Finalists announced for Gold Coast Music Awards 2017

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.

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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

Chelsea Rockwells

Donny Love

Jacob Lee

Tesla Coils

The Ruiins


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)


Expressive Ground

Miami Marketta




ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Southport Sharks)

Amela Duheric

Amy Shark

Benny D Williams

Driven Fear

Ella Fence


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


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