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ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
 WINS $25K LEVI’S® MUSIC PRIZE

21.May.2018

Melbourne five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have been awarded the third round of the coveted $25,000 Levi’s® Music Prize by a panel of international judges today.

The quarterly prize aims to support artists that have built significant initial career momentum via their BIGSOUND experience, but who need a financial leg-up to keep moving forward on the international stage. Showcasing at BIGSOUND 2016,  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever went on to sign with Sub Pop Records and release their acclaimed EP The French Press in 2017. With their debut album set for release in June 2018, the band and are currently on a two month overseas tour, playing the European and American festival circuits, including Coachella, Shaky Knees Festival, The Great Escape in the UK, and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound.

The decision was made by a panel of international music industry buyers including representatives from ATC Live, Planetary Group and Vector Management.

The Levi’s® Music Prize fulfils BIGSOUND’s ambition to deliver increasing value to showcasing artists, as well as cementing the Levi’s® brand’s ongoing commitment to the Australian music industry. Together creating the largest music prize in Australian music history, offering a total annual prize pool of $100K over an initial three-year commitment.

So far, Stella Donnelly and Alex Lahey have been awarded $25,000 each, to help them achieve their export goals, with another prize announcement still to come to round out the first years commitment. Last month, Levi’s® also announced that from Round 1 2018/19 the prize will increase to include $5,000 to each winning artist in travel from Stage & Screen.

“It’s been great to see the Levi’s® Music Prize gain momentum over the last 8 months. We’ve had such a positive response with an amazing array of musicians applying each quarter. Australia has an abundance of talent; and it’s a joy to be able to give back to the music community in such a way that can really help further an artist’s international career opportunities. We look forward to seeing all of our winners achieve success and make inroads overseas in the coming months and years to come”. Levi’s® Marketing Manager for Australia & New Zealand Nicky Rowsell.

Administered by QMusic in conjunction with Sounds Australia, the prize provides multiple opportunities for BIGSOUND artists as they build their international careers post-BIGSOUND.

Applications are now open for Round 4 and will close June 11, 2018. Artists who have performed on the official BIGSOUND line up between 2013 – 2017 are invited to apply via the BIGSOUND website. This is the last chance for artists who showcased in 2013.

Artists accepted to play BIGSOUND Festival, 4 – 7, 2018 are automatically eligible for Round 1 2018/19 Levi’s® Music Prize with the winner to be announced on the final day of BIGSOUND 2018.

Visit the www.bigsound.org.au for more information.

Check out our 2nd Levi’s® Music Prize winner – Alex Lahey – who talks about her creative journey as an artist, the importance of team work and her relationship with touring.

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The Levi’s® House, Sydney

15.May.2018

Late last week we hosted a two day shindig in a sweet pad on the cliffs of South Coogee in Sydney. The weather turned it on for us as we welcomed a tight group of media and key influencers to enjoy lunch by the sea.

A brief model moment showcasing the Levi’s® Spring/Summer 2018 Collection ensued as we enjoyed the R&B vibes of Melbourne songstress KAIIT.

Various spaces within the house were set up with latest collections from Red Tab, Made & Crafted and Levi’s® Authorized Vintage – all of which were received with excitement by the fashion crowd in attendance.

The infamous Levi’s® Tailor Shop held pride of place where four customization stations were set up showcasing the work from our master tailor – Anthony Wicks; as well as guest artists in residence for the event – Kentaro Yoshida, Freddie from All My Relations and Sophia Athas from Hatrik Vintage.

Guests were gifted Levi’s® Authorized Vintage Jeans; as well as having the opportunity to have their fave piece of Levi’s® customized over the two days.

As the sun went down we welcomed a new array of guests consisting of music industry, influencers and local Sydney crew and friends of the brand.

Drinks were kindly provided by Aperol, Young Henry’s, Sailor Jerry and Rok Kombucha.

Kwame kicked off the night with a killer set that got the crowd dancing, followed by bass slapping beats from Touch Sensitive.

In-between live sets we had Alys Hale taking to the decks with her fave tunes and unique sense of style.

Guests included Isabella Manfredi, Jack Moffitt, Harvey Miller, Saasha Burns, Carlie Fowler, James Mattherson, Jono Friend, Elle Ferguson and Holly Ryan.

Check out some of the photos from the two days here and our event wrap video bellow…

Photography by Lucy Rose and Life Without Andy.

 

Music Credit – Lay Down by Touch Sensitive.

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Levi’s® Music Sessions x ROOFTOP CINEMA 2018

12.Apr.2018

Levi’s® has been partnering with Rooftop Cinema over the last 4 years in helping to curate and present iconic films over the summer months to Melbournians and tourists alike; but this summer we decided to step it up by pulling together a month of local musicians hosted on the rooftop each Sunday afternoon as the sun set over the Melbourne skyline.

 

We hosted emerging artists – Yeo, Harrison Storm, Saatsuma and Jaala which went down a treat and was a welcome surprise for cinema patrons who lucked out on a free gig before their evening film screening.

 

Take a look at a short highlight video here with music by YEO.

 

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AUSTRALIA SHOWS ITS PRIDE IN EQUALITY

03.Apr.2018

In honor of Australia’s Pride month – the first since the country legalized same-sex marriage last year – Levi’s® Australia debuted a series of short films highlighting powerful voices from the LGBTQI community.

The Levi’s® Pride x Equality film series features eight individuals sharing their stories and messages of inclusion.

“We launched this campaign to support the ongoing work we have been doing to fight for marriage equality in Australia, which was only recently made legal,” said Nicky Rowsell, marketing manager for Levi’s® Australia & New Zealand. “It was also important and timely for us to provide a voice more broadly speaking for diversity within the LGBTQI community — particularly in regards to acceptance of minority groups within the community itself.”

The films were shot by Melbourne filmmaker Jeff Johnson, and feature Brisbane hip-hop performer Miss Blanks, artist Kim Leutwyler, singer Oscar Key Sung, dancer Loredo Malcolm, makeup artist Ruby Allegra, artist/designer Phil Ferguson, singer/songwriter Abbe May – and Levi’s® very own Darcy Chiswell, a store manager from the Adelaide store.

“As a trans woman of color, what equality means to me is being able to live my most authentic self, free from any kind of discrimination based on the intersections that I offer,” says Miss Blanks in her video. “We need to push this conversation of inclusion and acceptance… You are valid, your voice is valid, your body is valid, and you’ll do big things.”

Check out the films here: levis.com.au/equality 

 

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