GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2022 FINALISTS

Gold Coast’s premier music industry event, the Gold Coast Music Awards, reveal their 2022 finalists with winners announced at the Red-Carpet Gala Event, Saturday 3 September from 12:00pm-3:00pm at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Back for its eighth year in 2022, the awards are seen as a celebration of resilience in challenging times and will see the City’s rising stars celebrated across twelve categories during a glittering daytime ceremony and live concert.

Finalists for the 2022 Gold Coast Music Awards (85 finalists in total)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Southern Cross University

Buttered
Casey Barnes
Eliza and the Delusionals
Hussy Hicks
Lily Papas
Wildheart
BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR Buttered
Chutney
DENNIS.
Gaudion
Girl and Girl
Hinterland
Latour
Lily Grace
SOPHIA ISELLA
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Gold Coast Music

Buttered
Casey Barnes
Eliza and the Delusionals
Girl and Girl
Heavy Wax
Hussy Hicks
Peach Fur
SOFIA ISELLA
Tijuana Cartel
Wildheart
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Brendan Huxley
EUCA
Harry J Hart
Josh Beattie
Lindsay Waddington
Ronnie
SOFIA ISELLA
William Hoareau
RELEASE OF THE YEAR

sponsored by City of Gold Coast

Casey Barnes – Light It Up
Cold Ghost – Dominoes
EUCA – Transitional Period
Girl and Girl – A Typical Friday Night (Shame, Sex & Misery)
Lily Papas – Encore
These Idle Hands – Meraki
Wildheart – Global Crisis
STUDIO PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Blake Malone
Brad Hosking
Guy Cooper
Jared Adlam
Matt Bartlem
SONG OF THE YEAR

sponsored by SOPO

Buttered – Love
Casey Barnes – God Took His Time On You
Chutney – Talk
DENNIS. – False Truths
EUCA – Only Fools
Eliza and the Delusionals – Save Me
Georgia Horeau – 17
Hollow Coves – Purple
Lemaire – Ford Laser
Lily Papas – Heaven
Vulture – Conversations
Wildheart – Show Me What It’s Like To Be Worthless
VENUE OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Oztix

Dust Temple
elsewhere
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Vinnies Dive
VIDEO OF THE YEAR

sponsored by QT Gold Coast

Atticus Chimps – Liquid Percussion
Baltimore Gun Club – Deniro
Chutney – Life I Like
DENNIS. – Stuck In My Ways
Eliza and the Delusionals – Give You Everything
Geniie Boy – Elevator to the Sky
Gimmy Flowens – Don’t Be Afraid
Hussy Hicks – Same Boat
Lemaire – Ford Laser
Syrup – Kaleidoscope
The Riot – Pissed
Wildheart – Backburner
VISUAL CREATIVE OF THE YEAR Bianca Hinton
Hussy Hicks
Jared Hinz
Shane Budini
Simone Gorman-Clark
GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE

sponsored by Friends of the Arts

EUCA
Georgia Hoareau
Girl and Girl
Harry J Hart
Lemaire
MAD WXRLD
NXT
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

sponsored by Burleigh Brewing

Open to all finalists – detail on how to vote, coming soon.
  • Wildheart have received the highest number of finalist nods, named as finalists across five categories. Relative newcomers to the music scene, this is the first year they have been named as finalists in the Gold Coast Music Awards. They are fronted by proud Yugambeh man, vocalist Axel Best and their music carries strong social justice messages.
  • Casey Barnes and Eliza and the Delusionals, both stalwarts of the Gold Coast Music Awards have both been named finalists across 4 categories.
  • Casey Barnes has been named a finalist in the awards every year since the Award’s inception in 2015. Having won Artist of the Year the previous two years, if Casey wins this year, he will automatically be added to the Gold Coast Music Award’s Hall of Fame.
  • Other notable nominees, who’ve been named finalists across a number of categories: SOFIA ISELLA (3), Chutney (3) and Lily Papas (3) – Lily is playing at the Awards After-Party

Chloe Popa, Co-Founder of the Awards says

“We were overwhelmed by the number of Award nominations we received this year, a total of 686. That number of nominations equates to several days worth of non-stop listening for the judging panel. It’s incredible to think that that is just a small portion of the music being produced on the Gold Coast each year.”

“We’re always excited to see new nominees added to the mix each year and 2022 did not disappoint. There is a very strong contingent of emerging artists and new talent making waves on the Gold Coast right now. The finalists reflect a good balance of rising stars as well as musicians who are already recognisable on the national

and international stage such as Casey Barnes, Tijuana Cartel, Hussy Hicks, Eliza and the Delusionals and Hollow Coves.”

“Recognition of those working behind the scenes has been a real focus for the Awards this year with the introduction of two new categories for Studio Producer and Visual Creative. The ten finalists named across these categories hold an impressive list
of achievements between them and we’re looking forward to shining a light on the work they are doing in the industry.”

The Gold Coast Music Awards is excited to be partnering with the Gold Coast’s newest free music festival SPRINGTIME.

Held on the Surfers Paradise beachfront, SPRINGTIME is a three-day celebration of the best homegrown and national artists in leftfield alternative, electronic and hip hop.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said the SPRINGTIME team can’t wait to bring in spring with a fresh and fun new festival experience.

The Gold Coast has such a strong calibre of artists emerging from the city, and events like the GCMA’s became the inspiration to create SPRINGTIME and continue to showcase the music of the region alongside the country’s best,” said Mark.

“To be able to celebrate the scene’s achievements over the weekend with our partners the Gold Coast Music Awards will make for an annual party not to miss.”

About the 2022 Gold Coast Music Awards

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 3 September from 12:00pm-3:00pm at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

The Awards are held alongside SPRINGTIME Festival, taking place throughout the Surfers Paradise precinct from 2-4 September.

Award celebrations will also include a Gold Coast Music Awards after-glow party held in the HOTA Lawn Bar, immediately after the Awards ceremony.

All finalists can opt in to participate in the People’s Choice Award, which will open for voting after finalists are announced on Tuesday 26 July.

The Gold Coast Music Awards are proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and presented in partnership with SPRINGTIME Festival.

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WATCH 2021 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/Zk5HWlueTV0 WATCH 2021 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS LIVE-STREAM: https://fb.watch/ccDavPwTGK/

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Peta-Jayne Habner | 0417 709 190 | pj@pjmarketingandmedia.com.au Chloe Popa | 0447 306 331 | chloe@gcmusicnetwork.com.au

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