Announcing the 2019 judges of our Needle In The Hay vinyl competition!

With Needle In The Hay entries officially closing on July 26th at midnight, today we’re pleased to announce the four experts who will be judging the competition’s final stage.

After entries close, Happy Mag will decide on a list of 30 Needle In The Hay finalists. From those entries, these four judges will choose a list of 10 prizewinners, including who takes home the grand prize of 250 vinyl pressings.

needle in the hay judges 2019

Our Needle In The Hay judges are here! These four industry experts will be choosing which entry takes home the Grand Prize.

Stuart Coupe

Stuart Coupe is an Australian journalist, author, manager, and promoter with decades of experience. From managing Paul Kelly and the Hoodoo Gurus to his 2018 non-fiction novel Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock’n’Roll, if anyone has had an all-access pass to the Australian music industry, it’s Coupe.

Rosie Beaton

Hosting triple j’s evening program Super Request for 10 years and working as an Unearthed presenter for another two, Rosie Beaton has lived amongst a direct feed to Australia’s most exciting new talent. More recently she worked as the Senior Music Curator for Australia and New Zealand at Amazon Music.

Bec Sandridge

Bec Sandridge is an independent recording artist with a string of successful singles and a pair of EPs to her name. Receiving strong national radio airplay and having performed at festivals such as Yours & Owls and The Plot, Sandridge recently toured through Sydney and Melbourne in support of her new single Eyes Wide.

Nathan Sheehy

A highly sought-after producer, mixer and sound engineer, Nathan Sheehy has worked alongside DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, Bluejuice and many others. Currently he splits his time between A Sharp and The Parliament Studios, as well as his own suite Mighty Ambassador Studios.


Needle In The Hay is open now, with entries closing July 26th at midnight. Enter here.