Phoebe Olivia and MSON are the winners of the BASSINTHEGRASS Territory Artists Competition this year, which means they will perform on the same stage as their music heroes as part of the festival’s epic line-up at Mindil Beach on 21 May 2022.
Delivering a pop-dance vibe, Phoebe Olivia will take to the stage with a live band and back-up dancers, offering music lovers plenty to absorb during her 20-minute set. The 20-year-old from Darwin has been singing for several years and was a Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist last year. She said she is excited to be involved in BASSINTHEGRASS.
“I’ve grown up in Darwin my whole life and performing at BASSINTHEGRASS has always been on my bucket list. I’ve been to the festival for the last five years or so as a music fan, and it’s pretty epic to know I’ll now be performing at it. I’ll be bringing a pop dance vibe to my performance, with a live band and back-up dancers,” she said. “I love this year’s line-up and am looking forward to meeting the other artists to chat to them about music and get some inspiration, especially G Flip and Vera Blue. The Territory Artists Competition is such a cool opportunity for artists. Darwin is small, so it’s great for local artists to have the chance to perform as part of this amazing festival line-up.”
Established in 2017, MSON (Make Something Outta Nothing) is one of the Territory’s biggest hip-hop acts, featuring members Ferdinand Stan, Jake the Misfit, Seaning, Flipz810, Bleeza and Lil Yob. Rising through the ranks of a busy hip-hop scene, MSON stands out thanks to the quality of their performance and their sheer entertainment value. Ferdinand Stan said the win was a dream come true.
“We said we wanted this in our two-year plan and achieving it helps us believe in the cause and our music, and where we are heading. But it’s more than a milestone. We’re all Darwin locals and have been going to BASS while going up through school, and now we will be performing there,” he said. “This competition is such an amazing opportunity for local acts. It’s good to get encouraged, and Darwin has a lot to represent. There are a lot of us trying to make a name for Darwin, and we’re looking forward to being part of such a line-up. MSON really represents the diversity of Darwin’s multicultural population.”
The Territory Artists Competition was judged by industry representatives from Music NT, LACT Entertainment and NT Major Events Company. All agreed the level of talent evident in the 22 applications was incredible.