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National and international spotlight shines on Gold Coast artists

Samantha Morris | November 2018

Gold Coast artist Amy Shark has led the ARIA Awards finalists announcement with a nomination tally of nine.

Amy is just one Gold Coaster who will be in the national and international spotlight in coming weeks as hometown talent takes centre stage across three big events.

Check out our list of great Gold Coast Musicians on Spotify.

ARIA Awards

The singer-songwriter is a nominee for nine ARIA Award categories: Album of the Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Video, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year (Dann Hume & M Phazes), Engineer of the Year (Dann Hume & M Phazes) and Best Cover Art (Steve Wyper).

It’s no surprise to see Amy scoop so many nominations. Her debut album ‘Love Monster’, which was met with critical acclaim came in at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts and her track ‘I Said Hi’ off that album went double Platinum.

She’s not the only Gold Coaster to score a nomination either. Dean Harawira has been a professional musician since he left high school and has toured the world backing artists such as Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Kate Ceberano. Dean retrained to become a music teacher just six years ago and currently teaches at Nerang High School and this year he’s a finalist for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year.

Emily Wurramara who also calls the Gold Coast home from time to time, is a finalist for Album of the Year for ‘Milyakburra’.

Three of the categories Amy Shark is a finalist for are open to public voting: Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Live Act of the Year. You can check out the other nominees and have your say in the People’s Choice Awards at the ARIA website.

ARIA Award winners are announced Wednesday 28 November.

National Live Music Awards

Amy Shark has also scored nominations for a bunch of National Live Music Awards categories. She’s in with a shot at Live Pop Artist of the Year and International Live Achievement: Solo Artist Awards as well as Live Act of the Year (QLD) and Live Voice of the Year (QLD). Two-time Gold Coast Music Awards winners Hollow Coves are also nominated for Live Act of the Year (QLD).

The National Live Music Awards also has two categories open for public vote and Gold Coasters feature once again. Eight-piece funk explosion Electrik Lemonade have landed themselves in the top ten artists for Live Act of the Year. They’re up against some stiff competition with Ball Park Music, The Cat Empire, Hockey Dad and Sampa the Great also nominated for the category. Amy Shark is also nominated for the other People’s Choice Category: Best Live Voice. To vote and check out all the nominees.

The National Live Music Awards are announced just up the road in Brisbane on Thursday 6 December at a ticketed gala event at The Triffid.

Australian Music Week

Taking place in Cronulla from 7 – 11 November, Australian Music Week, now in its fifth year, is a grassroots music industry conference and live showcase event. Featuring more than 100 acts and some 150 live performances as well as three days of industry networking, panels and workshops plus its own Film Festival, it’s fast building a name for itself for DIY practitioners and industry stalwarts alike.

Gold Coast’s ELSKA has scored big time at this year’s event. Not only is she performing in the live music showcase, but her documentary, ‘Heart + Harp’, produced with the support of a City of Gold Coast RADF grant, is also being screened at the Australian Music Week Film Festival.

Kirra Punks Hot Wax are also showcasing, as is Gold Coast Music Awards Live Act of the Year Mason Rack, Americana darlings Little Georgia and electro-pop chanteuse Ella Fence.

Get the full program and ticketing information at Australian Music Week.

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