Vote now in The Age Music Victoria Awards
They're making huge waves overseas and now local fans can get behind some of their favourite Victorian musicians, with voting in The Age Music Victoria Awards officially open.
In its 13th year, the largest publicly voted music awards in the country has some of Australia's greatest talent vying for top honours. They include Tash Sultana and Vance Joy in the best solo artist category, Sampa the Great and Courtney Barnett in the best album category and rising rockers Amyl and the Sniffers, Cable Ties and Baker Boy among the nominees for best live act.
Tash Sultana, on stage earlier this year, has been nominated in The Age Music Victoria Awards.Credit:Dara Munnis
Winners of the 10 publicly voted categories, which also include best male and female, best band and best song, will be announced on November 21 when The Age Music Victoria Awards are celebrated in their new home at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Winners in the additional industry voted categories, including new and updated categories as well as The Archie Roach Foundation Award for emerging talent, will also be announced on November 21.
Baker Boy has been nominated in five of the publicly voted categories in The Age Music Victoria Awards.
Baker Boy and Courtney Barnett each collected five nominations – Baker Boy's breakthrough year earning him a top five place for best solo act, best male musician and best song for Marryuna, as well as his thoroughly deserved live act and breakthrough act nominations.
Barnett, who released her second album Tell Me How You Really Feel in May, was also just ahead of Laura Jean's four nominations.
Mojo Juju, Sampa the Great, Tropical F— Storm and Camp Cope all received three nominations with Camp Cope's album How To Socialise and Make Friends lining them up next to Barnett, Laura Jean for Devotion, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for Hope Downs and Sampa the Great's Birds and the Bee9in the best album category.
The winner of the best album will, for the first time, collect $10,000 with the Premier's Prize for Best Victorian Album of the Year. Also for the first time, $5000 will be awarded with the Premier's Prize for Best Victorian Breakthrough Act.
''We're proud to support these awards, and it's just a small acknowledgement of the economic, social and cultural benefits music brings to our state,'' Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.
Since the awards began a dozen years ago, some of the country's best rising talent has benefited from the spotlight a nomination brings. As well as Baker Boy in 2018, it's Angie McMahon, Kaiit, Mod Con and Midlife in the breakthrough act category.
Voting is now open at musicvictoria.com.au/votenow
Voting in The Age Music Victoria Awards, co-presented by community radio stations Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM, will close at midnight on November 9.
Camp Cope – How To Socialise & Make Friends
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Laura Jean – Devotion
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
Sampa The Great – Birds And The Bee9
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tropical F— Storm
Best Solo Artist
Sampa The Great
Best Live Act
Amyl And The Sniffers
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Baker Boy – Marryuna
Camp Cope – The Opener
Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless
Laura Jean – Girls On the TV
Mojo Juju – Native Tongue
Best Male Musician
Danzal Baker (Baker Boy)
Didirri Peters (Didirri)
Gareth Liddiard (Tropical F— Storm)
Jake Robertson (School Damage, Alien Nosejob)
Tom Iansek (No Mono)
Best Female Musician
Erica Dunn (Tropical F— Storm, Mod Con, Palm Springs)
Laura Englert (Laura Jean)
Mojo "Juju" Ruiz De Luzuriaga (Mojo Juju)
Sampa Tembo (Sampa The Great)
Best Breakthrough Act
Best Small Venue
The Gasometer, Collingwood
Northcote Social Club, Northcote
The Old Bar, Fitzroy
The Tote, Collingwood
Best Large Venue
170 Russell, Melbourne
Corner Hotel, Richmond
The Croxton Bandroom, Thornbury
Hamer Hall, Southbank
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank
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