Updated: Dec 30, 2022
2020 has already seen some mammoth music acts come to Australia, with Elton John selling out across the country, and Queen set to return to Sydney for Fire Fight Australia in February. However, we have some brilliant talent here on the Central Coast that I predict will have a big 2020, and they deserve your attention.
5. Chelsea Berman
Chelsea Berman is a country/pop singer/songwriter from Terrigal. She began singing in music theatre at the age of eight and has ever since expressed desires to become a successful recording artist.
Berman has seen many accolades in her short career, including achieving number four on the Apple iTunes Country Album Charts in 2018 and securing a finalist spot in the Toyota Star Maker competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2019.
In 2020, Chelsea Berman will be embarking on a trip to Nashville to further her songwriting as well as releasing more music. I expect the 21-year-old to grow and mature as an artist and hit new strives in 2020.
Listen to Chelsea Berman’s impressive music catalogue here.
4. Sam Windley
Sam Windley is a folk/indie/rock artist hailing from Umina Beach. She possesses a raw, modest vocal style with candid lyrics combined with a punchy guitar.
Her debut single ‘For Real This Time’ was released late last-year to an overwhelmingly positive reception, and she is showing no signs of slowing down as she will be releasing a five-track EP in the coming months with an East Coast tour to follow. Do yourselves a massive favour and listen to Sam Windley’s debut single ‘For Real This Time’ here, and keep a close eye on her in the meantime.
3. BOY SODA
BOY SODA, real name Brae Luafalealo, is an R&B/Hip-Hop artist from Terrigal. Although he is yet to release any music so far this year, Luafalealo has travelled to L.A to perform and songwrite in a fruitful, vibing culture.
On top of that, I have word that Luafalealo is set to be releasing two singles by June, with an EP to follow by early 2021.
Luafalealo created BOY SODA from his Terrigal bedroom, and that, at the very heart of it, is what makes modern-music so endeering. On top of that, Luafalealo has collaborated with many Central Coast musicians and is friends with many more.
This powerful combination of raw, home-style production, combined with close relationships with fellow Coastie artists makes BOY SODA a name to keep an eye on in 2020.
Hear all of BOY SODA's music library here.
2. Little Quirks
Little Quirks are a, pardon the pun, quirky four-piece from Narara. Sisters Abbey and Mia, and their cousin Jaymi formed the folk band in 2015, before Jaymi's brother joined the group to complete the family band.
Earlier this month, Little Quirks released their second EP ‘Cover My Eyes’, which will be accompanied with a National Tour, including a gig at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford on March 14.
Every year this folk group go from strength to strength, and we’re predicting 2020 to be their biggest year yet.
Listen to their EP ‘Cover My Eyes’ here.
1. The Sea Gypsies
The Sea Gypsies are an indie/rock five-piece from Wamberal. In 2018, the group released their debut album ‘Movements’ to a great reception. Now, 2020 appears to be the year for The Sea Gypsies.
In November 2019, The Sea Gypsies released a new single called ‘Mexico’, which was inspired by a trip to – you guessed it – Mexico. The song went on to be played on stations all across the country, and the self-directed film clip for the song was picked up by Channel V and MTV Australia.
The single also forms part of a headline national tour by the band, which is set to see The Sea Gypsies have their biggest year yet in 2020.
Listen to ‘Mexico’ here.