5 up-and-coming acts making Shakafest 2018 unforgettable

Every year at the dawn of summertime, Shakafest descends upon the Gold Coast for one huge block party. A celebration of the area’s ripper street scene, Shakafest are only in their third year but absolutely blowing up.

Amongst the surf rock, hip hop, and grunge heroes that make Shakafest what it is, in 2018 they’ve also curated a killer lineup of up-and-coming local artists from around the Queensland area and all over Australia. Here are five you should not miss – no excuses.

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Photo: Eliza Hay

Feeling ready for Shakafest 2018 yet? Get yourself heated up with our 5 picks for up-and-coming artists at the Gold Coast’s ripest street festival.


If any Byron Bay artist have found themselves under a big old spotlight in 2018, it’s Seaside. After earning themselves a Splendour In The Grass spot through triple j Unearthed, it’s been festival gig after festival gig. And fans are eating it up.

We had the pleasure of premiering their newest single Golden Girl back in May this year. Check it out for yourself below.

Carmouflage Rose

A Brisbane local, Carmouflage Rose has just released his debut EP and is blowing up off the back of it. Featuring the chart-throb Let Me Down with George Maple, Taste showcases the artist’s plans in plain sight; this is global-scale hip-hop, and Australia is just the start.

With Shakafest and Canberra’s Spilt Milk both on the cards before the end of the year, Carmouflage Rose is only going to keep on winning from.

IV League

They knocked the socks off the music industry at BIGSOUND in September, now IV League are ready to win over the local Brisbane scene at Shakafest 2018. Take our word for it, you’ll love every second.

Start your IV League binge with Superstar, a track they dropped earlier this year with a killer clip to match.


You’d be hard pressed to find a Brisbane street rat who hasn’t heard of VOIID, but if you haven’t… prepare yourself for something fiery. The four-piece punk act are self-professed queens of “making your boyfriend cry”, and they’re a force to be reckoned with live.

They recently stopped by our studio for a live version of their latest track Twin. Check it out for yourself below.

Moaning Lisa

Like every other band on this list, Moaning Lisa have had a 2018 that’s worth bragging about. With tour dates, festival appearances, and radio love pouring in from all angles, it’s never been a more exciting time to be a Moaning Lisa fan.

They dropped their latest EP Do You Know Enough? like, minutes ago. Head over to Pilerats for the premiere.


Shakafest 2018 takes place on Saturday November 24th in Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast. First release has already sold out, so jump on your tickets here.