King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Alex Lahey lead The Age Music Victoria Award winners
The event saw a plethora of music industry folk gather to celebrate a fantastic year for Victorian music, with a mix of usual suspects and exciting newcomers winning awards throughout the evening.
The King Gizz boys walked away with ‘Best Album’ for Nonagon Infinity, while also taking out the esteemed ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Live Band’ awards.
The Drones also took to the stage on more than one occasion, scoring awards for ‘Best Song’ with their offering Taman Shud, and landing the ‘Best Regional Act’ accolade.
Alex Lahey won the honours for ‘Best Female’, capping off a fantastic 2016 which has seen her touring all over the country and releasing a wonderful EP, titled B-Grade University.
For the second consecutive year, eclectic jazz/blues soloist C.W. Stoneking took out the award for ‘Best Male Artist’, beating out Briggs, Remi, Al Montfort and Henry Wagons in the process.
‘Best Emerging Act’ winners Camp Cope received a showcase opportunity at BIGSOUND 2017, $2,000 Virgin Australia Voucher via Travel Beyond Group, an instore gig at Allans Billy Hyde, and Crumpler bags.
The night wasn’t just about musicians, though – iconic Collingwood hub The Tote took out the inaugural ‘Best Venue Under 500 Capacity’ award, while Melbourne radio station RRR was inducted into the Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.
See below for a full list of winners.
Public Voted Award Winners
Best album: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity
Best song: The Drones, Taman Shud
Best band: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Best male artist: C.W. Stoneking
Best female: Alex Lahey
Best emerging act: Camp Cope
Best regional act: The Drones
Best live band: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Best regional venue: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Best venue (over 500 capacity): Corner Hotel
Best venue (under 500 capacity): The Tote
Best festival: Meredith Music Festival
Industry Selected Genre Award Winners
Best Heavy Album: Be’Lakor – Vessels
Best Folk or Roots Album: Oh Pep! – Stadium Cake
Best Experimental or Avant Garde Act: Inland (Alex Garsden and Rohan Drape)
Best Country Album: Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – Thieves
Best Hip Hop Album: Plutonic Lab – Deep Above The Noise
Best Electronic Act: Harvey Sutherland
Best Jazz Album: Peter Knight – Way Out West
Best Aboriginal Act: Benny Walker
Best Global or Reggae Album: Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Sierra Kilo Alpha
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B, or Gospel Album: Kylie Auldist – Family Tree
Best Blues Album: Nick Charles – The River Flows