Rackett win inaugural Rockin' the Puburbs, $15k tour of NSW pubs

Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a Rockin' the Puburbs winner! Selected by a panel of expert judges from a field of 300 entrants in the inaugural competition, all-female experimental power-punk band Rackett will be storming the stages of select New South Wales' pubs as part of their $15,000 prize package. 

Australian Hotels Association NSW CEO John Whelan said the aim of the competition, run by AHA NSW in conjunction with APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office, was to find the state’s next big pub band. “Many national and international music acts first got their start down at their local pub, and the goal of Rockin’ the Puburbs was to find top local talent and give them a leg-up,” said the CEO.

“Rackett was chosen by our judges because they are everything a pub band should be - they are full of energy, fun and extremely talented. “

Formed just four months ago, with two members from Curl Curl and two from Marrickville, Rackett's is wowing audiences with their technical prowess and powerful sound.

The foursome, including Bec Callander on rhythm guitar and vocals, Kat Ayala on lead guitar, Ally Gavin on bass, and Astrid Holz on drums, has already released three original singles from their debut album EP Ready or Not.

Callander said the band was stoked to be chosen and couldn’t wait to get on stage and strut their stuff.

“This will be a great opportunity for us to be exposed to people we wouldn’t otherwise get to play in front of,” said Callander.

“We will get a chance to play for the people who matter and really build an audience - we are really excited,” she said.

The statewide contest was open to NSW-based acts - a band, duo or solo artist- who performed at least one song of original material.

The pool of entries was narrowed down to ten finalists by a panel of nine judges including politicians from both sides of the aisle and representatives of AHA NSW, APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office. Rackett's prize package – courtesy of AHA NSW – includes live gigs at hotels across NSW in 2017-18, a dedicated tour publicist, and mentoring sessions with industry professionals including Aussie music legend and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Mark Lizotte (Diesel).

Rackett will no doubt impress when they perform in front of 1200 guests at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence in Sydney on Tuesday, 21 November. 

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