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Amy Shark is an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and producer from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Her 2016 single “Adore”, was voted in at number 2 on the triple j Hottest 100, 2016. She is currently touring the country selling out venues Australia wide.

BOO Seeka’s
synths and beats keep the energy sizzling like a neon sign on the Miami strip. The Sydney hip-hop-psych-soul/dream-tronic project begun as an outlet for a couple of musical experiments, a testing ground for new sounds. Their debut single, “Kingdom Leader” made blog and radio waves here and abroad. With sold out tours and top ten songs under their belts, the duo has proved again and again that they are masters of stringing lush melodies together with heavy beats.

The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. They have independently released five studio albums, the last three of which debuted at #1 in Australia, and have had eight Top 40 singles. Having developed a great reputation as a live act, the band have also released three live albums. Apart from their little-known debut album, all of their releases have been on Jarrah Records, co-owned by Butler and The Waifs.

Hailing from Sydney’s sunny Northern Beaches, L D R U – AKA Drew Carmody – turned to music production after suffering a debilitating back injury during his late teens. In his recovery, L D R U spent enough time finely tuning his compositions and ultimately engineered his distinct sound that would eventually go on to captivate his city, his country, and fans from all corners. This distinct sound, what L D R U describes as “trapical,” bounced through his debut 2013 single The Tropics, released via Sydney’s Future Classic label. It was this breakthrough single that made waves and caught the attention of artists including Skrillex, A-Track, Diplo and What So Not. The past few years have seen L D R U tear up stages across major Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass and Stereosonic as well as a string of Aussie tastemaker boutique festivals and numerous headline tours across the Australian continent.

Spark up an electro fuse with a twist of house, blend with a galvanizing slowed down beat, and Peking Duk is served. Dominating Radio waves, clubs and festivals alike PEKING DUK are well and truly at the top of their game. After catapulting onto the Australian music scene, the Canberra-bred duo of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles has captivated fans across Australia and the world with their distinct flavour of indie electronica and electrifying live sets.

Australian four-piece The Rubens make soulful, melodic rock music. Formed in 2011 and in 2012, they released their self-titled debut album going certified platinum and garnering them a J Award nomination for Album of the Year. 2016 proved to be the largest year to date for The Rubens. They kicked off 2016 by taking out the coveted #1 spot on triple j’s Hottest 100 music poll with their single ‘HOOPS’ and selling out shows across Australia. Showing no signs of slowing down, The Rubens are set for a massive 2017.

Tash Sultana is a young, dynamic Melbourne artist. At just twenty-one years of age, Tash is creating waves and generating massive street buzz by playing sold out shows all over the World. Tash has made a name for herself busking on the streets of Melbourne and having homemade videos go viral getting millions of views online. Tash’s carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe.

Thundamentals have well and truly earned their mantle as one of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic live acts. Since the release of their ARIA nominated 3rd album So We Can Remember, the Blue Mountains via Sydney hip hop outfit have toured frenetically in Australia and Europe, playing massive runs of club shows and almost every major music festival in the country, fostering a connection with fans that has blossomed into something truly special.

Formed in 2004 by identical twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, the Veronicas will hit the BASSINTHEGRASS stage for the first time in 2017. With a long list of chart topping hits including the classic “Hook me up” and the number 1 smash “You ruin me” plus their current releases “On your side” and “In my Blood” the girls are wowing audiences wherever they go. After a jaw dropping performance at last years ARIA awards the girls have never been hotter!

Marking its 8th year, Battle of the School bands is a competition held in Northern Territory schools, which sees the winners play alongside the biggest names in Australian music at the People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival. The Battle of the School Bands competition is open to middle and senior years (7-12) students enrolled in a government or non-government school. In 2016 Isaac Smalley won the soloist category, and band Gaia took out the best group. Heats School bands will need to perform two original songs at their allocated school heat, for the opportunity to earn a place in the final. Katherine High School – Monday 6 March 2017 Barkly Secondary College – Wednesday 8 March 2017 Centralian Senior College – Thursday 9 March 2017 Nhulunbuy High School – Tuesday 14 March 2017 Rosebery Middle School – Tuesday 21 March 2017 Darwin High School – Friday 7 April 2017 Final The final will be held at Brown’s Mart Theatre on Friday, 21 April 2017. Finalists will need to perform two original songs and will be assessed by official judges, prior to the announcement of the winners who will play on the People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS stage.

For more information and to apply, check out the Battle of the School Bands website, or contact Simon Pedder at 08 8963 5550.


Add the People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS stage to the list of places you’ve performed, and play alongside iconic Australian bands that we all know and love! Local bands and artists residing in the Northern Territory are encouraged to make a submission to be considered. It is an enormous opportunity for bands of all ages and genres to get your name into the public sphere, meet the hottest Australian acts, asks questions and play alongside your faves! To be considered, you must complete the online application form and provide:

  • 3 x demo tracks provided electronically
  • Artist / band biography
  • Hi-res artist / band photo
  • Press clips (if available)

Local Artist submissions will close on Friday 21 April 2017, with voting open to the public on Monday 24 April. Where else but BASSINTHEGRASS do local artists get the opportunity to play alongside your favourite artists, at Darwin’s biggest music event! For queries, contact

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