Hilltop Hoods


Guest Playlist: Illy shares songs from the artists who changed his life

January 19, 2021

The genre defying and ARIA Award winning artist Illy has returned with his sixth LP, The Space Between.¬† Released on Friday, the album is the culmination of over three years of persistence, grind, and continent hopping. Illy split the album‚Äôs recording sessions between his hometown of Melbourne, and studios around the world, including, Los Angeles, […]

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Interview: Ripley Anderson talks about his new album Vitamin D, touring with Hilltop Hoods

November 13, 2019

Ripley Anderson is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Joe Braithwaite, whose career to date has included singing with the Hilltop Hoods, countless national tours and supporting major international acts. This latest project explores the craft of simple song writing, combining it with a journey of discovery of new production techniques in an era of home studios. […]

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Six Australian music festivals you can’t miss this summer

August 19, 2019

This summer is looking like a scorcher with some extra-hot line-ups being released ahead of the festival season. Earlier this month, Lost Paradise dropped their bill filled to the brim with some incredible Australian talent including R√ľf√ľs Du Sol, Hilltop Hoods, Mallrat and The Chats, joining a huge list of festivals, both new and established, […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods close Splendour In The Grass, Day Three, Byron Bay, (21.07.19)

July 22, 2019

Splendour In The Grass’ final day of performances saw the acts wind down and a softer mood take over the festival. Folk performances were aplenty with Matt Corby and The Lumineers putting together some incredible moments, intermingling with the raucous energy of masterful performances by SZA and Hilltop Hoods. Of course, the day was haunted […]

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Chance the Rapper cancels headline set at Splendour in the Grass

July 20, 2019

Due to headline Splendour in the Grass on the festival’s final day, Chicago emcee Chance the Rapper has unfortunately been forced to cancel on his highly anticipated headlining set. Citing illness, the rapper hasn’t even been able to board the flight to Australia. News that will no doubt put a huge disappointment for fans who […]

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Melbourne MC Sinks takes out the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

May 11, 2017

Emerging MC from Melbourne,¬†Sinks, has won the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative! Having already come through the ranks over the last few years and an artist to watch, the rapper and producer impressed the judging panel and has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Hoods and APRA AMCOS. The prize money will be put towards […]

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Flume, Sia, Julia Jacklin and more nominated for 2017 APRA Music Awards

March 16, 2017

This week, we learned that the nominations for the 2017 APRA Music Awards have been unveiled, with some of our great songwriters being recognised for the fantastic year of music they had through 2016. As such,¬†Flume leads the nominations (perhaps unsurprisingly) with four, while¬†Sia¬†follows closely behind with three noms to her name. Julia Zemiro will […]

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$10,000 grant on offer for aspiring hip hop and soul artists with the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

February 15, 2017

The¬†Hilltop Hoods Initiative is back for another year, with emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists encouraged to get involved for their chance to land a $10,000 grant courtesy of the Hoods and¬†APRA AMCOS. Now in its 12th year, the Initiative has supported the work of the likes of¬†Sarah Connor,¬†I AM D and¬†Jimblah – three […]

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Battlehounds, The Byzantines, Playback 808 & more win annual Clipsal 500 ‘Bands on Track’ competition

December 22, 2016

When the¬†Clipsal 500 race comes through Adelaide next year, the official after-race concerts will be showcasing the talents of some musical heavy hitters, not to mention opening the stage up to some of South Australia’s best emerging artists. The winners of the annual ‘Bands on Track’ competition have been revealed today, with the artists announced […]

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Purpose makes debut as newest Golden Era Records artist via Adelaide collective’s 2016 cypher

December 21, 2016

The¬†Golden Era Records Cypher is¬†finally¬†here! Hip hop heads have been hanging out for this one for what’s seemed like an absolute eon but considering the year the Adelaide hip hop label and its artists have had in 2016 – we shouldn’t have worried, the GE crew were always going to deliver. Swapping the 2015 cypher […]

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Flight of the Conchords, Flume & Crowded House: the 2016 ARIA Awards go down in Sydney

November 23, 2016

Australian music’s night of nights was celebrated at one of the main, if not the, Sydney venue largely seen as responsible for the stranglehold and death of the city’s live music culture – The Star. The irony wasn’t lost on many and thanks to¬†Flume in particular, the¬†Keep Sydney Open message of supporting the smaller local […]

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Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 offering local musos chance to share the stage with Hilltop Hoods, Hunters & Collectors in March

October 20, 2016

South Australian artists have been given another chance to hit up stages at the Clipsal 500, with the Bands On Track competition¬†now open! This year saw the likes of¬†Nakatomi,¬†Cabin Cults,¬†Wasted Wanderers¬†and¬†Thom Lion win opening spots at the concerts held in early March; winners of the Bands On Track comp for 2017 will be notified on […]

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Troye Sivan and Flume lead 2016 ARIA Award nominations!

October 5, 2016

It was all about¬†Blue Neighbourhood,¬†Skin, Nonagon Infinity and¬†Wildflower at the 2016 ARIA Awards nominations event in Sydney this morning, with all the award nominees finally being unveiled. Leading the charge this year is¬†Flume¬†(with 11 nominations) and¬†Troye Sivan (7 nominations), the former’s 2016 album Skin¬†already taking away three Artisan awards this morning (Producer of the Year, […]

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Meet The Industry #002: Ben Martin (Adelaide)

September 5, 2016

In the second instalment of our new industry profile series, we head from the west coast down south to the home of¬†Golden Era Records. Based out of Adelaide, the hip hop label has been providing a platform for not only the¬†Hilltop Hoods to cultivate and release music, but their friends as well. Helping to foster […]

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Brisbane’s Astro Travellers take out the 2016 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

May 11, 2016

Recipients of the Best Urban Song award at this year’s Queensland Music Awards,¬†Astro Travellers, have taken out the Hilltop Hoods Initiative for 2016! The seven piece hip hop group have received the lucrative $10,000 grant from the Hoods and APRA AMCOS that will be used to finish up and promote their debut album. The Initiative […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (16.04.16)

April 18, 2016

Hilltop Hoods hit their hometown over the weekend to celebrate the release of their latest album, Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung‚ÄĒtheir follow-up to 2007‚Äôs The Hard Road: Restrung. Joined by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Adelaide Chamber Singers and other special guests, the sold-out crowd was in for a monumental night. A.B. Original […]

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2016 APRA Music Awards Wrap: Courtney Barnett, Kevin Parker, Sia & more recognised in Sydney!

April 6, 2016

Last night, Carriageworks hosted the 2016 APRA Music Awards, where the likes of¬†Courtney Barnett,¬†Kevin Parker, Peking Duk¬†and¬†Sia¬†walked away with awards recognising some stellar songwriting through 2015, while¬†Cold Chisel¬†and songwriter¬†Phil Barton¬†were both acknowledged with¬†special awards commending their work and contribution to the industry both in Australia and abroad. Performances on the night brought some unique highlights […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods + Maverick Sabre – Allphones Arena, Sydney (02.04.16)

April 4, 2016

Kanye West once said, ‚ÄúI am flawed as a human being, but my music is perfect‚ĶYou could go back to Beethoven and shit, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got.‚ÄĚ While I agree with most of this statement, the truest aspect is the comparison of the self-described biggest musician on […]

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2016 APRA Award nominees announced

March 15, 2016

The nominations for the 2016 APRA Music Awards (to be held on 5 April) have been announced and show, again, just how strong our scene is. Up for four awards each, and both contending for ‘Most Played Australian Work’ and ‘Pop Work of the Year’, are Jarryd James and Sia Furler.¬†Other acts with multiple nominations […]

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MC Pressure on the Hilltop Hoods’ upcoming orchestra tour & the group’s creative dynamic in 2016!

February 24, 2016

There was a lot going on in the¬†Hilltop Hoods‘ camp when I snagged some of¬†MC Pressure‘s time during album release week for their new orchestral record,¬†Drinking From the Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung. Heading back east to Sydney later that day for a round of promo, Pressure remained noticeably chilled out about the fact that […]

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Chatting 2016 & a changing Aussie hip-hop scene with the Hilltop Hoods at Falls!

January 12, 2016

The Hilltop Hoods have got a huge 2016 ahead, with their national orchestra-backed tour set to bring them to some huge stages around the country. At the Falls Festival, the Adelaide trio sat down with us before they performed to the Mt. Duneed punters to chat about it all; from the success of current single […]

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Festival Review: Falls Festival (Part I) – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (31.12.15 – 01.12.16)

January 2, 2016

The 2015 Falls Festival had a line up that brought together some of the best music of the moment, some legendary live acts, as well as the cream of the new crop. Summer is in full swing, and Byron Bay provided the perfect setting to bring in 2016 with its perfect weather and lush forests. […]

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Bridges, Hoods, a Bloc Party and more – who we’re looking forward to at this year’s Falls Festival!

December 15, 2015

We’re under two weeks out from one of our favourite times of the year, aside from gorging ourselves on Christmas lunch leftovers, the Falls Festival. Again, the team have delivered a line up that speaks to those who are looking to get away and party hard into 2016, those who are keen to see some […]

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Hilltop Hoods reveal special recording project, new song and announce “The Restrung Tour”

December 3, 2015

Hilltop Hoods have today announced a special recording project, Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung, to be released Friday, February 19th 2016. The announcement accompanies the news of their new track “Higher” a Hilltop Hoods and Symphony Orchestra Tour. The track “Higher” was premiered on Triple J this morning and will be officially […]

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Live Review: Southbound Festival: Day 2 – Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton (05.01.13)

January 13, 2013

The second day of the Southbound festival saw temperatures rise well past the coolness of the first day and had the majority of festival goers opting for the shade of the Share Stage. Jinja Safari (pictured) kicked off my second day of the festival in their usual vibrant style. It was an unsurprisingly fun set, […]

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