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Scalphunter perform at the NLMAs in Perth. Picture: Linda Dunjey

Methyl Ethel, Mojo’s Bar & more win at WA’s National Live Music Awards

The inaugural National Live Music Awards kicked off in fine fashion at Badlands Bar in Perth last night – one of eight simultaneous events taking place around the country.

As well as the award presentations, the crowd were also treated to live performances by a number of NLMA-nominated acts. Joni In The Moon were the first act to take to the stage, boasting three members with nominations at a local and national level: Keyboardist Tara John was nominated for Live Instrumentalist Of The Year; Odette Mercy was nominated for R&B/Soul Act; and Joni Hogan was nominated for WA’s Live Voice Of The Year. Hogan’s performance was nothing short of spectacular – she poured her heart and soul into that performance, demonstrated by her emotionally-charged rendition of War & Porn, where she was nearly brought to tears. The vocal harmonies by John and Mercy complemented Hogan’s powerful voice wonderfully, and their execution of sharp sound effects – using both percussive instruments and voice – worked superbly. The group well and truly deserved recognition for their efforts through their nominations.

The awards were handed out shortly afterwards – Music Insight claimed the stage to present, and handed four awards out to category winners Mojo’s Bar, who won Venue Of The Year; Kiera Owen of punk rockers Rag N’ Bone, who claimed Live Voice Of The Year; world conquerors Methyl Ethel, who took out Live Act Of The Year; and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Fremantle, who won Live Music Event Of The Year. A massive congratulations to the winners and nominees!

Live Act Of The Year nominees Dream Rimmy were the next live act to perform, wooing the audience with their hazy blend of shoegaze rock. The five-piece have a great knack for writing enticing melody, while the lyrics are punchy and memorable. What’s more, the band treated everyone to a number of new additions to their live set, and this batch of songs stand as strong as anything the band has released so far. Dream Rimmy’s recent single Landslide has been positively received all over the country recently, and if that’s anything to go by, the band is going to have a very strong 2017.

Scalphunter well and truly lived up to their nomination as WA’s Live Act Of The Year with a blistering punk rock set. While the musical side of the performance was spot on, it was the antics of the band members that made the set great – guitarists Alex Cotton and Matty van Leeuwin threw themselves around on stage while acknowledging the importance of ‘safety’.  while frontman Steve Knoth – without the hindrance of an instrument – jumped down off the stage to get among the crowd. He was hi-fiving and hugging his way through everyone, and even gave a couple of punters a few cheeky french kisses. Cotton took it upon himself towards the end of the set to get up onto the bar and play out a hectic guitar solo, and before we know it, it was all over.

The first National Live Music Awards is a testament to how dedicated and talented our musicians and industry are. It was an incredibly successful evening, and now that the foundations are in place, we can work towards bigger and better things in 2017 as the initiative continues to grow.

For a full list of winners, see below.

NATIONAL AWARDS WINNERS

Live Act of the Year – The Smith Street Band
The Heatseeker Award – Camp Cope
Live Voice of the Year – Ngaiire
Guitarist of the Year – Gareth Liddiard
Bassist of the Year – Donny Benet
Drummer of the Year – Simon Ridley
Instrumentalist of the Year – Johann Beardraven
Best Live Music Event in Australia – Dark Mofo
International Live Achievement (Solo) – Courtney Barnett
International Live Achievement (Group/Band) – Tame Impala
Hip Hop Live Act of the Year – Tkay Maidza
DJ or Electronic Live Act of the Year – Flume
Hard Rock or Metal Live Act of the Year – Violent Soho
Roots Live Act of the Year – Tash Sultana
R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year – Ngaiire
The NLMA (Industry Achievement) – Millie Midgate, Sounds Australia

People’s Choice Awards

Live Act of the Year – Ball Park Music
Live Voice of the Year – Josh Pyke

STATE & TERRITORY AWARDS

NSW
Live Act of the Year – Gang of Youths
Live Voice of the Year – Ngaiire
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – Newtown Social Club
Live Music Event of the Year – King Street Crawl
The AAA (All Ages Achievement) Award
Presented by MusicNSW – Black Wire Records

VIC

Live Act of the Year – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Live Voice of the Year – Paul Dempsey
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – The Corner Hotel
Live Music Event of the Year – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

QLD

Live Act of the Year – Violent Soho
Live Voice of the Year – MKO
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – The Triffid
Live Music Event of the Year – BIGSOUND

SA

Live Act of the Year – Bad//Dreems
Live Voice of the Year – Naomi Keyte
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – The Grace Emily
Live Music Event of the Year – WOMAdelaide

WA

Live Act of the Year – Methyl Ethel
Live Voice of the Year – Keira Owen
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – Mojos
Live Music Event of the Year – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

TAS

Live Act of the Year – Luca Brasi
Live Voice of the Year – Jed Appleton
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – The Republic Bar
Live Music Event of the Year – Dark Mofo

ACT

Live Act of the Year – Glitoris
Live Voice of the Year – Kojo Ansah
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – The Phoenix
Live Music Event of the Year – Groovin The Moo

NT

Live Act of the Year – Apakatjah / Tapestry (TIE)
Live Voice of the Year – Colin Lillie
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – Epilogue Rooftop
Live Music Event of the Year – Wide Open Space Festival

 

 




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