Scouted: All you need to know about SA's best unsigned talent

Words by Lewis Brideson

Spanning across five stages in Adelaide’s east end on Friday July 28, Music SA’s Scouted is the ideal way to cap off a hectic two weeks of Umbrella Winter City Sounds festival not to mention the AIR Awards & Conference.

Scouted features a bunch of Adelaide’s best unsigned local talent. So to help you navigate your way through the line-up Yewth has compiled this artist guide and made a Spotify playlist you can listen to here.


Singer/songwriter Alana Jagt has been a familiar face in the Adelaide folk scene for a number of years. Known for her warm old-soul voice, she is captivating on stage accompanied by her band, The Monotremes. Read more about her new track ‘Lullaby #2’ premiered through Yewth earlier this year here.


Local pub-rock kingpins Battlehounds are a staple on any local line-up. Having supported the likes of The Peep Tempel, Bad//Dreems, Harts and Dune Rats, Battlehounds deliver driving hooks and husky tones. Check out their debut EP Damn Demons released earlier this year.


Bec Stevens is raw and relatable, with powerful song writing that has earned her a loyal fan base and support slots, including playing a run of shows with Georgie from Camp Cope and A Day of Clarity. Keep an eye out for her EP dropping later this year.


Gabriel Akon, AKA Dyspora, is an African-Australian artist and founder of local label Playback 808. The young hip hop artist has made quite a name for himself through his brand of lyrical activism. Read up on him in our Issue 008 feature on page 36 here.


Electric Fields is a mesmerising mix of Zaachariaha’s chilling vocal performance and Michael Ross’s seamless electronica. With songs in Pitjantjatjara and English, they have graced the stage at WOMADelaide and Royal Croquet Club, and gained fans around the world.


Heaps Good Friends are a trio of local muso mates with infectious indie pop tunes. Having met over a decade ago recording demos at the Old Gladstone Gaol, Nick O'Connor and Emma Fradd started making waves with the project in 2016 and have now scored the attention of Triple J Unearthed playing at this year’s Groovin The Moo. 


Hunt is an electronic singer/songwriter who somewhat mysteriously appeared in late August 2014 with her stunning debut Hollow. Hunt has delivered some stellar live performances supporting FlamingoBanoffeeSkies, Moses Gun CollectiveJesse DavidsonThe Kite String TanglePACESGeorge MapleAsta and The Preatures. 2015 saw her nominated for best female artist as part of the SA Music Awards alongside artists such as Tkay Maidza. Check out Yewth’s premiere of her Nostalgia EP here.


Between emotive songs and charming stage banter, singer/songwriter Maggie Rutjens is a well-loved local favourite of Adelaide’s folk scene.


Paige Renee Court, AKA Mane, is a staple to the local scene, a strong indie pop songwriter and raising star. Her 2016 House of Horror EP saw her receive triple j play and sold out shows, not to mention Best Female and Most Popular Pop Artist at last years SA Music Awards. Keep an eye out for new music and her busy touring schedule.


A mixture of 80s dark wave pop, neon lights, giant pop hooks and indietronic tones, Nakatomi are an infectious local electronic group. They have shared the stage with the likes of Miami Horror, Peking Duk and The Swiss. Prepare yourself for more dance music dropping soon from the duo.


Ollie English is a young soul singer/songwriter from the Adelaide Hills who has made waves on the local scene over the past year. With an incredibly brooding set of pipes and some serious guitar talent rooted in a love for the blues, Ollie has big things in store. The next few years will be exciting, with new music in the works showcasing a refreshing take on true soul, rhythm and blues.


Rin McArdle is a local singer/songwriter oozing honesty and authenticity. Having played alongside Josh Pyke, Half Moon Run and Emma Louise, Rin is a talented local worth exploring through her rich song writing and unique voice.


Timberwolf is a household name in Adelaide, winning multiple SA Music Awards, clocking some large Spotify numbers, touring with renowned artists and signing to US Publisher Third Side Music. Catch The Wolf at Scouted celebrating his new single ‘Hold You Up’ and preparing for the drop of his debut album in October.


Local folk artist Tom West plays whimsical tunes with moody soundscapes. Live the singer/songwriter delivers unconventional open tuned guitars and haunting storytelling. Catch him at Scouted playing some new tracks.


Having just played Glastonbury, punk trio Young Offenders will be back from the UK to play Scouted. Be sure to get swept up in their raw energy.

Get tickets and details for Scouted, held on the 28th of July in Adelaide's east end here.

Listen via Yewth's Spotify playlist here.