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NSW Dub-Rockers Mar Haze Win FOTSUN Triple J Unearthed Competition

16 October 2015 | 12:30 pm | Staff Writer

The ascendant outfit are capping off their biggest year yet with a run of east-coast shows over the next month or so

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This December's Festival Of The Sun already has plenty of big-name drawcards to its credit, but it's also doing its part to provide emerging acts with a chance to have their music heard by a broad audience with its triple j Unearthed competition, with North Coast-bred dub-rockers Mar Haze announced today as the winners of the 2015 battle.

The band have been enjoying a solid wave of momentum in the wake of their well-reviewed self-titled EP back in July, seeing one of the release's tracks, Barber Shop, make its way onto the j's amid the release of the music video for recent cut She's Not Lovin' and ahead of their appearance at Australian Music Week later this year. Add to that a spot at Peats Ridge Festival and a ream of live shows through which they've cut their teeth, and the near future looks to be a bright period indeed for the eclectic outfit.

"This has been a really big month for us," frontman Dean Mitchell said in a statement. "Everything is really coming together and we couldn't be happier.

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"We're really grateful for this amazing opportunity triple j Unearthed has given us. It's a great feeling to be acknowledged by such an iconic Aussie music station."

Mar Haze are kicking off a tour of NSW and Queensland ahead of their festival performance this December; they get under way with a free headline show at Manly's Moonshine Rum & Cider Bar tomorrow, 17 October. Additional gigs throughout the tour — Narrabeen, Port Macquarie (pre-FOTSUN), Sydney, Maroochydore, Currumbin and Kingscliff — are also free, with their AMW commitments from 18-22 November being a ticketed event.

For a full rundown of dates, venues and booking details, see theGuide or check The Music App.

Festival Of The Sun runs from 11-12 December in Port Macquarie. Tickets are available now; see the event's website for more information.