Multi-Platinum Australian hip-hop artist Illy has made a habit out of defying expectations. His breakthrough album in 2012, Bring It Back, earned him an ARIA Award for Best Urban Album. His latest album, Two Degrees, gave him his first number one record when it debuted at the top of the ARIA chart in November 2016, beating out the likes of Leonard Cohen and Christmas albums from Michael Buble and Olivia Newton-John. Featuring the smash hits Papercuts (featuring Vera Blue) and Catch 22 (featuring Rudimental’s Anne-Marie), Illy was nominated for six ARIA Awards including Best Male Artist and Song Of The Year. Illy has continued to tour with appearances at key Australian festivals as well as his own extensive solo tour, while evolving as an artist across all spectrums of pop, hip-hop, electro and indie.
Thundamentals have well and truly earned their mantle as one of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic live acts and finest hip-hop groups. The band reached new heights earlier this year when their latest release and fourth studio album, Everyone We Know, debuted at number two on the ARIA chart with Rolling Stone declaring them, “A creative force to be reckoned with.” Touring extensively throughout Australia and Europe, the band have fostered a connection with fans that has blossomed into something truly special. Packed with a vast and impressive catalogue of forward-thinking songs, their music is an epic celebration of music rooted in hip-hop while offering something for anyone who simply loves music.
Sydney duo Spit Syndicate are one of Australia’s most exciting hip-hop acts. Barely out of their teens, they released their debut album, Towards the Light, in 2008, which was nominated for an ARIA Award. This was followed by their breakout album, 2013’s Sunday Gentlemen, featuring singles Beauty In The Bricks, Folly and Amazing. The band’s most recent release, One Good Shirt Had Us All Fly, has been lauded by critics as their strongest work to date. Spit Syndicate are renowned for their explosive live performances, which has seen them perform at music festivals and sold-out headline shows across Australia.
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Since his 2013 Birdz Eye View EP, Birdz has been at the forefront of the emerging hip-hop movement in Australia and has made a name for himself as a rapper with something to say and he’s not shy about it. After a slew of incredible singles including the anthemic call-to-action Black Lives Matter, the Northern Territory rapper’s debut album, Train Of Thought, is a no-holds-barred examination of Indigenous Australia. Birdz has solidified his spot as one of the most exciting acts in the Australian hip-hop scene.
Brisbane-based hip-hop artist Jesswar is one of Australia’s hottest up-and-coming artists. Having already toured with 360 and supported the likes of Tkay Maidza, David Dallas, Bliss n Eso, Allday, Akala and most recently Lady Leshurr, she is as ferocious as she is fearless and commands audiences when her hands are on the mic.