Swampland was an independent publishing project dedicated to Australian music, running from 2016–2019.
We published longform journalism and original photography—mostly in print, occasionally online.
Run by a small, independent team, Swampland was founded to feature stories spanning the gamut of great Australian music. We looked across the map and into the history vaults to tell compelling and eclectic tales about all kinds of artists and musical genres.
Over five print issues, we featured some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary musicians (such as Sampa the Great, Baker Boy and Gareth Liddiard). We published acclaimed writers (including Maxine Beneba Clarke and Jack Latimore) and celebrated photographers (like Rennie Ellis, Mclean Stephenson and Prue Stent & Honey Long)—alongside a slew of emerging talent.
We also hosted a range of events to coincide with each issue (even catching Peter Hitchener’s attention) on Channel Nine news), as well as some one-offs in partnership with other creative organisations including Play On Music, Collarts, Yarra Libraries, and the Emerging Writers Festival.