The Surfers Paradise beachfront was transformed on Thursday for the 3rd annual Gold Coast Music Awards, a local event that seems to get bigger and better each year. Kicking off on the night on beautiful Surfers Paradise beach local bands were tearing up the main stage in front of hundreds, while VIPs and the 2017 finalist graced the red carpet. It was a night packed with live performances, surprising wins and the recognition of our best.
ARIA charting sensation Amy Shark was tipped to win various awards throughout the night with her breakout hit Adore, which went on to win her Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. “It’s an incredible feeling [to be recognised], its been a hard place to make waves here in a small town,” said Amy Shark, who is not only making waves here on the GC, but on the global stage with an upcoming US Tour.
Industrial space rock group Tesla Coils took home Breakout Artist of the Year, a well deserved title off the back of their visual record released last year. One of the most unique, innovative and visually engaging acts to come out of the Gold Coast is recent years they have moved from a small local following, to touring the country, performing at BIGSOUND and winning the Hard Rock Rising competition. As one of the regions most memorable acts there was no questioning the merit of their win after the hard work they’ve put in over the last 12 months.
Video of the Year came as surprise to heavy metal outfit Black Swamp, who said “it’s weird to win…we don’t think about awards when making music, we do music for music. It’s nice to have the song recognised.” Hip Hop duo Lane Harry x Ike Campbell took out Album of the Year for their record Youth, which was released last year for free through Human Records.
Full List of Winners:
Artist of the Year: Amy Shark
Song of the Year: Adore – Amy Shark
Video of the Year: Common Crow – Black Swamp
Album of the Year: Youth – Lane Harry x Ike Campbell
Live Music Venue of the Year: Elsewhere
Music Event of the Year: Blues on Broad Beach
People’s Choice: Being Jane Lane
Breakout Artist of the Year: Tesla Coils
Last night also featured a massive stage line up on the beach including Yes Sir Noceur, Aquila Youth, the Hanlon Brothers and award winning headliner Amy Shark. These outstanding Gold Coast acts put on quite a show for the public, but golden girl Amy Shark brought the house down. Playing some of her older well known songs, as well as tracks from the new record, Shark had the crowd in the palm of her hand. From the crowd singing along to every word to Weekends to a electrifying rendition of Adore Shark’s performance was the perfect ending to a resoundingly successful awards nights.
Not only is the GCMAs a celebration of local artists it’s a sign that the Gold Coast is committed to improving and recognising the ocean of talent residing here. The awards partnership with local council and surfers paradise alliance is a positive sign of change and increasing value of our musicians residing here. Over the last decade the live music scene on the Gold Coast has struggled with venue closures and legislation changes, but finally it feels like things are looking up again.