5 under the radar acts to discover at this year's summer festivals

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Sometimes new discoveries are the best thing about a festival.

With summer almost upon us, you can soon take your pick of tons of great music festivals around the country featuring an incredibly diverse array of artists from here and overseas.

While there’s plenty of heavy hitters headlining, sometimes the greatest delight of these events is discovering an unknown act. Here are a few under the radar artists to look out for.

Huntly (Paradise Music Festival)

 

Melbourne trio Huntly bring a beautiful synthesis of songwriting and digital production to tug at the emotional heartstrings. With delicate vocals underpinned by keys and skittering beats, the band have described their sound as “sad sex music”. That could have unpredictable effect on the audience at camping festival.

Jack River (Sugar Mountain, Falls Festival)

Young singer-songwriter Holly Rankin (aka Jack River) comes from the beachside town Forster, NSW.  Perhaps that explains all the light and air that streams into her lovely version of Cigarettes After Sex's ‘Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby’.

Raave Tapes (Mountain Sounds)

 

Recent winners of triple j Unearthed’s This That comp, Newcastle’s Raave Tapes are all chiming layered guitars, anthemic vocals and enough groove to get your feet moving. Apparently their bass player is very, very tall, but I’m not sure how that affects their sound. Latest single ‘Corridor’ is a definite earworm.

Cable Ties (Meredith)

 

This year Melbourne trio Cable Ties dropped their first killer single ‘Same For Me’ and a lot of jaws dropped in response. Funny how some bands emerge from the chrysalis almost fully formed. Charismatic singer/guitarist Jenny McKechnie belts out gutsy songs against a spikey ragged backdrop of post-punk and garage pop.

Mdou Moctar (Mona Foma, Sydney Festival)

Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Niger and draws on the desert blues tradition made famous by Ali Farka Touré, Tinariwen amd Bombino. His music is steeped in tradition but hip too. He was one of the first to translate Tuareg guitar tunes into modern electronic music. Raw and hypnotic grooves, perfect for an afternoon in the sun.

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