new world artists present
Supported by Beth Lucas and Ella Fence
As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson's generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans' DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single 'Sickfest'.
So began a love affair that maintained its heat and passion for over one thousand live shows, six consecutive Top 10 debuts and multi-platinum album sales. That initial romance with triple j's listeners blossomed into full-bloom infatuation: an incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved 'Chemical Heart' (#2 in 2002; #63 in 2013's Hottest 100 of All Time).
With the release of seventh album Black Rabbits came the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remains as focused and passionate about music as ever. His writing and vocal talents are being put to good use in a fledgling solo career which has seen the singer sell out rooms throughout the country.
Outside of studios and music venues, Jamieson co-founded the Rock N Ride tour for headspace, the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation, in 2013. The initiative is aimed at engaging local communities to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by young people. This passion project has allowed Jamieson to draw on an extensive network of musicians, friends and media personalities who have ridden over 5000km together while visiting dozens of headspace centres along the way.
Beth Lucas is an independent artist from Brisbane, Australia and has been playing regularly on the local and national alternative music circuit since 2008. Her stripped back blend of emo/pop punk, honest lyrics and DIY work ethic has earned Beth a loyal fan base and seen her share the stage with some of America's biggest acts, including Ed Kowalczyk (LĪVE), Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, Ben Jorgensen (Armor for Sleep), Jonah Matranga (Far/onelinedrawing), State Champs and A Loss For Words.
Beth has also supported Australia's Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus), Clint Boge (The Butterfly Effect), Little Brother (John Floreani from Trophy Eyes), Kisschasy, Born Lion and Antiskeptic. In 2016, Beth toured interstate with Jon Toogod (Shihad), opened both of the final ever Funeral For a Friend [UK] shows in her home town of Brisbane, as well as being invited to perform at Record Store Day at 24Hundred/UNFD in Melbourne. Mid-year, Beth opened a second time for Hawthorne Heights and also participated in a promotional showcase and writing trip to Los Angeles.
Beth spent most of 2017 focusing on recording her long awaited fourth EP with Troy Brady (ex-The Amity Affliction) and closed the year supporting viral slam poet Neil Hilborn on his debut Australian Tour. 2018 has already seen Beth perform alongside indie punk rock legends, Say Anything, as well as a run of local shows in support of the upcoming EP, Even If It Kills Me, which is due out June 15th. Further to playing locally and interstate, Beth has also played shows in West Hollywood, Orange County, New York, and New Jersey.
Award winning Gold Coast songwriter/performer Ella Fence is a prolific artist in live music venues, in the studio and on the stage. Ella has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018 sees Ella releasing new music, touring new destinations and performing at Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke (Saturday 14 April).
Ella’s latest single release, ‘Hollow Drum’, from her soon to be released EP, was received with accolades, scoring airplay on commercial radio station Hit105 and Triple J, and was also added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed and 4ZZZ.
This EP is a collaboration with APRA award winning songwriter/ producer and multi-instrumentalist The Audacious Vinnie LaDuce (M.T. Warning, Feeding Fauna, Ash Grunwald, The Winnie Coopers). Together, they created a unique mix of bold synthesisers, programmed beats and powerhouse vocals; a passionate, raw take on Ella’s experiences as a strong uncompromising artist. Ella's 2017 release 'Dancer' (a collaboration with Vinnie LaDuce) is being used in sell out season of Single Asian Female at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney February/ March 2018 (a La Boite Theatre Company production). Ella has also started collaborating with Sunshine Coast’s Christian Patey, their first release together ‘Aeroplane Mode’, was added to rotation on 4ZZZ.