TRIPLE J'S DOM ALESSIO TO HOST GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS / by Kylie Cobb

One of Australia's favourite radio personalities, former Triple J 'Home & Hosed' host, Dom Alessio is today announced to MC the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards, taking place on the Surfers Paradise beachfront, Thursday, May 3.

"There's been some fantastic music coming out of the Gold Coast the past few years," said Sydney-based Alessio, who has spent the past eight years presenting the best brand new Australian music on the country's largest youth radio network.

"It feels like a really exciting time for the City's music scene and I'm honoured to have been asked to host the awards this year. I can't wait to be there to celebrate Gold Coast music."

From Amy Shark to Jesswar, Lane Harry x Ike Cambpell, Lastlings and PACES, the Gold Coast is cementing its place on the nation’s music radar with the Awards continuing to attract national attention to the city’s burgeoning music scene, celebrating local artists’ outstanding successes in the past year.

Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris said, "2018 is the perfect year to bring a much loved and respected industry personality on board to host the event. If there is anyone that knows Australian music, it's Dom Alessio.

"From his work on Triple J to his new role with peak music export body Sounds Australia, we are excited for what he'll bring to the night; and to show him what Gold Coast music is all about!"

As with previous years, organisers are expecting the VIP event to sell out quickly, with tickets on sale today via Oztix.

Large crowds are also expected to attend the free live outdoor concert, which this year features multi award-winning roots musician Bobby Alu, Hussy Hicks, Electrik Lemonade and Eliza and the Delusionals.

Nominations are still open, closing 2 March. Nominate at gcmusicawards.com.au.

In partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast Music Awards will kick off the Surfers Paradise LIVE (3-6 May) followed by three days and nights of non-stop, free music throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct featuring some of Australia’s all-time greats including Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano as well as a swag of Gold Coast talent with another major headliner due to be announced shortly.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast.


2018 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS FAST FACTS

Awards Ceremony 
Thursday 3 May 2018
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event
Tickets on sale now via Oztix

Free Live Outdoor Concert 
Thursday 3 May 2018
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
Bobby Alu, Hussy Hicks, Electrik Lemonade and Eliza and the Delusionals 

Nominations
Open 17 January 2018
Close 2 March 2018
gcmusicawards.com.au/nominate

Categories
Album of the Year
Artist of the Year
Breakout Artist of the Year
Event of the Year
Live Act of the Year
Song of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year


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 Amy Shark on the red carpet; 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards Artist and Song of the Year winner.

Amy Shark on the red carpet; 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards Artist and Song of the Year winner.

 Amy Shark performing at 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert. Pic: Nadia Achilles

Amy Shark performing at 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert. Pic: Nadia Achilles

 Last year's highly coveted Skull Murphy trophies by Gold Coast artist, Dion Parker.

Last year's highly coveted Skull Murphy trophies by Gold Coast artist, Dion Parker.

 Hanlon Brothers performing at 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert. Pic: Nadia Achilles

Hanlon Brothers performing at 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert. Pic: Nadia Achilles

2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Live Lineup

 Multi award-winning artist, Bobby Alu will headline the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards' free live music concert. As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Whether it’s with just him and the baritone ukulele or backed by a slick charismatic band Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music & high vibes, making them an Australian festival favourite.

Multi award-winning artist, Bobby Alu will headline the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards' free live music concert. As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Whether it’s with just him and the baritone ukulele or backed by a slick charismatic band Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music & high vibes, making them an Australian festival favourite.

 Award-winning Gold Coast duo, Hussy Hicks bring their fearlessly independent, genre-defying music to the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards fresh from sharing their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia.  

Award-winning Gold Coast duo, Hussy Hicks bring their fearlessly independent, genre-defying music to the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards fresh from sharing their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia.  

 Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade's live performances have rapidly grown as they play to crowds at premiere live music venues & festivals up and down the East Coast. These Gold Coast funklords are set to play 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert.

Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade's live performances have rapidly grown as they play to crowds at premiere live music venues & festivals up and down the East Coast. These Gold Coast funklords are set to play 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert.

 Acclaimed indie rock band  Eliza & The Delusionals  are one of the most exciting groups breaking out of the Australian music scene. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015, with a sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey.

Acclaimed indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals are one of the most exciting groups breaking out of the Australian music scene. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015, with a sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey.


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CONTACT

Gold Coast Music Awards PR | Kylie Cobb | 0402 434 523 | kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au

Surfers Paradise LIVE PR | Chanelle Mihailoff | 0423 892 557 | chanelle@weareruby.com.au