SBS names Electric Fields as Australia’s 2024 Eurovision entry

Electric Fields are set to become the first duo to represent Australia at the song contest, which celebrates its 68th iteration this year.

SBS and production partner Blink TV have announced South Australia’s duo Electric Fields as the artist who will represent Australia at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden in May.

Electric Fields are the first duo to represent Australia at the song contest. Released today via Wonderlick Recording Company and Sony Music Entertainment Australia, their song One Milkali (One Blood) also incorporates Yankunytjatjara – an Aboriginal language of the Anangu peoples.

A spokesperson said the entry features the ‘extraordinary voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and brilliance of producer and keyboardist Michael Ross, [who] unite in a way that can only be described as magic, merging traditional living culture with music that ranges from soulful pop to epic-scale electronica.

‘From the moment their 2024 Eurovision song One Milkali (One Blood) starts it will stop you in your tracks. Zaachariaha’s arresting vocals immediately command attention against a twinkling chorus of instruments.’

Eurovision fans will remember Electric Fields from SBS’ s2019 national selection show, Eurovision – Australia Decides, where they came a close second to Kate Miller-Heidke with their track 2000 And Whatever. 

Their entry, One Milkali (One Blood), loosely translates to ‘One Blood’ and is, says SBS, ‘their dream for a world where we are all united. It’s a world disco in the face of the vast universe, mirroring the kinship we all share with the repeating patterns of nature’.

In a statement, Electric Fields said: ‘We are buzzed with euphoria at our chance to share this music with the world. Our music comes from the deepest place in both of us and Eurovision is the most exciting opportunity to bring together our cultures and share the joy of our global connection.’

This year marks the seventh time Sweden will host Eurovision after previously hosting three times in Stockholm (1975, 2000, 2016), twice in Malmö (1992, 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985). It will also be 50 years since ABBA won the contest with their song Waterloo, setting them on course for global success.

The Eurovision Song Contest is held from 7–11 May 2024. Details of SBS’s broadcast will follow in the coming months.

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites