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!
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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

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, one year of beer from Young Henrys,
a high production video with JMC Academy, 5x customised Zippo lighters

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

Stuart Coupe

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

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.
Bec Sandridge

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

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 2019 Partners