Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever take out the much sought-after $25,000 Levi’s Music Prize

Melbourne outfit Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will be cheering today after being awarded the third round of the coveted $25,000 Levi’s Music Prize.

The prize aims to provide financial means to burgeoning artists who have played the BIGSOUND music festival and seek to further their career on the international stage.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Photo: Warwick Baker

It’s exciting times for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who have taken out the much sought-after $25,000 Levi’s Music Prize.

After showcasing at the Brisbane-based festival and industry conference in 2016, the band went on to sign with Sub Pop Records. They followed this signing with the release of their acclaimed EP The French Press in 2017.

With a debut album slated for June, the five-piece continue to heat up on the live circuit, gracing the stages of Coachella, Shaky Knees Festival, The Great Escape and Primavera Sound.

The band shared in a statement that “…Because touring is not cheap, particularly for Australian bands, it is not easy for young artists to take their music on the road. The Levi’s Music Prize will help us tour our album to new audiences in new cities and towns.”

The winning artist from the comp is chosen from a panel of international judges. To date, Stella Donnelly and Alex Lahey have been awarded the prize to help them achieve their export goals.

For up-and-coming bands out there, applications are now open for Round 4 of the Levi’s Music Prize until June 11. Artists who have performed on the official BIGSOUND line up between 2013 – 2017 can apply here.