It’s happening this Friday night: a bunch of talented South Aussies will play for a possible big break across Adelaide’s West End.

Back for second year, Scouted will once again showcase Adelaide’s unsigned and emerging musical talent to significant industry representatives and enthusiastic local crowds.

In conjunction with Umbrella: Winter City Sounds and Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the Scouted mini-fest will take over Adelaide’s west-end for one night only on Friday, July 27.

Strictface, Naomi Keyte and Donnarumma play for their big break on Friday night. Photo: John Goodridge

Louis Donnarumma, whose band Donnarumma supported Cold Chisel at Adelaide 500 said he is thrilled to be part of Scouted this year.

“There’s really nothing else like this in Adelaide that gives local musicians a go. Scouted allows us to play in front of music industry professionals who we otherwise might not have a chance to show our music to. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it this year,” he said.

Hip hop artist Strictface (aka Jon Santos) said: Not only is the lineup top-notch, but it’s also cool to have platforms like Scouted where people take a gamble on artists who are bringing something new to the table here, so it’s an honour to be part of the class of 2018.

Naomi Keyte is looking forward to sharing the stage with the local live music community.

“I’m so happy to be bringing the full band to Scouted and to be showcasing along with so many of my music friends,” she says. “What an amazing collection of acts!”

Following the 2017 event, there have been a lot of inspiring success stories for the Adelaide talent on display, with several artists getting signed and many securing national media coverage and sought-after festival slots.

Sixteen emerging artists will perform over four stages at Jive, Rocket Bar, West Oak Hotel and Nexus Arts. The performances coincide with Adelaide playing host to the second annual AIR Awards, which brings music industry leaders and independent artists from across Australia into town, who will have an opportunity to check out the exciting live music talent we have in SA.

In 2018 Scouted will include soulful alt-country of WOMADelaide alumni Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, the searing rock of local favourites Donnarumma, who recently wowed Adelaide 500 audiences as the opener for Cold Chisel, and the newly formed Dhungala Baarka, which is the coming together of Nancy Bates and Allara Briggs-Pattison, two women who met as band members for Archie Roach. 

Other artists announced today include ethereal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bree Tranter formerly a member of indie darlings The Middle East, electro-dance act Strict Face, atmospheric shoegaze of Blush Response, who will come armed with their freshly minted debut album on the back of a national tour and the soaring indie folk of The Winter Gypsy. All of these artists and more will play one of the four stages: The Music Stage at Jive, Scenestr Stage at West Oak Hotel, The AU Review Stage at Rocket Bar, or the Channel 9 / Adelady Stage at Nexus Venue.

Music SA received a grant from Arts South Australia’s Music Development Office to help run Scouted, and with support from the South Australian Government’s Live Music Events Fund, the AIR Awards will continue to be held in Adelaide through to next year.

AIR delegates can gain free access to the festival using their delegate lanyard with a limited number of general admission tickets on sale to the public through Moshtix.

Friday 27 July
5 – 10pm
Festival wristband $20 + bf via moshtix (allows access to all venues)

 Argus & The Liar / Blush Response / Bree Tranter / Dhungala Baarka / Donnarumma / Fair Maiden Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits / Hartway / Naomi Keyte / Neon Tetra / Ollie English / Runaway Weekend / Siamese / Strict Face / Wing Defence / The Winter Gypsy