Announcing the finalists of Needle In The Hay: The 7-inch Singles Edition!

It’s been a hot minute since we closed off entries to Needle In The Hay: the 7-inch Singles Edition, and now we’re stoked to present the competition finalists.

We received a ton of amazing entries this year – a whole lot more than the inaugural Needle In The Hay. Distilling the talent into a crop of 30 finalists was no easy task, but we couldn’t be happier with how the class turned out.

needle in the hay 7-inch singles edition finalists

The finalists for Needle In The Hay: The 7-inch Singles Edition are here, inching us one step closer to handing out the grand prize!

From here, our judges Jen Cloher, Aaron Curnow (Spunk Records) and Monkey Marc will be scoring each finalists’ track. When those votes have been counted, we will be sharing the 10 major prize winners – so keep an eye out!

Find the full list of finalists below, and click through the links to hear their tracks. Those who entered an unreleased track or demo are marked with ‘Unreleased’, so we’ve linked you their site or socials to suss out.


Tuppaware Party – We Are The Ones
FETES – Waiting For You
Tsoko – Hakuna Mattata
Comedown Party – Unreleased
french_concession 法國租界 – Moon Palace
Spacey Jane – Thrills
Hey Baby! – 1-800 WEED
High Tropics – You Never Made It Easy
The Lazy Eyes – Unreleased
CLEWS – Museum
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard – Unreleased
TONES AND I – Unreleased
St. South – Inure
Milkpunch – Everything Will Be Fine
Ultraviolet Fuzz – Technicolour Girl
VOIID – Silly Girl
Swamp Fat Jangles – You Only Say I Love You When You’re Drunk
Daniel Trakell – Unreleased
Okin Osan – I Wanna Be That Girl
Annie Hamilton – Unreleased
King Single – Bay
Lubulwa – The Look
The Slingers – Happy Birthday To Me
Turtle Skull – Eden
Shit Bitch – Royal Heady
SOOK – I’m Not Your Woman
Bad Math – Friend of a Time Traveller
Smallest Horse – Dogs From Gumtree
Otis Thomas – Gina

The winner of Needle In The Hay: The 7-inch Singles Edition will receive 200 copies of their track pressed to vinyl by Zenith Records and a high-production music video filmed at JMC Academy. Plus, an entire year’s helping of food and drink from Beach Burrito.

Check out the full list of prizes here.


Needle In The Hay would not have been possible without our sponsors: Zenith Records, JMC Academy, Young Henrys, Beach Burrito, KORG, Audio-Technica, IK Multimedia, Death By Audio Effects, and Enmore Audio.