The Gold Coast Music Awards has unveiled 31 finalists across eight categories for its 2019 edition, which will be celebrated with an illustrious beachfront event in the iconic Surfers Paradise, 2 May.
Amy Shark leads the charge again with four finalist nods this year; including Release of the Year for her debut album Love Monster and Song of The Year for hit single I Said Hi.
Fast rising country music star, Casey Barnes, who is headlining the Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert, is up for four gongs too, acknowledged in the Live Act category as well as going head to head with Shark for Artist of The Year.
Emerging artists San Mei, Mass Sky Raid and Ella Fence are all finalists in three categories, while Peach Fur, Athena Joy and ELSKA make their GCMAs debut, nominated for Release of the Year and Songs of the Year, respectively.
2019 is already proving massive for dream-pop starlet, San Mei, who just inked a US booking deal with United Talent Agency on the back of standout South-By-Southwest showcases and a summer of performances on Australia’s biggest festival stages, including Falls and Laneway.
“I’m so proud to call the Gold Coast my home and incredibly honoured to be recognised amongst my peers. Thank you to the Gold Coast Music Awards for supporting local talent and for helping me pave a career in this incredible country,”Amy Shark
Gold Coast Music Awards judging panel Chair and Head of Popular Music at Queensland Conservatorium Donna Weston said the judging “gets more challenging every year.”
“But this is a good thing, because it means the caliber of artists making it to the shortlist is getting higher and higher, which also makes the whole process a lot more fun for us. This year, Release of the Year presented the biggest challenge of all - it was so close, we kept coming back to it. We have very clear criteria in place for all categories that keep things objective and fair, but when a hair's breadth separates contenders for first prize, it's always a tough call!"
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he did not envy the judges.
“What a tough gig they have trying to decide the various category winners. I’m delighted to see 31 finalists as it underscores the growing depth of our music scene here on the Coast,“ he said.
Set to be hosted by Australia’s queen of roots, former triple j and now Double J presenter Sarah Howells, the Awards ceremony takes place 2 May in a ticketed VIP marquee on the Surfers Paradise beachfront adjacent to the massive festival sized stage for the free live concert.
As with previous years, organisers anticipate the VIP event to sell out quickly, with tickets on sale now via Oztix.
A huge turnout is expected to attend the free live outdoor concert, which this year features an exciting lineup of the region’s fastest rising stars - Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur.
Gold Coast Music Awards officially kicks off the Surfers Paradise LIVE festival, a free, four-day, family-friendly festival renowned for presenting an iconic line-up featuring some of the best-known Australian artists, this year including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and The Screaming Jets supported by Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera, and Bachelor Girl.
The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.
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