At eight simultaneous events around Australia, the finest live musicians, venues, events and industry organisations were awarded and recognised at the 2017 National Live Music Awards. The Sydney event was held at Leadbelly in Newtown and there was a terrific line-up of live acts in the small venue.
Rig City, co-host of the Shitshow Podcast, was the MC for the evening.
ACT based nominee Happy Axe, violinist, sawist, vocalist, opened the event with ambient melodic music using her brilliant saw playing plus cello and backup singers. I was enthralled by her playing. So much going on! What a great way to start.
Tasmanian nominee Ani Lou held the stage with electric guitar and vocals. With a melancholic, sparse feel the unusual vocal arrangements were mellow and captivating.
Fellow Tasmanian, Maddy Jane, who just supported Harry Styles in Sydney, gave a really uplifting performance. Her set was happy and full of energy.
Sarah Belkner might have played to a smaller audience by the end of the night but she was fantastic. The Sydney fave was bathed in purple as she send out an exciting set that made for some very voguey posey dancing from the crowd. She was on repeat in my ears for most of today!
The Go-Between’s Lindy Morrison delivered a special keynote speech at the event in support of the NLMA’s chosen charity Support Act.
National Category Winners Live Act of the Year presented by APRA AMCOS Gang of Youths Live Voice of the Year David Le'aupepe (Gang of Youths) Best New Act presented by Young Henrys Amy Shark The NLMA Live Music Office Instrumentalist of the Year Yeo Drummer of the Year Sarah Thompson (Camp Cope) Bassist of the Year Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope) Guitarist of the Year Tash Sultana R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year Ngaiire Blues & Roots Live Act of the Year Dan Sultan Hard Rock Live Act of the Year Cable Ties DJ/Electronic Live Act of the Year Peking Duk Hip Hop Live Act of the Year A.B. Original Pop Live Act of the Year Client Liaison Country or Folk Live Act of the Year All Our Exes Live in Texas International Live Achievement - Group King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard International Live Achievement - Solo Tash Sultana Best Live Music Event in Australia presented by Music Insight BIGSOUND
People's Choice Awards Best Live Act Presented by The Music Network Gang of Youths Best Live Voice Presented by Audio-Technica Stella Donnelly
NSW Presented by 2SER Live Act of the Year: Gang of Youths Live Voice of the Year: Julia Jacklin Live Event presented by Howl Around Productions: St Jerome's Laneway Festival Live Venue presented by Oztix: Oxford Art Factory All Ages Achievement presented by Music NSW: The Plot
For more information and a list of NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS visit: http://www.nlmas.com.au/