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The Local Acts to Lose Your Shit to at Good Things Festival (Sydney)

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With the Melbourne leg of Good Things Festival having gone down yesterday, it's our turn here in Sydney to go nuts to some absolutely stellar Aussie talent. Here are Aless and I's picks on the local artists that are both killing it on global stages, and well on their way to getting there...


1. RedHook

"So cool. RedHook expertly tilt between vulnerable and furious." - Nastassia Beroni, Music Feeds.


While having never listened to these guys before until today, what instantly stood out was the genre bending nature of their music. Latest track 'Turn Up The Stereotype' oozes an old-school Papa Roach vibe with vocalist Emmy Mack's spitting rap runs and whispers that turn into devastating screams, and it sounds fantastic - throw electronic sounds into the mix and you have this energy that I'm sure can't be bottled up at Good Things.


2. Ecca Vandal

This Melbourne-based badass featured on this past week's GA Setlist, and she's one of our top picks to deliver a ripper of a show at the fest. We stumbled on her self-titled debut only six days ago, and we're excited to see how this dangerous cocktail of ska, grunge and hip hop comes alive in front of Sydney fans (and first-timers like us!).


3. WAAX

We couldn't gear up for Good Things without these Brisbane rising stars, who have been killing it this year out on the road. The five-piece kicked things off strong touring in support of trailblazers (and throwback kings) Fall Out Boy, before setting the local scene ablaze with a huge tour in support of single 'Labrador'. A must-see today.


4. Tonight Alive

(Now Aless is particularly keen for this one!). Another local powerhouse that have been having a truly special year are these rockers, who have been celebrating their 10th anniversary as a group. It's been a pretty hectic road for these guys, smashing out shows at UNIFY Gathering, and in the UK and Europe before bringing the great vibes back home. Particularly this year with some big ups and downs, the band have reinforced themselves as one of the toughest live acts out there - their presence at Good Things will show no different.


5. Northlane

These local metal greats sent shockwaves through fans when they announced their last headline show "for the foreseeable future" at UNSW's iconic Roundhouse in February, which showcased some of the best of latest album Analog Future. However, we're stoked that the guys are playing Good Things and on home turf - with Gen being a huge fan (whose seen these guys at least 3 times), we know it's going to be a good time.


Stay safe out there today, fest-goers, and we'll catch you out there!


-Gen and Aless x