This State We’re In #702

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This State We’re In #702

G’day Forte friends!
We hope you all managed to drop in a vote for your fav Victorian artist, release, festival or venue of the last year in The Age Music Victoria Awards 2018.
Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, we look forward to seeing them at the industry only event at the new home, the Melbourne Recital Centre, on Wednesday 21 November 2018. We are very excited about the new cash prizes which will be awarded to the winners of a number awards, including $10,000 for the newly titled Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Album of 2018, $5,000 to the Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Breakthrough Act of 2018, $2,000 to the Archie Roach Foundation Award for First Nations Breakthrough Talent, and $3,000 each for the regional winners.
A big congrats to Benny Walker, Freya Josephine Hollick, High Tension, Stonefield and This Way North who have been nominated for BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN ACT; Aireys Pub (Aireys Inlet), The Blues Train (Queenscliff), Meeniyan Town Hall, Theatre Royal (Castlemaine), and Wandi Pub (Wandiligong), all nominated for BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE – UNDER 50 GIGS/YR; and to Barwon Club Hotel (South Geelong), Caravan Music Club (Bentleigh East), Karova Lounge (Ballarat), Sooki Lounge (Belgrave), and The Workers Club (Geelong), nominated for BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE – OVER 50 GIGS/YR. These winners of these industry voted awards will be announced on 21 November 2018.
We are also thrilled to induct Chrissy Amphlett into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame. The late Geelong singer will join Molly Meldrum as a Hall of Famer, who was inducted in September 2018.
In other news, we were thrilled to launch the program for the new Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) last month, and welcome new VMDO staff members Katie Stewart and Neil Morris, who will join VMDO General Manager Bonnie Dalton and Office Administrator Sianne van Abkoude to support music businesses and under-represented artists. Check out more at
Paddy & the Music Vic crew
Member Moment
Ballarat Beer Festival – 19 January 2019
We are stoked to welcome Ballarat Beer Festival to our MV Member Honour Roll. On 19 January 2019, we see the return of the Ballarat Beer Festival as we showcase over one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest craft beers (plus a STACK of great local artists). Come along and kick back under Ballarat’s summery skies as you sample, sip and savour your way to craft beervana. More importantly, enjoy the wonderful soundtrack. See you there, get your tickets early…
Find the deets here.
Gig of the month
The Velvet Addiction 2nd Birthday Show – Saturday 1st December 2018
Get ready to bust out the leather jackets for a night of punk rock. Melbourne’s classic-rockers The Velvet Addiction will celebrate their second birthday on December 1 at Worker’s Club Geelong, after rescheduling due to illness. Joining them is pop punk band Venice On Fire (QLD), currently on their own headline tour of Australia, and locals Green Blanket and City At Midnight.
Check out the event here.