Published by: Sarah Guppy - This Much Talent | 23-Oct-2016
The Age Music Victoria Awards are excited to announce the nominees for genre specific categories. Nominees in the 11 genre specific categories have been selected by a panel of industry experts which includes a diverse array of Victoria's up and coming artists, to some of the state's most loved established artists covering genres from Best Heavy Album, to Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B or Gospel Album, Best Experimental or Avant Garde Act to Best Jazz Album. @musicvictoria #musicvictoria
Often overlooked in mainstream awards, The Age Music Victoria Awards genre categories give prominence to artists such as audio visual-artist Robin Fox, experimental electronic performers Harvey Sutherland and Andras, jazz and improvising pianists Mike Nock and Tony Gould and Boogie Blues singer Pugsley Buzzard just to name a few.

"It's so easy to feel obscure in today's saturated music industry, so outlets and awards for high-quality music in genres that may be overlooked by the mainstream machine are super important. They give artists a sense of identity. Nominations or Award wins let you know there are punters and industry folk that really give a shit about your presence on the scene and your contribution to it." Luke Sinclair "“ Raised By Eagles
Winner Best Country Album and Best Emerging Artist 2015

The full lists of the genre nominees are:

Best Heavy Album

Acolyte "“ Shades Of Black
Be'Lakor "“ Vessels
King "“ Reclaim The Darkness
Shepparton Airplane "“ Shepparton Airplane
Tyranamen "“ Tyranamen

Best Folk/Roots Album

John Flanagan "“ There's Another Way To Where You're Going
Oh Pep! "“ Stadium Cake
Dan Parsons "“ Valleywood
Leah Senior "“ Summer's On The Ground
Tin Pan Orange "“ Love Is a Dog

Best Experimental or Avant Garde Act

Harriet Morgan
Inland (Alex Garsden and Rohan Drape)
Joel Stern
Nik Kennedy
Robin Fox

Best Country Album

Bill Jackson "“ The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Michael Waugh "“ What We Might Be
Sal Kimber & The Rolling Wheel "“ Southern Light
Sean McMahon & The Moonmen "“ Shiner
Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife "“ Thieves

Best Hip Hop Album

Discourse - Megalomaniac
Dylan Joel "“ Authentic Lemonade
Milwaukee Banks "“ Deep Into The Night
Plutonic Lab "“ Deep Above The Noise
Scotty Hinds "“ Hindsight

Best Electronic Act

Client Liaison
Harvey Sutherland
Sui Zhen

Best Jazz Album

ATM 15 "“ Human Music
Brenton Foster "“ Two Cities
Luke Howard "“ The Electric Night Descends
Peter Knight "“ Way Out West
Mike Nock and Tony Gould "“ Monash Sessions

Best Aboriginal Act

Dave Arden
Emma Donovan
Kutcha Edwards
Lady Lash
Benny Walker

Best Global or Reggae Album

Bashka "“ Fihi ma Fihi
Black Jesus Experience "“ Cradle of Humanity
Malcura "“ Malcura
Melbourne Ska Orchestra "“ Sierra Kilo Alpha
San Lazaro "“ La Despedida

Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B or Gospel Album

30/70 "“ Cold Radish Coma
Kylie Auldist "“ Family Tree
Billy Davis "“ Bad Ending
Deep Street Soul "“ Come Alive!
The Sugarcanes "“ The Sugarcanes

Best Blues Album

Nick Charles "“ The River Flows
Mike Elrington "“ Two Lucky Stars
Pugsley Buzzard "“ Skin and Teeth
Steve Boyd's Rum Reverie "“ Healers and Howlers
The New Savages "“ Goin' Over The River

The winners for both the public voted and genre categories will be announced at the private awards ceremony before the doors open to the public for the now sold out After Party at 170 Russell on Wednesday 16 November as part of the Melbourne Music Week program.


170 Russell
16 November 2016

Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Camp Cope
Tash Sultana
Plus The EG All Stars House Band joined by guest singers
Paul Dempsey
Gareth Liddiard (The Drones)
Kylie Auldist
Pierce Brothers
Alex Lahey
Freya Josephine Hollick

Don't forget voting is open for the publicly voted awards until 4 November.

By registering your vote you automatically go into the draw to win an Awards prize pack, which includes: 2 x tickets to The After Party at 170 Russell, an Allans Billy Hyde voucher, a Night Out on Goat, a Moshtix Gift Voucher, 2 x tickets to The Age Good Food Month, 1 x double Star Lounge pass to Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinema, a Music Victoria Individual Membership and a Crumpler bag.

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