More than 140 nominations were received for the Gold Coast Music Awards with nominees announced today.
Organisers said the total number of nominations were down but the number of artists and bands nominating had increased.
“Last year there was some confusion about the judging process, so we had some bands nominate many times,” Chloe Popa, co-founder of the Awards said.
“This year we have had 75 individual bands or musicians nominate,” she said. “The process has been tightened up, and the quality of nominations is phenomenal.”
The Awards were created last year following 20 years with no awards program on the local scene. The 2015 event sold out and 30,000 votes were received in the People’s Choice component of the awards program.
This year, organisers introduced a Video of the Year category with the support of Gold Coast Film Festival. 19 nominations were received.
An independent judging panel which is chaired by music journalist and broadcaster Trevor Jackson and includes Louise Bezzina (Bleach* Festival), Neil Beattie (Swingin’ Safari), Sean Flanagan (Hot Tomato) and Felicity Lawless (musician) will now meet to assess nominations.
The nominees are:
Artist of the Year, sponsored by Southport Sharks Cabana Bar + Lounge
Aaron West, Amy Shark, Casey Barnes, Cheap Fakes, City Over Sand, Darkc3ll, Electric Zebra, Electrik Lemonade, Ella Fence, Evol Walks, Hanlon Brothers, Hussy Hicks, IVORI, Jodie-Joy, Klubknight, Nowhere Else, The Wrath, Von Villains, White Lodge.
Emerging Artist of the Year sponsored by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Aaron West, Aquila Young, Baltimore Gun Club, Being Jane Lane, Benny D Williams, Buffy Prescott, Catherine Gunther, Crown The Humble, Electrik Lemonade, Ella Fence, Evol Walks, Georgia Grace Knight, Ivey, Jacob Lee, Jade Peterson, Jason McGregor, Jenna Dearness Dark, Jennifer Sjaan, Jodie-Joy, Jordan Merrick – Fugitive & The Vagabond, Klubknight, Lecia Louise, Leopold’s Treat, MISTRAM, Napoleonic Wars, Nowhere Else, Redstarborn, ROMY, Sarah Shah, Sean Fitzgerald, The Maslows, Timber Bones, White Lodge, Yes Sir Noceur
These awards would not be possible without the support of our major partners: City of Gold Coast and Burleigh Brewing Co. and our category sponsors listed below.
Venue of the Year
Currumbin Creek Tavern, elsewhere, Miami Marketta, NightQuarter, Soundlounge, The Avenue
Music Champion of the Year, sponsored by TAFE Gold Coast
Amy Shark, Bleach* Festival, Cindy Jensen, Emily Holler, Glenn Tozer, Guy Cooper (Serotonin Productions & Human Records), Jodie-Joy, Karen Lindsay, Mark Duckworth, Matt Webber, WHO Agencies
Video of the Year Award, presented by Gold Coast Film Festival
|ARTIST (and team)||SONG|
|Amy Shark||Golden Fleece|
|Baltimore Gun Club (Anthony Hyrmakowski)||Apollo|
|Casey Barnes (Michelle Barnes, Wazza Bray, LMG Digital Media||The One You Love|
|City Over Sand (Desert Island Media)||Look For Me|
|Electrik Lemonade (Desert Island Media)||Run and Hide|
|Ella Fence (Double Deuce)||Unknown Water|
|Luke O’Shea (Hazel Schravemade)||Begin and End In Love|
|Hussy Hicks (Hazel Schravemade)||That Old Heartache|
|Kiara Jack||Make Shift Forest|
|Lane Harry x Ike Campbell (Human Records & Nilsson Films)||Rendezvous|
|Kirsty Abrahams (Mad Rose Films)||Breathe|
|Kirsty Abrahams (Mad Rose Films)||Fly Away|
|Phil Barlow and the Wolf (Nils Nilsson Films)||Bold Sea Eagle|
|Indigo Parade (Raconteur Films)||Colour & Peace|
|Buffy Prescott (Sean Dellit at Final Girl)||The Nothing|
|The Cheap Fakes (Smokehouse)||Baby It’s A Good Song|
|The Goldhearts (Stacy Cross, Campbell Drummond)||On The Run|
Event of the Year
Bleach* At Burleigh, Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, Buskers by the Creek, La Traviata, Leopold’s Treat Cold River album launch, Mescalito Blues Celebrating “10 Years of Stompin”, Mudgeerabarby, Platform, Summertime Sessions in the Village, Wallapalooza
Song of the Year, sponsored by NightQuarter
|Aaron West||She’s So Fine|
|Amy Shark||Golden Fleece|
|Baltimore Gun Club||Apollo|
|Barefoot Friday||Chasing Shadows|
|Buffy Prescott||The Nothing|
|Buffy Prescott||Guy Wright-Smith|
|Casey Barnes||Hard Times|
|Cheap Fakes||Just In Case|
|City Over Sand||Look For Me|
|City Over Sand||Smith Street Turnoff|
|Crown The Humble||Granville St Sidewalk|
|Dave Cavanagh||On the Gold Coast|
|Ella Fence||Unknown Water|
|Evol Walks||Without Me|
|Hanlon Brothers||Cant Wait|
|Hussy Hicks||That Old Heartache|
|Indigo Parade||Bend The Light|
|Jenna Dearness Dark||Good bye Aria|
|John Mcalpine||Have A New Drug|
|Jordan Merrick – Fugitive & The Vagabond||The Wild|
|Kirsty Abrahams||Fly Away|
|Leopold’s Treat||Houndogs & Bullfrogs|
|Leopolds Treat||Cold River|
|Mescalito Blues||Catfish Queen|
|Phil Barlow and The Wolf||Bold Sea Eagle|
|The Goldhearts||Heres the Thing|
|The Goldhearts||On the Run|
|The Maslows||Curtain Call|
|The Wrath||Misgivings are Through|
|Versus Fate||Save Me|
Finalists will be announced on Friday 20 May and the winners announced at a #verygc awards presentation on Thursday 16 June at Burleigh Brewing Co. Tickets are on sale now and include a free beer, dinner, entertainment by house bands Hanlon Brothers and friends, free transport to the after party at Hard Rock Cafe, entry to the after party and a free cocktail on arrival.
Hearty congratulations to all nominees. Good luck to the judges. What a job!