Do Your Ears A Favour - 5 Up & Coming QLD Artists

5 Up & Coming QLD Artists

29 November 2019

5 Up & Coming QLD Artists

Brisbane’s reputation as a live music hotspot is only warming up with plenty of talented artists emerging in recent years, including some we’ve unearthed through our Country Music Showdown presented by Ringers Western. We spoke to Matty from Riffs & Licks Music about the evolving Queensland music scene.

“Music is a universal language spread throughout many genres and has such power to connect people. At Riffs & Licks we’ve seen an increase in instrument sales which in turn will result in more and more music getting produced/created locally. There are many up and coming acts and with increasing venues both small and large opening, the future for the Brisbane Music Scene is looking up!“

Check out our list below of up and coming homegrown artists which are sure to get your foot tapping!

Ruby Gilbert

Currently launching her latest single Slave, Ruby Gilbert is nothing short of a sonic enchantress. We were lucky enough to see Ruby perform at Gympie Music Muster and witness her receive the crown for the 2019 Muster Talent Search. Raw and heart-breaking, her voice evokes an old-time feel, while her lyrics are both strange and endearing. You can see Ruby gracing the Stage at Ekka 2020 as part of her Gympie Muster Talent Search prize pack.

Sahara Beck

Having recently attended the Creative Mornings Brisbane, Flow talk we were blown away with October speaker Sahara Beck’s live piano performance of Queen Of Hearts.

Sahara is set to reign supreme with her glorious new EP, Queen Of Hearts. Lovingly crafted by ARIA Award-nominated producer Tony Buchen (Mansionair, Courtney Barnett, Montaigne), it’s fearless, flamboyant and brimming with seductive art pop, with Sahara’s sensuous voice shining front and centre. We're keeping our eye on her!

Patrik Williams

Patrik Williams performed both solo and band gigs at this year’s Ekka – and we loved both sounds. Armed with his acoustic guitar ‘Django’ and smooth vocals, he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind performance unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Patrik released single Evangeline earlier this year, showcasing his prowess in the percussive acoustic genre.

Emily Wurramara

In 2016 Groote Eylandt via Brisbane singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara not only sung the national anthem during our Ekka night show, but also released her debut EP Black Smoke, containing stories from her heart and childhood sung in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa. The EP stunned listeners across the country and saw Emily tour nationally and internationally.

Currently on the road supporting Rob Thomas, Emily is one artist you do not want to miss live.


Hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe, Mufaro is a Brisbane based R&B/Soul and Jazz hybrid. Having moved to Australia at the young age of 9, Mufaro had been passionate about music and singing and took every opportunity and competition that came his way.

2018 kicked off with the release of his second EP, a QUBE Effect People Choice win, tour to Melbourne and a festival debut at Jungle Love, as well as a performance at the 2018 Ekka, it’s safe to say 2018 was the biggest year in music for the Zimbabwean native.

Are you an aspiring musician? We recommend Riffs & Licks Music for all your music needs. They have a wide range of guitars, drums, keyboards, PA & recording gear in stock at the best prices.

Want more local tunes? Check out our Spotify Playlist – Gourmet Treats & Homegrown Beats. Go on, have a listen.