NEWCASTLE band Glovers Lane spent a year mucking around unsure where their music was headed.
However, the five-piece now have a direction and it's pointed north straight to Queensland's Airlie Beach.
On Sunday Glovers Lane were crowned the Newcastle champions of the Passport To Airlie band competition after beating Hot Cop, L.S Three and Time On Earth in the grand final at a packed Stag and Hunter Hotel.
"They were just phenomenal through out all the heats and in the final the crowd just went off," Passport To Airlie judge Craig Wilson said.
"I thought their festival compatability was brilliant. Up at the festival some bands have to play cafe shows and I just thought they could easily do that by playing acoustic."
Glovers Lane will perform a series of shows at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music from November 8 to 10, where they have the opportunity to win $1000 and a spot on Music View TV.
In the meantime Glovers Lane will release their third single I'm Coming Home Soon, on October 4.
The line-up of Woodie McClean (vocals), Matt Thomas (drums), Matt Cross (piano) and Josh Hayden (guitar) met while studying at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and began playing together two years ago, before Jono Burgess (bass) completed the line-up a year ago.
"We've all played in different bands together for years and it just happened when we got together," Burgess said.
"It was a slow process, the beginning the band, to now where we're playing a fair bit."
Glovers Lane released their first single I Only Know Happiness in January, introducing their warm '70s mix of R'n'B, soul, roots and indie rock influences. Second single Chapters followed in March.
Glovers Lane perform on Friday at The Badger's Lair, followed by the launch of I'm Coming Home Soon on October 4 at The Edwards.
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