Another year has come by, which means a new year of music for you to wrap your ears around. 2016 was a great year for local music, and 2017 is set to be the same.
There are a lot of Australian artists who look to stir things up in 2017. Here are some of our top picks, who you should definitely keep an eye on.
1) Alice Ivy
Alice Ivy is an Electronic/ Soul artist from Melbourne. 2016 saw her playing forty shows in total, including back-to-back performances at Queenscliff Music Festival and Paradise Music Festival. Despite breaking her leg after her Paradise set, Alice Ivy pushed through and closed her year playing at NYE On The Hill. 2017 sees Alice Ivy embarking on a seventeen-date Australian tour supporting Urthboy, before she leaves the country to play in Canada and the USA.
2) Drown This City
Melbourne post-hardcore band Drown This City only formed about a year ago, but had a pretty eventful 2016. They released their debut EP ‘False Idols’ and their successful EP launch at The Workers Club was their first sold out show. Drown This City toured with US band Falling In Reverse throughout October, and are excited to play at heavy-music festival UNIFY on January 14th.
2016 saw Kuren collaborating with American vocalist Ben Alessi to produce his celebrated single ‘Home’ (which is one of our Hottest 100 picks), while also releasing his new EP ‘Tesseract’. Kuren toured with Just A Gent and played Southbound Festival in Perth, and has now started his new year playing a show in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Kuren plans to release his debut album in 2017, which he has been working on for over a year.
In 2014, Perth band Saviour announced they were breaking up, two years later in 2016 they ended their hiatus and added three new band members. Their comeback single ‘Lovers’ showed a new musical direction, but was well received by new and old fans. Saviour ended their 2016 playing Redfest in Perth, and are now getting ready to play at UNIFY and release their new album ‘Let Me Leave’ on January 13th.
Watch the video for ‘Lovers’ here.
5) Gretta Ray
Gretta Ray has achieved more in a year than any Year 12 student I have ever met. She released her first single ‘Unexpected Feeling’ and debut EP ‘Elsewhere’ in February, which she wrote when she was only fifteen-years-old. She traveled to Nashville to work with producer Josh Barber, and played alongside Japanese Wallpaper in a sold out national tour- all while studying Year 12. Gretta Ray recently played her first festival set, opening the day at Falls Festival in Lorne, and then played with Japanese Wallpaper at Beyond The Valley. Expect new music in 2017.