Needle In The Hay

Trans-Tasman Tune-Up: Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay comp open to New Zealand artists

Kiwi musicians, it’s time to shine! Submit your red-hot tracks to Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay for a chance to win over $30,000 in prizes, including vinyl pressing. Let’s make some music magic!

Listen up, Kiwi musicians! Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay competition is back, and we’re ready to celebrate the amazing music connection between Australia and New Zealand.

So, all our friends across the Tasman, get your killer tracks ready and submit them for a chance to be pressed onto a beautiful 7-inch vinyl. Let’s keep the music magic flowing between our nations and show the world what we can do together!

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Early bird entries for Needle in the Hay 2023 are open now, and we’re searching for emerging artists with killer singles in the demo phase or just released something amazing.

Get ready to make your mark on the music scene and join the ranks of celebrated Kiwi artists like Theia and Toi! With a prize pool of over $30,000, including vinyl pressing, high-quality recording gear, and plug-in packages, this is the competition you don’t want to miss. So, don’t hold back, submit your best track, and get ready to make history!

The grand prize is the ultimate dream for any emerging artist – having your winning single pressed onto vinyl by the legendary Zenith Records in Melbourne. But the rewards don’t stop there, as we have over $30,000 in runner-up prizes yet to be announced, so stay tuned for more information.

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This year’s judging panel is made up of Australian and New Zealand industry figureheads from various music-making, radio, media, and live events disciplines. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve doubled the size of the panel to better represent the growing diversity of artists entering their music into NITH.

Now in its seventh year running, Needle In The Hay continues to champion and empower emerging Australian and New Zealand bands and musicians. Previous alumni include Tones and I, Spacey Jane, Haiku Hands, The Lazy Eyes, The Buoys, and last year’s winner Beckah Amani. Submit your entry now for a chance to be a part of this incredible community and take your music to the next level.

So what are you waiting for? Early bird entries are open now, so head on over to the entry page to submit your single into Needle in the Hay 2023. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of something truly special. Early Bird entries close Friday June 2nd, 2023 at midnight.


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