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Unearthed is the name of a Triple J project to find and "dig up" (hence the name) hidden talent in regional Australia.

Unearthed has had three incarnations - they first visited each region of Australia where Triple J had a transmitter - 41 regions in all. It started with the more rural areas but eventually the capital cities were covered as well. The second lasted from 2002 to 2005 and visited each state only once.

In 2006 the format changed to be a more internet driven competition. Instead of the rounds travelling across Australia, artists are now required to upload their music in mp3 format to be judged.

First round (1995-2001)

  • Lismore: Grinspoon, Ode To A Goldfish
  • Bendigo: Milhouse, Stephen Saxton
  • Townsville: Stone Henge, Gravel Samwidge
  • Alice Springs: Raven
  • Dubbo & Coonabarabran: Drown
  • Broken Hill: Porcelein, Swell
  • Wollongong: Evol
  • Albury/Wodonga: Wet Phibians, Humbug
  • Kalgoorlie/Boulder: The Early Hours
  • Gold Coast: Communion, Planet Cactus
  • Ballarat: Meat Head Disciples, Flapjack
  • Port Macquarie/Taree: Plug
  • Rockhampton: Andalusion, Tribal Link
  • Sunshine Coast: Freak, Michael Ammitzboll, Fish Head, Endless Stair
  • Goulburn Valley: Killing Heidi, Stealth
  • Cairns/Cairns North: Endorphin, Orange Bowl
  • Mount Gambier/Mount Burr: Pouring Sugar
  • Swan Hill/Murray Valley/Mildura: The Spurres
  • Tasmania: Dongle, Rushmore, Vinyl, Hidi Exxon
  • Gippsland: Vericious, Jade, And Then Some (Runner-up)
  • Perth: Postman Cini, Elixir, Team Jedi, The New Egyptian Kings
  • Grafton/Kempsey/Armidale: Synapse, Gumption
  • Darling Downs/Southern Downs/Wide Bay: Roadside, Four on the Floor
  • Bunbury & Albany: Pokerface, Plush
  • Darwin: Wilfred Mardigan & his band Hot Wheels, Drill
  • Renmark: T.A.G.C.

  • Canberra: Soulcrusher, Liquid
  • Bega/Cooma: 40ft Crab, Stonepony
  • Tamworth/Narrabri/Moree: The Aardvarks, Karrion, Primordia
  • Adelaide: Juju Eyeballs, Gilmore
  • Warrnambool: Tukansam, Gramps, Thirteen
  • Newcastle: Muzzy Pep, Melvin Starr
  • Orange and Bathurst: 50 Fifty, The Tenants
  • Brisbane: Daisycutters, Plastic Wooden Fruit, Rhubarb
  • Geraldton: Way Lander, Madder Spiral
  • Hamilton: Cause and Effect
  • Mackay: Limburger
  • Wagga Wagga: Seventh, Savino
  • Mt Isa: Brett Arthur
  • Sydney: Blue, Aerial Spans Earth, Sick Puppies
  • Melbourne: Mumonkan, Missy Higgins, No ID

Second round (2002-2004)

  • South Australia: Snap to Zero, Three Rounds Shy, Abbie Cardwell (June 2002)
  • Australian Capital Territory: Red Rocket, The Bumblebeez (August 2002)
  • Western Australia: The Fuzz, Yunyu, Amber Suite (October 2002)
  • Tasmania: The Dead Abigails, Sir Veto, The Charlie Parkers (April 2003)
  • Victoria: Second Dan, Fizard, Band Camp (June 2003)
  • Northern Territory: Sophie Koh, Vassy K (October 2003)
  • New South Wales: Unpaid Debt, DUB Crew (March 2004)
  • Queensland: Shifter, Jimmy Styles and The Easy Company (June 2004)

Third round (2006- )

The 2006 round of Unearthed was launched on August 9 2006. The project has taken the form of a website, Bands and musicians hoping to be Unearthed upload their music in mp3 format to the website, along with a photo and biography. All music can be listened to on the website through a flash jukebox, or tracks can be downloaded. Registered users can also rate and review music and create their own playlists which they can email to friends. Triple J regularly runs competitions which usually take the form of selecting a band which has listed themselves on the site, to play as a support act at major festivals. Competitions and winners include:

Unearthed High (2008- )

During early 2008 Triple J launched the 'Unearthed High' competition. This new competition, run parallel to the existent internet based Unearthed competition required high school aged bands to submit original work. The inaugural winners, [is], were announced on June 10th from a shortlist of finalists.

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