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Music Victoria Announce The 2019 Music Victoria Award Nominees And Hall Of Fame Inductees + Public Voting Now Open!

10 Oct 2019

Music Victoria Announce The 2019 Music Victoria Award Nominees And Hall Of Fame Inductees + Public Voting Now Open!

The Music Victoria Awards  are back for their 15th year, and the announcement of the 2019 nominees confirms it’s been yet another huge year for the Victorian live and recording music industry.

Previous award winners Sampa The Great and The Teskey Brothers are leading the nominees tally,joined by Tropical F*ck Storm and recent Levi’s Prize winner Gordon Koang - all up for a whopping five awards each in 2019. Following closely behind is rising hip hop act DRMNGNOW and the unstoppable Amyl and the Sniffers with four nominations each across both the public and industry voted categories. Previous awards performer Angie McMahon has had a stellar year locally and internationally and finds herself snagging three publically-voted nominations.

This year’s nominee list includes many never-before-nominated artists, highlighting the immense breadth of talent the Victorian music community continues to offer.

From now until midnight Friday 8 November, Australia’s music community can vote for their favourite music contributions of the year in the publicly-voted categories for Best Album, Best Band, Best Song, Best Solo Artist, Best Male Musician, Best Female Musician, Best Breakthrough Act, Best Live Band, Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity), and Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity). Those who vote will go in the running to win tickets to attend the ceremony at Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday 20 November.

Since its inception in 2005, The Music Victoria Awards has partnered with a spread of major sponsors, backing the winners with cash and industry package prizes each and every year. This year’s partners include Bakehouse Studios, who generously provide all nominees with a rehearsal / pre-production package at their coveted Richmond studios; APRA AMCOS, proudly offering a $3000 grant to the winner of Best Song; and The Archie Roach Foundation, who provide a $2000 grant plus mentorship access for the winner of the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent. In 2019, Music Victoria would like to welcome new event partner Lyrical Road, which is providing a $5000 prize pack to this years’ winner of the public-voted award for Best Live Act.

A highlight of the ceremony is the annual Hall of Fame induction and this year Music Victoria is thrilled to announce the coveted Hall of Fame inductees as beloved community radio station PBS 106.7FM and Australian music icons Vika and Linda Bull.

Now entering its 40th year, PBS (Progressive Broadcasting Service) was conceived in 1979 as a community, member-based radio station unimpeded by commercial interests and dedicated to sharing and promoting diverse music not heard on other stations.

Since their multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with the Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, Vika and Linda Bull have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, blues, country and the island music of their Tongan ancestry. By turns tender and powerful, their rich solo vocals and instinctive harmonies have spawned eight albums of their own, as well as illuminating studio and concert performances by Paul Kelly, Rockwiz, C.W. Stoneking, Deborah Conway, Kasey Chambers and many more.

‘’Music Victoria recognises the deep contributions both PBS 106.7FM and Vika and Linda Bull have made to the fabric of Victorian music and culture and is proud to present them both as Inductees to the Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame in 2019,’’ said MVA Executive Producer Patrick Donovan, who added that they were selected this year by the MVA Hall of Fame Academy, which is comprised of 30 former inductees and industry veterans.

With a limited number of Awards night tickets available to the general public in 2019, plus hefty discounts available for Music Victoria Members, be sure to grab tickets when they go on sale Monday 21 October if you’d like to see all the action on the night, and don’t forget to vote in the 2019 Music Victoria Awards!

The nominees now open for PUBLIC VOTING are:


Best Album

Amyl and the Sniffers - Amyl and the Sniffers

Angie McMahon – Salt

Gregor - Silver Drop

On Diamond - On Diamond

The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow


Best Band

Amyl and the Sniffers

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

The Teskey Brothers

Tropical F*ck Storm


Best Song

Briggs - Life is Incredible (feat. Greg Holden)

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks - Good Citizens

Gordon Koang - Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)

Sampa The Great - Final Form

The Teskey Brothers - So Caught Up


Best Solo Artist

Alex Lahey

Angie McMahon

Baker Boy

Courtney Barnett


Gordon Koang



Palm Springs

Sampa The Great

Best Male Musician

Davey Lane (You Am I)

Gareth Liddiard (Tropical Fuck Storm)

Gordon Koang

Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard)

Paul Kelly


Best Female Musician

Angie McMahon

Courtney Barnett

Erica Dunn (Tropical F*ck Storm, Palm Springs, Harmony)

Romy Vager (RVG)

Sampa Tembo (Sampa The Great)

Best Breakthrough Act


Gena Rose Bruce

G Flip

Gordon Koang

Tones and I


Best Live Act

Amyl and the Sniffers

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


Sampa The Great

Tropical F*ck Storm


Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity)

The Gasometer Hotel, Fitzroy

Howler, Brunswick

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

The Old Bar, Fitzroy

The Tote Hotel, Collingwood


Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity)

Corner Hotel, Richmond

The Croxton Bandroom, Thornbury

Forum, Melbourne

Hamer Hall, Southbank

Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank



Best Festival

Boogie Festival


Golden Plains

Meredith Music Festival



Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act


The Kite Machine

Maya Rose


The Teskey Brothers


Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Over 50 gigs per year)

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine


Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Under 50 gigs per year)

Blues Train, Queenscliff

Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap

Malt Shed, Wangaratta

Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo


Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent

Allara Briggs Pattison


Kalyani & Isha

Key Hoo

Robert K Champion


Best Blues Album

Anna Scionti - Orphan Diary

Catfish Voodoo – Cookin’ With…

Julian James - Silver Spade

Opelousas - Opelousified

T.K. Reeve – I Wanna Feel Good


Best Country Album

Kate Alexander + Hana Brenecki - Don’t You Have Better Things To Do?

Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle And Roll

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission - Coldwater DFU

Nathan Seeckts - The Heart Of The City

Sean McMahon - You Will Know When You’re There


Best Electronic Act


DJ Plead


Rings Around Saturn

Sui Zhen


Best Experimental or Avant-garde Act

Cat Hope

CORIN (Corin Ileto)

Diimpa (William Elm)

Naretha Williams

Uboa (Xandra Metcalfe)


Best Folk or Roots Album

Cat & Clint - The Days That Used To Be

Lucie Thorne - KITTY & FRANK

The Maes - The Maes

Roolya Boolya - Running to You

The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow

Best Heavy Album

Blackhelm - Dark Clouds of the Inferno

Religious Observance - Utter Discomfort

Suldusk - Lunar Falls

Uboa - The Origin of My Depression

Vexation - Journey Beyond Mortality


Best Hip Hop Act

Cool Out Sun




Sampa The Great


Best Intercultural Act

Cool Out Sun

Gordon Koang

Iaki Vallejo


The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra


Best Jazz Album

Adam Simmons - The Usefulness of Art

Adam Spiegel – Melancholiac

Andrea Keller - Transients Vol. 1

Spirograph Studies – Kindness, Not Courtesy

Various Artists - Sunny Side Up


Best Reggae and Dancehall Act

Echo Drama

Jah Tung

Quashani Bahd

The Shottaz

Yaw Faso


Best Rock/Punk Album

Amyl and the Sniffers - Amyl and the Sniffers

HEXDEBT – Rule Of Four

Stonefield - Bent

Tropical F*ck Storm - Braindrops

V – So Pure


Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or RnB Album

Allysha Joy - Acadie: Raw

Clever Austin - Pareidolia

Cool Out Sun - Cool Out Sun

Laneous - Monstera Deliciosa

The Putbacks - The Putbacks


Vote at:

Voting closes at midnight, Friday 8 November 2019

The Music Victoria Awards
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Melbourne Recital Centre

Performing artists to be announced and limited tickets will be on sale on Monday 21 October.
 $50 General Admission or $20 for Music Victoria members
Tickets will be available through



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