5 artists from Queensland that we’re digging right now

In the search for the dopest talent there is around our Needle in the Hay vinyl competition, we’ve been scouring the web and jotting down names of some of our favourite artists in each Aussie state and New Zealand.

So far we’ve trawled through Western Australia and Northern Territory. Now, it’s time for our mates in the north east.

Queensland is the sunshine state and we can attest that there are nothing but sweet sweet rays being emitted from our friends up there. Let’s take a look at five acts we’re loving right now.


We’re looking all over Australia and New Zealand to give one artist the chance to press their single on vinyl. Here are 5 artists from Queensland we’re digging.


Their catchy, okka brand of garage surf rock had us all jumping up and down in 2015 when they dropped smash hit Instant Coffee, and now Bugs are back in action with big plans for 2018 and a cracker of a summer just been.

Tracks Tinnies and Best Friend are personal favourites, while Neighbourhood has given them new acclaim, Claire Mooney of Unearthed frothing “Packing the punch and bloody A+ lyrics, I’ve chuckled at least three times.”


After annihilating Brisbane’s BIGSOUND and Sounds of the Suburbs last year, WAAX have proved that they are well on their way to becoming one of the best groups in hard rock today. Front woman Maz consistently delivers a thunderous performance, time and time again.

They’ve popped into the Happy Mag offices for The Daily Squeeze and have some huge shows coming up later next month. For a taste of what to expect, check a performance of their smash single Wild and Weak below, starting at 13:45.

The Chats

They’ve made headline news with their sharp-witted single Smoko, but The Chats have far more up their sleeve. That cheeky brand of Aussie garage has been making huge waves lately, with the success of Good Boy and their track Poverty Line as well as our mate Bugs up top with Tinnies.

More and more we are seeing the new waves of Australian youth culture borrowing the old and making it new. Whatever their goal is, the music that they’re delivering is golden.

Cub Sport

Their voice has been louder than ever and in light of the recent marriage equality vote, Cub Sport took 2017 by storm. Releasing a highly acclaimed record BATS produced by John Castle and featuring tracks O Lord and Chasin’, fiancés and frontmen Tim and Sam have made it clear that this year is set to be a big one for the Brisbane locals.

Not four days back they released a new clip for scorcher Good Guys Go. Check it out below if you haven’t already.

Jouk Mistrow

Releasing new music last year in August, brain melting garage rock band Jouk Mistrow have given us a taste of the good stuff and all we can ask is that 2018 delivers a heap more.

They toured with The Creases last year and they’ll be hitting The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl next month. Check out their latest EP End This Mess for a full immersion.


Needle In The Hay is a vinyl competition targeting the next generation of exciting musical talent across Australia. Find out all the details here.