National Live Music Awards: everything you need to know

Electrik Lemonade at Gold Coast Music Awards, shot by Nadia Achilles

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Now that the dust has settled on the ARIAs, it’s time to turn our attention to the industry’s national celebration of live talent. The National Live Music Awards is in its third year and shines a light on the nation’s diverse and burgeoning live music scene.

More than 60 trophies are up for grabs for venues, events, musicians and industry professionals with both state-focussed and national categories.

But for those who’ve not been paying attention, we thought we’d provide a little snapshot exactly what’s going on where and how you can get involved.


  • 100 judges pored over nominations! One hundred. Epic.
  • There’s actually eight events: The gala awards ceremony takes place in Brisbane on Thursday 6 December, but every state has its own awards event: Perth,
    Magic Dirt, National Live Music Awards 2018

    Magic Dirt, National Live Music Awards 2018

    Adelaide, Wollongong, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin and Melbourne will all celebrate the Awards with simultaneous events

  • Magic Dirt are being inducted as Live Legends: when the awards function takes place in Brisbane, Geelong band Magic Dirt will be inducted as Live Legends. The award coincides with the band’s first major tour in some eight years, playing shows as part of the Hotter Than Hell series of shows. They’re closing the Awards with a live performance.
  • There’s a heap of other live acts on the bill: one of the most-talked about acts at BIGSOUND Pink Matter, will be performing live at the NLMAs, alongside Gold Coast’s Electrik Lemonade, BUGS, Timothy James Bower and Alice Ivy.
  • The event is raising funds for Support Act: Yep, five bucks from every ticket sold will be donated to Support Act and donations will be taken at all venues as well.
  • There’ll be a live stream: The Brisbane gala will be streamed free of charge through Netgigs.
  • There’s a bunch of Gold Coasters in with a shot: Not surprisingly, Amy Shark is up for Live Act of the Year (QLD) and Live Pop Artist of the Year as well as Best Live Voice of the Year, which is awarded by popular vote. Hollow Coves is also up for Live Act of the Year (QLD) and Electrik Lemonade are in with a shot for Best Live Act of the Year which is also awarded by popular vote. They’re up against some crackers: The Cat Empire, Mojo Juju, Ecca Vandal and Sampa The Great, to name but a few. Electrik Lemonade are also performing at the gala.

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National Live Music Awards takes place at The Triffid on Thursday 6 December. Tickets from Oztix are $39 + BF (with $5 from every ticketing going to Support Act). Get amongst it, fam.


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