We’re celebrating Needle In The Hay with a massive finalists party!

To mark the return of Happy’s Needle In The Hay vinyl comp, we’re putting on a massive free party to celebrate with some of the finalists!

Happening on Friday, September 27th, the Happy Mag Needle In The Hay Finalists’ Party will be held at our favourite venue, The Marlborough Hotel in Newtown, and a bunch of the incredible finalists will be playing.

Happy is marking the return of the Needle In The Hay Competition with a massive party and a bunch of incredible finalist artists!

After stacks of submissions, the Happy crew have chosen the finalists of the competition and now it’s all up to our guest judges to choose the winner. The judges are:

Stuart Coupe: Stuart Coupe is an Australian journalist, author, manager, and promoter with decades of experience. From managing Paul Kelly and the Hoodoo Gurus to his 2018 non-fiction novel Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock’n’Roll, if anyone has had an all-access pass to the Australian music industry, it’s Coupe.

Rosie Beaton: Hosting triple j’s evening program Super Request for 10 years and working as an Unearthed presenter for another two, Rosie Beaton has lived amongst a direct feed to Australia’s most exciting new talent. More recently she worked as the Senior Music Curator for Australia and New Zealand at Amazon Music.

Bec Sandridge: Bec Sandridge is an independent recording artist with a string of successful singles and a pair of EPs to her name. Receiving strong national radio airplay and having performed at festivals such as Yours & Owls and The Plot, Sandridge recently toured through Sydney and Melbourne in support of her new single Eyes Wide.

Nathan Sheehy: A highly sought-after producer, mixer and sound engineer, Nathan Sheehy has worked alongside DZ DeathraysDune RatsBluejuice and many others. Currently, he splits his time between A Sharp and The Parliament Studios, as well as his own suite Mighty Ambassador Studios.

The winning submissions will be hitting the jackpot:

1st Prize: 250 x 12″ vinyl copies of your album or EP pressed by Zenith Records with full-colour packaging, one year of beer courtesy of Young Henrys, a high production video with JMC Academy, and 5x customised Zippo lighters.

Runner Up Prizes: Over $20,000 in prizes from Zenith Records, Audio-Technica, JBL, RØDE Microphones, Korg, Zippo, Polaroid, and Enmore Audio, plus more to be announced.

Make sure you get down there for a boogie and a sweet sweet time full of tunes and drinks.

The lineup of finalists is yet to be revealed, but stay tuned for an announcement next week, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Mag’s Needle In The Hay vinyl comp will be taking place on September 27th at The Marlborough Hotel. More info here.

Thank you to our sponsors Zenith RecordsJMC AcademyYoung HenrysRØDE MicrophonesAudio-TechnicaJBLPolaroidAudientThe Marlborough Hotel, and Enmore Audio for making Needle In The Hay 2019 possible.