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

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. 

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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