Locals set to shine in Triple J’s Hottest 100
VOTING for this year's Triple J Hottest 100 list closes Friday noon.
We spoke to Triple J Content Director, Ollie Wards, about this year's contest.
What Northern Rivers bands have a chance to get in this year's list?
Byron Bay Metalcore champions, Parkway Drive, have a good chance of getting into the Hottest 100 this year.
Their 2015 record Ire was a favourite for Triple J listeners and debuted at #1 on the Aria chart.
They previously appeared in the 2010 Hottest 100 at #97 with Sleepwalker.
In 2006 Byron's Blue King Brown started the countdown at #100 with Come And Check Your Head.
Plus Ngaiire has garnered a lot of fans for her song Once this year, including presenter Matt Okine and hip hop artist Urthboy.
In his votes on our website, Urthboy told us: "My favourite is Ngaiire's 'Once', a song I keep coming back to. It's such a beautifully understated gem, so alluring and easy and addictive."
What are the main changes in the voting and other areas of the Hottest 100 this year?
We've made it so that you can login to the site using your social media account, then create a shortlist and come back to it over multiple sessions.
We know people agonise over the final 10 songs they vote for, so this has helped people whittle their favourites down over time.
The average Aussie has been taking 12 minutes and 33 seconds per session, so lots of thought goes into it.
Plus voting closes at midday this Friday, so we've allowed voting to stay open longer this year.
With only three days between voting closing and the Hottest 100 countdown, it seems more tense than ever to see if your songs have made it in.
How have the changes made a difference in the voting so far?
People have been loving that they can save their shortlists and come back to them.
We can see lots of people have created shortlists but are still working on them before submitting.
That said, we've been tracking along with more votes per day than we've ever seen before.
There's now well over 1 million votes counted, with a stack more expected this week.
The last day of voting is traditionally the biggest, though we encourage people to get them in early so it's not stressful!
How many people vote every year?
Last year, a record 2,099,707 votes were cast by 258,762 music fans from 188 different countries, with a near equal split between male (52%) and female (48%) voters, as well as over 3829 Hottest 100 parties held in 80 countries around the world.