, it’s clear that world domination is well within Chillinit’s reach. His popularity in the UK is also evidence of his versatility; Chillinit can flow comfortably over grime but also trap, traditional hip-hop or even acoustic tunes with effortless ease. This diverse appeal was solidified when he was hand-picked to support indie favourites Sticky Fingers on their national arena tour in 2019. 

ADRIAN EAGLE

After garnering widespread acclaim for his breakout singles 17 Again and AOK, as well as his guest appearance on the legendary Hilltop Hoods ARIA Award winning single Clark Griswold, a sincere rendition of Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ for Like A Version, and a massive national and international touring schedule, it has been a landmark couple of years for emerging Adelaide bred singer-songwriter Adrian Eagle.

Breaking out in early 2018, the stirring 17 Again and it’s inspirational music video find Adrian sharing his journey of overcoming suicidal thoughts and mental health issues after weighing a life-threatening 270kg at seventeen years old. Provocative, aspirational and instantly memorable, the track launched the South Australia native into the Australian music consciousness, with major support from Triple J and universal praise from the public and industry alike.

After dropping their name on that very song, Adrian quickly found himself touring Europe alongside his childhood heroes, fellow South Australians the Hilltop Hoods, in support of their comeback single Clark Griswold. His guest appearance, star turn in the music video, the Best Urban Release Award win at the ARIA Awards and his rousing performance at Splendour in the Grass capped off an incredible 12 months for the magnetic young performer, not to mention sold out debut shows across the East Coast and taking home Best New Artist at South Australian Music Awards.

Taking Adrian on his biggest headline tour to date, his follow up single A.O.K. came next, once again proving that he is a growing voice of change and hope for youth struggling with difficult circumstances and mental issues. A vibrant slice of street gospel, classic rap drums, and his stirring trademark vocal delivery, ‘A.O.K’ is an inspiring modern-day anthem reflective of changes in Adrian’s outlook on life after conquering his own demons through the power of music, dignity and mindfulness.

An outlier in today’s modern music industry, Adrian is finding success in being himself, and embracing his honesty and vulnerability.

“Hopeful, life-affirming music: sunshine-infused gospel that promises – and goes some way to convincing you – that everything will be okay. Eagle’s soaring voice is the focal point, but the messaging is what stands him apart.” – The Guardian

“Armed with an imitable voice, a tireless work ethic, stunning performance style, and mesmerising lyrics, it’s no secret that he’s set to be one of Australia’s biggest artists in no time.”– Tone Deaf

Adrian Eagle

MADDY JANE

Maddy Jane is an independent singer-songwriter from the small island town of Bruny Island, Tasmania.

Catchy and truthful, Maddy’s unique brand of indie pop/rock has resonated in Australia, with plenty of airplay on triple j for her acclaimed EP ‘Not Human At All’, sold out headline shows, and huge arena supports for the likes of Harry Styles and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

After two years of heavy touring, Maddy has bunkered down in the studio and recorded her debut full-length album. Leading single ‘Something Old And Something New’ is out August 23, with the album coming early next year.

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