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News July 7, 2020

AIR Awards and Indie-Con 2020 confirmed for Adelaide

Senior Journalist, B2B
AIR Awards and Indie-Con 2020 confirmed for Adelaide

Lock it in: The AIR Awards and Indie-Con Australia conference will return to Adelaide this October.

The pandemic has ruined most of 2020, though organisers of the indie community’s annual awards nights and its companion conference are keen to put all that in the rearview.

Today, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association announces the 2020 AIR Awards will take place at Adelaide’s Lion Arts, on Thursday, 1st October 2020.

There are contingencies in place.

If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a physical gathering from taking place, the 2020 Awards will be broadcast in digital form, according to the peak body.

AIR’s Indie-Con Australia conference will brace the awards ceremony, and is all set for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October at Lot Fourteen, in the South Australian capital.

This year’s gathering will once again explore issues specifically relevant to the independent music sector.

If the coronavirus forces Lot Fourteen to close its doors, the conference will take place virtually.

Check out Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’:

The South Australian Government is on board as a major partner for both Indie-Con and the AIR Awards.

“We look forward to making Adelaide our home for the AIR Awards and our Indie-Con Australia Conference over the next three years and are extremely grateful for the continued support from South Australia’s Department for Innovation and Skills and the South Australian Tourism Commission,” comments Maria Amato AIR GM.

Also today, AIR serves up the full list of nominations. Tones And I looks to build on her haul of 2019 ARIA Award wins with AIR Awards nods for Independent Song Of The Year (‘Dance Monkey’, Best Independent Pop Album Or EP (‘The Kids are Coming’) and Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year.

There are multiple nods for Julia Jacklin, Sampa The Great, Stella Donnelly, The Teskey Brothers, Ainslie Wills and more.

“The Indie-Con Australia conference provides the music industry both nationally and locally an opportunity to come together to support each other through these challenging times as well as have important conversations about navigating the future,” comments state Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni in a statement.

“The AIR Awards will recognise and celebrate the inspiring talent of Australia’s independent artists during what has been a tough time for the music industry. Congratulations to all the award nominees on their success.”

The 2020 AIR Awards nominees:

Independent Album Of The Year:
Ainslie Wills – All You Have Is All You Need
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
Sampa The Great – The Return
Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Independent Song Of The Year:
Ainslie Wills – ‘Fear Of Missing Out’
Dom Dolla – ‘San Frandisco’
Julia Jacklin – ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’
Sampa The Great – ‘Final Form’
Tones And I – ‘Dance Monkey’

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented By PPCA:
Angie Mcmahon
Carla Geneve
Stella Donnelly
Tones And I
Vlossom

Best Independent Hip-Hop Album or EP:
Allday – Starry Night Over The Phone
Horrorshow – New Normal
Sampa The Great – The Return
Shadow – Cream
Tasman Keith & Stevie Jean – Evenings

Best Independent Soul/R’n’B Album or EP:
Caiti Baker – The Dust (pt. 1)
Jordan Rakei – Origin
Laneous – Monstera Deliciosa
The Soul Movers – Bona Fide
Tiana Khasi – Meghalaya

Best Independent Country Album or EP:
Charlie Collins – Snowpine
Cool Sounds – More To Enjoy
Felicity Urquhart – Frozen Rabbit
Lee Kernaghan – Backroad Nation
Lucky Oceans – Purple Sky

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album or EP:
Bobby Alu – Flow
Dyson Stringer Cloher – Dyson Stringer Cloher
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
Paul Kelly – Live At The Sydney Opera House
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Best Independent Pop Album or EP:
Cub Sport – Cub Sport
G Flip – About Us
Jack River – Sugar Mountain (Deluxe)
Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs
Tones And I – The Kids Are Coming

Best Independent Rock Album or EP:
Angie Mcmahon – Salt
Bad//Dreems – Doomsday Ballet
Jess Ribeiro – Love Hate
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Pond – Tasmania

Best Independent Heavy Album or EP:
Alpha Wolf – Fault
Northlane – Alien
Ocean Sleeper – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Superheist – Sidewinder
Thornhill – The Dark Pool

Best Independent Punk Album or EP:
Ausmuteants – …Present The World In Handcuffs
Dear Seattle – Don’t Let Go
Dz Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part 1
The Gooch Palms – III
Hexdebt – Rule Of Four

Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP:
Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
Hermitude – Pollyanarchy
Huntly – Low Grade Buzz
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted 1,2,3,4 AM Remixes
Sui Zhen – Losing, Linda

Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single:
Confidence Man – ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’
Dom Dolla – ‘San Frandisco’
Flume – ‘Rushing Back (Feat. Vera Blue)’
Haiku Hands – ‘Dare You Not To Dance’
PNAU – ‘Solid Gold’

Best Independent Jazz Album or EP:
Angela Davis – Little Did They Know
Joe Chindamo – Arias
Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky – Tryst
Mike Nock; Hamish Stuart; Julien Wilson; Jonathan Zwartz – This World
Phil Slater – The Dark Pattern

Best Independent Classical Album or EP:
Amy Dickson – In Circles
Joseph Tawadros – Betrayal Of A Sacred Sunflower
Katie Noonan and Australian String Quartet – The Glad Tomorrow
Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas
Stuart Skelton, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Asher Fisch – Tristan Und Isolde

Best Independent Children’s Album or EP:
Hillsong Kids – Songs Of Some Silliness
Pevan & Sarah – Be Kind
Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show – The Really Really Really Really Boring Album
The Vegetable Plot – Season Two
The Wiggles – Party Time!

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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