Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise beachfront lit up last night for the third annual Gold Coast Music Awards, with thousands enjoying a free outdoor concert and watching the industry name the best in music for the last 12 months.
The talent pool was deep but firm favourite Amy Shark scooped up two awards, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for double platinum song, Adore.
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“Historically no other song by a Gold Coast based artist has ever received such national and international acclaim and for one very good reason – it’s brilliant,” said judging panel chair, Trevor Jackson.
“It’s been an incredible year for Amy and her success at the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards recognises the consistency of her work and her outstanding recent success.”
The winners were:
- Amy Shark – Artist of the Year
- Tesla Coils – Breakout Artist of the Year
- Lane-Harry X Ike Campbell – Album of the Year
- Amy Shark, Adore – Song of the Year
- The Black Swamp, Common Crows – Video of the Year (watch on YouTube)
- Being Jane Lane – People’s Choice Award
- Blues on Broadbeach – Event of the Year
- Elsewhere – Venue of the Year
Representing a diverse mix of genres, winners include Breakout Artist of the Year, dark electronic duo Tesla Coils; hip-hop pair, Lane Harry x Ike Campbell for Album of the Year, Youth; heavy metal outfit, The Black Swamp for their Video Common Crow; leading Live Music Venue, elsewhere; massive Music Event of the Year, Blues on Broadbeach; and the People’s Choice.
“The debate can often be fierce between judges and reaching consensus can be a challenge,” said Jackson, “But with the wide representation of top industry professionals, musicians, journalists, educators, festival directors, artist managers, label owners and producers on the panel, we are confident and excited about this year’s results.”
With another sold-out Awards ceremony and packed live music concert, there’s no question the Gold Coast Music Awards’ bold move to Surfers was timely and prescient.
“If you’d told me three years ago that the Gold Coast music industry would have its very own sold-out event, on the beach in the middle of Surfers Paradise with thousands of people turning out to see local bands, I just wouldn’t have believed you,” said organiser, Samantha Morris.
“The event’s success is testament to the strength of the local music scene, the incredible support of Surfers Paradise Alliance and our other partners, and the growing appetite for local, live music across the city.”
“What a night!” said Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO, Mike Winlaw, “We offer our utmost congratulations to the winners, nominees, judges and organisers for an outstanding Music Awards. We knew this partnership would be a win-win and last night has truly set the stage for an exciting few years to come for Gold Coast music.”