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Brisbane to decide the city’s next big hit

01 May, 2015

Brisbane’s newest emerging musicians will be decided by the public, with voting now open for Council’s QUBE Effect People’s Choice Award.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said 23 local bands and musicians were shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award, following Council’s new QUBE Effect event held during National Youth Week.

“With help from BMag and 4ZZZ, Council launched The QUBE Effect earlier this month, which is a battle of the band-style event for young musicians,” Cr Quirk said.

“The program is an innovative way to celebrate our talented young people, and boost career opportunities for budding performers.

“Bands performed live at two locations, and were then required to record their piece for online voting in a cube-shaped stage.

“The public will decide the winners of the People’s Choice Award, Best New Talent, and Best Original Song, with a top cash prize of $4000 and the chance to play at some of the city’s biggest events up for grabs.

Voting for The QUBE Effect People’s Choice is open from 1 to 22 May, with each voter going in the draw to win a $100 Black Milk Clothing voucher.

“Voting is a great way to show your support for our city’s emerging musical talent, and will help their careers to flourish here in Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“I encourage residents to visit Council’s Facebook page and cast their vote and support our city’s young and emerging artists.”

Voting for The QUBE Effect People’s Choice is open from 1 to 22 May.

The 23 shortlisted acts include:
• Maja – honest soul music inspired by Laura Marling and Fiona Apple
• Holly Terrens – piano based pop with a dark progressive twist
• Go Van Go – gritty, loud and inspiring rock music
• Luna Sands – psychedelic grunge fusion
• Youthfire – dream-wave, 80s inspired electronic music with influences from James Blake to Radiohead
• MZAZA – talented band inspired by Balkan music, singing in English and French
• Steele – bluesy folk fuelled reggae band
• The Eagle Junction – rock n roll band bringing back the spirit of the 1960s
• Bart Thrupp – one-man-band playing upbeat tunes
• Vandelay – three-piece folk band with a chilled out vibe
• Quintessential Doll – solo artist Steph Linsdell combines bell-like vocals with synths, strings and electronic beats
• Dream Girl – infectious alt-pop band
• Glacier – an electronic trio combining brooding electronics and ethereal vocals
• The Brains Trust – musical duo promising compelling soul music and banging beats
• Aislinn Sharp Trio – pop inspired music with sprinklings of dance, RnB and Jazz
• The Golden Age of Ballooning – lyrical driven folk with modern psychedelic and classic rock
• Mamachair – local 6 piece band influenced by gypsy swing, blues and jazz
• Lulu and The Cutthroats – indie rock band
• The Rocket Sox – six-piece dirty reggae group
• Kodiak Empire – five-piece alt-rock band
• O’Little Sister – lyrical folk singer-songwriter
• Floyd and the Family Breakdown - shot of country, a dash of bluegrass and a swivel of western swing
• WALKEN - alternative heavy rock band
To vote for the QUBE Effect People’s Choice, visit www.facebook.com/BrisbaneCityCouncil.

For more information on The QUBE Effect visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/youth or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] MAY 01, 2015

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