Five up and coming acts from Sydney you need to see

Five up and coming acts from Sydney you need to see

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Sydney’s music scene is crawling with talent. Going to live gigs and performances is a great way to engage, discover and admire said talents — but how do you choose? Here is a list of five up and coming Sydney-based artists you need to see!


This three-piece band hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches never fails to impress. With the release of their first EP Bummed Out! in 2016, the boys have proven they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Seeing Crocodylus play live is an experience you will not forget. The members ooze passion and vigorous energy, while simultaneously amping up the crowd.

The band has released two new singles this year, “Christian Syrups” and “Sweaty Already”. Both songs are sure to become summer anthems for lovers of the garage rock suppliers.

The talent and passion of the Crocs has not gone unnoticed, as the trio will now be opening for Aussie music favourites Skegss in their No Future regional tour this summer.

On top of this, the Crocs will be doing their own tour. The Christian Syrups EP release tour, will span across November and December. Crocodylus are an exciting experience like no other, so don’t miss your chance to see them!


These guys have been playing gigs across Sydney and quickly gaining attention — for good reason. With punchy vocals and powerful instrumentation, Crotch offer an enticing and exciting performance beyond compare.

The band started touring backyards in Sydney with Crotch’s Backyard Tour. Through this Crotch gained traction leading to a spot in Newtown’s annual King Street Crawl in September 2017. They have also played gigs alongside bands Bard and Eagle Eye Jones at the Manly Boatshed.

While their music isn’t available online at the moment, the band has shared on social media that they are currently recording — but seeing Crotch live is a definite must.

Pist Idiots

From Western Sydney, these self-described “bad boys” play honest rock that’ll leave you itching for more.

Touring with the likes of Skegss on the Australian leg of their Holiday Food tour and opening for Aussie cult favorites The Hard Ons on the Sydney leg of their tour — all within a couple of months of releasing their self-titled debut EP — it’s not hard to be impressed.

Raw, honest Aussie rock is what you’re given and what you’re given is something to be proud of. Yes, their music is great to listen to online — but seeing them live is an even better experience.

Pist Idiots often play Sydney in smaller, intimate venues so Sydneysiders — keep your eyes peeled! They are currently on their way to touring with The Gooch Palms starting 5 October. If you’re going to Mountain Sounds Festival be on the lookout for these guys!

With the promise of more tracks to be released and gigs to be had it is only up for the Pisties.

Ruby Fields

This 19-year-old Cronulla born songstress is definitely one to watch on your radar. Although only a year out of high school, she is causing quite a stir and it’s all down to her hard work and sheer talent.

Her first single “I Want” was a Triple J Unearthed overnight success. Ruby tripled her Unearthed followers in the space of 24 hours and the figures continue to grow.

Her second single “P Plates” has been received just as warmly.

Ruby’s live performances are something to catch. Her down-to-earth, easygoing nature captures the audience as she mesmerises with originals branded by a unique quirk, heart and story. “Redneck Lullaby” (a personal favourite) is a song Fields wrote and dedicated to her mother.

Ruby will be doing her own national P Plates tour, along with sets at Beyond the Valley Festival and Grampians Music Festival. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

Sloan Peterson

Gracing us with her Midnight Love EP only very recently, Sydneysider Sloan Peterson is one to admire. The EP came after the release of her two singles “Rats” and “105”, both of which are proving to be very popular.

With a slightly washed-out vintage undertone (unsurprising given her name references the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Sloan’s 19-minute masterpiece boasts a uniqueness driven by her powerful voice and personal touches. Sloan gives her audience a peak into a world of love, heartbreak, admiration and distaste all rolled into one EP.

Live performances are something Sloan dominates! She often takes to the stage at festivals like The Last Frost and Sounds of the Suburbs, and is an absolute powerhouse at the microphone.

Sloan will be touring in October, playing some regional venues, and will hit the stage again in coming months for a couple of festival sets including The Plot and Lost Paradise.

These are just five of the amazing artists in the multitude that Sydney’s live music scene has to offer. We urge you to go out and find new artists and performers in Sydney as well! Not only is it an exhilarating experience, but you are supporting local up-and-coming talent.