The QUBE Effect 2020 winners

Find out about the winners of The QUBE Effect 2020 awards including the:

Winners were announced on Friday 2 October 2020 at Brisbane Powerhouse.

People's Choice Award - supported by BEMAC

  • BEMAC sponsored live show at the Queensland Multicultural Centre
  • BEMAC sponsored venue rehearsal package at the Queensland Multicultural Centre
  • Public relations and marketing session with Dew Process
  • One song produced, recorded and mixed with Aria award winning Producer, Magoo at USC Studios 
  • $300 Manny & Store DJ voucher. 

The winner of the People’s Choice Award – supported by BEMAC is KATANAK.

Fresh indie tunes with catchy pop hooks are the signature style of emerging Brisbane artist, KATANAK. Dylan Cattanach is the face and creator of KATANAK and has been writing, composing and performing his music for the past six years.

Innovation Award - supported by Dew Process

  • One session with a booking agent by Dew Process
  • Public relations sessions by Dew Process 
  • Professional photoshoot package by Karl Bouro and Torn Parachute
  • $300 Music Express voucher.

The winner of the Innovation Award – supported by Dew Process is Lucy Jane.

Lucy writes, sing and composes indie, rock and pop music but loves to get into psychedelic rock too.

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel

Best Original Song - supported by QMusic

  • BIGSOUND Festival line-up performance opportunity 
  • One mentoring session tailored and provided by QMusic
  • $200 Manny & Store DJ voucher.

The winner of the Best Original Song – supported by QMusic is Sachem.

As a spoken word poet, rapper and emerging singer, Sachem is indeed a musical triple threat. Born in Brisbane Sachem is the son of an Indigenous mother, from Quandamooka Country and African American father. Raised within two strong cultures, Sachem (pronounced Say-Chem) has a unique perspective on the world and he proudly represents both sides of his roots.

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel

Best Live Performance - supported by The Tivoli

  • Support act to one Tivoli event 
  • One paid gig by BEMAC 
  • Live event photography shoot by Karl Bouro and Torn Parachute. 

The winner of the Best Live Performance – supported by The Tivoli is Fresco Kyoto.

Five-piece band, Fresco Kyoto, creates ethereal and melodic indie-pop music.

Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concert Award

  • One paid performance at Brisbane City Hall as part of the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts 
  • A one hour mentoring session with Aria award winning Producer Magoo 
  • $200 Music Express voucher. 

The winner of the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts Award is Danika and Forte.

With Danika’s soulful vocals, keys and guitar, Forté lends her expressive violin and harp creating a compelling and creative duo. The dynamic duo delving into genres such as folk, indie, soul, jazz, r&b and funk, and conveying passionate and compelling music through their individual finesse in songwriting, composition and improvisation. 

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel.

List of finalists

  • Ally Rendall
  • Bashir Ali Jibril
  • Bianca Power
  • Blue Savannah Underworld
  • The Bonnie Doons
  • Canondrome
  • The Fins
  • Fitch
  • Fresco Kyoto
  • Georgia Dutton
  • Hazel Mei
  • KATANAK
  • Kaypo
  • MVP
  • Ozi Jarel
  • Sachem
  • Saraima Navara
  • The Letter Elle
  • Lucy Jane
  • Alula Blue
  • Nicole McKinney
  • Melrose
  • Chloe Minogue
  • Danika and Forte

More information

The QUBE Effect is a music program that provides development opportunities for emerging and professional Brisbane musicians.

As part of the 2020 program, the 24 shortlisted bands received mentoring from industry experts, had their original songs professionally filmed and had the chance to win prizes.

Registrations for the 2021 round of The QUBE Effect opens Friday 9 October 2020.

Last updated: 8 March 2021