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Music Victoria reveal Industry Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2020

Music Victoria reveal Industry Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2020

Music Victoria has revealed its Industry Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2020, with Music Victoria Awards’ nominees also being announced.

Music Victoria has revealed the winners of the seven industry-voted awards handed out at last night’s first-ever live-streamed Industry Awards event, along with announcing the two 2020 Music Victoria Hall of Fame Inductees

Industry stalwart Mary Mihelakos and late blues musician Chris Wilson were revealed as the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, with Chris’ family Sarah Carroll, Fenn Wilson and George Carroll Wilson honouring his induction with a special live performance of his track ‘Hand Becomes Fist’.

Last night also awarded a selection of winners for the year’s best venues, festival, producer and Outstanding Woman in Music, with Sarah Hamilton named as the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Woman In Music Award for her incredible work with One of One – a website that highlights women in the music industry and hosts a very special breakfast event on International Women’s Day.

Joelistics (Joel Ma) was also crowned the debut recipient of the new Best Producer category for his work on Mo’Ju & Joelistics Ghost Town EP and is set to receive a $1000 voucher from Award Sponsor Yamaha

This year’s Best Festival winner, Golden Plains will receive three years free subscription with festival management software

Regional Venue winners, Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong and Theatre Royal, Castlemaine will each receive a $3000 cash prize from Bendigo Bank, and the Best Small and Best Large Venue winners The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood and Forum Melbourne will each have the opportunity to rep their own bespoke line of branded Brick Lane tinnies!

All nominees for this year’s awards will each receive a $100 voucher courtesy of Yamaha & Billy Hyde Music to spend on all Yamaha products and their associated brands including Line 6, Ampeg, Steinberg, Vox, Vater and EarthQuaker Devices, with voters also going in the draw to win these vouchers.

Brick Lane are offering all voters the chance to win a slab of beer just for naming your favourite artists, songs and albums of the year, so be sure to check out the list of nominees below and head to the Music Victoria website before Friday 6 November to vote.

Industry Awards – Winners and Nominees

Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity)

  • Winner: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
  • Nominees:
  • Howler, Brunswick
  • Northcote Social Club, Northcote
  • The Tote, Collingwood
  • The Old Bar, Fitzroy

Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity)

  • Winner: Forum Melbourne
  • Nominees:
  • Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank
  • Corner Hotel, Richmond
  • The Night Cat, Fitzroy
  • Hamer Hall, Southbank

Best Festival

  • Winner: Golden Plains
  • Nominees:
  • Brunswick Music Festival
  • Isol-Aid
  • Melbourne Music Week
  • Queenscliff Music Festival

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Over 50 gigs per year)

  • Winner: Barwon Club Hotel Geelong
  • Nominees:
  • The Bridge Hotel – Castlemaine 
  • The Eastern – Ballarat 
  • Torquay Hotel – Torquay 
  • Sooki Lounge – Belgrave

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Under 50 gigs per year)

  • Winner: *Theatre Royal Castlemaine
  • Nominees:
  • The Blues Train – Queenscliff 
  • The Sound Doctor Presents – Anglesea
  • Volta – Ballarat
  • Daylesford Cider – Daylesford

Outstanding Woman In Music

  • Winner: Sarah Hamilton (One Of One)
  • Nominees:
  • Anna Laverty (Music Producer)
  • Charlotte Abroms (Support Act Fundraiser, Music Management)
  • Coco Eke (Bad Apples, Barpirdhila Foundation and Ngarrimili)
  • Emily Ulman (Isol-Aid, Brunswick Music Festival)

Best Producer

  • Winner: Joelistics: Mo’Ju & Joelistics Ghost Town EP
  • Nominees:
  • Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy: Sunrise’, ‘Don’t Sleep’, ‘Better Man’ (singles)
  • Anna Laverty: Milk on Milk (Milk! Records compilation)
  • Damien Charles: Coda Chroma ‘Inside The Still Life’ (Album)
  • Tom Iansek: #1 Dads – Golden Repair (Album)

Hall of Fame Inductees

To be inducted at the Music Victoria Awards.

  • Mary Mihelakos (industry)
  • Chris Wilson (musician)

Industry-voted awards nominees

Winners to be announced at the Music Victoria Awards.

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act

  • Benny Walker (Echuca)
  • Bones and Jones (Geelong)
  • Freya Josephine Hollick (Ballarat)
  • The Kite Machine  (Geelong West)
  • The Teskey Brothers (Warrandyte)

Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent

  • Alice Skye
  • Allara
  • Kee’ahn
  • The Merindas
  • River Boy

Best Blues Album

  • Aaron Pollock – Separated Through Time
  • Charlie Bedford – Good to Go
  • Joey Vincent’s Bakelite Radio – Rosary of Tears
  • *Lloyd Spiegel – Cut and Run
  • The Teskey Brothers – Live at The Forum

Best Country Album

  • The Cartwheels – Self-titled
  • Lost Ragas – This Is Not A Dream
  • Michael Waugh – The Weir
  • Mitch Dean – Holding Back the Levee
  • Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – You Be The Lightning

Best Electronic Act

  • OK EG
  • Pugilist
  • Simona Castricum
  • Sleep D

Best Experimental or Avant-garde Act

  • Bridget Chappell
  • James Rushford
  • Maria Moles
  • Natasha Anderson
  • Robin Fox

Best Folk Album

  • Charm of Finches – Your Company
  • Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara – Sunwise Turn
  • Liz Frencham – Love and Other Crimes
  • Louisa Wise – All of These Things
  • Ruth Hazleton – Daisywheel

Best Heavy Album

  • Carcinoid – Metastatic Declination
  • Dead – Raving Drooling
  • Diploid – Glorify
  • Internal Rot – Grieving Birth
  • Sithlord – From Out of the Darkness

Best Hip Hop Act

  • Birdz
  • Jordan Dennis
  • Nomad
  • Sampa The Great

Best Intercultural Act

  • Amaru Tribe
  • Black Jesus Experience
  • Gelareh Pour’s Garden
  • No Borders Music
  • Sampa The Great

Best Jazz Album

  • Andrea Keller – Life Is Brut[if]al
  • Horns of Leroy – Big Night
  • JK Group – The Young Ones
  • Vanessa Perica Orchestra – Love is a Temporary Madness
  • ZEDSIX – The Shape Of Jazz

Best Reggae and Dancehall Act

  • Dub FX
  • Jah Tung
  • Marvin Priest
  • Monkey Marc
  • The Push Reggae Band

Best Rock/Punk Album

  • Cable Ties – Far Enough
  • Nuada – Beneath the Swamp
  • Pseudo Mind Hive – Of Seers and Sirens
  • RVG – Feral
  • Shepparton Airplane – Sharks

Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or RnB Album

  • Karate Boogaloo – Carn The Boogers
  • Sampa The Great – The Return
  • Surprise Chef – All News Is Good News
  • The Teskey Brothers – Live at The Forum
  • Various Artists – Over Under Away Volume 1: 10 Years of Hopestreet Recordings

Public-voted awards nominees

Winners will be announced at the Music Victoria Awards on Wednesday, December 9th.

Best Album

  • Cable Ties – Far Enough
  • Elizabeth – the wonderful world of nature
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy
  • RVG – Feral
  • Sampa The Great – The Return

Best Band

  • Amyl and The Sniffers
  • Cable Ties
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  • RVG

Best Song

  • Baker Boy – Move
  • Leah Senior – Evergreen
  • Mildlife – Rare Air
  • RVG – I Used To Love You
  • Sampa The Great – OMG

Best Solo Artist

  • Angie McMahon
  • Baker Boy
  • Briggs
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Elizabeth
  • Gordon Koang
  • Leah Senior
  • Sampa The Great
  • Simona Castricum
  • Sui Zhen

Best Musician

  • Amy Taylor (Amyl and The Sniffers)
  • Erica Dunn (Tropical Fuck Storm, Palm Springs, MOD CON)
  • Gareth Liddiard (Tropical Fuck Storm)
  • Gordon Koang
  • Jen Cloher (Dyson Stringer Cloher)
  • Romy Vager (RVG)
  • Sampa Tembo (Sampa The Great)
  • SilentJay (Sampa The Great, Mandarin Dreams)
  • Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)
  • Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads)

Best Breakthrough Act

  • Alice Skye
  • Elizabeth
  • Grace Cummings
  • Nat Vazer
  • Pinch Points

Best Live Act

  • Amyl and The Sniffers
  • Cable Ties
  • Gordon Koang
  • Sampa The Great
  • The Teskey Brothers

The Music Victoria Awards will take place on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at the Melbourne Recital Centre at 7.00 pm

You can catch the show live-streamed on and broadcasted on Channel 31.

Voting for all public-voted categories is now open until Friday, November 6th via

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

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