Emerging national hip hop talent joins Beachport music festival mix

ONE of the most exciting emerging talents in Australian music is set to perform in Beachport on Boxing Day for the Outlet Music Festival.

Tom Gaynor is the 22-year-old Adelaide-based rapper who has taken the nation by storm and will continue his reign over the airwaves and the area after performing in Mount Gambier on Friday night.

After hearing the melodic lyrics of the artist’s debut album Startup Cult, event coordinator Casey Ettridge worked quickly to secure the hip hop artist for the Beachport Hotel event.

“I heard a few of his songs and I felt there was a bit of a vibe, so I checked him out further and almost decided straight away that I wanted him for Outlet,” he said.

“Being from Adelaide, he’s got a strong connection to South Australia and he is definitely one of the rising stars in the Australian music scene, so to get him down to Beachport is amazing.”

The radio favourite will join a number of eclectic artists from around the country, including Queensland DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher, singer-songwriter Ezekiel O and Mount Gambier-based pop punk quintet Admella.

“I strongly suggest people to get online and check out some of the acts on the bill because they are absolutely mind-blowing,” Casey said.

“Tequila Mockingbyrd is a three-piece all girls band which rock so hard they put some of the boys to shame and LaBelle is an amazing pet project of one of Australia’s best sound engineers, so there is a lot of great quality in that band.”

Winners of the Inlet Battle of the Bands competition will join the bill alongside DJ duo Shuv ‘N’ Stuff and Secret Tsunami, the Melbourne-based quartet fronted by Casey.

“Years ago when I organised the Mount Gambier Fringe, I didn’t get an opportunity to play, which was something I regretted,” he said.

“I thought to myself if I ever organise something like that again, I’m going to make sure I get a chance to play.

“On a personal level, Beachport is very much a home to me, the pub is where I won my first ever battle of the bands, so I’m so excited to play alongside an amazing bunch of musicians.”

Casey said the concoction of rock, rap, pop and punk would cater for lovers of all styles of

“It was really important to me to make sure that the festival featured a mix of musicians over a wide genre,” he said.

“The bands and the set times is a real evolution, there are really chill bands throughout the day and at night it really begins to pick up.

“DJs will play through until close and be the perfect end to everyone’s Outlet.”

Tickets are $45 plus booking fee and are available through Moshtix and the Beachport Hotel.

Visit www.outletmusicfestival.com for more information.

Raquel Mustillo

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