8 Rising Australian And New Zealand Artists That Should Be On Your Radar In 2022

Written by Jay-Dee Pitcaithly on 21st January, 2022
8 Rising Australian And New Zealand Artists That Should Be On Your Radar In 2022

As the local music industry batten down the hatches for another wonderfully wild and bumpy year, team Moshtix is shining a light on our fave up-and-coming artists from across Australia and New Zealand that you ought to keep your eyes on in 2022. Check out our top 8 local artists to watch this year below.

Sesame Girl

We're huge fans of Canberra's hottest new dream-pop four-piece Sesame Girl. Their uniquely honest and oh-so-dreamy pop sound has seen the outfit deliver two well-received singles in 2021. With a rumored EP on the horizon for 2022, we'll be keeping a close eye on this Canberra outfit this year, that's for sure!

Check out Sesame Girl via Spotify.


Late last year singer-songwriter Mizuki released her new single 'How Far We've Come', following on from her debut single in 2020. The Melbourne-based, Sydney-born artist draws on her Japanese heritage and journey of self-discovery to produce a summer-infused buttery pop sound. While only two singles deep, Mizuki is proving to be one rising star to watch in 2022.

Listen to Mizuki's latest release via Spotify.


2021 was a solid year for neo-soul angel KYE, collaborating with the likes of Jerome Farah and Sampa the Great on tracks that feature on her debut EP titled 'Good company'. The Melbourne-based, Zimbabwe-born and London-raised singer-songwriter brings huge pop dusted R&B/ neo-soul vibes to the table, a necessary addition to your hit list this year!

Check out KYE via Spotify.

Hobsons Bay Coast Guard

If you're not familiar with Melbourne locals Hobsons Bay Coast Guard, then this is your sign to go check them out. After making their debut in 2019, the coast-busting 5-piece have delivered two amazing albums jam-packed with groovy sundrenched coastal indie rock sounds. Their latest album 'Tubular Swells' is a particular favourite in the Moshtix office!

Check out Hobsons Bay Coast Guard's music via Spotfiy.


Established Egyptian-Australian DJ turned producer, Moktar, popped up on our radar last year after dropping his debut self-titled EP last. The EP is a beautiful culmination of 10 years of music-making, used as a way for the Melbourne-based producer to communicate his story and collaborate with other like-minded artists. Moktar infuses Arabic percussion with contemporary club sounds to create a truly special collection of tracks.

Give Moktar's EP a listen via Spotify.

Glass Beams

Glass Beams has to be the biggest enigma to come out of 2021. A band or solo act... we're not quite sure but all we know is that it certainly adds to the mystique of Melbourne's MVP of the year. The cinematic dusty jazz sound that permeates from the onset of their debut album 'Mirage' has us hooked.

Give Glass Beams' debut album a listen via Spotify.

Kiki Rockwell

Kiki Rockwell is the former frontwoman of Auckland-based indie outfit The Leers. Rockwell made her solo debut in October last year, releasing the debut single 'Left For Dead'. Since her debut, the singer-songwriter has released an incredible EP and subsequent single, injecting an otherworldly folksy haze into the music scene.

Listen to Kiki Rockwell's latest releases via Spotify.

Banks Arcade

New blood is seeping into Australia's heavy music scene in the form of Kiwi-born, Melbourne-based heavy band, Banks Arcade. After relocating to Melbourne last year, the outfit has continued to reach new heights. Their most recent release 'Smile' is a melting pot of angsty melodic vocals, sensational sliding electric guitar solos, and emotion-filled breakdowns.

Give Banks Arcade a listen via Spotify.