2023 was a big year for music on the Central Coast, with numerous festivals and headline shows gracing our region, but who should you be keeping an eye on in 2024?
The Big Drive
Long-time friends Darcy Sharman and Billy Crick make up the Central Coast indie duo, who we believe are set for a big 2024.
The Big Drive turned heads last year with the release of'Way Down' and 'Keep Your Head Down', and are set to follow it up in 2024 with their upcoming single Swim, which is due out in April.
The boys have been consistently gigging around the Coast, Sydney and Newcastle, and we think 2024 will be somewhat of a breakthrough year for the duo. We also awarded them the '2023 Breakout Artist of the Year' in our inaugural Homebrewed Awards in December. So yeah, we're pretty confident.
Hot off the release of her debut album, 'Oh So Tender' towards the end of last year, Ruby Archer is primed for a big 2024. Archer's debut LP was an enthralling and unapologetic showcase of her story so far, cementing her position as one of the Central Coast's most promising young artists.
The last twelve months saw Ruby Archer explore the limits (or lack thereof) of her potential via some impressive collaboration, joining forces with a Jazz trio for Love Again and playing a number of shows with her band, Ruby and the Groovy Doobies. You can read more about that here.
If you haven't listened to 'Oh So Tender' yet, then consider that your homework. Extra credit if you catch one of her live shows. She's playing at The Stag and Hunter in Newcastle on April 27, and keep an eye on her socials for local shows between now and then.
Tiali has been in and around the Central Coast scene for some time, but 2022 saw her reset and refocus her project. Her releases since have absolutely vindicated that call (see 2023'sThe Pleasure Pit EP) , and we believe it's just a matter of time before the criminally underrated Tiali storms onto some pretty big stages.
The Pleasure Pit is a perfect place to start if you're unfamiliar with Tiali. Over six tracks and 20-odd minutes, Tiali traverses sounds of jazz, punk, psychedelia, blues and more; oozing sophistication both in songwriting and production that almost seems out of place for a debut EP.
Oh, and do not miss the chance to see Tiali live. She plays fairly regularly around the Coast with her band, so check out Tiali's socials for upcoming gigs. You can catch our chat with her back in 2022 here.
The Moving Stills
If you aren't familiar with the Stills by now, we'd like a word. First debuting on Homebrewed way back in 2017, the Central Coast four-piece have risen to consistent National airplay status.
The Stills had a huge 2023, which included a support slot with Teenage Dads on their National tour, a festival appearance at Rolling Sets, a brilliant 'like a version', and capped off with the release of their second album 'Wabi Sabi'. The album itself encapsulated what we know and love about the band, but added some different flavours not yet heard, such as a drum and bass inspired track.
2024 will no doubt be another big year for the Stills, as they head out on their own National tour in February.
Molly Millington, much like The Moving Stills, enjoyed a successful 2023, and we're banking on that momentum to continue. Millington released her debut EP '5 Stages' late last year, and the genre-mixing, hard-hitting, deep and story driven EP has us excited for 2024.
Molly is one of the most prolific writers you'll ever meet. Speaking to Homebrewed last year, Molly revealed that the majority of her debut EP was written on a one-hour train ride. It's not just her frequency of writing that's got our attention, it's also the quality.
With this in mind, plus Molly's unique sound, quirky songwriting and catchy beats, we're expecting 2024 to be a big one for the talented performer from the Peninsula.