GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS To Go Ahead Virtually April 30


Committed to celebrating the City’s creative gold this year, the Gold Coast Music Awards today announced 31 finalists with a new plan to deliver the official Awards presentation, virtually of course, via Facebook at 7pm on Thursday, 30 April 2020. 


With blues and roots festival favourites Hussy Hicks topping the noms with five potential gongs, multiple nods for country music star Casey Barnes, cool indie kids, IVEY and folk streaming sensation, Hollow Coves, the Gold Coast shows once again it is a hotspot for musical talent.

Also in for the win this year are PACES, Busby Marou, San Mei, Eliza and the Delusionals, Ella Fence, Tijuana Cartel and more, with DVNA, Dennis. and Doolie going head to head for the inaugural, career-propelling Gold Coast Music Prize. 

“We put more love and effort into this record than anything we’ve ever done before, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be recognised as a finalist by the Gold Coast Music Awards,” said Tom Busby of Busby Marou, nominated for Release and Artist of the Year.

“The music scene on the coast is pumping and keeps on kicking.  Despite the madness going on around the world right now, it’s comforting to see these awards forging ahead to recognise and celebrate artists when we need it most.” 

Foregoing the flamethrowers and beachfront fanfare of previous years, Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris said, “The music industry was one of the first to really feel the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we were hit hard here on the Gold Coast. Our economy is largely driven by events.”

“While we can’t hold a big, face to face awards ceremony, we think it is really important to bring the community together, virtually at least, to acknowledge and celebrate the creative gold that continues to come out of this City.

We’d love for everyone to tune in and watch the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards together for an hour of support and solidarity from the comfort and safety of your couch!”

The winners will be announced via video on the Gold Coast Music Awards Facebook page at 7pm on Thursday, 30 April 2020, featuring special iso-loungeroom performances from some of the city’s finest talent. 


RSVP to the 2020 Virtual Gold Coast Music Awards Facebook event HERE.



A selection of photos of some of the talented and wonderful nominees for the Gold Coast Music Awards 2020: Baltimore Gun Club, Being Jane Lane, Hussy Hicks, Busby Marou, Eliza and the Delusionals, Lagerstein, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Tijuana Cartel, Ella Fence.

Good Call Live wish every single nominee all the very best!


The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.



2020 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Home Of The Arts –

Bombs Away
Busby Marou
Casey Barnes
Hollow Coves
Hussy Hicks
San Mei

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Griffith University and the SEED program –

Eliza and the Delusionals
IVEY
Peach Fur 
Highly Commended: Doolie

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Gold Coast Music –

Casey Barnes
Electrik Lemonade
IVEY
Hussy Hicks
Tijuana Cartel

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by TAFE QLD –

Felicity Lawless
Jackson Dunn
Julz Parker
Leesa Gentz
Lindsay Waddington

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Southern Cross University –

Savage Sunday – Being Jane Lane
Cities of Gold – Benny D Williams
The Great Divide – Busby Marou
Squeezed Fresh – Electrik Lemonade
Moments – Hollow Coves

SONG OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by CBD Live –

A Little More – Casey Barnes
Trap Door – Dennis
Looking Like A Snack – DVNA
Sushi in Tokyo – DVNA
Just Exist – Eliza and the Delusionals  
Don’t Feed the Monster – Ella Fence
Get Ready – Hussy Hicks
Anew – Hollow Coves
Bodies – Ivey
Vertigo feat Yorke – Paces
Forget It All – Sunset City ft. Samantha Jade

VENUE OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Oztix –

Coolangatta Hotel
Elsewhere
HOTA Home Of The Arts
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Rompa Room
Soundlounge

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by QT –

Archangel – Baltimore Gun Club
Savage Sunday – Being Jane Lane
A Little more – Casey Barnes
Vertigo – Dennis
The Story – Eddie Ray
Don’t Feed The Monster – Ella Fence
Dig Bury Drink – Lagerstein
Tommy Franklin – Tijuana Cartel 

GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE
– sponsored by Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival –

Dennis
Doolie 
DVNA

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
– sponsored by East West Presents  –

Open to all finalists.

2020 FAST FACTS

Virtual Awards Ceremony 
Gold Coast Music Awards Facebook page @goldcoastmusicawards
7pm, Thursday 30 April 2020

Categories
Artist of the Year
Breakout artist of the Year
Live Act of the Year
Musician (instrumentalist / vocalist) of the Year
Release (album / EP) of the Year
Song of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year

People’s Choice Award
All finalists will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, which is determined by a public vote and an online vote at the Awards screening.

Gold Coast Music Prize
Sponsored by Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival

All nominees are eligible for this career-defining prize, which includes 12 months of industry support to propel one artist/band’s career to the next level, from paid festival performances and marketing packages to tailored one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading industry figures.

2020 Judges
Dan Carroll (City of Gold Coast)
Brad Hinds (Oztix)
Julia Solomon (QPAC)
Kirsty Abrahams (Artist Management)
Donna Weston (Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium)
Mel Deregt (Miami Marketta)
Matt Webber (ABC Radio)
Trina Massey (Curious Minds)
Ryan Van Gennip (Rhythm Section)

2020 Category Sponsors
HOTA – Artist of the Year 
Griffith – Breakout artist of the Year 
CBD Live – Song of the Yea
Southern Cross University – Release of the Year 
GC Music – Live Act of the Year 
Oztix – Venue of the Year 
QT – Video of the Year
Bleach* Festival – Gold Coast Music Prize 
East West Presents – Peoples Choice 
TAFE QLD – Musician of the Year 

Partners
Surfers Paradise Alliance – Presenting Partner
City of Gold Coast – Premier Partner 

Creative Partners
Blank Gold Coast
Bond University
Ellie Whittaker
Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang
Pinnacle Engineering Group
Racy and Lucky
Rebel FM
RW Promotion
Southport Sharks
Swell Sculpture Festival
The Edit Suite
Twin Towns


With thanks to Kitty Kitty Bang Bang

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