Perth Acts That Are Destined To Become The Next Big Thing

29 October 2015 | 3:40 pm | Staff Writer

A breakdown of WAM's Most Popular New Act nominees.

We’ve already covered off WAM’s Most Popular Act nominees this week, and setting out sights on the Most Popular New Act names, it’s clear every level and genre of the WA music scene is oozing with talent.

A quick look at what the past year has entailed for the below seven nominees, and it seems they’ll be moving onto big things in the near future.

The winner will be crowned next Thursday, November 5, at the WAM Awards, and you can vote on who should be named Most Popular New Act as well as other Public Voted categories right here.


Rhythmic house/experimental pop act Catlips, or known to her friends by Katie Campbell, kicked off the year by launching new EP Casual, but it’s name is no refection of Campbell’s approach to music, touring Australia numerous times and dominating local line-ups.

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“Each track has its own distinct flavour and demonstrates just how exciting a prospect Catlips is.” Read the full review here.

Elk Road

You’re probably heard Elk Road on triple j in recent months, with single Not To Worry added to high rotation. The man behind the moniker, Rory Garton-Smith, left his mark on BIGSOUND shortly after the single’s September release and is scheduled to perform at Southbound next year. Garton-Smith is definitely on the road to success.

Grrl Pal 

Electro synth pop at its finest is what GRRL PAL deliver, crafting dreamy landscapes with their bedroom beats, and they won triple j’s approval and a slot at Listen Out Perth this year through Unearthed. They’ve also supported The Jungle Giants, San Cisco, Asta and released their debut EP, Paradise, this year.

“Grrl Pal are destined for big things, so let’s hope this launch was only the first chapter of what will hopefully be long and prosperous project.” Read the full review here.

Jacob Diamond 

It’s been a big year for solo-troubadour turned full-band leader, with Jacob Diamond already winning the Big Splash band competition. Mr Diamond has found the perfect blend of folk, psych and pop, and will also be playing the awards ceremony, which might have added pressure if he claims this category. 

Koi Child

The seven-piece hip-hop outfit came out of nowhere and definitely have people talking, including the likes of Perth’s own Tame Impala and Pond – Nicholas Allbrook even makes a cameo in their latest film clip, which is nominated for Best Music Video.

Mosquito Coast 

DIY garage-pop two-piece Mosquito Coast were thrust into the spotlight this year when they claimed first place in triple j’s Unearthed High competition. Listening to the tunes that got them into the competition, it’s hard to believe they’re still in high school. They’re currently recording new material through studio time obtained through the competition.

Troye Sivan

International superstar Troye Sivan is conquering the world at only 20 years of age. He’s set up follow-up EP Wild, which charted around the globe, with his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, set for a December 4 release.

Votes need to be in strictly by 5pm Friday 30 October - have your say here, and check out the full nominees list here.

For tickets and more info on WAM Festival see their official website.