FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 QUENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS AND BILLY THORPE SCHOLARSHIP. GUEST PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Presented by Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds, Hutchinson Builders and Mountain Goat Beer, the 2018 Queensland Music Awards will spotlight a new wave of songwriters alongside established names with today's announcement of finalists spread far across the state. Featuring performances form WAAX, Bard Butcher, Carmouflage Rose, Jeremy Neale, The Kite String Tangle, May Lyn & Greta Stanley, the annual party to celebrate Queensland music will take place on Monday 14 May 2018 in brisbane- tickets are on sale now via Oztix.
Best Pop Song, traditionally the sunshine state's strongest category, is this year proving no exception, with the nominee list featuring Amy Shark for 'Weekends', Cub Sport's 'Chasin', Sheppard with 'Coming Home' and The Jungle Giants' hit 'Feel The Way I Do'.
Following her recent worldwide success, Amy Shark leads the pack alongside The Jungle Giants, both with three nominations, followed closely by dual nominees WAAX, Tia Gostelow, The Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport and King Social.
Battling it out for Best Rock Song are Brisbane's hometown heroes DZ Deathrays and Jeremy Neale together with first-time nominees WAAX and the Gold Coast's Landings.
The GC continues to deliver, with newcomers Eliza & The Delusionals, Harry J Hart, and Eleea receiving their debut nominations alongside previous QMA winners Amy Shark, Karl S Williams and Doolie.
FNQ is represented with four nominations, including Carins-based Hip-Hop/Rap nominee VEXED and emerging songwriter Greta Stanley, Kuranda's Soul/Funk/R'n'B soloist Mayah and Schools Award nominees Legends of Perhaps, the sibling four-piece form Cooktown.
Also announced is the 2018 Album of the Year shortlist featuring The Jungle Giants' (Quiet Ferocity), The Creases (Tremolow), Cub Sport (BATS), The Kite String (The Kite String Tangle) and Airling (Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream).
In addition to these nominations, four finalists are in the running for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship 2018, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland: Brisbane-based ambient-electronic producer Yoste, indie electronica songwriter Keelan Mak, acoustic pop songwriter Harry Phillips, and Greta Stanley, The Scholarship recipient will be announced during the Queensland Music Awards ceremony.
The night will also feature winner announcements for Export & Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Voting is NOW OPEN for this year's People's Choice Awards, powered by TheMusic.com.au and will close midnight 26th April 2018. All entries will go in the draw to win a BIGSOUND Festival Rainbow pass for you and a mate to catch all the live music you can handle over 4 nights in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley 4-7 September. vote at: www.themusic.com.au/qma-peoples-choice-award.
2018 Queensland Music Awards
Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds
14 May 2018 Doors Open 6:30pm
Tickets From $60 (Tables)
With Special Performances By:
WAAX, Brad Butcher, Carmouflage Rose, Jeremy Neale, The Kite String Tangle, May Lyn & Greta Stanley
Tickets ON SALE NOW via Oztix:
AlfanAnt, 'Comes A Time' (Sunshine Coast
Dana Gehrman 'Rogue Train (Rattle On By)' (Brisbane North)
Karl S Williams 'Blood To Give' (Gold Coast)
Ruby Gilbert 'Oh, Bones' (Moreton Bay Region)
Brad Butcher 'Well Dressed Man; (Brisbane City)
Dana Gehrman and Tim Rogers 'Find A Way' (Brisbane North)
Pete Cullen & The Biffs 'Black Mountain' (Brisbane North)
The Long Johns 'Womble East' (Brisbane North)
ELECTRONIC / DANCE
Doolie 'KØLD' (Gold Coast)
Golden Vessel 'Shoulders (feat. Elkke & Mallrat)
May Lyn 'Soldiers' (Brisbane South)
The Kite String Tangle 'The Prize (feat. Bridgette Amofah)' (Brisbane South)
Calligula's Horse 'Will's Song (Let The Colours Run) (Brisbane North West)
Machine Age 'Chivalry is Dead' (Brisbane City)
Silence The Sun 'A Thousand Suns' (Brisbane South)
The Brave 'Etheral' (Logan City)
Hip Hop / Rap
Carmouflage Rose 'Late Nights' (Brisbane City)
Chong Ali 'Rose Coloured Tint' (Brisbane South West)
Crooked White 'Put Me On 'Brisbane South'
VEXED 'Superficial' (Cairns)
CKNU 'Plus One' (Brisbane North East)
Eleea 'Conditions' (Gold Coast)
Emily Wurramara 'Ngarrukwujenama' (City of Ipswich)
King Social 'Watch Out' (City of Townsville)
Andrew Butt Trio + 'Lullaby for Sarah-Jane and Catherine' (Brisbane North West)
Rafael Karlen 'Ripple' (Brisbane City)
Toby Wren 'The Lighthouse' (Brisbane City)
Trichotomy 'Asset or Liability (Brisbane North West)
Amy Shark 'Weekends' (Gold Coast)
Cub Sport 'Chasin'' (Brisbane North West)
Sheppard 'Coming Home' (Brisbane City)
The Jungle Giants 'Feel The Way I Do' (Brisbane South East)
Amy Shark 'Weekends' (Gold Coast)
Eliza & The Delusionals 'Deep End' (Gold Coast)
Greta Stanley 'Dream State' (Cairns)
Tia Gostelow 'Hunger' (Mackay)
DZ Deathrays 'Total Meltdown' (Brisbane South East)
Jeremy Neale 'Dancin' & Romancin'' (Moreton Bay Region)
Landings 'Everybody Wants' (Brisbane South)
WAAX 'Wild & Weak' (Brisbane City)
Amy Shark 'Weekends' (Gold Coast)
Asha Jeffries 'Coburg' (Brisbane South)
Legends of Perhaps 'On Jupiter' (Far North Queensland)
Xander Holmes 'Something Real' (Brisbane North)
Harry J Hart 'It Calls Out' (Gold Coast'
Laura Eban 'The Film' (Redland City)
Mayah 'XO Girl' (Far North Queensland)
RIVAH 'Cheerleader' (Logan City)
The Jungle Giants 'Feel The Way I Do (Brisbane North West)
FAIRCHILD 'So Long and Thank You' (Gold Coast)
Anatole feat. Tom Iansek 'Outgrown' (Brisbane South)
WAAX 'Same Same' (Brisbane City)
WORLD / FOLK
MZAZA 'Sous La Lune' (Brisbane City)
Sian Evans 'Thorns' (Brisbane West)
Sol 'Canguru Jegue' (Brisbane South)
Sue Ray 'Junior Was His Name' (Toowoomba)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Jungle Giants 'Quiet Ferocity' (Brisbane South East)
The Creases 'Tremelow' (Brisbane City)
Cub Sport 'BATS' (Brisbane North)
The Kite String Tangle 'The Kite String Tangle' (Brisbane South)
Airling 'Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream' (Brisbane City)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS:
VENUE OF THE YEAR
Nightquarter- Gold Coast
Tanks Art Centre- Cairns
Sol Bar- Sunshine Coast
Miami Marketta- Gold Coast
METRO VENUE OF THE YEAR
The Triffid- Newstead
The Tivoli- Fortitude Valley
The Zoo- Fortitude Valley
Black Bear Lodge- Fortitude Valley
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Big Pineapple Festival
Blues on Broadbeach
Caloundra Music Festival
Earth Frequency Festival
Gympie Music Muster
Island Vibe Festival
Jungle Love Festival
Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival
Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
Queensland Music Festival
Stones Corner Festival
The End of The Line Festival
The Grass is Greener
Woodford Folk Festival
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