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NLMAS 2018
Nominees Announced

Nominees for the third annual National Live Music Awards (NLMAS) have been unveiled, with WAAX and Amy Shark leading the QLD contingent.

The third annual NLMAs celebrate the on-stage success of Aussie artists, without taking recordings into account; they are the only awards in the country (and one of few globally) to solely recognise the local live music sector.

“Pretty much every other award out there recognises the band’s recorded catalogue, however the reality is that most bands don’t make their money from recorded music anymore,” explains NLMAs director Larry Heath.

This year's industry gala night will be held for the first time in Queensland at The Triffid, Brisbane on 6 November, with simultaneous satellite events happening around the country in every state and territory.

Tickets for the 2018 NLMAs are available now, with $5 from every ticket going to Support Act.

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“Just because a band has a hit on the radio, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re one of the best live acts in the country. So the awards are a chance to celebrate the bands that shine on the stage, be they recognised through their recorded music or not. It’s also a chance to celebrate the people behind the scenes who give live acts a chance to perform and shine. It helps, too, that we just so happen to have some of the best live bands in the world here in Australia.”

Larry Heath
NLMAs Director

QLD Nominees


Among the national category nominees are some exceptional local acts, with Brisbane rockers WAAX nominated for Live Act of the Year as well as Best New Act of the Year. Gold Coast superstar Amy Shark is also up for two national awards, nominated for Live Pop Artist of the Year and International Live Achievement: Solo Artist in recognition of her massive overseas success.

Other Queenslanders among the national nominees include Confidence Man (Live Pop Artist of the Year) and QMA 2018 winners The Kite String Tangle (Live DJ/Electronic Artist of the Year) and Brad Butcher (Live Country Artist of the Year). In addition to the slew of local artists up for nation-wide awards, our very own BIGSOUND has been nominated for Festival of the Year for the second year running.


In the state categories, WAAX and Amy Shark are also nominated for Live Act of the Year alongside Confidence Man, BUGS and Hollow Coves. Live Voice of the Year nominations have gone to Shark, Bernard Fanning, Connor Brooker (BUGS), Kate Miller-Heidke and Monica Sottile (Sweater Curse).

Venues Black Bear Lodge, SolBar, The Junk Bar, The Triffid and The Zoo have made the shortlist for Live Venue of the Year, along with BIGSOUND, Big Pineapple Festival, Maroochy Music and Vis Arts Festival, Women in Voice and Woodford Folk Festival vying for Live Event of the Year.

QLD Awards – Presented by 4ZZZ

Live Act of the Year
Amy Shark
Confidence Man
Hollow Coves

Live Voice of the Year – Presented by Queensland Music Festival
Amy Shark
Bernard Fanning
Connor Brooker (BUGS)
Kate Miller-Heidke
Monica Sottile (Sweater Curse)

Live Venue of the Year – Presented by Oztix
Black Bear Lodge
The Junk Bar
The Triffid
The Zoo

Live Event of the Year
Big Pineapple Festival
Maroochy Music and Vis Arts Festival
Women in Voice
Woodford Folk Festival

AAA – All Ages Achievement

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Vote for Your
Favourite Live Act!

This year, The NLMAS are giving you the chance to add to the nominees list, opening voting to add an additional five nominees in both the Live Act of the Year and Live Voice of the Year awards. The final list of ten will be comprised of five acts chosen by the judges, and five acts chosen by the public, who are then whittled down to a winner through a second public vote.

“By having input from both industry and the public we expect to see the most surprising People’s Choice Nominees ever! And that’s exactly what we want.” said Heath.

The People's Choice nominees will be announced on October 24, with three weeks remaining to vote for a winner in each category before 13 November.

All voters go in the draw to win a double pass to the awards in their state or territory, plus additional prizes to be announced over the next few weeks.

Vote now and add your favourite QLD bands to the finalists list! 

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