Complete AMP Longlist announced, 45 artists vying for $30,000 cash prize
The complete 13th Australian Music Prize (AMP) Longlist has been announced at an event at the National Hotel in Melbourne, with 45 acts revealed to vie for the $30,000 cash prize from the PPCA.
Since early October, the judges have started to announce some of the albums who made the cut at various Longlist Live pop-up gigs in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne presented by Longlist partner Mountain Goat Beer.
After listening to more than 400 Australian albums – a new record – released in the 2017 calendar year, the judging panel, chaired by Dave Faulkner of Hoodoo Gurus, have confirmed the following albums have made the Longlist:
Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother
Ali Barter – A Suitable Girl
Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
Beaches – Second of Spring
Ben Salter – Back Yourself
Billy Davis – A Family Portrait
Birdz – Train of Thought
BOAT SHOW – Groundbreaking Masterpiece
Boo Seeka – Never Too Soon
Brightness – Teething
Cable Ties– Cable Ties
Cameron Avery – Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams
The Creases – Tremolow
Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
Cub Sport – BATS
Dappled Cities – IIIII
Darcy Baylis – Intimacy & Isolation
Ecca Vandal – Ecca Vandal
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise – Everything Fades to Blue
Gang of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness
Glitter Veils – Figures in Sight
Gold Class – Drum
Gordi – Reservoir
Gretta Ziller – Queen of Boomtown
Hazel English – Just Give In/Never Going Home
Holly Throsby – After A Time
Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
Jess Locke – Universe
Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra
Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly
King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
Liars – TFCF
Machine Translations – Oh
Mere Women – Big Skies
Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
Nerve Quakes – A New State
Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine
Pond – The Weather
Sampa The Great – Birds and the BEE9
The Smith Street Band – More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me
Tim Rogers – An Actor Repairs
Time For Dreams – In Time
Tornado Wallace – Lonely Planet
Underground Lovers – Staring At You Staring At Me
The Vampires – The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke
Among those who’ve previously been AMP-nominated are Courtney Barnett, Beaches, Jen Cloher, Gold Class, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Methyl Ethyl.
Responding to her inclusion Jen Cloher said, “The AMP is Australia’s most important music prize because it’s judged purely on artistic merit.
“Having been both a judge and a nominee, I’ve seen the incredible amount of thought that goes into selecting the shortlist.
“Anyone who lands on there can be assured that it’s no accident.
“Australian’s are making some of the best music in the world at the moment.
“$30,000 can go a long way towards touring and recording your next album – another important reason to get behind the AMP!”
The Smith Street Band’s Chris Cowburn stated, “We’re absolutely honoured that our album has been Longlisted for the AMP prize.
“It’s truly wonderful to be even mentioned in the same breath as so many amazing Australian artists. Best of luck to all the nominees!”
Last night’s event was hosted by Brian Nankervis (RocKwiz) and Sam Lockwood from 2011 AMP winners’ The Jezabels.
There were also live sets from Jen Cloher, Birdz and Gretta Ziller.
Also present were former AMP winners Remi and Sensible J (2014) and Big Scary (2013), with 2017 nominees The Underground Lovers, Beaches, Cable Ties and The Smith Street Band.
The 13th AMP Shortlist will be announced in late January, before the winner is announced in early March.
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