Nightset’s Top 10 Australian Live Acts – By The Insider

Sydney-based duo, Nightset, are about to self-release their third single, a collaboration with Chilean / Australian singer / guitarist, Josué Vilches. The song, Diamond Eyes, cements their soulful sound, which blends elements of electronica, house, and wild, jazz improvisation. The new E.P. includes a dub, and a slick live take, which prompted The Insider to ask core members, Alec Brinsmead aka Sonny Grin, and Casper Tromp, better known as Kats, to list a few of their own favourite Australian acts who are currently rocking it, and taking it, righteously, to the stage. 

Idea instigated by The Insider. Selections and words by Sonny Grin & Kats.

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Harvey Sutherland has been a massive influence on our music, and this track might have been the first song I heard of his. Bamboo showcases Harvey’s characteristic production and live instrumental style, which moves and grooves throughout this infectious dance tune.


Dan Kye is the side project of New Zealand-Australian artist, Jordan Rakei. It’s an outlet for him to explore a more dance, house sound. We would definitely recommend checking out his album Small Moments. Our favourite track is an infectious, feel good tune called Moving. 


Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For is full of creative instrumentation, luscious melodies, and the kind of bass playing that will put some serious stank on your face. First Beige are an incredible live act, we saw them last year and were blown away by their performing prowess and diverse catalogue of songs. 


Agung Mango is one of the most exciting Australian artists right now. His team up with artistic trailblazer, Genesis Owusu, blows you right out of the water from the get go. Guac Pop shows Agung’s lyrical abilities at their finest. This is one of the strongest releases of his dynamic career so far.


One of Sydney’s finest vocalists, Maina Doe, is someone to keep an eye on. Incredibly charismatic and possessing vocals like butter, Delusion was the first track we heard from her, and we are praying for some new music in 2023!


Can’t Start, by Pink Matter was such a musical highlight for us this year. The Brisbane trio continue to deliver incredible releases and develop their sound. They’re a must see live act as well!


A massive link up by two of Sydney’s powerhouses, Execute will be stuck in your head for at least two lifetimes. Nardean’s unapologetic, girl boss bars, accompanied by Chelsea’s tasteful, yet hard hitting production is just impossible to go past.


A staple of Sydney’s jazz and soul scene, Harry Aston is beyond talented. An incredible vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist and writer. Messages To Never Send showcases his song writing sensibility, as he creates this blissful, heart string pulling ballad. 


Currently representing Australia on the international circuit, Mildlife are the embodiment of enjoyable innovation. Managing to blend genres through creative exploration, while appealing to a wider audience, The Magnificent Moon is them at their brilliant best. 


Formally known as Madam Empress, Shanae’s music has a mesmerising quality about it. Moving between neo-soul, R&B and the afro baile style rhythms of Locking Eyes, her diverse vocal talents make her someone destined for great things.

Nightset Pam’s new single, Diamond Eyes, is due to be released any minute now. Check their Bandcamp page for news and details. 

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