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Coast artists bring the gold to Queensland Music Awards

Samantha Morris | February 2020

UPDATE – A round of applause for Gold Coast artists!

4 March 2020 – The winners for the Queensland Music Awards are now announced and we are so proud of our local artists. A big congratulations to:

  • Eliza and the Delusionals for winning the Rock category for their song, ‘Just Exist’
  • Amy Shark for winning the highest selling single for, ‘Mess Her Up’ and
  • Busby Marou for taking out the Blues and Roots category

We are extremely proud of this homegrown talent and everything they contribute to our Gold Coast music scene.

It’s the ninth year QMusic has delivered the Queensland Music Awards – a statewide search that celebrates contemporary popular music as well as the artists, industry figures, festivals and venues that keep the joy of music alive.

And when the industry does come together – this year at new Brisbane venue Fortitude Music Hall – there’s a swag of Gold Coast artists mixing it with heavy hitters across categories as diverse as pop, heavy, Indigenous, folk and regional songs of the year.

Check out our Spotify playlist here.

Triple J darlings Eliza and the Delusionals as well as IVEY have been named as finalists, alongside local punks Being Jane Lane, Bobby Alu and Busby Marou.

Busby Marou, who’ll perform live at the gala event are finalists for not one but four categories at the Queensland Music Awards. With half the duo calling the Gold Coast home (and the other half hailing from fellow regional city Rockhampton), Busby Marou’s song ‘Naba Norem (The Reef Song)’ is up for Indigenous, Regional and Blues / Roots Song of the Year while track ‘Lucky Stars’ is up for a Pop nomination.

Gold Coast has 50% chance of taking out that category, with IVEY also in the mix for Pop Song of the Year for their track ‘Bodies’. IVEY wowed national industry members at BIGSOUND last year, which came on the back of being a Triple J Unearthed feature artist and selling out hometown venues as well as playing rockin’ sets to a growing number of adoring fans at Falls Festival and The Drop.

If reviews are anything to go by, all-female punk rockers, Being Jane Lane are totally on the mark with anthemic track ‘Savage Sunday’ and it seems Queensland Music Awards judges agree. It’s sitting pretty as a finalist for Heavy song of the year alongside an otherwise all-male cast featuring Osaka Punch, DJ Deathrays and A Somerset Parade.

‘Savage Sunday’ is the title track off Being Jane Lane’s album, a record which saw them collaborate with Gold Coast producer / manager Guy Cooper. They’ve had a huge 18 months, supporting Australian punk royalty Frenzal Rhomb as well as Goldinger, Millencolin and Unwritten Law and then winning the Queensland leg of the VB Hard Yards tour which included support slots for Alex Lahey, WAAX, Raave Tapes and Tired Lion.

“Good punk music can be hard to find at times, but it turns out all you really have to do is cast your eyes towards the Gold Coast, and Being Jane Lane will appear to provide you with some of the hardest tunes that our country has to offer….” ToneDeaf

Teigan Le Plastrier, frontwoman of the four-piece said they were “surprised” and “stoked” to be recognised amongst such hard-working talent and that the Gold Coast music scene was steadily growing.

“It’s very encouraging to see the scene get bigger, with more venues and events to showcase what the Gold Coast has to offer,” Teigan said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the revival of the music scene on the GC.”

“It’s nice to have little tokens of recognition for the efforts and time put into the work and [it] helps to push the artists forward.”

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Gold Coast four-piece Eliza and the Delusionals, who are in the mix for Rock song of the year for their song ‘Just Exist’. Having previously performed at a Gold Coast showcase at BIGSOUND, then going on to sign with Cooking Vinyl, front woman Eliza Klatt said they all feel “excited about the Queensland music scene.”

“It’s really nice to see it flourish,” she told wearegc.com.

“We’ve just finished our first American tour with Silversun Pickups, we’ll be in LA for a few weeks doing some headline shows and then heading to SXSW.”

What Eliza doesn’t mention is that her band will also be sharing a lineup with Red Hot Chili Peppers at a huge US festival in April.

“It’s super exciting that Gold Coast music is really making a name for itself,” Eliza said. “Lots of amazing artists are finalists which is really great and they’re all well deserved.”

“We feel very lucky to be a part of it.”

Also turning industry heads is DVNA whose song ‘Looking Like a Snack’ is up for the Regional category at this year’s Queensland Music Awards. DVNA also performed at BIGSOUND at the Gold Coast showcase last year, and went on to sign with Falcona Agency.

Coastal island vibes get a look-in too with Bobby Alu a finalist in the Blues and Roots category for his song ‘Dust’.

Gold Coast’s favourite arts space and live music venue Miami Marketta is also one of two finalists for Regional Live Venue of the Year. They’re up against Sol Bar, on the Sunshine Coast.

Congratulations must go out as well, to Gold Coast artists whose songs were highly commended by more than 100 industry experts who made up the judging panel for this year’s Queensland Music Awards:

Queensland Music Awards take place Tuesday 3 March at Fortitude Music Hall. Finalists, event details and tickets at queenslandmusicawards.com.au.

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