Queensland Music Awards finalists have been announced and Gold Coast is strongly represented across categories which include blues / roots, electro, pop and schools. Our venues and events are also in with a shot at taking out an award, with winners announced 14 May in Brisbane.
No surprises that Amy Shark leads the pack, alongside The Jungle Giants, who each have three nominations.
The awards spotlight a new wave of Queensland songwriters, who are recognised alongside established names and regional Queensland is well represented. Far north Queensland artists aVexed, Greta Stanley, Mayah and Legends of Perhaps are finalists in hip-hop, soul / funk and schools categories.
Gold Coast’s Eliza and the Delusionals, Harry J Hart and Eleea are all newcomers to the Awards. Eliza and the Delusionals – who spent all of 2017 on the road, including a trip Canadian Music Week and showcase sets at BIGSOUND and Australian Music Week – are up against Amy Shark’s ‘Weekends’ for best regional song with their track ‘Deep End’ and Harry J Hart is one of four finalists in the Schools category.
Eleea is a dual nominee. Her song ‘Conditions’ is a finalist for the Indigenous category and ‘Without You’ is a finalist for soul / funk.
Karl S Williams, who’s previously won a Queensland Music Award is a finalist in the blues category for ‘Blood to Give’ and Doolie for the electronic / dance category with her song ‘Kold’.
Amy Shark’s song ‘Weekends”, which came in at #25 in triple j’s Hottest 100 is a finalist for Pop, Regional and Singer/Songwriter categories.
Music industry professionals from across Australia have also nominated the cream of the crop to battle it out for the Queensland Music Awards People’s Choice program with venues and festivals in the spotlight.
Nightquarter and Miami Marketta are in with a shot for regional venue of the year and both Bleach* and Blues on Broadbeach have been shortlisted for festival of the year. Voting closes midnight 26 April.
The 2018 Queensland Music Awards will take place Monday 14 May at Royal International Convention Centre at the RNA Showgrounds with live performances by WAAX, Brad Butcher, Carmouflage Rose, Jeremy Neale, The Kite String Tangle, May Lyn and Greta Stanley. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the full list of finalists at the Queensland Music Awards website.