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Triple J have announced the five best high school artists in Australia for Unearthed High

The annual triple J Unearthed High competition is upon us once again, ready to shame us by revealing five artists under the age of 18 that are already far more talented than you could ever hope to be.

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The winners, like always, will get guaranteed airplay on the jays and triple J Unearthed, plus a song professionally recorded by triple J. This year the prize also includes advice from an established artist and their manager, with a choice between Illy, Alison Wonderland, The Jezabels, Northlane and Art vs Science. Tops.

The finalists this year are:

Fifth Dawn (Nepean Creative and Performing Arts School Sydney, NSW) – An alternative metal band from Western Sydney who have already worked with Buried In Verona’s Richie Newman

Genesis Owusu (St Mary MacKillop College, Canberra ACT) – Rapper from Canberra with a penchant for jazzy beats poetic rhymes that are wel beyond his meagre years (he’s 17).

Mosqutio Coast (Presbyterian Ladies’ College/Churchlands High School, Perth, WA) – Fun, bouncy garage pop from a duo that have been playing together since they were 14.

Lupa J (Conservatorium High School, Sydney NSW) – Lupa J just missed out on last year’s title, but she’s back for another shot, because yeah, she’s still only 18.

Spire (Denmark High School, Denmark WA) – Spire is the moniker of 17 year old producer Max Baines creating colourful and bouncy electronica.

The winner will be announced on triple j Breakfast with Matt & Alex on Thursday 20 August.