The New and The Now: Illuminating exciting new Australian music talent

Want to immerse yourself in exciting new young homegrown musical talent, then the New and the Now series is the event for you.

Putting the spotlight on upcoming and exciting Australian music talent, the New and the Now gives young musicians is a platform and stepping stone to help them achieve their professional music dreams.

The six-part series is for all-ages, is alcohol and drug-free held at 107 Projects in Redfern, programmed by the MusicNSW Young People Committee.

Put simply, it’s a gig series by young people, for young people.

The series has already featured the likes of Cry Club, Sunscreen, Georgia June and Rebecca Hatch.

The MusicNSW Young People Committee Youth Coordinator Micheal Stratford Hutch said the committee is important in giving young people meaningful work and experience in the industry they’re passionate about.

“Above all the committee is important because being involved with music in NSW is really difficult right now and we need young people to be fighting for future access to music and culture harder than ever.”

The gig series evolved out of a need to build an event that was regular and ongoing rather than solely relying on sporadic ‘one-off’ tours.

“In creating a series of gigs we’re creating a consistent space for young artists in NSW to practice their art and connect with their community.

“It’s been really satisfying to see the crowd growing from gig to gig, the vibe has been positive so far, with everyone being incredibly supportive and enthusiastic,” he said.

Sydney upcoming producer Rydeen played one of the New and the Now’s first gigs which he describes was a great experience.

“I think underage shows are so important, I wish there were more around when I was in high school.”

For many young aspiring musicians and producers there can often be a lot barriers in getting a foot in the industry and making their music dreams a profitable career.

“There’s so many barriers to participating in the music industry but I’m super lucky as a lot of my opportunities have come through networks of friends and genuine relationships.

“Also, the role of distribution and branding has a huge impact on how people hear and how they engage with work,” Rydeen said.

Still making up your mind if you should attend.

If you love diverse programming, friendly and approachable vibes, free pizza (with dietary requirements), low ticket costs and supporting local music then this is the event for you.

The New and the Now will be running up until the last final shows on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of August.

So, what’s on this weekend?

This Saturday’s fourth instalment features indie-femme quartet, The Buoys, post-punk jammer, Cody Munro Moore and dream pop four-piece, Goodside.

The gig kicks off at 6pm and tickets are only $10 if you buy them here.

Need some exciting new tunes, go get familiar with Rydeen’s track ‘Besa’ on Soundcloud.

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