Hailing from Sydney's Blue Mountains, singer-songwriter Jacklin specialises in incisive lyrics weaponised by her bruised, haunting delivery. Her music, a beguiling mix of indie folk and alt-country, has won over legions of fans across Europe and North America, especially since the release of sophomore album Crushing in February. It's a stark portrait of all-consuming relationships, from the sublime to the suffocating. Meredith's supernatural amphitheatre is the perfect setting for these charged confessionals.
Meredith Music Festival, December 13
Twenty-four-year-old Plum has been a fixture on the local scene since winning the National Indigenous Music Awards competition in 2012 but didn't release her debut album until this July, having shelved an earlier effort when she realised the songs didn't represent her anymore. It was worth the wait – Better in Blak is immaculately produced pop full of feeling and one of the best Australian albums of 2019. Paul Kelly and Sir Paul McCartney contributed to track Made For You.
Falls Festival, December 30
DJ Honey Dijon's cross-genre sets and chic style have made her a favourite among New York's fashion set in the mid-noughties, then Europe caught on. Dijon provided music for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens and Givenchy shows and afterparties. This year she partnered up with Comme des Garçons to develop a clothing line. "As a trans woman of colour I'd never imagined that this would be possible," Dijon wrote on Instagram. Check out her Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain set on YouTube.
Beyond the Valley, December 31
Born Teneil Throssell, HAAi (pronounced "Hi") has come a long way from Karratha, in the Pilbara, where she grew up. She only started DJing four years ago but her ascent has been dizzying. She won BBC Radio 1's revered Essential Mix Of The Year in 2018 (the most listened to mix program in the world), hosted her own regular show on BBC 1 this year, enjoyed a still-talked-about two-year residency at London nightclub Phonox and now plays festivals around the world.
Let Them Eat Cake, January 1
The 31-year-old singe/rapper/flutist from Minneapolis hit the big time with the release of her third studio album Cuz I Love You in April. In the Truth Hurts video, which has clocked 136 million views on YouTube, Lizzo gets married to herself. The single also topped the Billboard Top 100 chart for seven weeks, equalling a record run for a No. 1 rap song by a female artist. At the MTV Awards in August, Lizzo and her "Big Grrrls" backing dancers twerked in front of a huge inflatable derriere – it's easy to see why she is pop's breakthrough star of 2019.
FOMO Festival, January 12
British pop star Charli XCX is one of the most exciting artists of this decade, as talented as she is provocative. Her third album and first in five years, Charli, released this September, was an eagerly anticipated blend of futuristic production, thrilling collaborations (including Australia's Troye Sivan) and new levels of candour. She was the opening act for Taylor Swift last year, an incongruous pairing that led Charli to realise she's done with playing the underdog. Laneway are ever so lucky to have scored her in a headline slot.
Laneway Festival, February 1-7