Tired Lion
Tired Lion have scooped up six WAMAward nominations. Picture: Rachael Barrett.

WAMAward 2016 nominees announced & WAMFest extended

The annual WAMAward nominees have finally been announced, highlighting the best and brightest music talent that WA has to offer.

Grunge rockers Tired Lion lead the charge this year, scoring a whopping six nominations , including three in the public categories (Most Popular Act, Most Popular Live Act and Most Popular Music Video). Jazz/rap ensemble Koi Child have earned five nominations (including for two publicly voted prizes), while Hideous Sun DemonVerge Collection and Rag N’ Bone have all nabbed four each.

Methyl Ethel and Lucy Peach have both achieved a trio of noms, while several artists have managed to grab two, including (in alphabetical order): Abbe MayAndrew WintonBenjamin WittDaniel SusnjarDavey CraddockGina Williams, Matt GioMei SaraswatiNerve QuakesOld BloodPOW NegroTame Impala and Troye Sivan.

Aside from the performers, the WAMAwards also present awards for ‘behind-the-scenes’ folk, including Best Sound Engineer (live and studio), Best Record Producer, Best Electronic Producer, Manager Award, Media Award and, of course, the Golden WAMi Award.

For more details on the awards and how to vote, head to WAM’s website.

Following the WAMAwards announcement, organisers of WAMFest have also announced another massive round of speaker additions.

The conference aspect of WAMFest will now boast 31 new names including Live Music Office’s Policy Director John Wardle, Mix 94.5 host Blake Williams, Joni In The Moon’s Joni Hogan, Caroline Australia’s GM Timothy Janes, Rosemount Hotel live engineer Kelvin Flanders, RTRFM’s Sarah Tout and many more.

For a full list of speakers, click here.

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