South Australia’s best unsigned and emerging contemporary musical talent will be showcased across East End venues this Friday night at Music SA’s Scouted festival, with the opportunity to play in front of national industry representatives and the Adelaide general public.
Delivered in conjunction with Umbrella: Winter City Sounds and the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), 2019 marks the third year of Scouted and coincides with the AIR Awards and the Indie Con conference, which brings some of the most significant figures in the Australian music industry to Adelaide this week. Performers are given this rare chance to display their talents, opening up exciting future possibilities.
Moving to the East End, the year’s event will be held across four stages for one night only, with 16 upcoming artists performing at Crown and Anchor, Exeter, The Stag Public House and Sugar.
Covering a wide range of genres, the 2019 line-up includes the hip-hop / electronica of Homeward Bound (pairing of local Jimblah with vocalist Georgia Humphreys), the soulful sounds of ELSY, the keyboard-driven dance music of Er@ser Description, indie powerhouse trio Stacy Says, singer-songwriter Jess Day, and pop-rock duo TOWNS.
In previous years, participation in Scouted has helped artists to go to headline national tours, appear on the line-up of major festivals and release debut albums.
Music SA CEO Lisa Bishop says the event presents a rare opportunity for local artists.
“Scouted is a wonderful way for us to show off the fantastic home grown talent we have here in South Australia,” she says. “Each year our Scouted event delivers genuine business outcomes for artists including signings by publishers, artist managers and bookers as well as programming at major festivals, radio airplay and selection to play support for national touring artists.”
Scouted is supported by a grant from the Marshall Government’s Music Development Office and with assistance from the South Australian Government’s Live Music Events Fund and the City of Adelaide.
Adelaide’s Channel Nine is once again supporting the event, holding a competition where tickets holders will be able to vote for their favourite performance. The most popular band will win $2,500 and one lucky voter will win $1,000. Look for entry forms at each venue. The station is also running a special promotion giving audiences the chance to access 2 for 1 tickets.
Scouted takes place on Friday, July 26 kicking off at 6pm and going late into the evening.
AIR delegates can gain free access to the festival using their delegate lanyard with general admission tickets on sale to the public now through http://www.musicsa.com.au/scouted/