Amy Shark Announced as First Hall of Fame Inductee / by Kylie Cobb

Music’s golden girl, Amy Shark will become the inaugural Hall Of Fame inductee after taking out the prestigious Artist Of The Year award for the third year running at last night’s Gold Coast Music Awards.

Following another 12 months of smashing national and international success, Shark took out three of her four nominated categories, including Artist Of The Year, Live Act Of The Year and Release Of The Year for hit album, Love Monster.

“I feel so honoured to be recognised by the Gold Coast Music Awards, by my home town and by the community that stood by me from the very beginning,” said Shark.

“Thank you so much for these incredible awards and for inducting me as your first artist in the Gold Coast Music Hall Of Fame. It’s such an exciting time for the Gold Coast and for music in this country, there are so many amazing bands and artists coming through the GC – it really feels so special to be part of the artist community.”

The illustrious beachfront event saw the city celebrate finalists and winners across nine categories, including rising star San Mei, who took home Breakout Artist Of The Year and the hotly contested Song Of The Year gong for her popular indie rock number, Wonder.

Wolfmother keyboard player and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Ian Peres won the newly introduced Musician Of The Year award, while Video Of The Year was snapped up by experimental dance and music artist, YT Dingo, for his music clip Shipwrecked.  

Newest addition to the Gold Coast live music scene, Vinnies Dive received its own ‘Skull Murphy’ trophy for Venue Of The Year, thanks to its support and ability to cater to emerging local artists and loud rock bands.

Crowd favourite, Elska took home the first People’s Choice Award, which was decided on the night be attendees, after the top three were narrowed down on a Facebook poll the week prior.

Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris said, “Our 2019 Award winners and finalists are a true testament to the creative gold that continues to grow and emerge from this City.

“It was such a close call for the judges in many of the categories. Amy Shark, San Mei, Ian Peres and YT Dingo are all very deserving winners and we’re especially thrilled to announce that Amy will be the very first artist to be inducted into the Gold Coast Music Hall of Fame.

“We are currently consulting with City of Gold Coast and our industry partners to determine what a hall of fame might look like for the Gold Coast, but it’s sure to be a bit different!”

Amy Shark’s induction into the Hall of Fame will take place in 2020.

“It’s history-in-the-making with our Hall Of Fame honour sure to become one of the most prestigious accolades musicians strive for throughout their career,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“The depth of musical talent in our city has exploded in the last decade and I don’t envy the judges who will cast their eyes over future potential hall-of-famers. Congrats to Amy and watch this space for rising stars like San Mei.”

Last night’s Gold Coast Music Awards kicked off the free, four-day Surfers Paradise LIVE festival, which will see iconic Australian artists perform throughout Surfers over the weekend, including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus, The Screaming Jets, Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera and Bachelor Girl.

"The Gold Coast Music Awards were a great way to highlight and celebrate the musical talent we have here on the Gold Coast while getting Surfers Paradise LIVE off to a great start," says Mike Winlaw, Surfers Paradise LIVE.

"Our fellow Gold Coast artists Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur, who performed last night, have certainly set a high standard for the host of live music acts set to perform in the coming days."

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.

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Artists, Awards directors and judges are available for interviews and photographs upon request to Kylie Cobb: kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au M. 0402 434 523

Included below:

  • List of all 2019 winners

  • Winner Press Pics & Bios

  • Gold Coast Music Awards Fast Facts


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And the 2019 Winners are…

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Amy Shark

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Fenech Guitars & The Avalon -

Amy Shark

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium's SEED program -

San Mei

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Gold Coast Music -

Amy Shark

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast -

Ian Peres

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Southern Cross University -

Love Monster - Amy Shark

SONG OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Home of the Arts -

Wonder – San Mei

VENUE OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Oztix -

Vinnies Dive

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by QT Gold Coast -

Shipwrecked - YT DiNGO

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
- sponsored by SkyPoint -

ELSKA


2019 WINNERS IMAGES & BIOS

AMY SHARK   Amy Shark needs no introduction, with the success of her ‘Night Thinker’ EP and debut album ‘Love Monster’, she quickly became internationally adored. After years in the making, Shark has received widespread recognition in the last two years, with her breakout single ‘Adore’ reaching #2 on the ARIA singles chart and Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown (2017), and also won ARIA awards for Best Pop Release, Best Album and Best Female Artist (2018), an APRA award for Pop Work of the Year (2018) and the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition (2018). Shark has toured extensively in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA, playing Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, Groovin’ the Moo, Bassinthegrass, Austin City Limits, SXSW and Lollapalooza festivals; opening for Vance Joy in the USA; and appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.   WINNER: HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR, RELEASE OF THE YEAR

AMY SHARK

Amy Shark needs no introduction, with the success of her ‘Night Thinker’ EP and debut album ‘Love Monster’, she quickly became internationally adored. After years in the making, Shark has received widespread recognition in the last two years, with her breakout single ‘Adore’ reaching #2 on the ARIA singles chart and Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown (2017), and also won ARIA awards for Best Pop Release, Best Album and Best Female Artist (2018), an APRA award for Pop Work of the Year (2018) and the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition (2018). Shark has toured extensively in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA, playing Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, Groovin’ the Moo, Bassinthegrass, Austin City Limits, SXSW and Lollapalooza festivals; opening for Vance Joy in the USA; and appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

WINNER: HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR, RELEASE OF THE YEAR

IAN PERES   Former bassist and keyboard player for the Grammy award winning band, Wolfmother, Ian Peres has been sweeping the nation with his high energy, rock solid performances for over a decade. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Peres has been spending his time since Wolfmother creating sensational music with fellow artists. Between releasing his brand new collaborative album with Luke Reichelt, ‘Oh! The Everything’; getting ready for an epic European tour with Xavier Rudd; and rocking a long list of iconic festival stages, including Woodford Folk Festival and Summer Salt Festival, Ian Peres’s career is clearly still on the rise.   WINNER: MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

IAN PERES

Former bassist and keyboard player for the Grammy award winning band, Wolfmother, Ian Peres has been sweeping the nation with his high energy, rock solid performances for over a decade. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Peres has been spending his time since Wolfmother creating sensational music with fellow artists. Between releasing his brand new collaborative album with Luke Reichelt, ‘Oh! The Everything’; getting ready for an epic European tour with Xavier Rudd; and rocking a long list of iconic festival stages, including Woodford Folk Festival and Summer Salt Festival, Ian Peres’s career is clearly still on the rise.

WINNER: MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

ELSKA   Infusing playfulness and wonder into the Australian pop music industry, Gold Coast artist Elska has redefined the humble harp, marrying the delicate instrument with the power of a loop pedal. Her debut single ‘Boy’, and its predecessor ‘Going Down’ were recorded at Brighton Electric Studios UK, with prominent British producer Dan Swift (Passenger, Snow Patrol). In a monumental 18 months, Elska signed a management deal, recorded her EP in the UK, released a short music documentary titled, 'Heart + Harp’, crafted a unique Library Tour, spoke at an official TEDx talk, and rocked the stages of Caloundra Music Festival, BLEACH*, Australian Music Week, Adelaide Fringe Festival and will soon be headlining the National Folk Festival.   WINNER: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

ELSKA

Infusing playfulness and wonder into the Australian pop music industry, Gold Coast artist Elska has redefined the humble harp, marrying the delicate instrument with the power of a loop pedal. Her debut single ‘Boy’, and its predecessor ‘Going Down’ were recorded at Brighton Electric Studios UK, with prominent British producer Dan Swift (Passenger, Snow Patrol). In a monumental 18 months, Elska signed a management deal, recorded her EP in the UK, released a short music documentary titled, 'Heart + Harp’, crafted a unique Library Tour, spoke at an official TEDx talk, and rocked the stages of Caloundra Music Festival, BLEACH*, Australian Music Week, Adelaide Fringe Festival and will soon be headlining the National Folk Festival.

WINNER: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

SAN MEI   Kicking off as a DIY dream pop project, San Mei has come a long way since her first EP, ‘Necessary’, which initially gained her attention from national tastemakers Triple J, NME and NYLON. Momentum built with the formation of her band and through the collaboration with acclaimed producer Oscar Dawson on her second EP ‘Heaven’. Both of San Mei’s latest singles ‘Wonder’ and ’Heaven’ garnered rave reviews and were put into Triple J rotation. Recently, San Mei has gone from strength to strength, playing at Falls Festival, JD Festival, BIGSOUND and SXSW 2019 in the USA; featuring on BBC Radio 1, HIT FM, community stations and Triple J; and receiving substantial label and industry attention.   WINNER: BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR.

SAN MEI

Kicking off as a DIY dream pop project, San Mei has come a long way since her first EP, ‘Necessary’, which initially gained her attention from national tastemakers Triple J, NME and NYLON. Momentum built with the formation of her band and through the collaboration with acclaimed producer Oscar Dawson on her second EP ‘Heaven’. Both of San Mei’s latest singles ‘Wonder’ and ’Heaven’ garnered rave reviews and were put into Triple J rotation. Recently, San Mei has gone from strength to strength, playing at Falls Festival, JD Festival, BIGSOUND and SXSW 2019 in the USA; featuring on BBC Radio 1, HIT FM, community stations and Triple J; and receiving substantial label and industry attention.

WINNER: BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR.

YT DINGO   YT DiNGO (pronounced White Dingo) is an eclectic art and music project that challenges the norm. This abstract triple threat is a versatile vocalist, choreographer and performer, who wittingly disperses his creativity into alternative staged and/or filmed art, set to appease all walks of life. Sharing the stage with five incredible musicians and a worldly collection of inspiring dancers, the show flips in a moment from breakneck hip-hop melodies, to lucid funk and roots movements. 2018 was a huge year for YT DiNGO, seeing him debut at Splendour In The Grass Festival, and complete his ‘Coming Down Under’ tour throughout Australia.   WINNER: VIDEO OF THE YEAR

YT DINGO

YT DiNGO (pronounced White Dingo) is an eclectic art and music project that challenges the norm. This abstract triple threat is a versatile vocalist, choreographer and performer, who wittingly disperses his creativity into alternative staged and/or filmed art, set to appease all walks of life. Sharing the stage with five incredible musicians and a worldly collection of inspiring dancers, the show flips in a moment from breakneck hip-hop melodies, to lucid funk and roots movements. 2018 was a huge year for YT DiNGO, seeing him debut at Splendour In The Grass Festival, and complete his ‘Coming Down Under’ tour throughout Australia.

WINNER: VIDEO OF THE YEAR

VINNIES DIVE   Vinnies Dive has emerged as one of the few live music venues on the Gold Coast that has a 110db sound rating, which means they can cater to loud rock bands without concern that noise emanating from the venue will ever cause complaints. With an impressive booking roster of local and traveling talent which has seen the venue booked out most weekends since it opened in November, Vinnies has had over 120 bands play the venue in the short time since it’s been open. The venue capacity supports new bands looking to get some stage time, and can provide an intimate setting to see more well known acts.   WINNER: VENUE OF THE YEAR

VINNIES DIVE

Vinnies Dive has emerged as one of the few live music venues on the Gold Coast that has a 110db sound rating, which means they can cater to loud rock bands without concern that noise emanating from the venue will ever cause complaints. With an impressive booking roster of local and traveling talent which has seen the venue booked out most weekends since it opened in November, Vinnies has had over 120 bands play the venue in the short time since it’s been open. The venue capacity supports new bands looking to get some stage time, and can provide an intimate setting to see more well known acts.

WINNER: VENUE OF THE YEAR


2019 GC MUSIC AWARDS FAST FACTS

Awards Ceremony 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event Hosted by Sarah Howells

Free Live Outdoor Concert 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront

Categories
Artist of the year
Breakout artist of the year
Live Act of the Year
Musician (instrumentalist / vocalist) of the year
Release (album / EP) of the year
Song of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year

People’s Choice Award
This award will be chosen by popular vote through a combination of online, social media and in-person voting on the Awards night, 2 May.

2019 Judges
Cindy Jensen (Buskers by the Creek)
Dan Carroll (City of Gold Coast)
Donna Weston (Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium)
Julia Bridger (Bleach* Festival)
Kirsty Abrahams (artist)
Mark Duckworth (Blues on Broadbeach)
Matt Webber (ABC Radio)
Ryan Van Gennip (Australian Music Week)
Trina Massey (Association of Artist Managers)

2019 Category Sponsors
Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium's SEED program
HOTA – Home of the Arts
Nightquarter
Oztix
QT Gold Coast
Skypoint
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

LINKS

www.gcmusicawards.com.au

facebook.com/Gold-Coast-Music-Awards

www.surfersparadise.com


CONTACT

Kylie Cobb: 0402 434 523 or kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au