Needle in the Hay 2019 ENTER

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ENTER NOW TO WIN A 12″ PRESSING OF YOUR ALBUM OR EP + HEAPS MORE

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THE 7-INCH SINGLE EDITION

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WHAT’S YOUR BAND CALLED?

WHAT’S THE URL OF YOUR ALBUM OR EP?

ENTRIES CLOSE JULY 26TH 2019 AT MIDNIGHT. 
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $10 ENTRY FEE. 
ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS MAKING NEEDLE IN THE HAY AS AWESOME AS POSSIBLE!
IF YOU’RE INTO FINE PRINT, YOU CAN SEE THE FULL DETAILS HERE

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SORRY, ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

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Finalists:

Ainsley Farrell | ARSE | Bilby | Charlie Gradon | Egoism | Gordon Koang | High Tropics | IV LEAGUE | La Lune Medicine Band | Lachlan X. Morris | Le Pie | Mac The Knife | Narla | Nice Biscuit | Nicholas Connors | Olga Solar | PLANET | Ruby Gill | S.J. Smith | SILICON ESTATE | Somnium | SPIKE FUCJ | The 485s | The Buoys | The Good Boys | The Peppermint Club | The Unknowns | Theia | Tropical Strength | VAST HILL

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Needle in the Hay is an annual competition and event run by Happy Mag which champions and empowers emerging Australian bands and musicians at a time they need it most in their careers.

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With a prize pool of over $20,000 including vinyl pressing, high quality recording gear and studio packages, the competition has been carefully curated to give artists the shot in the arm their projects need.

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GRAND PRIZE

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Your album or EP pressed to 12″ vinyl with full colour packaging, one year of beer from Young Henrys,
a high production video with JMC Academy, 5x customised Zippo lighters, $800 Thrills wardrobe

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RUNNER UP PRIZES

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Over $20,000 in prizes from Zenith Records, Audio-Technica, JBL, Young Henrys, RØDE Microphones,
Korg, Zippo, Thrills, Polaroid, and Enmore Audio

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FINALISTS

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All finalists have the chance to play our Needle In The Hay Finalists’ Party
on September 27th at The Marlborough Hotel in Sydney

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A truly experiential event, Needle in the Hay brings together a wealth of online and print magazine content, culminating in a festival-level gig to celebrate the winners.

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GUEST JUDGES

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Stuart Coupe
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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.

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Rosie Beaton
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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 Australia’s most exciting new talent. More recently she worked as the Senior Music Curator for Australia and New Zealand at Amazon Music.

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Bec Sandridge
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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.

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Nathan Sheehy
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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.

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Needle in the Hay 2019 Partners

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