Cheers to the night: NITH made possible with a little help from our friends

Special thanks to all of our partners, who made our 2022 Needle in the Hay competition possible, and for a night that will go down in the annals of music history.

Happy Mag’s annual Needle in the Hay competition was a sonic adventure, unearthing a wealth of incredible new talent that left us utterly spellbound.

Winner, Beckah Amani, took home the grand prize of having her pulsating single, “Smoke and Mirrors”, pressed onto vinyl by the legends at Zenith Records, not to mention the stack of audio goodness from Harmony, Rode, and Death By Audio, just to name a few.


All of which, culminated in an unforgettable night of live music at the Marly Bar in Newtown.

Happy Mag’s 2022 Needle In The Hay finalists party was a night to remember, featuring exceptional performances from some of the most talented musicians of the year.

Boy Soda, Dead Witch, R.F. Coleman, The Sooks, and Bandi all brought their A-game to the stage, leaving the crowd in awe with their electrifying sets, making it a night of unforgettable music, cold beer, and great vibes.

But let’s take a moment to give props where they’re due. This event would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our partners, Audio Technica, Billy Bones Club, JMC, and Zenith Records. Their passion and dedication to nurturing emerging artists and fostering the growth of the music community in Australia is truly remarkable.

And let’s not forget about the party, which was fueled by the expertly crafted drinks from our partners Heaps Normal, Hawkes Brewing, and Fellr, creating a euphoric atmosphere of great drinks, great music, and great people.

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Happy Mag’s 2022 Needle in the Hay competition is a true testament to the power of music and the importance of nurturing new talent. With the support of our incredible partners, we’re excited to see what the future of Australian music has in store. Thanks to all of our partners for making this unforgettable night possible, and for supporting the artists who are shaping the future of music.

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Thanks to Zenith RecordsAudio Technica, Billy Bones Club, JMC Academy, Heaps Normal, Hawkes Brewing, and Fellr for a night that will be etched in the annals of music history.

If you’re an emerging musician looking for a chance to showcase your talent, enter our next NITH 2023 competition and potentially take the stage as one of the next big things in Australian music.