Music SA‘s Bands on Track returns in 2022!

The program provides a platform for local emerging artists – ultimately giving six South Australian artists the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the VALO Adelaide 500, which will be held in Adelaide between 1-4 December. The six local acts will be selected by a panel of industry representatives to open for massive national and international acts such as The Killers, Lime Cordiale, Baker Boy, Jimmy Barnes, ICEHOUSE and Noiseworks. See the full line-up of music here.

Previous participants of Bands on Track include explosive noise makers Horror My Friend, Bad//Dreems, Seabass and Kitchen Witch, along with indie pop/rockers Dead Roo, Young Offenders, Ollie English, The Montreals, and Zen Panda – just to name a few!

The independent selection panel for this year’s Bands on Track will feature local industry representatives Courtney Duka, Sam Lavers and Sianne van Abkoude.

Courtney Duka is a festival and event professional working for Secret Sounds in Festival Operations. Her primary project in this role is the planning and delivery of Falls Festival, touring nationally across New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria in 2022/23.

Previously, Courtney’s experience lies in event management and marketing in South Australia for a range of well-renowned festivals, concerts and music venues for most of a decade.

Sam Lavers has operated in the South Australian music community over the past seven years in many varying roles, from Programming & Managing Festivals (RCC, Adelaide Festival, Field Good Festival) and venues (The Lab, Jive, Fat Controller) along with performing nationally as a DJ and frontman of south coast band Zen Panda – who were lucky enough to support The Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Parliament/Funkadelic at the Adelaide 500 in 2019 as a part of the Bands on Track initiative with Music SA.

Sianne van Abkoude is the Director of Girls Rock! Adelaide, co-founding the organisation in 2018 and leading the delivery of Rock Camp programs since, alongside past Co-Director, Hannah Fairlamb. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with a Bachelor of Visual Communication.

Sianne has spent the last decade working in creative industries, including roles at Music Victoria, the Victorian Music Development Office, and as part of South Australia’s Department of Environment in the Visual Communications team. They currently freelance full-time as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Photographer.

Read more about our judges here.

Submissions are NOW OPEN. Music SA encourages local emerging bands to apply now!

Submissions close Sunday 25 September 5pm (ACST). Find out more about the submission criteria here.