Gold Coast Music Awards announces 2020 finalists, new format

Committed to celebrating the City’s creative gold this year, the Gold Coast Music Awards today announced 31 finalists with a new plan to deliver the official Awards presentation, virtually of course, via Facebook at 7pm on Thursday, 30 April 2020.

With blues and roots festival favourites Hussy Hicks topping the noms with five potential gongs, multiple nods for country music star Casey Barnes, cool indie kids, IVEY and folk streaming sensation, Hollow Coves, the Gold Coast shows once again it is a hotspot for musical talent.

Also in for the win this year are PACES, Busby Marou, San Mei, Eliza and the Delusionals, Ella Fence, Tijuana Cartel and more, with DVNA, Dennis. and Doolie going head to head for the inaugural, career-propelling Gold Coast Music Prize.

“We put more love and effort into this record than anything we’ve ever done before, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be recognised as a finalist by the Gold Coast Music Awards,” said Tom Busby of Busby Marou, nominated for Release and Artist of the Year.

“The music scene on the coast is pumping and keeps on kicking.  Despite the madness going on around the world right now, it’s comforting to see these awards forging ahead to recognise and celebrate artists when we need it most.”

Foregoing the flamethrowers and beachfront fanfare of previous years, Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris said, “The music industry was one of the first to really feel the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we were hit hard here on the Gold Coast. Our economy is largely driven by events.” 

“While we can’t hold a big, face to face awards ceremony, we think it is really important to bring the community together, virtually at least, to acknowledge and celebrate the creative gold that continues to come out of this City.

“We’d love for everyone to tune in and watch the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards together for an hour of support and solidarity from the comfort and safety of your couch!”

The winners will be announced via video on the Gold Coast Music Awards Facebook page at 7pm on Thursday, 30 April 2020, featuring special iso-loungeroom performances from some of the city’s finest talent. 

RSVP to the 2020 Virtual Gold Coast Music Awards Facebook event at bit.ly/GCMA2020.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by Griffith University and the SEED program)

  • Eliza and the Delusionals
  • IVEY
  • Peach Fur
  • Highly Commended: Doolie

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by Gold Coast Music)

  • Casey Barnes
  • Electrik Lemonade
  • IVEY
  • Hussy Hicks
  • Tijuana Cartel

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by TAFE QLD)

  • Felicity Lawless
  • Jackson Dunn
  • Julz Parker
  • Leesa Gentz
  • Lindsay Waddington

RELEASE OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by Southern Cross University)

  • Savage Sunday – Being Jane Lane
  • Cities of Gold – Benny D Williams
  • The Great Divide – Busby Marou
  • Squeezed Fresh – Electrik Lemonade
  • Moments – Hollow Coves

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by CBD Live)

  • A Little More – Casey Barnes
  • Trap Door – Dennis
  • Looking Like A Snack – DVNA
  • Sushi in Tokyo – DVNA
  • Just Exist – Eliza and the Delusionals
  • Don’t Feed the Monster – Ella Fence
  • Get Ready – Hussy Hicks
  • Anew – Hollow Coves
  • Bodies – Ivey
  • Vertigo feat Yorke – Paces
  • Forget It All – Sunset City ft. Samantha Jade

VENUE OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by Oztix)

  • Coolangatta Hotel
  • Elsewhere
  • HOTA Home Of The Arts
  • Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
  • Rompa Room
  • Soundlounge

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

(Sponsored by QT)

  • Archangel – Baltimore Gun Club
  • Savage Sunday – Being Jane Lane
  • A Little more – Casey Barnes
  • Vertigo – Dennis
  • The Story – Eddie Ray
  • Don’t Feed The Monster – Ella Fence
  • Dig Bury Drink – Lagerstein
  • Tommy Franklin – Tijuana Cartel

GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE

(Sponsored by Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival)

  • Dennis
  • Doolie
  • DVNA

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

(Sponsored by East West Presents)

  • Open to all finalists.

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