The University of Newcastle's DJ Comp is making a triumphant return for 2021, determined to round up DJs of all styles, genres and skill levels.

Never touched a turntable, or a bit rusty? We're holding beginner's workshops to get you into the game

The 2021 DJ Comp is open to all current students of the University of Newcastle.

Scroll down for dates, details and entries.

Our aim is to have events that are representative and inclusive of our diverse student populations.

We encourage involvement from students regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, ability, sexuality, and gender; including trans students (binary and non-binary), unless specified.


Competition Dates

  • Heat 1 | MON 19 APR
  • Heat 2 | TUE 20 APR
  • Heat 3 | WED 21 APR
  • Grand Final | WED 5 MAY

Additional events may be announced pending number of entries

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DJ Workshops

  • TUE 16 MAR
    4pm, Bar on the Hill
  • MON 22 MAR
    4pm, Bar on the Hill
  • WED 24 MAR
    12pm, Auchmuty Courtyard
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Further Information


A panel of judges will assess each entrant based on established criteria:

  • Mixing - beatmatching, volume control/eq, phrasing, transitions
  • Song choice - appropriateness, Freshness, Unique, interesting
  • Stage presence – comfortable & confident on stage
  • Set structure - beginning/middle/end
  • Flair - showmanship/technical skills and techniques
  • Audience engagement – well supported, encourage audience to enjoy music

Penalty points may be applied where an act fails to follow directions or is uncooperative


The University of Newcastle will provide 3 x CDJ 2000s and a DJM900 mixer.

An entrant may use their own decks if preferred.

If you wish to do so, please advise the organisers by email to student-life@newcastle.edu.au to arrange this. DJs must mix live.


The winner at the Grand Final will be offered a paid headline set at Bar on the Hill (date TBC), plus a Press Pack - including photos, logo and a livestream set. Press Pack courtesy of Avid Entertainment.

All finalists will get paid gigs at University events and parties and all other participants will be considered for potential opportunities throughout 2021/2020.

Need Help?

Email us at student-life@newcastle.edu.au

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.