Following a sold out award ceremony this year, the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA) is set to soar from 350 to some 3,000 attendees in just its third year through a bold new partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, just announced this week.
The bangin' new partnership will see the annual awards ceremony take place on Surfers Paradise beach, Thursday, April 27, right before the Surfers Paradise LIVE music festival kicks off with headline act, Australian and international pop sensations, The Veronicas.
Organisers are also set to announce new categories, new opportunities for finalists and winners and an exciting new brand design by artist-in-residence, Dion Parker.
Nominations for the third annual Gold Coast Music Awards open on January 20, 2017 at gcmusicawards.com and close on March 10, 2017.
Details of the full line-up for Surfers Paradise LIVE will be announced in the coming months.
The National Folk Festival is Australia’s heart and home of folk culture.
Creating five days in a perfect world every Easter for over 50 years, The National brings world-class performers, music lovers and volunteers together in the nation’s capital to discover, share and engage in the exciting world of folk, leaving you enriched, inspired and connected.
Award-winning electronic duo, The Ironing Maidens are putting domestic labour, technology and the history of women in electronic music centre stage with their new single Electro Housewife and Strike While the Iron Is Hot Laundromat Tour, 17 Jan - 1 Feb.
Ingeniously adapting real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments to create breakthrough music (and a new genre - electro housewife!), The Ironing Maidens have toured Europe, playing Germany's famous Fusion Festival, featured at Byron Bay's Falls Festival and taken out the 2017Best Electronic Music Production in their local Awards.
Canada’s award-winning folk sensation, Irish Mythen returns to Australia this December for a run of highly anticipated summer shows at some of the southern hemisphere’s biggest festivals, as well as capital cities and regional centres alike.
Embarking on her fifth tour down under, the inimitable Irish is well and truly making her mark on the country’s folk scene performing more than 100 gripping shows that have major festivals and venues inviting her back time and again.
The perfect example of a contemporary folk troubadour, Mythen is renowned for holding a crowd, be it 50 or 50,000 people, right in the palm of her hand with just a guitar, her monumental voice, refreshingly subversive lyrics and wicked wit in tow.
Critically acclaimed Australian act, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring Leesa Gentz’ powerhouse soul vocals and Julz Parker’s revered guitar skills Prolific and accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 12 years with six studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 plus international tours, which now sell out across Europe.
Known for their emotive lyricism, energetic live shows and fiery, frenetic instrumentation, it’s no surprise Hussy Hicks have staying power. From Gold Coast Artist of the Year and Album of the Year wins to Queensland Music Award and Golden Guitar nominations, their critical accolades extend even further, with guitarist Parker being touted by Australian legend, Phil Emmanuel as ‘Australia’s top female guitar player’ and voted fifth in Bluesfest’s Guitar Hero fan poll, among Santana and BB King.
Signed to her first record label at just 16 years old, Leesa is excited to be moving into the next phase of Hussy Hicks, welcoming new drummer, Ali Foster, making the band an all-female force with long-time bassist, Tracy Bassy in the mix. Producing and engineering all of their new music themselves, Hussy Hicks are proving positive social change is happening right now with brand new track ‘Get Ready’ foreseeing a future without sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia,but most importantly, without fear.
Celebrated troubadour Dylan Menzie made an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene with his debut in 2013 and has continued to soar since winning two awards, ten nominations and critical acclaim for last year’s album, Adolescent Nature. With a sprawling vocal range and compelling composition, Menzie impressed the Australian industry at his first showcase at 2017 Australian Music Week, followed by a tour with ARIA Award-winning duo, The Audreys.