Spectrum Now Festival Unveils Blue Stage For Unsigned Artists

29 February 2016 | 10:58 am | Staff Writer

A great cause to highlight NSW's emerging talents

Spectrum Now Festival have partnered with ANZ Bank to bring another exciting new facet to this year's huge program of arts, culture and music, in the form of the Blue Stage Series, designed to spotlight a number of NSW's emerging unsigned musicians.

With pop-up stages set up at Martin Place and Pitt St Mall from Thursday, 3 March to Tuesday, 8 March, performers from all genres and towns across NSW will perform in front of an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of Fairfax's Senior Music Writer Bernard Zuel, Jennie Sager, Manager of Music and Entertainment for Twitter and ANZ's Catriona Noble.

Noble says, "The ANZ Blue Stage Series is particularly close to our hearts as it provides a new platform for NSW’s emerging musicians to be seen and heard."

The acts will compete for $15,000 cash, a mentorship with a music industry figure and a change to perform at Spectrum Now Festival at The Domain on Sunday, 13 March.

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This year's 24 performers include Borneo, Lissa Diener, Dog the Duke, James Englund, Rachel Fahim, Ainsley Farrell, Ella Freestone, Ginger and Drum, Adam Harpaz, Martin Hulbert, I Am Apollo, The Khanz, Christie Lamb, Jaime Lindsay, Mabel, Nova and the Experience, Jarryn Pheagan, Aime Pitcher, Planet, Lane Sinclair (Say My Name Band), Sabrina Soares, Tenderfoot, Ed Wells and Dylan Write.

Check out the program below and head to the Spectrum Now festival page to get across all the delightful things on offer this year, including a talk with the creators of Netflix mega-hit Making A Murderer, the cast of Workaholics and gigs from The Jesus And Mary Chain, Missy Higgins, Seekae and more.

Heat 1: Thursday 3 March (Martin Place – 12-2pm)

Performers: Planet / Christie Lamb / Adam Harpaz / James Englund

Heat 2: Friday 4 March (Martin Place – 12-2pm)

Performers: I am Apollo / Ella Freestone / The Khanz / Rachel Fahim

Heat 3: Saturday 5 March (Pitt St Mall – 4-6pm)

Performers: Lissa Diener / Nova and the Experience / Borneo / Aime Pitcher

Heat #4: Sunday 6 March (Pitt St Mall – 4-6pm)

Performers: Dog the Duke / Jarryn Pheagan / Dylan Write / Martin Hulbert

Heat #5: Monday 7 March (Martin Place – 12-2pm)

Performers: Mabel / Lane Sinclair (Say My Name Band) / Sabrina Soares / Jaime Lindsay

Heat #6: Tuesday 8 March (Pitt St Mall – 4-6pm)

Performance: Ed Wells / Ginger and Drum / Ainsley Farrell / Tenderfoot