BIGSOUND has been named Queensland Live Event of the Year for the third year running at the 2018 National Live Music Awards (NLMAs).
The third annual NLMAs were in held in venues across Australia on Thursday night, with Brisbane playing host to the awards national gala event for the first time at The Triffid.
Accepting the award, QMusic Marketing Manager Michelle Padovan thanked the venues, volunteers, artists and partners that make BIGSOUND Festival possible.
The NLMAs celebrate the diversity and success of Australia’s live music scene, are comprised of both national and state-focused categories, with events taking place simultaneously in every state and territory.
Brisbane party-starters Confidence Man beat out some tough competition to walk away with the National Live Pop Artist of the Year, a category that included big-name nominees including Amy Shark, Stella Donnelly, The Preatures and Ali Barter.
The National Live Music Award, the annual trophy awarded to an individual or organisation that has made a positive difference in the country’s live music scene over the past 12 months, was won by Girls Rock! Australia, whose songwriting camps empower girls, trans and gender non-conforming youth and encourage creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music.
In the other state categories, rockers WAAX capped off a huge 2018 taking home Live Act of the Year, Gold Coast superstar Amy Shark was named Queensland’s Live Voice of the Year for the second consecutive year, The Triffid took out Queensland Venue of the Year and the All Ages Achievement award went to Woodfordia.
NLMAs director Larry Heath said Australia’s live music scene was “the lifeblood of the Australian music industry”, and the awards represented a chance to recognise artists who might not be acknowledged at other music industry awards.
“We just want to be a driving force in spreading a positive message about the strength of the live music industry in Australia,” Heath said.
“The live scene is where bands now make their money, they’re not selling records. Even if you’re an Amy Shark, you’re still making most of your money from live performance - on stage is where the money is made, and that’s why I see these awards as being so important.”
In keeping with the celebration of live music, the gala featured a host of amazing performances from Electrik Lemonade, BUGS, Timothy James Bowen, Pink Matter, Alice Ivy and inaugural NLMAs Live Legends recipients Magic Dirt.
Congratulations to all the winners! Click below to view the full list.
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BIGSOUND has been named Queensland Live Event of the Year for the third year running at the 2018 National Live Music Awards! A huge thanks to all the venues, volunteers, artists and partners that make BIGSOUND Festival possible.