Hey Forte friends!
We trust you’ve had a music filled month. We’ve been very busy preparing for the upcoming The Age Music Victoria Awards, which are back for their 13th year in 2018! Public voting is now open for Best Album, Best Band, Best Venue, Best Song and more. Jump on to musicvictoria.com.au/votenow before midnight on the 9th November to make your picks.
Nominations have also been determined for the Regional categories, with winners to be determined by a special regional panel. We’re excited to have Bendigo Bank on board as a partner this year, generously donating a cash prize of $3,000 to each regional winner. Here are the nominees:
Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act
Benny Walker; Freya Josephine Hollick; High Tension; Stonefield; This Way North
Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Over 50 gigs/year)
Barwon Club, South Geelong; Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh; East Karova Lounge, Ballarat; Sooki Lounge, Belgrave; The Workers Club, Geelong
Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Under 50 gigs/year)
Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet; Blues Train, Queenscliff; Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan; Theatre Royal, Castlemaine; Wandi Pub, Wandiligong
The winners of all categories will be announced on November 21st, and voters will automatically go in the running to win one of 2 double passes to this exclusive industry-only event! Happy voting!
Sianne & the Music Vic crew
Mojo Juju is hitting the road on a massive national tour to celebrate the arrival of her third studio album Native Tongue. Mojo has partnered up with PLUS1 for the tour. For each ticket sold, there will be $1 added on to support Mojo Juju’s chosen charity, Aboriginal Legal Service, who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to provide culturally appropriate legal services, influence positive change, and increase access to justice. The tour includes dates in Geelong, Castlemaine, Meeniyan and Belgrave.
Gig of the month
The Bronx (USA), supported by Victorian bands High Tension + Private Function – Monday 29th October 2018
US band The Bronx will be unleashing a reckless level of energy across regional Australia this October, and are heading to Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on October 29th. Joining the convoy will be brutal Melbourne favourites High Tension, fresh off a sold-out national tour in support of their killer new album Purge. Rounding out the line up with their renowned off-the-hook and unpredictable live shows, Private Function will bring their brand of uniquely Melbourne garage punk.
Check the FB event here.