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

THE 7-INCH SINGLE EDITION


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

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.

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.

GRAND PRIZE

Your album or EP pressed to 12″ vinyl with full colour packaging, a high production video with JMC Academy, 5x customised Zippo lighters, plus more to be announced

RUNNER UP PRIZES

Over $20,000 in prizes from Zenith Records, Audio-Technica, JBL, Young Henrys, RØDE Microphones,
Korg, Zippo, Polaroid, and Enmore Audio, plus more to be announced

FINALISTS

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

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.

GUEST JUDGES

JEN CLOHER

An esteemed singer and songwriter, Jen Cloher is nothing short of a force within the Australian music scene. Alongside Courtney Barnett, Cloher now also co-directs Milk! Records, one of the country’s most highly regarded independent music labels.

MONKEY MARC

Operating out of a solar powered studio in Melbourne, Monkey Marc is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. From Sydney’s DIY rave scene in the late ’90s to contemporary indigenous outreach programs, Marc has yet to stop playing a quiet yet vital role within the country’s music scene.

AARON CURNOW

As the director of Spunk Records, Aaron Curnow has been the hand behind a collection of the world’s most exciting and influential records. They have counted Mac DeMarco, Big Thief, and Shining Bird amongst their cohort, to name a few.

Needle in the Hay 2019 Partners