Needle In The Hay

Needle In The Hay entries close January 31st!

Got a single you want pressed to vinyl? It’s now your last chance to enter Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay competition!

Needle in the Hay is an annual competition run by Happy Mag, giving one musician the chance to have their music pressed to vinyl by Zenith Records. On top of the wax, over $30,000 in prizes are up for grabs, meaning the competition finalists will all take home their share of gear, production software, and more.

Needle in the Hay is almost drawing to a close, and entries will officially be locked off on January 31st at midnight. If you have a single you’ve been meaning to enter, make sure you get in before the doors shut!

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Annie Hamilton at the 2018 Needle in the Hay Finalists’ Party. Photo: Dani Hansen

Previous winners of Needle in the Hay include Spacey Jane, Kardajala Kirridarra, and IV League, and previous finalists include The Buoys, Tones and I, Egoism, Annie Hamilton, and many others.

Once your single is entered, it will be judged internally by the Happy Mag team. From those entries 30 finalists will be chosen, who will in turn be judged by music journalist Bernard Zuel, Flume and RÜFÜS DU SOL producer Eric J, RockKwiz host Julia Zemiro, and artist Megan Washington. The four Needle in the Hay judges will ultimately decide the winner.

Enter Needle in the Hay here, and check out the full prize pool below.

Grand Prize

250 x Your Single Pressed to 7″ vinyl by Zenith Records
1 x Live Music Video recorded at JMC Academy
1 x IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 Workstation
1 x Year of Free Unlimited Distribution via Spinnup
5 x Customised Zippo Lighters
1 x ujam Full Bundle
1 x Fabfilter Pro Bundle
1 x Baby Audio Plugin Bundle
1 x Jameson Irish Whiskey Prize Pack

2nd Prize

$2,000+ Audio-Technica Prize Pack
1 x IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 Workstation
1 x ujam Full Bundle
1 x Baby Audio Plugin Bundle

3rd Prize

$2,000 Turramurra Music voucher
1 x IK Multimedia SampleTank 4
1 x Baby Audio Plugin Bundle

Runner-Up Prize (4th to 10th Place)

1 x IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 Workstation
1 x ujam Guitarist, Bassist, or Beatmaker Bundle
1 x Baby Audio Plugin Bundle

Special thanks to SpinnupJMC AcademyZenith RecordsJMC Academy, Turramurra Music, IK MultimediaZippoujamBaby Audio, Fabfilter, and Jameson Irish Whiskey for being a part of Needle In The Hay 2020.