Gold Coast Music Awards Announces Live Line Up and Double J’s Sarah Howells to MC / by Kylie Cobb

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Gold Coast Music Awards today announced beloved broadcaster, Sarah Howells to MC the 2019 Music Awards alongside an exciting lineup of the region’s rising stars - Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur - to perform live at the illustrious beachfront event in May.

Taking place at Surfers Paradise on May 2, the Gold Coast Music Awards is gearing up for another huge year celebrating the vast and varied array of quality music produced from the region.

“The Gold Coast is full of amazing talent, with artists like Bobby Alu and Amy Shark absolutely killing it overseas after getting their start here,” said Sarah Howells, the voice of roots in Australia for almost a decade at triple j and now Double J.

“The industry and community in the area have birthed a slew of brilliant venues and music events, cultivating even more talent year after year.

“It's an absolute pleasure to be heading to the iconic Surfers Paradise beachfront to host the Gold Coast Music Awards - a little different to the way I was heading there in between classes in my Uni days, and with much better music!” said Howells, a Griffith University Gold Coast graduate.

Kicking off the 4-day Surfers Paradise LIVE festival, the Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert features 2018 Golden Guitar finalist Casey Barnes, who is set to make his nationally televised American PBR debut next month; San Mei, fresh off stage from some of the country’s biggest festivals, Falls and Laneway, as well as a  SXSW showcase; and indie rock rapscallions, Peach Fur, a.k.a the ‘awesome foursome’ according to triple j Unearthed music director, Dave Ruby Howe.

The Gold Coast has seen national and international exports in Amy Shark, grammy nominee Fisher, Hollow Coves and Paces in recent years, proving to be fertile grounds for world class music production.

“The Awards shine a spotlight on the incredible depth and diversity of musical talent we have here on the Gold Coast by bringing together the music industry to celebrate both the high profile artists and the quiet achievers,” says Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris.

“Gold Coast is a hotbed of musical talent with the Awards becoming a ‘must-watch’ Australian industry event.”

Nominations close 5.00pm today,  February 27, so there’s still time to throw your hat in the ring with tickets to the VIP Ceremony on sale now at gcmusicawards.com

Surfers Paradise LIVE (2 May - 5 May) is a free, family-friendly festival renowned for presenting an iconic line-up featuring some of the best-known Australian artists, this year including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and The Screaming Jets supported by Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera, and Bachelor Girl.

The 2019 Gold Coast Music Awards categories are:

  • 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


Nominations for the fifth annual Gold Coast Music Awards close 5.00pm, 27 February. Finalists announced 4 April.

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 2 May on the beach at Surfers Paradise. Tickets on sale now.

All finalists have the chance to be included in the People’s Choice Award, which will be celebrated with a special industry launch event to be held at Skypoint on 16 April.

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

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2019 FAST FACTS

Awards Ceremony 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event Hosted by Sarah Howells
Tickets on Sale Now at gcmusicawards.com.au

Free Live Outdoor Concert 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront

Nominations
Open 8 January 2019
Close 27 February 2019
gcmusicawards.com.au/nominate

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
All finalists will be eligible to enter the People’s Choice Awards. People’s Choice finalists will be celebrated with a special industry launch event to be held at Skypoint on 16 April. 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


APPROVED IMAGES

More photos available upon request.

Sarah Howells describes herself as a broadcaster, publicist, MC, writer, DJ, voice over artist, traveler, explorer. She presented Roots N All on triple j for nine years and currently hosts Stir It Up on Double J, for a weekly dose of blues, folk, reggae and roots. She’s spearheaded the PR for Woodford Folk Festival and MC-ed WOMADelaide for the past 9 years, launched the Brisbane City Council's G20 Project and hosted Summer of Soul Festival in Gippsland.

Sarah Howells describes herself as a broadcaster, publicist, MC, writer, DJ, voice over artist, traveler, explorer. She presented Roots N All on triple j for nine years and currently hosts Stir It Up on Double J, for a weekly dose of blues, folk, reggae and roots. She’s spearheaded the PR for Woodford Folk Festival and MC-ed WOMADelaide for the past 9 years, launched the Brisbane City Council's G20 Project and hosted Summer of Soul Festival in Gippsland.

San Mei released her sophomore EP ‘Heaven’ in late 2018 which received big love from triple j, Consequence of Sound, i-D and RAGE. She’s played some of the biggest stages in Australia, including Falls and Laneway and will be showcasing at SXSW in March 2019.

San Mei released her sophomore EP ‘Heaven’ in late 2018 which received big love from triple j, Consequence of Sound, i-D and RAGE. She’s played some of the biggest stages in Australia, including Falls and Laneway and will be showcasing at SXSW in March 2019.

Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene. He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene. He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

Peach Fur have had their hands full smashing the circuit, playing festivals such as Shakafest, Ozfest, The Gold Coast Show, Hey Sunshine fest and Bohemian Beatfreaks as well as regularly playing venues such as Elsewhere, Miami Shark Bar, NightQuarter, The Zoo, The Northern plus many more.

Peach Fur have had their hands full smashing the circuit, playing festivals such as Shakafest, Ozfest, The Gold Coast Show, Hey Sunshine fest and Bohemian Beatfreaks as well as regularly playing venues such as Elsewhere, Miami Shark Bar, NightQuarter, The Zoo, The Northern plus many more.

Electrik Lemonade taking to the massive Awards stage on the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

Electrik Lemonade taking to the massive Awards stage on the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

2018’s Skull Murphy Award trophies, created by local artist Dion Parker.

2018’s Skull Murphy Award trophies, created by local artist Dion Parker.

2017 and 2018 multi Gold Coast Music Award winner, Amy Shark. Pic: James Wills

2017 and 2018 multi Gold Coast Music Award winner, Amy Shark. Pic: James Wills

2018 Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks with Award sponsor, Beatniks.

2018 Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks with Award sponsor, Beatniks.



CONTACT

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

 

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