The Australian festival season has offered us an array of golden acts but we're the generation of excess and so we've already started our wish list of who else we would like to see grace our shores next year.
DaBaby is the most hyped rapper around right now. He's just released his second major project KIRK and it's a hard-hitting, hook-heavy project that solidifies him as one of the best bar-spitters in the game right now. There's now a huge array of hip-hop festivals in this country so surely it's only a matter of time until one snaps him up. We need to turn-up to Suge immediately.
Megan Thee Stallion
The Hot Girl Summer may be over in the Northern Hemisphere but for Australia it's only just starting. We're running out of time for Meg to book a summer trip to Australia but we're still holding out hope. She's never toured Australia before but she's fast becoming one of the highlights of the US festival season, driven by her new project Fever. Practice your twerking because she can't be too far off.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has just released the best project of her career Norman Fucking Rockwell and she's currently touring it around the US. She's promised more tour dates so we're hoping that includes a stop in Australia. The last time she played here, she was in huge venues around the country in early 2018. Honestly, we'd be happy if she just came and played Venice Bitch ten times.
ROSALíA is a superstar in her home country of Spain but she's starting to make waves around the rest of the world too. She was a highlight at Coachella this year bringing a potent mix of intoxicating vocals and hypnotising dance moves. Con Altura and Milionria are two of the year's best songs and even if our grasp on the language is not great we can learn if she gives us enough warning.
Since Ariana Grande last toured Australia in 2017, she's become the biggest popstar in the world thanks to Sweetener and thank u next. She's been extensively touring Europe and North America but has yet to announce any Aussie dates. Given how many hits are now packed in that set, we need her to head down here before she goes into music-making mode again. The visuals so far on the tour are looking insane.
Kehlani has been generous with her Australian visits but given how big of a year 2019 has been for her we need to her to head back down-under for a victory lap. This year, she's had a baby, released her While We Wait mixtape and collaborated with Zedd, YK Osiris and Earthgang. She's on fire right now. We'd love to see her back with or without a new album.
Melanie Martinez caused mass hysteria when she toured her Cry Baby project around Australia. Just weeks ago, she finally followed that up with her K-12 album which also came alongside a full-length feature film. We just know that she's going to serve when it comes to the tour visuals and we've gotta see it. Should we pencil you in for Q2 next year Melanie?
Robyn has left Australia hanging for far too long now. She was scheduled to visit her in 2014 for Falls Festival but she dropped out last minute. With new album Honey in hand, she's been touring the world and playing festivals everywhere. Unsurprisingly, the shows have been incredible and it's imperative that we have a dance with her before she calls curtains on the Honey tour.
Burna Boy has been taking afrobeat global thanks to two brilliant projects this year African Giant and Steel and Copper. His latest album sees him team up with Jorja Smith, Future and YG for his most globally-aimed effort to date. He would be a perfect fit for any Australian festival in the warmer months. He's in high demand so locking him down is going to be the biggest problem.
An Australian tour for SOPHIE is well overdue. She's come her a few times in the past and is buddies with our very own Flume but it's been a while since we've seen her down-under. Since her last visit, she's released her Grammy nominated record OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES and has gifted some hypnotising shows since. We're ready to be taken to another world with SOPHIE.