The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON lands three of six Unisounds finalist entries

Monday, 23 September 2019

UON student acts Demi Mitchell, Cooks & Bakers and Grace Aberhart make three out of the six Unisounds finalist for 2019, the nationwide campus-orientated music competition.

Photos of Unisounds finalists entries

The Unisounds competition is a “fresh new take” on the National Campus Band Competition, and is open to all universities in the country. The three shortlisted UON acts are in the running for a chance at $100K in prizes, and the title of Unisounds’ 2019 best emerging act.

The artists will start their celebration in Sydney, highlighting their achievement during a private Q&A session at the renowned Studios 301, followed by a networking lunch. They will also get to perform in front of big industry names at the SLAM! UniSounds'19 Final w/ Purple Sneakers After Party, which will decide the Unisounds champion.

Hugh Gordon, Events Assistant at Student Life, said that live music is strong on campus, and that UON has “lots of fantastic, talented musicians and performers.”

“Unisounds has offered us the opportunity for those students to post their material online and learn about presenting themselves on an online platform,” he said.

“We hope that the guys who get to go to the final get mentoring and meet industry professionals who are working on a national scale. It’s a really exciting opportunity.”

UON’s 2019 Unisounds finalists are:

Demi Mitchell

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Anthropology Major) student

Grace Aberhart

Bachelor of Music student

Cooks & Bakers

Campbell Ross: guitar and vocals, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering/Bachelor of Mathematics student

Nathaniel Duggan: bass guitar, Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws student

Finn Ellem: drums, student at AIM, Sydney

Hugh has some words of advice for the finalists: “Enjoy the experience, learn as much as you can from it. Hopefully it presents new opportunities moving forward with [your] music!”


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