Six of the top performers in the country graced the stage at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney on Wednesday in what was a night of electric tunes and huge notes for the inaugural Unisounds Final.
In 2017, the National Campus Band Comp took on a new format as Unisounds and it did not disappoint. From over 90 entrants, a panel of music industry professionals selected their top five and the sixth, Jones the Cat, joined the line-up as the Wildcard, selected by public vote.
In an unprecedented outcome, three out of the six finalists originated from University of Newcastle resulting in a strong attendance from the Central Coast at the Final event and even stronger ‘Newy’ banter on the night. The other three campuses which were represented included University of Melbourne, Curtin University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
In a competition first, the Finalists received a personalised mentoring experience including a day of workshopping and networking with music industry professionals from around the country, and each other before the live show component. The professionals included reps from Record Labels; PR, Touring and Artist Management companies; Digital Marketing firms; Publishing companies and even an ARIA nominated producer/engineer. The day was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young artists.
As the sun went down, the live show commenced and the room included thirteen judges from various sectors of the music industry and the decision came down to a knife’s edge. With all six acts leaving everything they had out on the stage, the crowd was wowed by everything from the moody vocals of Bravo Victor, to the powerful hip-hop of Jamarz on Marz, the smooth indie moves of Young Robin, to electronic rock of The Avenue and the alternative bangers of dave. But in the end, the judges named the indie punk foursome, Jones the Cat as the winner on the night, walking away with a prize package valued at over one hundred thousand dollars.
The competition proved that the music scene within Australian University’s is strong, so take the time to ‘like’ each of the Finalists, there is some seriously good Australian talent in there and these acts are all destined for great things.
A huge thank you to the partners, supporters and sponsors of Unisounds’17: Tertiary Access Group (TAG), Hub Artist Services, Dine Alone Records, The Kennel Music, Lipton Ice Tea, XXXX Summer Bright Lager, Oxford Art Factory, Levi’s Jeans and Redback Boots.