Australia’s largest publicly voted music awards The Age Music Victoria Awards is back for its 13th year in 2018. Boasting a massive night of live music and accolades, the 2018 Awards will take place on Wednesday 21 November during Melbourne Music Week.
This year, the awards welcome new major partners, The Melbourne Recital Centre, which is hosting the event for the first time, Bendigo Bank who will be providing cash grants to the regional award winners, and The Archie Roach Foundation sponsoring the new Emerging Talent Award.
Also, for the first time, the Victorian Government will provide $10,000 to the newly titled Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Album of 2018, and $5,000 to the Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Breakthrough Act of 2018.
Co-presented by vital community radio stations Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM, the evening will be hosted by beloved radio presenters Lyndelle Wilkinson and Chris Gill and will invite industry to gather, reflect and celebrate another successful year for Victorian music, with live performers and the Hall Of Fame induction to be announced in early November.
From now until Friday 9 November, Australia’s music community can vote for their favourite music contributions of the year in the 10 publicly-voted categories for Best Album, Best Band, Best Song, Best Solo Artist, Best Male Musician, Best Female Musician, Best Breakthrough Act, Best Live Band, Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity) and Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity).
This year, Melbourne icon Courtney Barnett and rising star Baker Boy are leading the charge in the publicly voted awards, nominated in all 5 categories that they are each eligible for.
Additionally, 17 industry awards will be handed out, with nominees and winners selected by expert panels of industry heavyweights. The industry-voted awards celebrate the diversity of Victoria’s thriving music community, and reward excellence in regional music, festivals and genres, with new and updated award categories introduced this year for Best Reggae and Dancehall, Best Global and Best Rock/Punk.
Be sure to cast your vote now to commend your local favourites on yet another incredible
year of Victorian music! Voters will automatically go in the running to win one of 2 double passes to the exclusive industry-only event.
The full lists of nominees now open for PUBLIC VOTING are:
The Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Album of 2018 – $10,000 Cash Prize
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 & The Lizard Wizard
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tropical F*ck Storm
Baker Boy – Marryuna
Camp Cope – The Opener
Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless
Laura Jean – Girls On The TV
Mojo Juju – Native Tongue
Best Solo Artist
Sampa The Great
Best Male Musician
Danzal Baker (Baker Boy)
Didirri Peters (Didirri)
Gareth Liddiard (Tropical F*ck Storm)
Jake Robertson (School Damage, Alien Nosejob)
Tom Iansek (No Mono)
Best Female Musician
Erica Dunn (Tropical F*ck Storm, MOD CON, Palm Springs)
Laura Englert (Laura Jean)
Mojo ‘Juju’ Ruiz De Luzuriaga (Mojo Juju)
Sampa Tembo (Sampa The Great)
The Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Breakthrough Act of 2018 – $5000 Cash Prize
Best Live Act
Amyl And The Sniffers
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity)
The Gasometer, Collingwood
Northcote Social Club, Northcote
The Old Bar, Fitzroy
The Tote, Collingwood
Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity)
170 Russell, Melbourne
Corner Hotel, Richmond
The Croxton Bandroom, Thornbury
Hamer Hall, Southbank
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank
Cast your vote here.
The Age Music Victoria Awards goes down Wednesday 21 November 2018.