Punk, hip-hop and pop all feature as finalists for the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards, with winners to be announced at a beachside event on Thursday 27 April.
Dark brooding as well as sweet pop offerings, unabashed pub rock, folk, metal and indie-rock all get a look in as well.
New Gold Coast outfit Chelsea Rockwells have been named finalists for three categories – Song, Video and Emerging Artist of the Year, with local superstar Amy Shark being named a finalist for two – Song and Artist of the Year.
Newcomers Eliza and the Delusionals, Jacob Lee, Purple Zain, Phoebe Sinclair and Tesla Coils sit alongside the city’s established artists like Hussy Hicks, Felicity Lawless, Lane Harry x Ike Campbell and Benny D Williams.
Heavy rock, metal and punk are represented with Driven Fear named finalists for both Artist of the Year and Album of the Year and The Black Swamp finalists for Video of the Year.
Co-founder of the Awards, Chloe Popa said judging was incredibly hard.
“Our judging panel is made up of independent experts from across the music industry,” she said. “And the most frequent comment we had from them was about the incredible level of talent on show.”
“We know the Gold Coast continues to punch above its weight when it comes to music,” Chloe said. “These awards are about showcasing the diversity of genre, the depth of talent and the size of the local music industry. People outside of the Gold Coast are starting to pay attention to what’s happening here. It’s a very exciting time for musicians on the Gold Coast.”
“As well as awards for Song, Video, Artist, Album and Breakthrough Artist, we are thrilled to have such a strong pool of finalists for Venue of the Year and Music Event of the Year,” Chloe said.
Tallebudgera-based Expressive Ground makes its first appearance as a finalist in the awards for Venue of the Year this year, standing alongside bigger industry players: elsewhere, Miami Marketta, NightQuarter and Soundlounge. Expressive Ground is run by a not-for-profit group and provides rehearsal and live performance spaces for all-ages gigs.
Finalists for Event of the Year are Blues on Broadbeach, Buskers by the Creek, Fuzzfest, Shakafest, Summertime Sessions in the Village and Wallapalooza, again showing the diversity of genre and scope for music events on the Gold Coast.
“Fuzzfest was a boutique riff-fest that took place on one day at the Currumbin Pub,” Chloe said. “It showed off the best fuzz guitar bands on the Gold Coast and was pulled together by a tiny team with no budget. People raved about the day and the quality of music. Wallapalooza is similar in that regard.”
“Blues on Broadbeach, on the other hand has a massive budget but attracts a gazillion people with its incredible lineup of international and local blues stars.”
“We’ve got a family-friendly Friday night series in Mudgeeraba, an indie-rock fest for millenials at the Miami Tavern and the best busking event happening in Australia in the list. It’s very hard to compare that diversity, but they all contribute enormously to the local cultural economy,” Chloe said.
Thanks to a new partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards will take place on the beach in Surfers Paradise with two distinct components. A live music program featuring Amy Shark, Hanlon Brothers, Aquila Young and Yes Sir Noceur will run on a public stage and is free and all-ages. In a ticketed marquee adjacent, the award presentations will take place.
The Awards concert warms up the stage for Surfers Paradise LIVE which features The Veronicas as well as a heap of local talent and runs Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April.
Tickets to the Gold Coast Music Awards presentation ceremony are on sale now via Oztix.
2017 Gold Coast Music Awards finalist listing:
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium)
Being Jane Lane
EVENT OF THE YEAR (sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast)
Blues on Broadbeach
Buskers by the Creek
Summertime Sessions in the Village
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (sponsored by ALH)
City Over Sand – Good Grief
Driven Fear – Freethinker
Felicity Lawless – Tails
Hussy Hicks – Lucky Joe’s Wine & Other Tales from Dog River
Lane Harry x Ike Campbell – Youth
VIDEO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by QT Gold Coast)
Chelsea Rockwells – Stone
Felicity Lawless – Cowboy Camerman
Marcus Blacke – Umbrella Brain
Phoebe Sinclair – This Isn’t Love
Purple Zain – I Am The Best
The Black Swamp – Common Crows
VENUE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Oztix)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Southport Sharks)
Benny D Williams
SONG OF THE YEAR (sponsored by NightQuarter)
Amy Shark – Adore
Athena Joy – Blue
CC The Cat – Free Your Mind
Chelsea Rockwells – Stone
Electrik Lemonade – We Know This
Eliza and the Delusionals – Salt
Hussy Hicks – Whole Lotta
Jacob Lee – I Just Know
Tesla Coils – Eyes
The Ruiins – Eventually