With Triple J launching their own talent finding digital radio station earlier this year, it’s no news to anyone that the well-established youth station have a knack for launching up-and-coming Australian bands, and now Triple J have released the list of names included in their their ‘Next Crop’ tip list for 2013.

This year’s 20-strong selection includes a diversity of acts, with most already receiving a large amount of airplay on the station, meaning the push has only just begun.

The biggest name would probably be recent AIR Award winner Chet Faker, and Sydney based DJ/Producer Flume. The latter wouldn’t be too hard to predict given his impressive year and festival filled summer that saw him jumping up the charts off the support he’s conjured after the release of his self-titled debut LP.

Other familiar acts on the list include recent I Oh You signees City Calm Down, Ballarat collective King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, the hard-touring Melbourne pub rockers Kingswood, and the delicate neo-folk stylings of Hayden Calnin.

Then there’s the one-man, home recorded Bored Nothing, young aspiring Unearthed High winner Asta, rough grunge creator Courtney Barrnett as well as indie rock enthusiasts Hey Geronimo, Jackie Onasiss, and Millions.

Other newcomers include Gold Coast based beat-makers Mr Hill and Rohjconkas, indie reggae boppers Sticky Fingers, the wave riding Stillwater Giants and the dark conjuring cinematics of The Trouble With Templeton.

With a growing audience and a tight grasp on the popular indie pop culture of Australia’s younger generation Triple J’s inclusion of pop creators Hey Geronimo is no surprise after their successful self titled debut EP.

With anticipated 2013 releases expected from a majority of the acts featured in the Next Crop 2013 list, it is exciting to see a larger diversity upon the horizon; with the heavy scream filled Sydney based band Northlane featured alongside indigenous folk songstreess Thelma Plum (who recently finished a tour with the iconic Bob Evans).

There’s an overall diversity, from surf-pop creators Silverwater Giants to dance enthralled producer Ta-Ku, that will break up Triple J’s airplay consistency from the last few years with the new breed of acts they’re plugging.

With previous year’s picks including the likes of Washington, Angus & Julia Stone and the Temper Trap, it’s undeniable that the station has a knack for picking winners, but with a widely increasing audience you could question whether their endorsement of their own prediction is what has previously won them their own battle.

Stil it’s an exciting batch of artists, sounds, and songs to look forward to in 2013, as the youth station continues to push young Australian bands into getting airplay, something that can’t be said of commercial radio given the disastrous showing of local talent in the Music Network’s recent Hot 100 list. The industry poll showing that international, commercially-driven acts took up the lion’s share of commercial airplay.

You can view the full list of names for Triple J’s Next Crop 2013 here.

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