Melbourne-based record label WVS is kicking off 2018 with their first annual NEXT GEN Live Showcase, highlighting the finest urban and hip-hop talent Australia has to offer.

After the initiative was announced in November of last year over 100 submissions were received from all over the country. Now those entries have been whittled down to 11 artists, 10 chosen by the WVS team and a special wildcard that was selected by the public.

Along with the NEXT GEN line-up they’ll also be special appearances from Sophiegrophy, HVNCOQ and Kwasi x HFNR.

The event is set to kick Thursday off 25 January; it’s completely free to attend, to register for tickets head over here.

NEXT GEN 2018 Live Showcase Line-up

Jessica Jade, Elijah Yo, Mike Wang, Kid Pharoah, iiiConic, Jose Halftime, Figuero Jones, Kirkkland, Devarn, Lordholani, Vic August.